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.
For more than six decades, Queen Victoria ruled a great Empire at the height of its power. Beside her for more than twenty of those years was the love of her life, her trusted husband and father of their nine children, Prince Albert. But while Victoria is seen as the embodiment of her time, it was Prince Albert, A.N. Wilson expertly argues, who was at the vanguard of Victorian Britain's transformation as a vibrant and extraordinary centre of political, technological, scientific and intellectual advancement. Far more than just the product of his age, Albert was one of its influencers and architects.
A composer, engineer, soldier, politician, linguist and bibliophile, Prince Albert, more than any other royal, was truly a 'genius'. Albert lived only forty-two years. Yet in that time, he fathered the royal dynasties of Germany, Russia, Spain and Bulgaria.
Through Victoria, Albert and her German advisers pioneered the idea of the modern constitutional monarchy. In this sweeping biography, Wilson demonstrates that there was hardly any aspect of British national life which Albert did not touch. Drawn from the Royal archives, including Prince Albert's voluminous correspondence, this brilliant and ambitious book offers fascinating never-before-known details about the man and his time.
A.N. Wilson will be talking about his book at 7:30pm in Hungerford Town Hall, followed by questions from the audience and a booksigning. Tickets include a glass of wine and £5 off the book night. Buy tickets
Real French home cooking with all the recipes from Rick's new BBC Two series. Over fifty years ago Rick Stein first set foot in France. Now, he returns to the food and cooking he loves the most ...
and makes us fall in love with French food all over again. Rick's meandering quest through the byways and back roads of rural France sees him pick up inspiration from Normandy to Provence. With characteristic passion and joie de vivre, Rick serves up incredible recipes: chicken stuffed with mushrooms and Comte, grilled bream with aioli from the Languedoc coast, a duck liver parfait bursting with flavour, and a recipe for the most perfect raspberry tart plus much, much more.
Simple fare, wonderful ingredients, all perfectly assembled; Rick finds the true essence of a food so universally loved, and far easier to recreate than you think.
This is a free event but to help us plan the number of books we need please RSVP by emailing us at email@example.com, calling us on 01488 683480 or through Eventbrite.
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.
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