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 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: Discover a Debut, Joanna Glen - 19th June

Discover a debut with Mostly Books!

Author Joanna Glen will be visiting Mostly Books to talk about her brand new book, The Other Half of Augusta Hope on Wednesday 19th June as part of Independent Bookshop Week (IBW).

You're not lost, you're just looking..... Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in.

At six, she's memorising the dictionary. At seven, she's correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi.

And now that she's an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, Julia. When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta's life, she's propelled headfirst into the unknown. She's determined to find where she belongs - but what if her true home, and heart, are half a world away?

A stunning debut from a new author - one not to be missed!

The event will take place at Mostly Books.  Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  Tickets are £5 and include a drink plus £1 redeemable off a copy of the book on the night.  Available from Mostly Books or Eventbrite.  

Praise for The Other Half of Augusta Hope
A mesmerizingly beautiful portrait of a young woman discovering what home means to her' Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus.

`A uniquely heartening and hopeful story about pain, the solace of words and our search to belong' Jess Kidd, author Himself and Things in Jars.

`An extraordinary masterpiece' Anstey Harris, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton.



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.



IBW Event: Katherine Rundell in Conversation with Lucy Mangan - 20th June

Award-winning author, Katherine Rundell, will be at Mostly Books on Thursday 20th June talking to Guardian journalist and author, Lucy Mangan, about why we should be reading more children's books. 

In 2016, Katherine Rundell - Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and prize-winning author of five novels for children – found her understanding of the world she lived in upturned: by Brexit, Trump, a sweep across Europe towards nationalism and insularity, terrorist attacks.  Literary fiction did not help her understanding, so instead, she turned to old narratives, told for the benefit of children and adults and anyone who would listen.

This Independent Bookshop Week (IBW), join Katherine Rundell – author of The Good Thieves, Lucy Mangan, Journalist and author of Bookworm; a Memoir of Childhood Reading, for an inspiring conversation about how children’s books ignite, and can re-ignite, the imagination; how children's fiction, with its unabashed emotion and playfulness, can awaken old hungers and create new perspectives on the world.


Katherine Rundell is the bestselling author of five children's novels, for which she has won the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize amongst many others. She spent her childhood in Africa and Europe before taking her degree at the University of Oxford and becoming a Fellow of All Souls College. As well as writing, she studies Renaissance literature; and is learning, as a direct result of writing her new stunning adventure story The Good Thieves (June 2019), to fly on the flying trapeze.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  Tickets are £12.50 and include a drink and a copy of Katherine's essay written exclusively for IBW called Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise.  

Copies of The Good Thieves and some of Katherine's backlist plus Lucy's new book, Bookworm; a Memoir of Childhood Reading will be available to purchase on the night.

Tickets are available from Mostly Books and from EventBrite.