Coffee and light reading at Mostly Books

This Wednesday (January 24th), at 10.30am, we will be launching a series of morning events in conjunction with the Oxford branch of the Romantic Novelists Association (RNA). Our excitement is matched by a slight nervousness as we (again) try to do something a bit different, but we have had quite a few requests for daytime events, and we anticipate a good response. Over the next four weeks, several working writers will be dropping in on a Wednesday morning to join us for coffee, a chat and to talk about some of their favourite books. The theme is loosely love (in all its forms), and will culminate with an event on Valentine’s Day itself. The first author to join us this Wednesday will be Susie Vereker. Her theme Love and War is influenced by her life travelling the world; first as an army officer's daughter and then as a diplomat's wife. Frequent moves resulted in Susie turning her hand to a number of different jobs ranging from welfare work to archaeology. Susie’s first novel - Pond Lane and Paris - was published in 2005. Her latest - An Old Fashioned Arrangement - was published in 2006, and she will be very happy to answer questions about her writing life. Abingdon’s very latest author Mary Cavanagh (whose book launched on January 11th) will follow on January 31st talking about Love in Old Age. Jenny Haddon will take the chair on February 7th, taking in everything from Claire Tomalin to PG Wodehouse with her talk on Books and lovers. Current vice chairman of the Romantic Novelists' Association, Catherine Jones, will lead the discussion on St Valentine’s Day. These events will be free of charge, but do please contact us to reserve a place.


  1. Brilliant idea! I have a Valentine's book crawl planned but may with your permission steal this wonderful morning idea for spring 07....


  2. Steal away Margaret - but let us tell you how the whole thing goes first!

  3. How'd the first morning event go?
    I have a meeting tonight with my neighborhood booksellers group and plan to show them your idea : )

  4. Sorry Margaret - been very busy today, I shall be blogging the event later this afternoon.

    We were hit by some wintry weather yesterday morning which out a few people off, but other than that I think the event went well. Certainly well enough to convince us run more morning coffee+book sessions.

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