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An evening of hauntings and history with Andrew Michael Hurley

Saturday was a wonderfully atmospheric evening at Carlisle Castle with Andrew Michael Hurley, the first of a series of English Heritage events to celebrate the publication of Eight GhostsAndrew read from his short story ‘Mr Lanyard’s Last Case’, revealed how and why the castle inspired him, and discussed the history of the ghost story. Guests were then led on an after-dark tour of the castle itself.

There are five more events coming up, starting with Kamila Shamsie at Kenilworth Castle on Tuesday evening.

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Edinburgh in August

The Edinburgh International Book Festival programme is now live, and we’re delighted to have two authors appearing.

On Monday 14 August, Sharks author Conor Woodman appears with Richard Murphy for Sticky Fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And on Wednesday 16 August, Among the Summer Snows author Christopher Nicholson joins Jim Crumley for Men for All Seasons.

 

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Never more hopeful or more angry

Last night Mark Thomas appeared at the Newham Bookshop event for The Liar’s Quartet at the Wanstead Tap.

Moved by the awful fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, the Newham Bookshop organised a raffle of signed books donated by publishers. They had an ‘unbelievable response’ from publishers, and by the end of the evening the total raised was £1,100 – but you can still visit the shop to purchase raffle tickets for the next week.

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‘A guerrilla guide to weird and wonderful UK adventures’

A wonderful review for Ways to See Great Britain in Elle Decoration as part of their Best of Britain feature.

Alice took part in the Stoke Newington Literary Festival Pursuit of Beauty salon last Friday, and you can see her at the Emerald Street Festival on Saturday 10th, and leading the Ways to See Exhibition at the V&A on 1-2 July.