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Events at The Bookshop

Burns Nights at The Bookshop

Saturday 25th January, 7pm

Come and spend Burns Night at The Bookshop, with food and travel writer Ghillie Basan, who will be giving a talk about her new book, 'Spirit and Spice'.

A celebration of Scottish food and whisky tasting!

Tickets are £10 and available to buy at The Bookshop.

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Join award-winning food writer Ghillie Basan as she delves into the Scottish larder, using her knowledge of spice cookery to shine a new light on local ingredients. In Spirit & Spice, Ghillie shares her expertise in pickling, preserving, smoking, foraging and outdoor cooking, and opens up whole new worlds of flavour with her approach to food and whisky pairings. And she can always be guaranteed to find the perfect dram to go with any meal breakfast, lunch or dinner. Most importantly, Ghillie tells the stories behind the recipes to paint an inspirational and heartfelt picture of family life in one of the wildest and most beautiful corners of Scotland.


Author of 2019 bestselling debut 'The Familiars, Stacey Hall, will be launching her new novel, and discussing 'The Foundling' at The Bookshop on Thursday 6th February...

Two women from different worlds. And a secret that will change everything...

London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London's Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst - that Clara has died in care - the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed - by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl - and why.

Less than a mile from Bess' lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend - an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital - persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

'Pacy, highly atmospheric and tantalisingly gripping from the very first page. With rich storytelling and a compelling narrative, The Foundling is subtle, satisfying and intensely moving'

Join us at 7pm! Tickets are £10.

Join us at The Bookshop for a meet and greet drinks reception with British historian, lecturer and biographer, Helen Fry, followed by a talk and Q&A session at Sackville College about her new book, 'The Walls Have Ears'.

Tickets for this event are £10 and available to purchase at The Bookshop. Booking is essential.

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A history of the elaborate and brilliantly sustained World War II intelligence operation by which Hitler s generals were tricked into giving away vital Nazi secrets

At the outbreak of World War Two, MI6 spymaster Thomas Kendrick arrived at the Tower of London to set up a top secret operation: German prisoners' cells were to be bugged and listeners installed behind the walls to record and transcribe their private conversations. This mission proved so effective that it would go on to be set up at three further sites - and provide the Allies with crucial insight into new technology being developed by the Nazis.

In this astonishing history, Helen Fry uncovers the inner workings of the bugging operation. On arrival at stately-homes-turned-prisons like Trent Park, high ranking German Generals and commanders were given a phoney interrogation, then treated as guests, wined and dined at exclusive clubs, and encouraged to talk. And so it was that the Allies got access to some of Hitler's most closely guarded secrets - and from those most entrusted to protect them.







Join us at The Bookshop for a meet and greet drinks reception with Sonia Purnell, followed by a talk and Q&A session at Sackville College about her new book, 'A Woman of No Importance'.

Tickets for this event are £10 and available to purchase at The Bookshop. Booking is essential.

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In 1942, the Gestapo would stop at nothing to track down a mysterious 'limping lady' who was fighting for the freedom of France. The Nazi chiefs issued a simple but urgent command: 'She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.'

The Gestapo's target was Virginia Hall, a glamorous American with a wooden leg who broke through the barriers against her gender and disability to be the first woman to infiltrate Vichy France for the SOE. In so doing she helped turn the course of the intelligence war.

This is the epic tale of an heiress who determined that a hunting accident would not define her existence; a young woman who gambled her life to fight for the freedoms she believed in; an espionage novice who helped to light the flame of French Resistance.

Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall, an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance and personal triumph over shocking adversity.

The Greatest Intelligence Operation of  WWII

Helen Fry at The Bookshop and Sackville College

Thursday 27th February, 7pm

An Evening with Stacey Halls

Thursday 6th February, 7pm

WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy

Sonia Purnell at The Bookshop and Sackville College

Thursday 12th March, 7pm

Coming Soon 2020

Friday 20th December

Angela Dyson Book Signing: The Love Detective: Next Level

Note to self: Do not screw this up.

When Clarry Pennhaligan, rookie private detective and unlikely heroine, takes on her second case, she is determined to master the art of smart. All she has been asked to do is to infiltrate a group of women who share a rather unusual way of spending their spare time. Shouldn't be too demanding, she thinks, nothing to it. But, after her first clumsy steps reveal secrets that may best be kept hidden, her investigation gains momentum and events take a bizarre and sinister turn. Out of her depth and working above her paygrade, Clarry soon faces a very real danger. Things just got Next Level.

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