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April 2019

Harry Sidebottom – launch of ‘The Lost Ten’

April 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Topping & Company Booksellers of Ely, 9 High Street
Ely, CB7 4LJ United Kingdom
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When Valens, a junior officer in the Roman Army, joins a crack squad of soldiers on a dangerous mission, little does he know what’s in store for him. Tasked with rescuing the young Prince Sasan, who has been imprisoned in the impenetrable Castle of Silence, the troops set out across Mesopotamia and into the mountains south of the Caspian Sea. Deep in hostile territory, inexperienced Valens finds himself in charge. And as one by one his soldiers die or disappear,…

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Kate Clanchy in Ely

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Kate Clanchy has taught in state schools for nearly thirty years. 'Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me' is an extraordinary memoir, detailing a life’s work spent teaching in a national institution. This book is made up of stories; stories of the children she’s taught, some of the teachers she’s worked with and some of the lessons she’s learned along the way. 'Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me' paints a vivid picture of school life…

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Ali Smith in Ely

April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

From the bestselling author of 'Autumn' and 'Winter', as well as the Baileys Prize-winning 'How to be Both', comes the next instalment in the remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet. What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times? Spring. The great connective. With an eye to the migrancy of story over time, and riffing on…

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Chris Brookmyre in Ely

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Ely Library, 6 The Cloisters
Ely, CB7 4ZH United Kingdom
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To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions. Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible… Chris Brookmyre was a…

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May 2019

Debut Fiction: Damian Barr

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Topping & Company Booksellers of Ely, 9 High Street
Ely, CB7 4LJ United Kingdom
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Damian Barr is a journalist, writer and host of his own Literary Salon. His memoir of surviving small-town Scotland in the Thatcher years, 'Maggie and Me', was published in 2013 to great acclaim; now he turns his hand to fiction for the first time. His debut novel, 'You Will Be Safe Here', explores legacies of abuse, redemption and the strength of the human spirit, and is a triumph. In South Africa, at the dawn of the 20th Century, Sarah van…

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Erin Kelly in Ely

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

From Erin Kelly, best-selling author of 'Broadchurch' and 'He Said/She Said' comes the gripping new suspense novel 'Stone Mothers'. Marianne grew up in the shadow of the Stone Mother, the old asylum which still haunts her dreams. She was seventeen when she fled the town, her family, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried. Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose…

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Countryfile’s Adam Henson in Ely

May 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lighthouse Centre Ely, United Kingdom + Google Map

Born on the farm he now works, Adam Henson has successfully combined a life in farming with a career as a television presenter, fronting BBC’s flagship rural affairs programme, 'Countryfile'. In 'A Breed Apart', Adam takes readers on a very personal journey around the nation, discovering the animals that have shaped our lives and our land throughout the centuries. From postcard perfect Highland Cows to the Cotswold sheep (for whom the Cotswolds are named), to the fearsome, four-horned Manx Loagthan…

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Natalie Haynes in Ely

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Ely Library, 6 The Cloisters
Ely, CB7 4ZH United Kingdom
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Broadcaster, stand-up comedian and writer Natalie Haynes is the author of both fiction and non-fiction books which draw upon her expertise as a classicist. In 'A Thousand Ships', Natalie retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious. Over the next few…

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Victoria Hislop in Ely

May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between left and right when the Germans invade. Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences, differences deepened by the German invasion. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance. In the civil war that follows, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which…

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June 2019

Markus Zusak in Ely

June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lighthouse Centre Ely, United Kingdom + Google Map

The long anticipated new novel from the author of 'The Book Thief' is finally here, and its author, Markus Zusak, joins us for the first time in Ely to talk about it! The five Dunbar brothers are living in the perfect squalor of a house without grown-ups. Today, the father who abandoned them is about to walk back in. But why has he returned, and who have the boys become since he left? At the helm is Matthew, cynical, poetic;…

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July 2019

Francis Pryor on The Fens

July 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lighthouse Centre Ely, United Kingdom + Google Map

Francis Pryor, Time Team’s distinguished archaeologist, has lived in, excavated, farmed and walked the Fen Country for more than four decades. In Fenland: The Silt and the Black, a journey spanning history, archaeology and personal recollection, Francis reveals his great love for this most mysterious of English landscapes. The Fens are often regarded as a neglected backwater by those who don’t know them; Francis will offer a very different view: that of a prosperous and vibrant land, from its levels…

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