Fabulous literary line-up

on 31 May 2017.

the secret sisterhood

The month of June sees a trio of riveting author events come to town courtesy of the ever-reliable Hungerford Bookshop and Arts for Hungerford.

The first, on June 15th, 7.30pm in Hungerford Town Hall, brings authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney talking about their new book, The Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf. Four of the world's most respected female authors enjoyed collaborations which until now have been hidden in the shadows, but Midorikawa and Sweeney have cast their searchlight on those relationships which though supportive, were sometimes illicit, scandalous and volatile. An eye-opening evening is promised. Tickets are £6 and include a glass of wine and £5 discount on the book on the night.

On Thursday, 20th June in Hungerford Bookshop at 7.30pm, Simon Cooper will be talking about, The Otters Tale, the fascinating story which began when Cooper bought an abandoned water mill straddling a small chalk stream which he found himself sharing the secret sisterhood with a family of wild otters. Developing an unusually close relationship with these most secretive yet popular of animals, Cooper's books follows in the footsteps of Henry Williamson's classic 1920s tale, Tarka the Otter. The reader is taken month by month through the calendar year learning the most intimate details of these beautiful British mammals. An enchanting story. Tickets are £5 and include a glass of wine and £3 off the book on the night.

The final event in June's line-up comes from author Abi Oliver who will be appearing at Hungerford Bookshop, 7.30pm on Friday 30th June to discuss her novel, A New Map of Love. The book centres around George Baxter, an antiques dealer who, until the death of his wife of twenty six years, had been content to settle for an ordinary life. Widowed, he strikes out into a future unknown and over the course of one summer discovers that life has so much more to show him, including mysteries from his past which come to light. Writer Sarah Dunant has described Oliver's book as 'an acute and beguiling study of life, love and the endless flat-footed dance of men and women.' Tickets are £5 and include a glass of wine and £3 off the book on the night.

Tickets for all events can be purchased in person from Hungerford Bookshop (01488 683480) or online at ArtsforHungerford.com

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