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

Sunday 5th February at 11:30am

Max’s Walking Book Club.
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

Max’s Walking Book Club
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

Max’s Walking Book Club
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!

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Max’s Walking Book Club – Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

Sunday 30th October at 11:30am

Max’s Walking Book Club
Join other book-lovers for a walk in the Saffron Walden countryside to discuss Max Porter’s ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’.

This extraordinary debut, partly based on Ted Hughes’ ‘Crow’ collection, is a deft feat of linguistic playfulness and daring, full of unexpected humour and emotional truth.  It marks the arrival of a thrilling and significant new literary talent.

Sunday 30th October 2016, 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 Mandibles by Lionel Shriver

Sunday 2nd October at 11:30am

Max’s Walking Book Club
Join other book-lovers for a walk in the Saffron Walden countryside to discuss Lionel Shriver’s ‘The Mandibles’.
The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin. It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America’s soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid.
Sunday 2nd October 2016, 11.30am-12.30pm at Hart’s Books
Children, dogs and friends welcome!
Suitable footwear recommended!

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The Wood for the Trees – Richard Fortey

Thursday 27th October at 7:30pm

Tickets £8.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

The Wood for the Trees

Richard Fortey

One of our greatest science writers and author of Dry Store Room No.I, his fascinating insight into life behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum, Richard Fortey returns to Saffron Walden to talk about his latest book which documents a year in his patch of bluebell and beech woodland. His intimate study combines scientific precision with poetic phraseology and a glorious down-to earth realism in his infectious relish for the pleasures of discovery. He is a master – don’t miss him.

Thursday 27th October

7.30pm, Hart’s Books

Tickets £8 from Hart’s Books

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A Life Discarded – ALEXANDER MASTERS

Thursday 6th October at 7:30pm

Tickets £8.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

A Life Discarded

ALEXANDER MASTERS

Alexander Masters’ award-winning biography Stuart: A Life Backwards was chosen by eighteen different newspapers and magazines as their Book of the Year. The extraordinary A Life Discarded is likely to follow suit. Part detective story, part social history, part love story, it is his account of what happened after he was handed 148 tattered and mouldy diary notebooks found lying among broken bricks in a skip in Cambridge.

This uniquely talented biographer talks about his writing.

Thursday 6th October

7.30pm, Hart’s Books

Tickets £8 from Hart’s Books

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Lara: The Untold Love Story that Inspired Doctor Zhivago – ANNA PASTERNAK

Tuesday 4th October at 7:30pm

Tickets £8.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Lara: The Untold Love Story that Inspired Doctor Zhivago

ANNA PASTERNAK

Doctor Zhivago has sold in its millions yet the heart-breaking true story of the passionate love affair between its author, Boris Pasternak and his literary muse, Olga Ivinskaya, which inspired it, has never been told.

Anna Pasternak, writer and great-niece of the Nobel Prize winning novelist, has had unprecedented access to archival and family sources (including Olga’s daughter, Irina). She provides unparalleled insights into one of the greatest love stories of the 20th Century.

Tuesday 4th October

7.30pm, Hart’s Books

Tickets £8 from Hart’s Books

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Redeemable – ERWIN JAMES

Friday 30th September at 7:30pm

Tickets £8.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Redeemable

ERWIN JAMES

Erwin James is a convicted murderer and Guardian journalist. He went to prison with, in his words, ‘massive failings to overcome’ and emerged with an Open University arts degree and a regular Guardian column, and has become patron of several charities dedicated to the promotion of the arts for marginalised groups and to the rehabilitation of ex-offenders. He writes and speaks movingly about his experiences and about prison as a valuable community resource.

Friday 30th September

7.30pm, Hart’s Books

Tickets £8 from Hart’s Books

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