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 as well as on-line and ticket prices often include money off the title being discussed and a glass (or two) of wine. See below for our latest events. Scroll down for more info or book tickets via our Eventbrite page

May 17th: Max Hastings book talk for Operation Pedestal

The gripping story of an epic battle at sea, from one of Britain's most acclaimed historians of war. In August 1942, beleaguered Malta was within weeks of surrender to the Axis, because its 300,000 people could no longer be fed. Churchill made a personal decision that at all costs, the 'island fortress' must be saved.

Operation Pedestal describes catastrophic ship sinkings, including that of the aircraft-carrier Eagle, together with struggles to rescue survivors and salvage stricken ships. Most moving of all is the story of the tanker Ohio, indispensable to Malta's survival, victim of countless Axis attacks. In the last days of the battle, the ravaged hulk was kept under way only by two destroyers, lashed to her sides.

Max Hastings describes this as one of the most extraordinary tales he has ever recounted. Join us on Zoom at 7:30pm on May 17th for a presentation that includes video from the Imperial War Museum, followed by the opportunity to ask Max questions live.

Tickets £25 (includes a signed copy of the book - get in touch if you would like a dedicated copy). Access only £5

May 25: Book Launch with Charlie P. Brooks for The Super-Secret Diary of Holly Hopkinson

Charlie Brooks left Eton to become a stable lad for racing legend Fred Winter. After riding in the Grand National, and winning the Cheltenham Festival as an amateur jockey, he became the youngest racehorse trainer in England. He has broadcast for Radio Five and Bloomberg TV and hosted his own sports programme, 'The Charlie Brooks Show'. He is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and lives on his farm in the Cotswolds. This is his first book for children.

The Queens Arms in East Garston will be hosting the launch. Come to meet the author and get your book signed over drinks in the garden. Why not stay or a meal too? Drop in anytime between 6pm-8pm.

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May 27th: The Well-Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World

This is the first in a series of free book-based events between Hungerford Hub & our bookshop centred around mental health and well-being.

Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Her book The Well-Gardened Mind is a Sunday Times bestseller.

How can gardening relieve stress and help us look after our mental health? What lies behind the restorative power of the natural world?

In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence.

With illuminating stories of how people struggling with stress, depression, trauma and addiction can change their lives, this inspiring and wise book of science, insight and anecdote – now translated into fifteen languages – shows how our understanding of nature and its restorative powers is only just beginning to flower.

This is a free event but you must register.

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June 22nd: Move! The Science of Body Over Mind

Did you know that walking can improve your cognitive skills? That strengthening your muscular core reduces anxiety? That light stretching can combat a whole host of mental and bodily ailments, from stress to inflammation? We all know that exercise changes the way you think and feel. But scientists are just starting to discover exactly how it works.

Interviewing researchers and practitioners around the world, she reveals how you can work your body to improve your mind. As lockdown throws us back on our own mental and physical resources, there is no better time to take control of how you think and feel.

"Our bodies are designed to be in motion, and our minds suffer when they aren't. Move! is science writing at its absolute best: lucid, informative, authoritative, fascinating - and very very important" -- Guy Claxton, author ― Intelligence In The Flesh

This is part of the 'Well Read Mind' season of events curated by Hungerford Bookshop & Hungerford Hub.

Caroline will be giving a talk in person, followed by the opportunity to ask questions and get a copy of the book Move! signed if you wish. This free event is a must for anyone who is interested in how movement affects our minds.

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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