Last night we had the absolutely honour of hosting the man behind the White crash helmet – the Stig himself, Ben Collins.
Session musician and self proclaimed petrol-head, Jamie McCredy conducted an informal interview with Ben, drawing upon his most notable driving tips, witty anecdotes that appear in the book and his impressive driving career.
Ben gave us a Brilliantly funny insight into his experience working on Top Gear and his life as a stunt double, whilst offering some crucial and invaluable pieces of driving advice like ALWAYS LOOK AHEAD.
It was so great to see such a varied audience dynamic with men and women of all ages – spanning from those who are just dipping their toes into the overwhelming pool of learning to drive, to the absolutely car-obsessed.
A great speaker, a brilliant book and a really nice guy.
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I have just finished reading this wonderful follow up to ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ by Rachel Joyce.
I was lucky enough to meet Rachel last week and couldn’t believe that she hadn’t drafted this book whilst writing Harold Fry. It is a beautiful, moving, funny book about Queenie, the woman Harold walks to length of the country to see before she dies. We discover the reason behind her initial letter to Harold, and get to know Queenie in the way we got to know Harold over the course of the previous book.
I cannot recommend this strongly enough for all of you who enjoyed Harold Fry. This will make a perfect Christmas present for all those who read Harold Fry last year. We have some signed copies in the shop.
Antony Beevor gave a fascinating talk on the Second World War last night, drawing upon the extensive research that formed the back bone of his book: The Second World War.
He spoke about the research process, suggesting that there is a certain numbness that comes with discovering such shocking and incalculable statistics of horror. In tune with this, he was sure to give a brutally honest account of some of his findings – implying that it is important not to ignore the horrors that are so potentially unbelievable.
Antony also touched upon the significance of unpublished journals and letters in determining the true feelings of civilians and soldiers just as all our historical speakers have talked about.
In focusing largely on the run up to 1939 and specifically the Japanese involvement in the war, Antony provided a unique insight into a topic that is so incredibly well covered. It was a delight to listen to and be educated by, someone so obviously passionate about his chosen topic.
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