We are SO excited to announce that we have WON the window competition for the Crime Thriller Awards! We are SO proud of our wonderfully creative team!
Wow. What an amazing, sell out event. Author of The Island, The Return and most recently, The Sunrise, Victoria Hislop spoke incredibly well, and I think we all learned a whole lot more about a part of history that is so little discussed.
It’s a fascinating book and a really unique premise, focusing on the tragic and devastating conflict of Greek and Turkish Cypriots. So few of us left the hall empty handed – we were all truly inspired to read her books.
The success and overwhelming popularity of Victoria and of the event was aptly reflected in the many eager questions and sheer enthusiasm to meet her at the end. And above all, the many many smiling faces!
What made it so entertaining was that it wasn’t just a history lesson (even though we were in a school!) but also a real insight into the human condition, she was keen to put across her own discoveries through researching the book, primarily the idea that ignorance breeds bigotry. She also offered an intriguing snapshot into the life of a writer joking that she doesn’t sit ‘chewing a pencil’ and thinking of ideas, they really do just come to her and she makes sure to ‘feed’ her own imagination by reading other people’s books.
It was a fabulous evening and I think we were all left with a feeling of excitement for either reading The Sunrise, or for her already avid fans, for what she might do next.
In keeping with the World War One centenary and of course, the release of the new series of much-loved ‘Downton Abbey’, we held a fascinating talk last night with Adele Parks and Kate Williams on the theme of the home-front during WW1. TV Historian-come-novelist Kate, and Times Writer and contemporary fiction author Adele, formed a powerful duo, introducing their wonderful new books whilst successfully covering the more general topic of the role of the ‘surplus’ women during and after WW1.
It was an intimate talk filled with inspiring anecdotes and personal real-life tales, underpinned by fascinating and evidently meticulous, research.
Testimony to this, at the end of the talk this inspirational pair were greeted with many admiring fans, desperate for signed copies of these powerful books and keen to speak with the inspiring creators. These are two people that are so clearly passionate about their chosen subject topic, and so dedicated to giving a voice to the lesser-known stories of the war – their enthusiasm for the history of WW1 is truly infectious.
There was a real buzz after the event, and like all good historians, Adele and Kate left us with far more questions than we came with.
We are so thrilled that we have been chosen as one of the 73 recipients of grant money from the great James Patterson. Read about it all here
We will be letting you know how we’re going to use the money to improve Children’s reading experiences. We’ve got lots of ideas.
We are entering the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 Window competition, so our window display created by Philippa and Wendy has certainly fulfilled the brief! It has caused quite a stir on Packhorse Road with anxious customers coming in to see if we’re OK! Janet caught a real life policeman having a photo taken with it as his background, so it must look really authentic.