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Monday May 2nd - from 5pm
Book Launch for Farah Mendlesohn's New Book
"Children's Fantasy Fiction, An Introduction"
 
Please come along to help Farah celebrate the launch of her new book.

Fantasy has been an important and much-loved part of children's literature for hundreds of years, yet relatively little has been written about it. Children's Fantasy Literature traces the development of the tradition of the children's fantastic - fictions specifically written for children and fictions appropriated by them - from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, examining the work of Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, J. K. Rowling and others from across the English-speaking world.
The volume considers changing views on both the nature of the child and on the appropriateness of fantasy for the child reader, the role of children's fantasy literature in helping to develop the imagination, and its complex interactions with issues of class, politics and gender.
 
The text analyses hundreds of works of fiction, placing each in its appropriate context within the tradition of fantasy literature.

 
Farah's a Hugo Award winning auhtor, whose knowledgeof Science Fiction and Fantasy literature is frankly incredible. She's also one of our most loyal and supportive customers. 
If you're free to come along, it'd be great to see you. 
 
 
 
Friday May 13th – 7.00pm
Launch Party for ‘An Accidental Musician’, Judy Dyble’s Autobiography.
Please join us for Judy’s glorious return to the Bookshop (Judy will be performing too!)
 
The original female singer for Fairport Convention, Judy left the band after their first album, aged 19 (replaced by Sandy Denny).
 
Judy's boyfriend at the time, Ian McDonald answered an ad in Melody Maker and joined Giles, Giles and Fripp, the forerunner of King Crimson. Judy joined this band, but left when her relationship with McDonald ended.

She then teamed up with ex-Them singer Jackie McAuley to form Trader Horne, but in 1973, Judy left the music business when she married DJ Simon Stable (Count Simon De La Bedoyere). Simon died in 1994, and apart from the odd appearance at Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival, Judy didn’t perform again for many years.
 
 In 2003, she restarted her musical career and produced several albums to great critical acclaim. 2015's 3-CD anthology sold out immediately and was well reviewed in Prog magazine, amongst others.
 
Judy’s autobiography, written with journalist and author Dave Thompson captures Judy’s extraordinary story perfectly.
Please come along to help celebrate with Judy. As an added bonus she’ll be joined by Alistair Murphy, Jeremy Salmon to (as she put it) “sing a bit” too!
The book will be available on the night and Judy will be very happy to sign copies for you.
This is a FREE event, but judging by her last appearance at the bookshop, it will be VERY busy, so please make sure you get here early. 
 
 
Tuesday May 24th – 7.00pm-9.00pm
A Celebration of National Anthems
With Alex Marshall and Rhodri Marsden
 
There are a couple of hundred songs that are sung by millions across the world each day, that school children know by heart and sports fans belt out perfectly even after eight beers. And they aren’t pop songs – they are national anthems.
 
In his brilliant new book Republic or Death, Alex Marshall brings the incredible stories of the world’s national anthems to life. Taking in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas North and South, he embarks on an adventure that includes cycling the route along which French revolutionaries marched as they first sang La Marseillaise; entering a competition for the best singer of the Star-Spangled Banner; and attempting to bribe his way to an audience with the king of Nepal in order to uncover the story behind the only national anthem written on a Casio keyboard.

The book will be available at the shop for £8.99 and Alex will doubtlessly be happy to sign copies for you.

Alex will be joined by the multitalented and charming Rhodri Marsden.
Rhodri is currently in no less than three bands. Scritti Politti, Prescott and everybody’s favourite TV theme tribute band Dream Themes. In 2014 he talked (and played) at The Boring Conference, highlighting the similarities between 198 of the World’s national anthems. It went down a storm. And for one night only Rhodri will be recreating this momentous event right here at the Big Green Bookshop.
This is a FREE event, but please let us know if you plan on coming along, as I have a feeling it will be VERY popular.
Don’t miss it!
 
 
Thursday April 14th-Monday June 6th at 7.00pm
The Bailey's Book Challenge 2016
 
 
 
One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction – previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction – celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

The Longlist has been announced, and as ever, it’s superb. There are 20 books on it, including A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson, Melissa Harrison’s At Hawthorn Time and Anne Enright’s A Green Road. There are 17 more, which each deserve a mention, but space is limited, so you can read the full list HERE


Such is the strength of this list we have decided to do a BAILEYS BOOK CHALLENGE. 

The challenge is to read as many, if not all of the shortlisted titles, before the winner is announced in June. 

Here's how it's going to work;

As soon as the shortlist is announced on Monday April 11th, we’ll order copies of each of the books, which we’ll hopefully get by Thursday April 14th.
 
We'll open until 7pm on that Thursday so if you like, you can come along to say hello, take home one or more of the titles, and enjoy some rather lovely wine. Obviously, you don't have to come along on the Thursday if you want to take part. 
Over the next seven or so weeks the members of the Book Club will make a concerted effort to read as many of the six shortlisted books as they can.
The group will meet again on Tuesday June 7th, the evening before the winner is announced to discuss each of the books. After a heated debate, and a glass or two of wine, the group will vote for whom they think should win. We'll then announce our findings and wait with baited breath for the official announcement the following day. 

We realise that the cost of the shortlist might be quite a lot, especially if there are hardbacks on it, and for us, the most important thing is that people can join in. So we’ve come up with a few solutions;

•For a one off payment of £25, we will be a lending library, where you can borrow each of the books for a week or so each. You can also keep your favourite book after the ceremony. 

•We will offer a discount of 20% on the shortlist for Book Group members. 

•A group of you could share the cost, so for example 3 of you could buy 2 books each. 

However you decide to do this, we will do everything we can to make the books accessible to you. The important thing is that you're able to join in. 
It's a bit of a challenge, but if you think you're up for it, come along.
 
Thursday June 23rd at 7.00pm
Wine in Literature. A Tasting Experience with Oddbins.  
“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” – John Keats
 
Well, we can’t guarantee the serenading of music or the fine weather for that matter but we think John Keats was on to something with the books and wine.
 
Which is why we’ve teamed up with the lovely people from Oddbins to offer you a series of five very special wine tasting events throughout 2016. Each of these tastings has a relationship with the world of wine. Whether it takes centre stage, sets the scene or aids the course of the story, these books would not be the same without it.
 
Each of the tastings explores a different theme and you will have the chance to sample some of the most delicious wines from Oddbins’ vast selection.
 
 
 
Run by Angela Cosgrove, from Oddbins, they will be held every two months at the bookshop, on the last Thursday of the month. They’ll kick off at 7.00pm and each will finish around 8.30pm. There’ll be a chance to purchase extra bottles of the featured wines at discounted prices on the night too!
 
Tickets for these events are just £12 per person (HERE), per event
 
 
JUNE
‘Modern Literature’
Food and Drinks has been part of culture since time began but now it is often found playing a role that shapes who we are and our characteristics. The protagonists in these books have shown how consuming the world of wine can be in their life choices and relationships.
 
AUGUST
‘Winemakers Memoirs’
These books all reflect the romance and struggle of cultivating vineyards and the labour of love in producing wine, from ‘flying’ winemakers to beginner’s luck the wines and how they make them are told and reflected in those tasted.
 
OCTOBER
‘Wine Mysteries’
 These books all tell the tale of murder, corruption and foul play in the world of wine. From detective winemakers to spilt Claret in the vineyard it seems wine and crime go hand in hand.
 
Tickets for June’s event are available at just £12 HERE.