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Bestselling writer Dorit Rabinyan, author of Persian Brides and Strand of a Thousand Pearls, talks about her work, in particular her new novel All the Rivers. Her story - of trying to bridge the gaps between Israelis and Palestinians - is so controversial that it is banned in Israeli schools as it risks damaging the 'identity of the nation' with its frank and tender depiction of a taboo relationship.Read More
Essex Book Festival invites members of book groups from across Essex to discuss the novels of two of the county's up and coming writers. Join us for author readings by our writer-in-residence Sarah Perry, author of the acclaimed The Essex Serpent and debut novelist Beth Underdown whose new work, The Witchfinder's Sister promises the untold story of Matthew Hopkins. The event promises scintillating discussion, a chance to meet other avid readers and an opportunity to share your passion about books with others. There will also be an opportunity to find out how The Reading Agency can support book groups. Although aimed at book groups, this event is open to all. Spaces are limited, so book early. @SarahGPerry bethunderdown.co.uk @bethunderdown readingagency.org.uk @readingagencyRead More
A rare opportunity to hear three very different award-winning writers explain why 'Place' matters in their work. Essex-based Polish poet Wioletta Greg talks her about her wonderful memoir Swallowing Mercury, our writer-in-residence Sarah Perry discusses The Essex Serpent, and poet Philip Terry share insights into his new volume Quennets, which will take us from Berlin to the Essex Estuary. This event is part of Essex Book Festival's Place Weekend in Colchester on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March.Read More
The Fatal Tree - A True & Genuine Account of the Life of Elizabeth Lyon is Jake Arnott's brilliant new novel - a scandalous romance set in the underworld of early 18th-century London's bawdy academies and molly houses. Elizabeth Lyon - known as Edgworth Bess - is in Newgate, reciting her life-story to Grub Street hack Billy Archer. The tale she tells is one of crime, misfortune, depravity - love and betrayal; it is a road that is leading her straight to the Tyburn gallows. This evening Jake will be discussing the book and the Covent Garden underworld in which it is set with fellow author Max Décharné, whose own new book, Vulgar Tongues - An Alternative History of English Slang, traces the story of how the language of Shakespeare fragmented and twisted down the centuries into all kinds of shapes, as pickpockets, beggars, sailors, musicians, whores, and others seized the King's or Queen's English by the throat and took it to places it would probably regret in the morning. Tickets cost £8 (redeemable against purchase of the book) and are available online, in store or by calling 020 7851 2400. Any questions contact piccadilly@waterstones.comRead More
Described as one of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade by The Sunday Times, it's no surprise that everyone is talking about award-winning, Essex author Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent, Waterstones Book of the Year 2016. A gothic Victorian tale set in an Essex village and fit to bursting with incident, plot and character - what's not to like! FESTIVAL 4 - MULTIPLE EVENT OFFER: This year we are offering four events for the price of three on selected talks - Just choose any four events with the 'Festival 4' symbol when booking in person, over the phone or online. This event is supported by Essex Wine School essexwineschool.comRead More
Both Anthony Cartwright's Iron Towns and Ross Raisin's new novel A Natural use the backdrop of the football world to great effect and discuss topics far beyond what happens on the pitch.Read More

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