September sees a series of events centred on history hosted by Hungerford Bookshop.
First off is a stunning book called Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain (published 2 September) by art historian and printmaker Amy Jeffs who retells medieval tales of legend and landscape. We visit beautiful, sacred places that include prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge and Wayland’s Smithy. She joins Dr Katy Soar for a discussion on Tuesday 7 September. Buy tickets here Ticket holders can pick-up a free matching tote bag and also be in with a chance to win a beautiful limited edition print.
Military History readers will want to attend The Pathfinders two days later on Thursday 9 September with the author Will Iredale who will be in conversation with acclaimed aviation historian Paul Beaver. The Pathfinders were ordinary men and women from a range of nations who revolutionised the efficiency of the Allies’ air campaign over mainland Europe. They elevated Bomber Command from an impotent force on the cusp of disintegration in 1942 to one capable of razing whole German cities to the ground in a single night. Buy tickets here.
Next follows two fiction talks both set between the wars. Popular GP and TV presenter Dr Hilary Jones MBE has written Frontline (published 2 September) the first book in a sensational new series charting the rise of a prominent British medical family in the twentieth century. Prescient and moving, and introducing a cast of irresistible characters, this pacey, brilliantly told story is set to be the read of the Autumn. You can catch him for a talk and booksigning in an afternoon event on Saturday 11 September. Buy tickets here.
Bestselling novelist Sebastian Faulks rounds-off the season with a talk about his new book Snow Country on Thursday 23 September. Historian Anthony Beevor calls it ‘Faulk’s most poignant love story yet’. Snow Country is a landmark novel from one of the greatest writers of his generation. Tickets (which include a copy of the book) are already selling fast. Buy tickets here.
Events are held at various locations in Hungerford. See www.hungerfordbookshop.co.uk for details and tickets or pop in.