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.
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
In her latest book on racing, best-selling author Henrietta Knight - the three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer of the legendary Best Mate - charts the lives of more than 80 jump jockeys in the hope of finding out what inspired them in childhood to take up one of the most dangerous jobs in sport.
Successful jump jockeys come from a variety of backgrounds. Their childhoods and upbringings show vast differences. Some originate from families already connected to horses and racing - they were always going to be riders.
Yet others have parents who have no equine connections whatsoever, which presents the question: why did these kids become jockeys and how?
Among the great and good to be profiled are household names such as Richard Dunwoody, John Francome, Sir Anthony McCoy and Ruby Walsh, and throughout Starting From Scratch we discover how many of racing's most celebrated individuals opted to take the path they did.
Henrietta will be signing copies of her books at 12:30 - 1:30 in the bookshop. 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