What we did in half term...

...by Nicki and Mark

We had a busy half-term week, starting with the final coffee and light reading event. Catherine Jones led the discussion and the theme was Love and Gardens, appropriately enough on valentine's Day. Her books included Tom's Midnight Garden, the Secret Garden and - interestingly - John Le Carré's The Constant Gardner, which Catherine felt would have been a strong contender had it been entered into the Romantic Novel of the Year, having a powerful love story at its core.
The shortlist for the Romantic Novel of the Year had been released the day before. Find out more on the RNA website.

Catherine also touched upon Gardens of Delight by Erica James - the 2006 winner, before finishing on RHS Encyclopedia of Plants, and the "Expert" gardening guides of Dr DG ('David') Hessayon. It turns out that David's wife Joan was herself a romantic novelist, and every year the RNA awards a prize in her name for the best debut Romantic Novel.

We'd like to thank Catherine - as well as Jenny Haddon, Mary Cavanagh and Susie Vereker - for what has been a very successful series of events, and enjoyed by everyone who has come along.

We also had storytime on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with some guest storytellers. As well as thanking Pat and Laura, we have to especially thank the redoubtable Miss Markey from Long Furlong school who ran storytime on Wednesday. So many children turned up, we had to do it in the main part of the shop!

So - add in our Thursday book group, and the launch of our Chinese book festival on Saturday, it was a busy old week.

We are gearing up to a big event next Wednesday - but more about that in our next post...

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