Hear Kate Clanchy in conversation with Mostly Books’ owner, Sarah Dennis, as they talk about Kate’s new book Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me on Wednesday 8th May at 7.30pm.
‘Thirty years ago, just after I graduated, I started training to be a teacher. As far as I remember, it was because I wanted to change the world, and a state school seemed the best place to start. Certainly, it wasn’t a compromise or a stopgap career: I had no thought of being a writer, then…’
Kate Clanchy has taught in state schools for nearly thirty years. They Taught Me is an extraordinary memoir, detailing a life’s work spent teaching in a national institution. The book is made up of stories; stories of the children she’s taught, some of the teachers she’s worked with and some of the lessons she’s learned along the way.
Kate Clanchy is a writer, teacher and journalist. She’s the recipient of several awards for her writing. In 2018, an anthology of her students’ work, England: Poems from a School, was published to great acclaim and in the same year she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.
Tickets are £6 and include a drink plus £2 redeemable off a copy of the book. Kate will be signing copies of her book at the end of the event.
17th May is Crime Fiction night and have we got a line up for you!
Come along to Mostly Books for a spine-tingling night out with best-selling crime writers Cara Hunter, J.P. Delaney, Olivia Kiernan and William Shaw.
This event is an absolute must for Crime Fiction fans.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets include a drink and £2.50 redeemable against a purchase on the night.
Praise for Cara Hunter’s upcoming book: No Way Out
“Fast paced and a fantastic cast of characters. Kept me guessing to the end – and I loved the final reveal” – Fiona Barton
Praise for JP Delaney’s latest book: Believe Me
‘Dazzling – Lee Child, ‘Ingenious’ – The New York Times, ‘Elegant’ – Peter James ‘Original’ – The Times, ‘More than a match for Paula Hawkins’ – Sunday Times
Praise for Olivia Kiernan’s upcoming book: The Killer in Me
“The heir to Tana French’s throne” – Irish Times, “Such sharp, clean writing and so atmospheric” – Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies
Praise for William Shaw’s upcoming book: Deadland
“One of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction” Peter James, “If you’re not a fan yet, why not?’ Val McDermid, “A superb storyteller” – Peter May
Fiona Barker will be at Mostly Books, with her trusty doggie sidekick, talking about her adorable book Danny and the Dream Dog on Saturday 18th May.
Danny REALLY wants a dog.
He wants a dog so much that he DREAMS about them.
And a new neighbour and their four-legged friend move into the house next door, Danny’s dream comes true – almost.
Find out whether this new neighbour can help Danny achieve his dream and more in this story about finding friendship in unexpected places.
Danny and the Dream Dog is a book about finding friendship in unexpected places.
There will be drawing, story time and even the opportunity to make your very own dog to take away with you!
Tickets are £2 (plus booking fee), with £1 redeemable against a copy of the book on the day.
Claire Fuller’s latest book, Bitter Orange, is published in paperback on 2nd May and we think that it will make a great book club read. Claire will be at Mostly Books at 7.30pm on Thursday 30th May primed and ready to talk about her book.
Jellico is dying. A man who calls himself the vicar visits, hoping to extract a deathbed confession.
He wants to know what really happened that fateful summer of 1969, when Frances – tasked with surveying a dilapidated country house – first set eyes on the glamorous bohemian couple, Cara and Peter. She recalls the relationship they forged through sweltering days, lavish dinners and elaborate lies, and the Judas hole through which she would spy on the couple. Were the signs there right from the beginning? Or was it impossible to avoid the crime that split their lives open like rotten fruit?
Everyone is welcome – whether you’re already a member of a bookclub or just fancy the idea of a one-off bookclub-style event. Come along and join in the discussion.
Tickets are £10 and include a copy of the book plus a drink on the night. Copies of Bitter Orange can be picked up in advance so that you have plenty of time to read the book.