Our Events

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.

May 22nd: Marwood & Lovett Restoration Series - Andrew Taylor

Winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger (for lifelong excellence in the genre) and the triple winner of the Historical Dagger, Andrew Taylor has published over 45 books.

They include the international bestseller, The American Boy (a Richard and Judy selection); the Roth Trilogy (filmed for TV as Fallen Angel); the Lydmouth detective series set in the 1950s; and The Anatomy of Ghosts, shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

His most recent books are the Marwood and Lovett Restoration series. The Ashes of London was a Times/Waterstones number one bestseller. The sequel, The Fire Court, will be published in paperback in February, and the third in the series, The King's Evil (a royal scandal set in 1667) is forthcoming this April.

Andrew will be talking about his books before taking questions and signing copies. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this celebrated writer.

Part of our CRIME SEASON. Buy a CRIME SPREE TICKET for all 4 events - and save £4!

Tickets £7 from Hungerford Bookshop, or on-line at ArtsForHungerford.com


June 4th: Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style - Benjamin Dreyer

As Random House's copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike - not to mention his followers on social media - for playfully, brilliantly deconstructing the English language. Dreyer's English is the distillation of everything he has learned from copy-editing thousands of books, the perfect guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.

Both authoritative and amusing, Dreyer's English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en-dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it's OK to begin a sentence with 'And' or 'But' and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it's best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including 'very', 'rather', 'of course', and the dreaded 'actually'. And yes: 'Only godless savages eschew the Oxford comma'. Stuffed with advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people's prose, and - perhaps best of all - an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.

The author will be visiting the UK for one week in June and we are delighted to be one of the few bookshops he will be visiting. Benjamin Dreyer will be interviewed by novelist Rachel Joyce before taking questions and signing his book.

Tickets are £8 from the bookshop or online https://dreyersenglish.eventbrite.co.uk and include a glass of wine.

 


June 14th: Unbreakable: The Woman Who Defied the Nazis in the World’s Most Dangerous Horse Race – Richard Askwith

The story of Lata Brandisova is one of the strangest and most inspiring in all sport. Born into privilege, she spent much of her life in poverty. Modest and shy, she refused to accept the constraints society placed on her because of her gender. Instead, with quiet courage, she repeatedly achieved what others said was impossible. The scandal of her first attempt to ride in Pardubice reverberated across Europe. Ten years later, she became her nation's figurehead in its darkest hour. Then came retribution...

Unbreakable is a tale of courage, heartbreak and defiance, in an age of prejudice and fear. In the background are forces - sexism, class hatred, nationalism - whose shadows darken today's world too. In the foreground are eccentric aristocrats, socialite spies, daredevil jockeys - and a race so brutal that some consider merely taking part in it a sign of insanity. At its heart is a unique hero, and a unique love affair between a woman and a horse.

Tickets £7 (allows you to buy the book for £15 on the night). 7:30, Croft Hall.

Tickets from Hungerford Bookshop (01488 683480) or on-line at ArtsForHungerford.com


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

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