Dave Hamilton - Wild Ruins B.C. The Explorers guide to Britain's ancient sites.
Jun
19
3:00 PM15:00

Dave Hamilton - Wild Ruins B.C. The Explorers guide to Britain's ancient sites.

  • Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth (map)
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Join us at Kennaway House for a History Talk to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week .

Wild Ruins B.C. reveals Britain’s extraordinary ancient history, from 10,000 years ago to the birth of Christ. Discover the lost remains and mysterious stones that lie hidden in some of the most beautiful landscapes. From sacred tombs and caves, to awe-inspiring stone circles and earthworks, Bronze Age brochs to dramatic Iron Age hill forts.

Dave Hamilton is a writer, photographer and explorer of historic sites. He is the bestselling author of Wild Ruins a guide to Britain’s lost castles, follies and relics in our more recent history, and the prequel to this book. He is also the author of The Self Sufficient-ish Bible and Family Foraging.

Tickets £8 from Kennaway House 01395 515551

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Ben Aaronovitch  - Rivers of London: The October Man
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London: The October Man

  • The Cornish Bakery, 15 High Street, Sidmouth (map)
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Ben Aaronivitch joins us on publication of the new Rivers of London book The October Man as part of our celebrations for Independent Bookshop Week.

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Author and screenwriter, Ben was born and raised in London, he worked as a scriptwriter for Doctor Who and Casualty before the inspiration for his own series of books struck him whilst working as a bookseller in Waterstones Covent Garden. His unique novels are the culmination of his experience of writing about the emergency services and the supernatural.

Rivers of London is now to be developed for TV by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg’s production company, Stolen Picture, for which Ben will serve as an Executive Producer.

Tickets are £12.99 including a signed book or £3.00 without from Eventbrite

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Kim Sherwood: Testament - Hunting Raven presents
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Kim Sherwood: Testament - Hunting Raven presents

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***Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz***

Hunting Raven is proud to welcome Bath-based author, Kim Sherwood to talk abut her Desmond Elliott-longlisted novel Testament.

Kim started writing Testament after her grandmother began to talk about her experiences as a Holocaust Survivor for the first time. These tales provided the seeds of a story that grew as Kim undertook research into the events of the Holocaust in Hungary.

Following the talk, there will be Q&A. Books will be available to buy on the night and Kim will be happy to sign them.

Tickets £5 available in store or on Eventbrite

'Compelling, Moving and ultimately uplifting'
Heather Morris, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

'Beautiful'

Andrew Miller, PURE

'Hugely Poignant'
The Independent

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Andrew Smith - Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Andrew Smith - Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth

The Dorset Moon at Sherborne Abbey presents Andrew Smith, author of the international bestseller Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth and the BBC documentary Being Neil Armstrong. This celebratory evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing will combine lively conversation and Smith’s dramatic reading of his account of the first landing, with music and recently-uncovered film footage from a camera behind Buzz Aldrin’s head as the lunar module descended. Described as one of the books of the last decade this is one not to miss.

Venue: Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road

Tickets £12 from Winstones, or buy online.

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Alison Weir: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets - Hunting Raven presents
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

Alison Weir: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets - Hunting Raven presents

  • Christ Church Christchurch Street West Frome BA11 1EH (map)
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Hunting Raven is proud to present the UK's most popular female historian Alison Weir as she talks about Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets - the fourth novel in her Sunday Times bestselling series Six Tudor Queens.

History tells us she was never crowned
But her story does not end there...

The King is in love with Anna’s portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride. She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance. But Anna’s past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall. Everyone knows the King won’t stand for a problem queen. Alison Weir draws on new evidence to conjure a startling image of Anna as you’ve never seen her before. A charming, spirited woman, she was loved by all who knew her – and even, ultimately, by the King who rejected her.

Alison Weir has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. Rich in detailed research, Alison’s engaging prose has captured the interest and imagination of countless people, instilling a love of history among people throughout the world. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary life patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

Each of Alison's Six Tudor Queens novels can be read in isolation – each providing a fascinating account of the lives of these enigmatic and compelling characters – or as part of a series that continues to delight and enlighten in equal measure.

There will be a Q&A following the event. Books will be available to buy on the night and Alison will be very happy to sign them.

Tickets £8 or £22 with a book, available either in store or on Eventbrite


Please note, there is no onsite-parking at the venue (though there are a very few spaces for disabled drivers). There is some on-street parking immediately outside the venue and a number of public car parks in the centre of town all within short walking distance from the venue.

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A Literary Lunch with David Nicholls: Hunting Raven Presents
Jul
15
12:30 PM12:30

A Literary Lunch with David Nicholls: Hunting Raven Presents

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Join us for a very special literary lunch with Sunday Times Bestselling author and Bafta-winning screen-writer David Nicholls.

Nicholls is one of Britain's most successful writers with an incomparable talent for making us laugh, cry and wince with recognition. It’s ten years since his novel One Day became an international publishing phenomenon and the iconic love story for a generation. It’s five years since the journey of Us took him to the Man Booker Prize long-list.

Hunting Raven is delighted to welcome David to talk about his new novel Sweet Sorrow - the story of one sixteen-year-old's life-changing summer...

Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. As the summer stretches before him, his exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way around, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.

Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and although it’s unthinkable, Charlie, despite himself, begins to hope.

But if Charlie wants to be with Fran, he must accept a challenge that will lose him the respect of his friends and almost require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling: the price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare.

Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a deeply evocative novel about negotiating the rocky path to adulthood, a hymn to the tragicomedy of family life, a celebration of the deep, reviving power of friendship and the brief, searing explosion of first love.

This is David Nicholls at his brilliant best - and an event not to be missed!

All tickets include a light sandwich lunch (from 12.30pm) and the event itself will run from 1-2pm, so you can squeeze a little bit of culture and fun into your lunchbreak.

Tickets available in shop or on Eventbrite £12 or £28 with the book.

The caterer operates from a small kitchen which handles nuts and other allergens. Please inform us upon booking if you have a serious allergy and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. It is also helpful if you could let us know if you are vegan or vegetarian, so that we can provide a good balance of options.

Please note there is no onsite parking at the venue and onstreet parking is limited. There are a number of public car parks all within walking distance from the venue.

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Milly Johnson and Veronica Henry in conversation
Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

Milly Johnson and Veronica Henry in conversation

  • Kennaway House Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8NG (map)
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Two smash hit Sunday Times bestselling writers of feel-good summer reads join forces to share the secrets of writing the perfect novel.

Veronica Henry is the author of 20 bestselling books. She lives and works in Devon and her books have delighted readers all over the world. An army child, she went to 8 different schools and she started her working life working on The Archers, before becoming a script editor on 100’s of TV dramas including Holby City and Heartbeat.

Milly Johnson is a Sunday Times Top 5 bestselling author of sixteen novels, including The Yorkshire Pudding Club and The Perfectly Imperfect Woman. Known as the ‘Queen of Feel-Good Fiction’, she has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. Milly attended the University of Exeter, but is proudly from and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and is making a rare appearance in Devon.

Tickets £13 (includes a glass of wine)

Available to buy at Kennaway House office or 01395 515551

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Libby Page & Richard Roper - Hunting Raven presents
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Libby Page & Richard Roper - Hunting Raven presents

  • Frome Town Hall Christchurch Street West Frome BA11 1EB (map)
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As part of our Books Against Loneliness Campaign, we are proud to present two authors who tackle the subject of loneliness head on and offer hope in the shape of community and connection...

Authors Libby Page and Richard Roper are at the forefront of feel-good fiction. Though their novels deal with some of society's biggest ills - loneliness, gentrification, and social disconnection - they are shot through with humour, hope, and warm-heartedness. They also share the same sense of community spirit that has helped to put Frome firmly on the map.

Libby Page' s The Lido was a smash-hit last when it was released in hardback last summer. The novel follows 26-year-old reporter Kate, who joins forces with 86-year-old widow Rosemary to save their local lido after the council announces plans to transform it into a state-of-the-art gym. The book (out now in paperback), centres on the value of community and the idea that hubs like lidos, libraries and other community spaces are essential for keeping people socially connected.

Richard Roper is a non-fiction editor at Headline (Hachette Publishing). Something to Live For is his debut novel Andrew, the novel's protagonist, works for the council, arranging the funerals of people who have died alone. But with loneliness eating away at his own life, Andrew is struggling to find something to live for...

The event will conclude with a Q&A. Books will be available to purchase on the night and Libby and Richard will be very happy to sign them.

Tickets £5 available on Eventbrite (link), or in shop.

Please note: There is no parking at the venue itself and parking on the surrounding streets is limited. There are a number of public car parks all within walking distance in which parking is free after 6pm.

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Songs of Praise Presenter Pamela Rhodes - Arthur's Garden
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Songs of Praise Presenter Pamela Rhodes - Arthur's Garden

Talk and Signing with BBC Songs of Praise presenter Pamela Rhodes. Venue Butterfly Room, Castle Gardens. Tickets £5

£14.99

£14.99

A heart-warming collection of songs and poems, advice and tit bits about the glorious, very ordinary, English garden - told through the life of her Uncle Arthur. This is a gardening book, with a story.


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Raynor Winn: The Salt Path - Hunting Raven Presents
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Raynor Winn: The Salt Path - Hunting Raven Presents

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Sunday Times Bestselling author Raynor Winn joins us to talk about her extraordinary memoir The Salt Path.

In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their home of 20 years, just as a terminal diagnosis threatened to take away their future together. With nowhere else to go, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path: a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

This ancient, wind-battered landscape strips them of every comfort they had previously known. With very little money for food or shelter, Raynor and Moth carry everything on their backs and wild camp on beaches and clifftops. But slowly, with every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, the walk set. them on a remarkable journey.

Born out of extraordinary circumstances, The Salt Path allows us to discover the healing powers found in nature and the simple act of walking forward.

Raynor is a regular contributor on Radio, TV and in print, writing and speaking on the subjects of nature, homelessness and wild camping. She continues to live on the South West Coast with her husband Moth and their dog Monty.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Books are available to purchase on the night and Raynor will be very happy to sign them.

Tickets £8 available on Eventbrite or in shop

Please note: There is limited street parking around the venue. Please park in one of the many car parks in town (free after 6pm) and enjoy the short walk to the Town Hall.

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Lucy Wood & Ben Smith in conversation
May
18
6:30 PM18:30

Lucy Wood & Ben Smith in conversation

  • The Cornish Bakery, 15 High St, Sidmouth, EX10 8LN (map)
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Join novelist Lucy Wood and debut author Ben Smith in conversation on how their work responds to the ocean, past present and future. A collaboration with Sidmouth Seafest.

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Lucy Wood is the author of the critically acclaimed collections of stories based on coastal and Cornish folklore’ Diving Belles and now The Sing of the Shore. She is the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and was a runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award.

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Ben Smith's Doggerland is a superbly gripping debut novel about loneliness and hope, nature and survival – set on an off-shore windfarm in the not-so-distant future.

The Boy, who is no longer really a boy, and the Old Man, whose age is unguessable, are charged with its maintenance. They carry out their never-ending work as the waves roll, dragging strange shoals of flotsam through the turbine fields. Land is only a memory.

So too is the Boy’s father, who worked on the turbines before him, and disappeared.

The Boy has been sent by the Company to take his place, but the question of where he went and why is one for which the Old Man will give no answer.

‘Heart-thumping miniature thrillers. There’s an uncanny, delicate quality to much of Wood’s prose that belies how difficult this kind of writing is to pull off’

The Guardian 

‘The Road meets Waiting for Godot. Powerful, unforgettable, unique’

Melissa Harrison 

Free event but please call to reserve a seat and buy a drink or snack to support the venue.

The Cornish Bakery 15 High St (opposite Winstone’s)

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Tom Nancollas - Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Tom Nancollas - Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

  • Sidmouth Sailing Club, the Esplanade, Sidmouth, EX10 8BG (map)
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A lyrical exploration of the rock lighthouses, the ingenuity of those who built them, and the social history of the communities linked to these off-shore towers, the most marginal part of Britain’s heritage.

We are delighted to collaborate with Sea Fest to bring one of our favourite non- fiction authors to Sidmouth. Hosted with a splendid sea view by Sidmouth Sailing club.

Seashaken Houses is an enthralling history of Britain’s rock lighthouses, extreme architectural gems. and monuments to our relationship with the sea.

They encapsulate a romantic vision of solitary homes amongst the waves, but their original purpose was much more noble, conceived as navigational gifts for the safety of all. Still today, we depend upon their guiding lights for the safe passage of ships.

Free event but please call to reserve a space and buy a drink or snack to support the venue.

11.00 am Sidmouth Sailing Club, The Esplanade.

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Damian Le Bas: The Stopping Places - Hunting Raven presents
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Damian Le Bas: The Stopping Places - Hunting Raven presents

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Hunting Raven Books is proud to welcome Damien Le Bas to celebrate the paperback launch of his critically acclaimed book The Stopping Places.

Damian Le Bas grew up surrounded by Gypsy history. His great-grandmother would tell him stories of her childhood in the ancient Romani language; the places her family stopped and worked, the ways they lived, the superstitions and lores of their people. But his own experience of life on the road was limited to Ford Transit journeys from West Sussex to Hampshire to sell flowers.

In a bid to better understand his Gypsy heritage, the history of the Britain's Romanies and the rhythms of their life today, Damian sets out on a journey to discover the atchin tans, or stopping places – the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. Through winter frosts and summer dawns, from horse fairs to Gypsy churches, neon-lit lay-bys to fern-covered banks, Damian lives on the road, somewhere between the romanticised Gypsies of old, and their much-maligned descendants of today.

Following the talk there will be a Q&A and Damien will be happy to sign copies of the book which will be available to purchase on the night.

Tickets £8 available from Eventbrite or in shop

*Please note, there is no parking at the venue. There is limited on-street parking in the vicinity of the Town Hall and a number of public car parks within short walking distance*

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Nina Allan: The Dollmaker - Hunting Raven presents
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Nina Allan: The Dollmaker - Hunting Raven presents

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We are proud to present the award-winning Guardian Fresh Voices author Nina Allan with her latest novel The Dollmaker. With its South West setting, and parts of the book set in a town modelled on Frome, we simply had to share it with you...

Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that's why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector's magazine.

Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her.

The Dollmaker is one of the Guardian's 'Must Read' books of 2019 and is perfect for fans of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist and Laura Purcell's The Silent Companion. Born in East London, Nina studied German and Russian at Exeter University and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where she completed an MLitt and monograph on madness, death and disease in the fiction of Vladimir Nabokov. Her 2017 book The Rift, won the British Science Fiction Award.

There will be a Q&A and book signing after the event.

Tickets £5 or £14.99 with a book available on Eventbrite or in shop

'A fantastic book' Andrew O'Hagan
'Wholly original - worthy of a modern Grimm' Andrew Caldecott (Rotherweird)
'A masterful and multi-layered haunted toyshop of a novel' Tony White (The Fountain in the Forest)

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Hunting Raven presents... Helping Birth with Eleanor Hayes
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Hunting Raven presents... Helping Birth with Eleanor Hayes

Eleanor Hayes is a birth coach, antenatal teacher and author of this indispensable guide for parents looking for reliable information about birth pain relief options and common interventions in labour.

“ This is an absolutely fantastic resource that should be read by every pregnant couple, as being informed is the key to having a positive birth.”

This is an absolutely fantastic resource that should be read by every pregnant couple, as being informed is the key to having a positive birth.”

Her personal experience of having two wildly different births – one traumatic and one awesome – led her to create her business Birthzang and spread knowledge of how to cope with labour and birth to other parents to help them achieve an awesome birth!

Most pregnant mums plan for a natural birth, however in the UK over 50% of births include some form of drugs for pain relief, or an intervention to help the baby be born.

Eleanor will discuss her own birth experiences and why this book will enable you make empowered and informed decisions before, during and after childbirth.

This entertaining and informative talk will include a Q&A and copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night care of Winstone's Hunting Raven Books.

Tickets £7 for one or £10 for two. Book online at www.bit.ly/HelpingBirth or reserve tickets by email winstonebooks3@gmail.com; by phone 01373 473111, or in our Frome store Winstone’s Hunting Raven Books.

*Please note, there is no parking at the venue though there are three public car parks within very short walking distance*

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John Connolly - A Book of Bones
May
4
12:30 PM12:30

John Connolly - A Book of Bones

We are delighted to welcome best selling author John Connolly to our Sidmouth shop in May.

John will be chatting to customers and signing copies of his new release A Book of Bones… the ultimate Charlie Parker mystery thriller…

‘The finest crime series currently in existence’ Independent on Sunday.

This is a free event, book signing only. Please call if you would like to reserve a signed book.

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Hunting Raven presents... Jacqueline Wilson
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Hunting Raven presents... Jacqueline Wilson

In a little cottage on the edge of the grand Somerset Estate, Mona lives with her aunt – a dressmaker to the lady of the house.

Even though Mona never knew her mother and father, she knows Aunty tries to give her the best life she can. When Lady Somerset dies and a new member of the family inherits the house, life changes drastically for Mona. Suddenly she’s invited to dazzling balls, dines on delicious food and plays with wild new friends. But with these changes come secrets that Mona can’t dance away from…

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Family Foraging with David Hamilton
Apr
23
4:00 PM16:00

Family Foraging with David Hamilton

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Join expert forager and all-round outdoorsy type David Hamilton for an after-school wander to Willow Vale. David will show you what foods to forage for, how to spot them, and what you can do with them.

Meet at Hunting Raven Books at 4pm and wander down to Rodden Meadow with David as your guide. Then come back to the bookshop for a snack. Books will be available to buy and David will happily sign them for you (and point out his favourite recipes!).

"Once you’ve caught the foraging bug, you’ll soon be looking for chestnuts to roast, hazelnuts to crack, or the best wild apple trees. Foraging is for life!" David Hamilton

Book online through
Eventbrite, by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com, or by popping into the shop (9-10 Cheap Street, Frome).

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
There is a suggested donation of £3 per family.

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'Hand in Hand' with Moira Andrew and Nunney Poetry Workshop
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

'Hand in Hand' with Moira Andrew and Nunney Poetry Workshop

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Join us for the launch of Hand in Hand, an anthology of poetry from the Nunney Poetry Workshop.

The collection has been edited by author Moira Andrews, who will also be celebrating the launch of her latest book ‘Geese and Daughters’.

This is a free event, so simply come along for an evening of poetry and a very warm Hunting Raven welcome.

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Hunting Raven presents... Isabella Tree: Wilding
Apr
6
3:00 PM15:00

Hunting Raven presents... Isabella Tree: Wilding

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'A passionately personal, robustly argued and uplifting book . . . One of the landmark ecological books of the decade.'
Sunday Times

Isabella Tree is an award-winning travel writer and author, married to the conservationist Sir Charles Burrell. Her bestselling and critically acclaimed book Wilding tells the amazing story of their daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate in West Sussex.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy Sussex clay was economically ruinous, they decided to step back and let nature take over.

In less than twenty years, wildlife has rocketed and numerous endangered species have made Knepp their home. The Knepp experience challenges conventional ideas about our past and present landscape, and points the way to a wilder, richer future-countryside that benefits farming, nature and us.

The talk will include a Q&A and a signing. Copies of Wilding will be available to buy on the night.
Tickets are £7 and can be reserved by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com, popping into the shop in Frome, or directly online via Eventbrite.

Please note: There is no onsite parking at the venue, but there are two public car parks at a very short distance’s walk.

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Isabella Tree - Wilding: The return of nature to a British farm
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Isabella Tree - Wilding: The return of nature to a British farm

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Venue: Digby Memorial Hall

Tickets: £10 from Winstone’s

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Dave Hamilton: Wild Ruins BC
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Dave Hamilton: Wild Ruins BC

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Join us in the shop for the launch of Wild Ruins BC - follow-up to the bestselling Wild Ruins by writer, photographer and explorer of historic sites Dave Hamilton.

On the night, Dave will share some of his top favourite sites, with tips on the best places to visit with kids, the best for taking stunning photographs, the wildest and most adventurous to conquer, and the best for spotting wildlife.

Beautifully stylish and brilliantly practical, Wild Ruins BC will leave you bursting with ideas for your next adventures. Bring on the Spring!

Tickets £5
available on Eventbrite, in store or reserve via phone or email:
01373 473111 winstonebooks3@gmail.com

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Jenny Newman - Van Gogh: Reader and Writer
Mar
11
11:00 AM11:00

Jenny Newman - Van Gogh: Reader and Writer

Presented by Sherborne Literary Society.

Few artists can have revealed so much about themselves and their work through the written word as Vincent Van Gogh, whose letters have been translated, published and re-published many times. With their frequent references to writers living and dead, the letters also reveal a voracious and very serious reader. Indeed books as physical objects appear in many of his canvases. In advance of Tate Britain’s upcoming exhibition Van Gogh and Britain (27 March – 11 August 2019), this talk explores Van Gogh’s literary enthusiasms. It will incorporate readings from his letters and from the works of Dickens, whose preoccupation with the lives of the poor was a formative influence on this most modern of painters. Jenny Newman’s art lectures have become a focal point of Sherborne’s cultural life. We’re delighted that she has found the time between her rambling and her regular programme of talks to contribute to the festival, on a subject close to her heart.

Venue The Eastbury Hotel

Tickets £8 from Winstone’s

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Raynor Winn - The Salt Path
Mar
7
6:45 PM18:45

Raynor Winn - The Salt Path

  • Old Meeting Hall/Unitarian Chapel, All Saints Road England, EX10 8ER United Kingdom (map)
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Join us for an evening with Raynor Winn in conversation with Sidmouth’s Jane Corry.

In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband lost their home and livelihood just as a terminal diagnosis threatened to take away their future together. In this uplifting memoir, Raynor writes on their impulsive and brave decision to leave everything behind and walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path.

The Salt Path is a true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

The Salt Path was Shortlisted for the Costa and Wainwright Prizes.

Tickets £3 or £9.99 with a signed book

Old Meeting Hall/Unitarian Chapel, All Saints Rd, Sidmouth

Doors at 6.30

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Andy Burnham: The Old Stones
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Andy Burnham: The Old Stones

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Join us as we welcome Andy Burnham, author of The Old Stones - the most comprehensive and thought-provoking field guide ever published to the iconic standing stones and prehistoric places of Britain and Ireland.

In his book, Andy Burnham gives unparalleled insight into where to find prehistoric sites and how to understand them, by drawing on the knowledge, expertise and passion of the archaelogists, theorists, photographers and stones aficionados who contribute to the world's biggest megalithic website, the Megalithic Portal.

Andy will talk us through how he set about pulling the guide together, about his own affinity to 'the old stones', and offer up suggestions for the best sites to visit to get away from it all, soak up a spiritual experience, and get inside the minds of the Neolithic and Bronze Age people who created these extraordinary places.

Entry is £5. Tickets can be redeemed against purchase of the book on the night. Tickets can be reserved/purchased by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com or by popping into the shop (9-10 Cheap Street, Frome). Tickets can also be purchased directly online via the Eventbrite page.

Doors will open at 7pm and the event will start shortly after. Andy will happily sign books after his talk.

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Ravenmaster Christopher Skaife
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Ravenmaster Christopher Skaife

‘If the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom of Britain will fall…’

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We are thrilled to welcome Christopher Skaife to Hunting Raven Books to talk about his life as Ravenmaster at the Tower of London.

Chris's official title is 'Yeoman Warder of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London', and caring for the Tower's seven ravens is a central part of the distinguished position he holds.

In his critically acclaimed memoir Ravenmaster, Chris gives a wonderfully personal account of his life in service to Her Majesty the Queen and of his relationship with the portentous birds for which he cares. As he so beautiful states: "I look after the ravens – and the ravens look after us."

The event will take place in Frome, with the venue to be confirmed shortly. The £3 ticket price can be redeemed against purchase of the book on the night. Chris will be happy to sign books.

Tickets can be purchased directly via Eventbrite or by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com or by popping into the Frome shop (9-10 Cheap Street, Frome, BA11 4DU)

'Blood-soaked biscuits and disembowelled pigeons in a wonderfully personal account of life with the ravens' The Guardian

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Martin Dimery: The Ruling Classes
Dec
5
7:30 PM19:30

Martin Dimery: The Ruling Classes

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Martin Dimery

Martin Dimery

Martin Dimery is a man of many talents: Director of the Frome Festival, rock-and-roll legend (Sergeant Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band; The Unravelling Wilburys), Somerset County Councillor, and published author.

This year, Martin published his first novel The Ruling Classes - a darkly comic satire that compares the fortunes of a comprehensive school and its independent counterpart in the fictional town of Storton, as both battle for supremacy - and funds - in attempting to build a new theatre.

‘Write what you know’ is a common and valuable mantra in the world of novel-writing, and Martin brings his years of teaching in both the state and private sectors, his experience of small town politics, and his life in the arts to bear in his wryly observed piece of fiction.

The event will be held in the Naval Room at the Archangel Hotel and Restaurant. Tickets cost £3 and can be redeemed against purchase of the book on the night. To book your place call 01373 473111, email winstonebooks3@gmail.com or pop into the shop.

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Emily Maguire: Meditation Mind
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Emily Maguire: Meditation Mind

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To celebrate the launch of her latest book, 'Meditation Mind' acclaimed British artist Emily Maguire will present an evening of poetry and acoustic songs at Hunting Raven Books.

Singer, songwriter, composer, poet, multi-instrumentalist and mental health advocate, Emily's five albums and two books have established her as a talent to be reckoned with.
With a remarkable, inspiring story to tell, she has been featured many times on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 - her thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and spellbinding live performances winning her fans across the globe.

Tickets can be purchased or reserved in the shop, by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com or directly online by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emily-maguire-meditation-mind-tickets-49787289122

'Exquisite' UNCUT *** 'A class act' The Mirror *** 'Music for the Soul' Maverick Magazine

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Jen Arnall-Culliford: Sharing Your Craft in Print
Nov
22
7:00 PM19:00

Jen Arnall-Culliford: Sharing Your Craft in Print

Jen Arnall-Culliford, co-founder of Arnall-Culliford Knitwear Ltd, is a knitwear technical editor, knitting tutor, and all round woolly enthusiast.

In 2017, Arnall-Culliford Knitwear Ltd published its first knitting book, A Year of Techniques, which was swiftly followed by Something New to Learn About Cables and Something New to Learn About Lace.

The publishing projects were a new string to Jen’s (highly creative) bow, and learning how to pull together a beautifully designed and professionally put-together book was a learning curve.

Come and join Jen, as she talks about the books, her creative life in knitting, and her best tips for other creatives planning to bring their own artistic passion into print.

The event is free but booking is advised as space is limited. You can reserve your place by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com or by popping into the shop.

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Robin Ince - I'm a joke and so are you - A comedian's take on what makes us human
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Robin Ince - I'm a joke and so are you - A comedian's take on what makes us human

Sidmouth Science Festival 2018

As a connoisseur of comedy, Robin Ince has spent decades mining our eccentricities to create gags - and watching other strange individuals do the same. And for years on The Infinite Monkey Cage with Brian Cox he has sought - sometimes in vain - to understand the world around us. In this book, he unites these pursuits to tackle some of the biggest questions that intrigue us all.

Why do we make the choices we do in life? Where does anxiety come from? Why are we like we are? Do our parents f*&k us up? Informed by interviews with a bevy of A-list comedians from Jo Brand and Tim Minchin to Ricky Gervais - as well as with neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors - this is a hilarious and often profound primer to the mind.

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Tickets £3 (redeemable  agains a book purchase) from: 

http://www.sidmouthsciencefestival.org/events/im-joke-and-so-are-you-comedians-take-what-makes-us-human-0

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Paddy Ashdown: NEIN!
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Paddy Ashdown: NEIN!

An evening with author, historian and former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown.

In his latest book NEIN!: Standing up to Hitler 1935-1944 Paddy Ashdown tells, for the first time, the story of those at the very top of Hitler’s Germany who tried to prevent the Second World War and deny Hitler victory. Based on newly released files, the repeated attempts of the plotters to warn the Allies about Hitler’s plans are revealed.

Paddy Ashdown served as a Royal Marine and intelligence officer for the UK security services before becoming leader of the Liberal Democrats for over ten years.

We expect demand for this event to be high, so booking in advance is recommended. Tickets are £5 (redeemable against purchase of the book) and can be obtained from Hunting Raven Books or reserved by contacting winstonebooks3@gmail.com / 01373 473111

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Dean Burnett - The Happy Brain - The Science of Where Happiness Comes From, and Why
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Dean Burnett - The Happy Brain - The Science of Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

Sidmouth Science Festival 2018

Do you want to be happy?  Well, of course you do. But why? What does happiness actually mean? Where does it come from? And can you buy it?

In The Happy Brain, neuroscientist and stand up comedian Dean Burnett delves deep into the inner workings of our minds to answer these fundamental questions - and many more besides. From whether happiness really begins at home [spoiler alert: yes - sort of] to what love, sex, money and success actually do to our brains, Burnett offers a uniquely entertaining insight into what it means to be human.

 

Tickets £3 (redeemable against a book purchase) from

https://www.sidmouthsciencefestival.org/

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Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths

Join us as local favourites Mick Davis and David Lassman unveil deeds most foul and murders most suspicious - all committed in and around Frome.

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The authors have form; not for murder, but for relating, in brilliant detail, the historical happenings of our little town.

The launch of The Awful Killing of Sarah Watts packed out our little shop, and we hope to give David and Mick a warm reception once again as they launch Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in & around Frome.

This event is free but booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Places can be reserved by calling 01373 473111, emailing us on winstonebooks3@gmail.com or by popping into our shop on Cheap Street, Frome.

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