We have a year-round events programme with bestselling crime writer John Connolly talking to Phil Rickman, documentary maker and author Polly Morland and rising star Kate Hamer coming soon. To see our full events schedule click here or go to our Upcoming Events page. We encourage you to buy tickets in advance as our events do sell out! Occasionally if there are insufficient advance ticket sales we are forced to cancel events. If you are unable to come to an event but would like to reserve a signed book, please contact one of our shops.
Risk Wise: Nine Everyday Adventures by Polly Morland was reviewed in the Guardian recently by Salley Vickers, who believes the book should be required reading for the education secretary. Read the full review here. In the same way that Polly’s book, The Society of Timid Souls, was built around the stories of remarkable individuals, so Risk Wise is created out of a series of portraits of ordinary people living with their own risks. Polly spoke to a captivated full house audience when she last visited us, her illustrated talk on 9th April should prove equally fascinating. Tickets available here.
We are thrilled to have Patrick Gale visiting Monmouth in May to talk about his new book, A Place Called Winter, which is tipped by most reviewers to be one of the major novels of the year. Here’s a video introduction to the novel. Patrick’s talk will take place in The Shire Hall on Sunday 10th May at 2pm. Tickets available here.
Our biggest event to date and certainly the most inspiring, Chris Hadfield brought a smile to everyone’s face with his fascinating talk about life as an astronaut. We were treated to some fantastic photos of the International Space Station and Earth from space, as well as a very special rendition of Space Oddity.
Chris’s newest venture is #PersonalRocketScientist. He is inviting school children to tweet or instagram a science question to him, which he will answer personally. More details at Chris’s Twitter page.
We have signed copies of both Chris’s books in stock: You Are Here, Around The World in 92 Minutes and An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.
We are proud to have been chosen as one of only a handful of shops authorised to stock a range of Folio Society books. Beautiful, collectable and a true celebration of books, these are very special editions of some of the greatest works ever written. Next time you are in our shops be sure to have a look.
We have two Book Groups. We welcome new members and are happy for people to come along who are considering joining the group and just wish to experience it first.
Our Ross-on-Wye group meet in the Ross store on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Our Monmouth group meet in the Monmouth store on the 1st Thursday of every month. Details of the meetings and the books we are reading can be found on our book group page here. Read more
It is always good to get feedback from customers, especially of course when it is positive! We were visited recently by Emma Drabble, who posts photos and words on Blipfoto on a daily basis. This great photo and these lovely words are the result of her visit to our shop at the end of January 2014.
Some authors go the extra mile to support booksellers, and artist and author Jackie Morris is perhaps one of the most dedicated. Read about Jackie’s latest idea for International Book Giving Day on February 14th – details here. Jackie regularly visits bookshops around the country, signing her fantastic books, displaying her beautiful artwork , giving drawing classes and reading to avid listeners. Read more