An Evening with Maggie O'Farrell

Thursday 1 September - 7:30pm

Maggie O’Farrell is a bestselling and award-winning author. She has written eight novels and in 2020 her novel Hamnet won the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Maggie will be discussing her latest novel The Marriage Portrait with journalist Hannah Beckerman.

The Marriage Portrait brings to life Florence in the 1560s as Maggie tells the tale of Lucrezia, third daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici. When Lucrezia’s sister dies on the eve of marriage to Alfonso d’Este, ruler of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio, Lucrezia is thrust into the limelight. Alfonso quickly asks for her hand in marriage and Lucrezia faces court life for the first time.  

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Jeremy Bowen: The Making of the Modern Middle East, A Personal Story

Thursday 29 September - 7:30pm

Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East Editor has been covering the region since 1989. This is his account of the making of the modern Middle East.

In this new book, in part based on his acclaimed podcast, Bowen takes us on a journey across the Middle East and through its history. He meets ordinary men and women on the front line, their leaders, whether brutal or benign, and he explores the power games that have so often wreaked devastation on civilian populations as those leaders, whatever their motives, jostle for political, religious and economic control.

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Sabrina Ghayour: Persiana Everyday

Monday 19 September - 7:30pm

Persiana Everyday is a new collection of more than 100 fuss-free, crowd-pleasing recipes for everyday eating. Designed to ensure maximum flavour with the greatest of ease – including no-cook, quick-prep, quick-cook and one-pot dishes – Persiana Everyday is full of generous, inviting and delicious recipes to cook again and again for family and friends. Recipes include pomegranate and harissa roasted aubergine steak; sticky tamarind, garlic & tomato green beans; orange & dark chocolate rubble cake, and more.

Persiana Everyday will be the go-to cookbook for those who love food packed with flavour but whether due to a busy family or simply due to life’s demanding pace, just don’t have the time to spend in the kitchen.

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An Evening with Elly Griffiths

Thursday 6 October - 7:30pm

Village Books and the MCT at Alleyn’s are delighted to welcome bookshop favourite Elly Griffiths to Dulwich to celebrate the publication of her new thriller Bleeding Heart Yard.

Elly Griffiths is the author of the bestselling series featuring Dr Ruth Galloway. The most recent, The Locked Room, was a Sunday Times hardback number one. The series has won the CWA Dagger in the Library and has been shortlisted five times for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

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An Evening with Robert Harris

Thursday 22 September - 7:30pm

Robert Harris is the author of fourteen bestselling novels including the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, The Ghost, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and more. His work has been translated into forty languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Act of Oblivion is his spellbinding new novel reimagining the biggest manhunt of the 17th century: the search for two Englishmen, charged in the killing of King Charles I…

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An Evening with Hugh Bonneville: Playing under the Piano, From Downton to Darkest Peru

Thursday 24 November - 7:30pm

Hugh Bonneville is one of Britain’s most accomplished actors, familiar to audiences worldwide for his roles in Notting Hill, the Paddington films and Downton Abbey. From getting his big break as Third Shepherd in the school nativity play, to mistaking a Hollywood star for an estate agent, Hugh creates a brilliantly vivid picture of a career on stage and screen. What is it like working with Judi Dench and Julia Roberts, or playing Robert de Niro’s right leg, or not being Gary Oldman, twice? A wickedly funny storyteller, Hugh also writes with poignancy about his father’s dementia and of his mother, whose life in the secret service only emerged after her death. Whether telling stories of working with divas, Dames or a bear with a penchant for marmalade, this is a richly entertaining account of his life as an actor.

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