Robert Harris in Conversation - Monday 9th September

Bestselling Robert Harris will be in conversation with broadcaster and book fanatic, Howard Bentham, at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon, on Monday 9th September.  

Join Robert Harris, author of bestselling novels such as Fatherland, Pompeii and Munich, as he talks about his new book, The Second Sleep, which will be published on 5th September.

1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect.

Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.

Tickets are £20 and include a copy of The Second Sleep (RRP £20).  Tickets will be available from the Amey Theatre Box Office from 5th June.

Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. Robert will be signing copies of his book after the event.  Refreshments will be available to purchase at the Amey theatre bar. 

The Amey Theatre, Park Road, Abingdon OX14 1DE.


Cooking Demonstration with Kumud Gandhi - Friday 5th July 2019


Join us for a live cookery demonstration and tastings with 'The Spice Queen' Kumud Gandhi at Dream Doors, Stert Street, on  Friday 5th July at 7:30pm (doors open 7:00pm).

Kumud's book 'A Cupboard Full of Spices' takes readers through the myriad of different spices, explains their benefits and to how to incorporate them into a range of delicious dishes.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many spices in Indian cooking?  And has it put you off trying a recipe?  Well you're not alone! This book is a compendium of 'spices' designed to help you really get to grips with their characteristics, health benefits and their practical uses in cooking.  So if you have an interest in real Indian food, then look no further.  This book will teach you to 'cook like an Indian'. 


Kumud Gandhi is a food scientist, author, public speaker and broadcaster based in Hertfordshire, UK.  She is the founder of The Cooking Academy cookery school in Rickmansworth and the author of  'A Cupboard Full of Spices'.

Ticket £15 available from Mostly Books and Eventbrite, to include a drink on the night, tastings and £2 redeemable against Kumud's book.

Dream Doors, 28 Stert St, Abingdon OX14 3JP


IBW Bookshop Party and Author Takeover - 15th June

Come along to Mostly Books to help celebrate the start of Independent Bookshop Week.  There will be cake, bubbles, authors, giveaways and a general party atmosphere!

Over the course of the day, the team will be hosting a range of authors who will be taking over our tills and social media, chatting to customers, signing books and generally causing chaos!

No booking required, just turn up and enjoy the fun!

IBW Event: Kim Sherwood - Testament - 18th June

Come along to Mostly Books on Tuesday 18th June to hear Kim Sherwood talk about her critically acclaimed first novel, Testament. The event will be taking place during Independent Bookshop Week (IBW).

Of everyone in her complicated family, Eva was always closest to her grandfather. She is making a film about his life. She is with him when he dies.

It is only when she finds the letter from the Jewish Museum in Berlin, hidden in his painting studio, that she realises how many secrets he kept. As she uncovers everything he endured in the Holocaust - and what it took to learn to live again - Eva is confronted by the lies that haunt her family, and a truth that changes her own identity. Kim Sherwood's hope-filled first novel is a powerful portrait of survival echoing through the generations; a testament of love, legacy, and all the important questions we leave unasked.

Kim will be visiting Mostly Books as part of a tour to celebrate the paperback publication of Testament.  Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  Tickets £5, to include a drink on the night and £1 redeemable against a copy of Testament.  Tickets available from Mostly Books or on Eventbrite

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Testament - *Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize * Winner of the Bath Novel Award * Shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award *

IBW Event: Ben Aaronovitch Book Signing - 20th June

We are extremely excited to be welcoming legendary author Ben Aaronovitch to Mostly Books on Thursday 20th June from 12pm.  

Sunday Times bestselling author of the Rivers of London series, Ben Aaronovitch, is embarking on an exclusive tour of Independent Bookshops to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week and to coincide with the release of his new novella, The October Man.  Ben will be visiting Abingdon as part of the tour.

Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany's oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.

Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he's quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men - and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city's secret magical history.

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so long as that history doesn't kill them first

Email us to pre-order your copy of The October Man.  

Ben Aaronovitch was born in London in 1964 and had the kind of dull routine childhood that drives a man either to drink or to science fiction. He is a screenwriter, with early notable success on BBC’s legendary Doctor Who, for which he wrote some episodes now widely regarded as classics, and which even he is quite fond of. After a decade of such work, he decided it was time to show the world what he could really do, and embarked on his first serious original novel. The result is Midnight Riot, the debut adventure of Peter Grant.

Register for free via Eventbrite.

Ben will be signing books at Mostly Books from 12pm on Thursday 20th June. Please arrive in good time for the signing to ensure you get the chance to meet Ben, he is a very popular author and we expect a crowd.  Please note that registration for the event cannot guarantee meeting Ben.