Topping and Company Book Sellers of Ely

An Evening with Robin Ince

Fans of ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ will know that Robin Ince has one of the sharpest minds on radio, as well as one of the wittiest. As a connoisseur of comedy, Robin has spent decades mining our eccentricities to create gags – and watching other strange individuals do the same. And for years on ‘The …

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An Evening with Laura Purcell

Laura Purcell’s debut novel The Silent Companions thrilled and chilled its many readers, and now Laura has followed it with another fantastic gothic tale. Set in a Victorian prison, The Corset is a story of rationality versus the supernatural, dealing with bitterness, betrayal and dresses, and with a dark conceit at its centre – a …

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An Evening with John Simpson

At a restaurant in Sloane Square, a politician confides to journalist Jon Swift that he is concerned for his own safety; a few months later he is found dead in his flat. But when the police and even Swift’s paper refuse to investigate the death further, he must take matters into his own hands. Soon …

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John Suchet on Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s life – and premature death – has long been mythologised and misunderstood. A shy, emotional child, Tchaikovsky came late to composing as a career. Doubting himself at every turn and keenly wounded by criticism, he went on to become one of the world’s best-loved composers. Yet behind the success lay sadness: the …

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Giles Milton on D-Day

Almost seventy-five years have passed since D-Day, the day of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could …

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An Evening with Felix Francis in Ely

Felix Francis, like his father before him, is a master storyteller, a writer of gripping tales of double-dealing and murder in horse-racing circles. His latest novel, ‘Crisis’, takes us into the world of Harrison Foster, a lawyer by training, who works as a crisis manager for a London firm that specialises in such matters. Summoned …

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An Evening with Michael Palin

Michael Palin, Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter, brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839–43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. …

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Jane Glover: Handel in London

‘Handel in London’ tells the story of a young German composer who in 1712, followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of his life. That master would become King George II and the composer was Georg Friederich Handel. Handel, then still only twenty-seven and largely self-taught, would be at …

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Ben Macintyre in Ely

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the …

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Sebastian Faulks in Ely

We are absolutely delighted to announce that literary giant Sebastian Faulks will join us in Ely on 19th September, to celebrate the publication of his latest masterpiece: ‘Paris Echo’. In this urgent and deeply moving novel, Faulks deals with questions of empire, grievance and identity. Here is Paris as you’ve never seen it before – …

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An Evening with Neil MacGregor in Ely

Neil MacGregor, former director of the British Museum, has forged a reputation for bringing history to life in an entirely new way with his best-selling ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ and ‘Germany’. His dazzling, long-awaited new book ‘Living With the Gods’ is a panoramic exploration of peoples, objects and religion over 40,000 …

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Gina Miller in Ely

Gina Miller came to prominence when she brought one of the most significant constitutional cases ever to be heard in the British Supreme Court. Gina successfully challenged the UK government’s authority to trigger Article 50 – the formal notification to leave the European Union – without parliamentary approval. In ‘Rise’, Gina Miller draws on a …

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Melissa Harrison in Ely

From Toppings favourite, Melissa Harrison, comes a major new novel, ‘All Among the Barley’. The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember, although the Great War still casts its shadow over the fields and villages around her beloved Suffolk home, Wych Farm. Constance Fitzallen arrives from London to document fading rural …

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