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Max’s Walking Book Club – Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sunday 7th May at 11:30am

Join other book-lovers for a walk in the Saffron Walden countryside to discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Dear Ijeawele’.

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions – compelling, direct, wryly funny and perceptive – for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent won.

Sunday 7th May, 11.30am at Hart’s Books. Children, dogs and friends welcome! Suitable footwear recommended!

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Author Talk – Clover Stroud – The Wild Other

Wednesday 26th April at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

The Wild Other is a grippingly honest account of love, loss, family and the healing strength of nature. It is a book about one woman’s experience of the restorative powers of nature and an understanding of the wildness embedded inside herself.

Powerful and deeply emotional, this is the story of an extraordinary life lived at its fullest.

‘She has also transcended the trauma of her past without forgetting its value – the ultimate goal of any meaningful memoir’ – Daily Telegraph

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Max’s Walking Book Club – Exit West by Moshin Hamed

Sunday 2nd April at 10:00am

Join other book-lovers for a walk in the Saffron Walden countryside to discuss Moshin Hamed’s ‘Exit West’.

An extraordinary story of desire and hope, travelling from the Middle East to London and beyond, this is a love story that considers what makes ordinary people flee their homes and how the world might change if borders were broken down.

 

Sunday 2nd April 10am at Hart’s Books. Children, dogs and friends welcome! Suitable footwear recommended!

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Max’s Walking Book Club – Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Sunday 5th March at 11:30am

Join other book-lovers for a walk in the Saffron Walden countryside to discuss Sebastian Barry’s ‘Days Without End’.

For an uprecedented second time, Sebastian Barry has won victory of the Costa Book of the Year. Days Without End is that extraordinary second volume.

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War.

Having fled terrible hardships they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Their lives are further enriched and imperilled when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive.

Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry’s latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America’s past, Days Without End is a novel never to be forgotten.

Sunday 5th March, 11.30am at Hart’s Books. Children, dogs and friends welcome! Suitable footwear recommended!

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Author Talk – Pamela Holmes – The Huntingfield Paintress’

Thursday 16th March at 7:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Pamela Holmes will be discussing her book ‘The Huntingfield Paintress’‘ on Thursday 9th March at 7.30pm.

Inspired by the true story of the real Mildred Holland and the parish church of Huntingfield in Suffolk, The Huntingfield Paintress is unique, emotive and beautifully crafted, just like the history that inspired it.

The talk will be held at the shop. Tickets are £5 and are available in person from the shop or over the phone on 01799 524 552.

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Author Talk – Midge Gillies – Army Wives

Thursday 9th March at 7:30pm

Tickets ££5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Midge Gillies will be discussing her book ‘Army Wives on Thursday 9th March at 7.30pm. 

From 1850’s Crimea to present day Afghanistan, Midge Gillies tells the real-life stories of the women behind the men in uniform. With outstanding scholarship and lightness of touch, claimed biographer and historian Gillie successfully provides penetratingly human accounts of what it really means to be part of the army family.

The talk will be held at the shop. Tickets are £5 and are available in person from the shop or over the phone on 01799 524 552.

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Max’s Walking Book Club – The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Sunday 5th February at 11:30am

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Join other book-lovers for a walk in the Saffron Walden countryside to discuss Sarah Perry’s ‘The Essex Serpent’.
Set in 1893 and firmly rooted in the author’s home county of Essex, the novel centres on the character of Cora Seaborne, a widow freed from a controlling, unhappy marriage. Retreating to the Essex countryside with her son, she hears the rumours surrounding the so-called ‘Essex Serpent’, a creature of folklore being blamed for a spate of deaths and disturbances and the cause of escalating panic in the local community. Her ensuing investigations bring her into contact with a clergyman, William Ransome, a man convinced of finding the answer to local hysteria in faith, just as Cora is on finding it in science. Despite their differing opinions, their lives become ever-more enmeshed, finding themselves bound to each other in ways neither could anticipate.
Sunday 5th February, 11.30am-12.30pm at Hart’s Books. Children, dogs and friends welcome! Suitable footwear recommended!

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Max’s Walking Book Club – The Evenings by Gerard Reve

Sunday 8th January at 11:30am

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Join other book-lovers for a walk in the Saffron Walden countryside to discuss Gerard Reeve’s ‘The Evenings’.

Twenty-three-year-old Frits – office worker, daydreamer, teller of inappropriate jokes – finds life absurd and inexplicable. He lives with his parents, who drive him mad. He has terrible, disturbing dreams of death and destruction. Sometimes he talks to a toy rabbit. This is the story of ten evenings in Frits’s life at the end of December, as he drinks, smokes, sees friends, aimlessly wanders the gloomy city streets and tries to make sense of the minutes, hours and days that stretch before him.

Darkly funny and mesmerising, The Evenings takes the tiny, quotidian triumphs and heartbreaks of our everyday lives and turns them into a work of brilliant wit and profound beauty.

Sunday 8th January, 11.30am-12.30pm at Hart’s Books
Children, dogs and friends welcome!
Suitable footwear recommended!

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Salley Vickers Book Signing

Wednesday 23rd November at 3:30pm

Salley Vickers will be coming to sign copies of her latest novel ‘Cousins’ at Hart’s Books on Wednesday 23rd November at 3.30pm.

Please do contact us if you would like us to reserve you a copy of the book for the signing!

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Max’s Walking Book Club – Autumn by Ali Smith

Sunday 27th November at 10:00am

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Join other book-lovers for a walk in the Saffron Walden countryside to discuss Ali Smith’s ‘Autumn’.Ali Smith’s new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. This first in a seasonal quartet casts an eye over our own time. Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearian jeu d’esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s Pop art: the centuries cast their eyes over our own history-making. Here’s where we’re living. Here’s time at its most contemporaneous and its most cyclic.

Sunday 30th October 2016, 11.30am-12.30pm at Hart’s Books
Children, dogs and friends welcome!
Suitable footwear recommended!