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Join us for an evening with Ann Cleeves, discussing her latest book, "The Long Call". North Devon – where the rivers Taw and Torridge run to the sea – is an
Join us for an evening with Ann Cleeves, discussing her latest book, “The Long Call”.
North Devon – where the rivers Taw and Torridge run to the sea – is an idyllic holiday spot for so many. Ice-cream, sun, surf, it’s all there for the taking. But when the holiday makers leave, what is left? For the locals, life is hard when they, and their money, go. Rural poverty abounds and seasonal workers find themselves out of work, desperate to make ends meet. Addicts and offenders arrive, keen to pick the spoils of what remains, but where dissension starts, inevitably crime takes hold.
One man knows all of its secrets. He grew up there, a member of the Devon Brethren until he was cast out by his family for something he could, and never would, change; the right to love who he chose.
Now he has a husband and a life he loves. He, they, live on the water towards Lundy Island and he is a detective, with a team and a mission to keep Devon safe for those who will come again, and again.
Meet Matthew Venn.
A man destined to be as loved and respected as Ann Cleeves’ previous creations, Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez.
(Monday) 19:30 - 21:30
The Manor Hotel
Book-ish will be celebrating the much anticipated publication of 'The Testaments' by Margaret Atwood with an evening event and Old Skool midnight opening. We'll be starting at 8pm with a talk
Book-ish will be celebrating the much anticipated publication of ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood with an evening event and Old Skool midnight opening.
We’ll be starting at 8pm with a talk by Avril Horner at the Parish Hall, followed by sharing platters and wine and book chat at Book-ish. We’ll be hosting a little bit of a Margaret Atwood quiz and then we’ll be celebrating the publication launch at midnight!
Tickets to include a copy of The Testaments, entry to the talk, a sharing platter and a glass of wine at Book-ish.
We’re also offering the chance to pre-order a copy of the book and get a glass of wine from 11pm for just the price of the book.
We’re so excited for this one and really hope you can join us!
Book-ish, Crickhowellwww.book-ish.co.uk 18, High Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BD
Debut novelist Nicola Rayner is joined by her uncle, Richard Gwyn, to celebrate and discuss the launch of their respective books this year. Nicola, who
Debut novelist Nicola Rayner is joined by her uncle, Richard Gwyn, to celebrate and discuss the launch of their respective books this year. Nicola, who was born in Abergavenny, is the author of psychological thriller The Girl Before You, which was runner-up in the Cheltenham First Novel Competition 2018 and has been described by the Observer as “the new The Girl on the Train“.
Richard Gwyn’s new novel, The Blue Tent, set in the Black Mountains, has been praised as “one of the most satisfying, engrossing and perfectly realised novels of the year” (Western Mail) and as “a portal to a magical Wales” (Nation Cymru). Richard, who grew up in Crickhowell, is the author of two other novels, four collections of poetry and a memoir, The Vagabond’s Breakfast (a Wales Book of the Year, 2012). He is Professor of Creative and Critical Writing at Cardiff University.
Tickets to include a glass of wine and books will be available to buy on the night.
The Girl Before You
She was his.
She was perfect.
And then, she was gone.
An addictive and twisting psychological suspense, perfect for summer. If you liked My Lovely Wife, you’ll love this.
Alice has always been haunted by the women from her husband’s past. As a politician and now a TV personality, George Bell’s reputation as a ladies’ man precedes him. But when Alice falls pregnant, her unease becomes an obsession.
And there’s one ex in particular she can’t get out of her head, a beautiful student who went missing before they finished university: Ruth.
When Alice thinks she see Ruth on a train, she can’t shake the feeling there’s more to the disappearance than George has told her. But does she really want to know what her husband has been up to behind her back all these years?
‘A tantalising and suspenseful mystery. Absolutely brilliant! I didn’t want it to end’ Lauren North, bestselling author of The Perfect Betrayal
‘A great page-turner for holiday reading’ That’s Life
The Blue Tent
‘A mysterious, dream-like story, delicately-written and with a disturbing undertow, The Blue Tent is in the best tradition of modern oneiric fiction’ – Patrick McGuinness
In a lonely house deep in the Black Mountains of south Wales, a man spends insomniac nights absorbed in the ancient texts left him by his mysterious aunt. When a blue tent appears in the field at the end of his garden, his solitary life is turned inside out.
But who owns the tent?
And when the tent’s occupants emerge, whose story are they telling? As his life unravels, the man begins to question whether he is the orchestrator or the victim of his own experiences. Are the stories that guide or steer his life – any life – real, or merely the echo of other, possible lives?
The Loft at Book-ish
Join us for an evening with Lucy Foley, author of The Book of Lost and Found, The Invitation and The Last Letter from Istanbul as she discusses her latest book,
Join us for an evening with Lucy Foley, author of The Book of Lost and Found, The Invitation and The Last Letter from Istanbul as she discusses her latest book, The Hunting Party.
Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
2nd January, 2018: One of the guests staying at the Loch Corrin Estate has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Heather, the office manager, and Doug, the groundsman, have conducted as extensive a search as possible in the terrible conditions. The western Highlands are experiencing the heaviest snowfall for decades, which has left the remote estate sealed off from the world: no-one can get out, and the rescue services cannot get in. Now, Doug comes to tell Heather that he has found the missing guest: dead, the body lying broken at the bottom of the frozen waterfall. It doesn’t look like an accident.
Four days earlier: Nine friends, friends since their time Oxford a decade ago, have travelled up from London to spend New Year’s Eve in the stunning wilderness of the Loch Corrin Estate. The next few days see them catching up, taking drugs, going deer stalking in the starkly beautiful surroundings, reminiscing over times past … and keeping huge, friendship-destroying secrets from each other.
Everything comes to a crisis on New Year’s Eve when the biggest secret of all is revealed. One of the guests, distraught, stumbles drunkenly away from the warmth and safety of the Lodge. The unforgiving wilderness contains many potential dangers: a notorious serial killer has murdered several victims nearby; the weather is turning from bad to worse and the estate itself conceals a dark secret unbeknownst even to Heather, the manager. Or might the threat be even closer to home?
Tickets include a glass of wine and a cheese plate.
The Loft at Book-ish
Carol Ann Duffy will be coming to Crickhowell this November to celebrate the launch of the tenth and final Christmas book, Frost Fair, and the paperback publication of Sincerity, her last
Carol Ann Duffy will be coming to Crickhowell this November to celebrate the launch of the tenth and final Christmas book, Frost Fair, and the paperback publication of Sincerity, her last full collection as Poet Laureate.
Frost Fair: The tenth and final Christmas book, set in the frost fairs on London’s Thames in the sixteenth century.
‘Duffy’s spellbinding verse, spiced with witty, wintry illustrations, recaptures a magic most of us left behind in childhood’ – Maggie Fergusson, Intelligent Life
Sincerity: Her final collection as Poet Laureate, a frank, disarming and deeply moving exploration of loss and remembrance in their many forms. Presented in a beautiful, foiled package, this will be the poetry book of the year.
‘Wonderful . . . a poet alert to every sound and shape of language’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Duffy is magnificent, grounded, heartfelt, dedicated to the notion that poetry can give us the music of life itself’ Scotsman
‘Carol Ann Duffy is a poet of skill, talent and great heart’ – Erica Wagner
Tickets available to include either or both books.
Clarence Hall, Crickhowell
Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN