Our Past Events

We have had so many exciting and inspiring authors visit us over the years. Here is just a sample of those whom we have been privileged to host.

Kate Adie

As a reporter on the front line in Iraq, Kate Adie earned her reputation as one of the most intrepid women of her day. Kate spoke to us about her latest book, Into Danger: Risking Your Life for Your Work, which makes for compelling reading.

Paddy Ashdown

Paddy Ashdown spoke about his autobiography. A story of a life lived to the full, as a Royal Marine Commando, a member of the Special Boat Service and an international peacemaker, as well as an MP and a party leader.

Clare Balding

Clare Balding OBE is one of Britain’s leading and best-loved broadcasters and a bestselling author. We were delighted when she visited the Bookshop to sign copies of her highly successful book, Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles.

Anthony Beevor

Anthony Beevor, one of Britain’s foremost military historians and bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin, D-Day, The Second World War, talking about his latest book Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble.

Lindsay Davis

Lindsey Davis, the English historical novelist and author of the Marcus Didius Falco series of historical crime stories set in ancient Rome, joined us for a Book Brunch.

Louis De Bernieres

Louis De Bernieres, author of the international bestseller ‘Captain Correlli’s Mandolin’, headlined the Hungerford Literary Festival 2015, talking about his latest book, ‘The Dust that Falls From Dreams’.  

Clarissa Dickson-Wright

Clarissa Dickson-Wright, one of the ‘Two Fat Ladies’, television personality, writer, businesswoman, and former barrister, spoke on and signed copies of her book ‘Rifling Through My Drawers: My Life in a Year’.

Sebastian Faulks CBE

Sebastian Faulks, CBE for his services to literature and perhaps best known for his French trilogy, ‘The Girl at the Lion d’Or’, ‘Birdsong’ and ‘Charlotte Gray’, joined us to talk about his novel ‘A Possible Life’.

Patrick Gale

Novelist Patrick Gale, author of the Richard & Judy bestseller ‘Notes from an Exhibition’, returned our readers to his beloved Cornish coastline to talk about his book ‘A Perfectly Good Man’.    

Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard, the ‘master of the clever twist’, spoke as part of HADCAF about his writing career and books, as well as signing copies of his new books ‘The Corners of the Globe & ‘The Ends of the Earth’.

Joanne Harris

Best-selling novelist, Joanne Harris, joined us to talk about ‘Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure’, the novel that completes the trilogy that started with ‘Chocolat’ and ‘The Lollipop Shoes’.

Robert Harris

Master storyteller and local author, Robert Harris talking about the latest book in his Cicero series – The Dictator.

Sir Max Hastings

Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist and broadcaster whose work has appeared in every British national newspaper. He has written numerous critically acclaimed books and in 2015 spoke to us about ‘The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas, 1939–1945’.

Victoria Hislop

Victoria Hislop, the best-selling author of The Island, The Return and the The Thread, talking about her latest book The Last Dance: and Other Stories.

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith CBE,  one of the world’s most prolific and popular authors  whose  No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series sold over twenty million copies, speaking on his book tour for his novel ‘The Forever Girl’.

Jeremy Paxman

Award-winning journalist and presenter, Jeremy Paxman, discussing his latest book Great Britain’s Great War; a history of the real British experience of the First World War beneath the myths.

Gervase Phinn

Gervase Phinn, former school inspector and author, regaling our audience with anecdotes from his autobiography ‘Out of the Woods but Not Over the Hill’.

Hannah Rothschild

Hannah Rothschild is a writer, a filmmaker and a company director. Hannah spoke to us about her fascinating biography, ‘The Baroness: The Search for Nica, The Rebellious Rothschild’, which traces the history of her rebellious Great Aunt.

Rick Stein

We were delighted when, Chef and best selling cookery writer & presenter, Rick Stein joined us to sign copies of his hugely successful title ‘Long Weekends’. Queues formed down the high street in order to get the chance to meet Rick and bag his book. Picture Credit: John Laker

Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope is one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commentators writing fiction today. She is well known for her hugely successful contemporary works of fiction. Joanna recently visited the bookshop to talk about her novel ‘City of Friends’.

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