Looking for something different to do this month? What could be more exciting than exploring new ideas and worlds with their creators? At the Hungerford Bookshop, we are believers in opening up book discussion and giving our customers access to the many brilliant authors out there. Take a look at some of the acclaimed writers we have hosted over the years. Our events are always held at one of the fantastic (and often historic) local venues in Hungerford and ticket prices often include money off the title being discussed and a glass (or two) of wine. See below for our latest events.
Tom Jackson has amassed a vast collection of British postcards from the past 75 years. These faded images are poignant, cryptic and often hilarious relics of lost times and forgotten holidays. In his illustrated talk, he will take us through a selection of his favourite messages. They'll reflect the charm, eccentricity and humour of British domestic life on tour.
`A hilarious and occasionally disturbing look at how the British remain resolutely small-minded wherever they go' Charlie Higson
`Six by four inch portions of pure heaven' Rachel Johnson
`Somehow both poignant and deeply creepy' Samira Ahmed
`One of Twitter's most nourishing concepts - each one arriving like a bonsai Alan Bennett play' Danny Baker `Beautiful. Inspiring. Educational. Hilarious' Emma Freud
November 26th: 7:30 at Hungerford Hub (Library). Tickets £6. Book on-line.
Sam Usher spent most of his childhood in Hungerford reading, drawing and forgetting to do his schoolwork. He graduated from the University of West England and his debut picture book, Can You See Sassoon?, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Children’s Book Award. He is particularly admired for his technical drawing skill and prowess with watercolour. He has since written and illustrated lots of other books working with many different people including Michael Morpurgo, Sam McBratney and Alexander McCall Smith.
Sam will be in the bookshop on Sunday December 1st at 11am reading from his 'Grandad' picture books, and also showing some live illustration. This is a free event but we guarantee you won't resist being able to buy one of his beautiful books for Christmas.
Join Eliane and Hungerford Bookshop for an after-hours party to celebrate Eliane's 5th birthday, and the bookshop's recent win at the Newbury Weekly News 'Best in Business Awards'. It will also be the perfect opportunity to get you in the festive spirit.
Expect mouth-watering canapes and drinks courtesy of Eliane, book recommendations, author signings (7pm) and 10% off all stock at the bookshop. Plus, a cooking demo and a raffle in aid of Hungerford Primary School's school library. Chat and browse with friends, flitting between the shops with a glass of wine in your hand.
At the centre of our community, we pride ourselves on being innovative independent businesses helping to make our high street a vibrant place to live. We think - and know you do too - that the bookshop and cafe make a fantastic pairing. Both are happy places to visit with Eliane offering 'food to make your soul smile' and the bookshop a firm believer in 'bibliotherapy'. Great conversations start in our spaces.
So, come and join us on Friday December 6th, 6 - 8:30pm, for a merry evening (and a bit of Christmas shopping!). Please RSVP
This is a very special bookshop. Seriously diverse and fascinating authors come to talk about their books. All in all, it gives a new dimension to Hungerford and is one of the main reasons it would be hard to move to a new area!
Belinda Coote, Customer