Topping & Company Book Sellers of Ely

An Evening with Matt Haig

The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a …

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An Evening with Mick Herron

Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without …

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Tim Winton in Ely

A new book from Tim Winton is always a very good thing, and it’s even better to be able to hear him talk about his writing. We are delighted to welcome him back to Ely, to talk about his newest novel, ‘The Shepherd’s Hut’. For years Jaxie Clackton has dreaded going home. His beloved mum …

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New Poetry: Jonathan Totman

We are delighted to celebrate the publication of ‘Explosives Licence’, local poet Jonathan Totman’s debut pamphlet, and a winner of the 2018 IOTA Shot Pamphlet Awards. His poems explore our responses to profound disruptions in our lives: the ghosts that inhabit our surroundings and relationships; the licences we give ourselves to talk and stay silent; …

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New fiction: Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott with ‘Swan Song’

They told him everything. He told everyone else. Over martini-soaked Manhattan lunches, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears. On exclusive yachts sailing the Mediterranean, on private jets streaming towards Jamaica, on Yucatán beaches in secluded bays, they gossiped about sex, power, money, love and fame. They never imagined he would betray them so …

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An Evening with Frank Gardner

We are delighted to welcome the BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner, to Ely, to talk about his new thriller, ‘Ultimatum’. SIS officer Luke Carlton, hero of the acclaimed bestseller ‘Crisis’, returns for an action-packed and unerringly authentic new adventure. Frank brings his wealth of experience covering international and national security matters and his in-depth knowledge …

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An Evening with Emma Healey

15-year-old Lana goes missing for four agonising days. When she is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, and the police draw a blank. The once-happy, loving family returns to London, where things start to fall apart. Lana begins …

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An Evening with Robert Goddard

High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as housesitter. But her remote existence is going to be invaded when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing rogue entrepreneur, Jack Harkness. Suddenly the whole world wants to …

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Tea and Cake with Simon Mayo

Simon Mayo needs no introduction – he is one of Britain’s best-loved and well-known radio presenters. He has worked on BBC Radio since 1981 and is now the presenter of Drivetime on BBC Radio 2, and co-presenter of Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review on Radio Five Live. But this is something very different – Simon’s …

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An Evening with Wendy Cope

In ‘Anecdotal Evidence’, her first collection of new poetry since 2011’s acclaimed ‘Family Values’, Wendy Cope celebrates ‘the half-forgotten stories of our lives’ with compassion, wisdom and wit. She continues to be the most generous of authors, sharing her experience of childhood and marriage and writing poignantly about the passing of time. In several of …

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An Evening with Will Millard

Join us for an evening with BBC presenter and explorer Will Millard, celebrating his beautifully written memoir about fishing, family and the fens. Growing up on the Cambridgeshire Fens, Will Millard never felt more at home than when he was out with his granddad on the riverbank catching fish. As he grew older his competitive …

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An Evening with Joanna Trollope

`Why on earth, after all you’ve been through, all you’ve survived, all you’ve achieved, why do you want to get married?’ Rose Woodrowe has just got engaged to Tyler Masson – a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn’t the first time for either of them, and …

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Elly Griffiths in Ely

Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from an Italian archaeologist asking for her help with some bones he has discovered in a tiny hilltop village near Rome. So she travels to Castello degli Angeli, accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona. In the town she finds a medieval shrine and …

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An Evening with Philippa Gregory

In this exclusive event, part of a series of informal talks, million-selling author, Philippa Gregory, will discuss the issues writers face when tackling the indescribable: from unimaginable horrors to the irrational. Using examples from her new novel, ‘Dark Tracks’, Philippa will show how she explored writing about the Holocaust, and tackled issues of consent, and …

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