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Malvern Book Co-operative

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Wednesday 7th June, 10.30am
Daytime Book Group

Monthly daytime discussion group. This month’s book is Elizabeth Bowen’s 1929 classic The Last September. Set during the Irish War of Independence, it is the portrait of a young woman's coming of age in a brutalized time and place. The Last September depicts the tensions between love and the longing for freedom, between tradition and the terrifying prospect of independence, both political and spiritual. New members always welcome.

Friday 16th June, 7.30pm (Recheduled from 28th April)
Book Launch: The Sweet taste of Death by Tom Pierce

Malvern author Tom Pierce will be launching his debut novel The Sweet taste of Death. More than just a crime thriller, it combines history, travel and detective genres, against the backdrops of the historical streets of Hereford and the savage beauty of the mountains in southern France. As well as reading from his novel, Tom will give an insight into the inspiration behind the book from his career in the Herefordshire Constabulary: expect some anecdotes both macabre and amusing! £5, including refreshments.

Wednesday 21st June, 7.30pm
Evening Book Group

Monthly evening discussion group, alternating fiction and non-fiction titles. This month’s book is Maggie O’Farrell’s This Must be the Place. A reclusive former film star hides in the wilds of Ireland, , but why did she disappear at the height of her fame? Her husband is about to make an exit of his own on a journey that will take him far from home. This Must be the Place is a portrait of an extraordinary marriage, the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart. New members always welcome.

Thursday 22nd June, 7pm
We All Sleep Under the Same Stars: Reading About Refugees

Good quality fiction can help people to understand about situations that they may never experience in their own lives. Karen Argent from The Letterpress Project will be introducing and reading extracts from a selection of wonderful titles by authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Judith Kerr and Benjamin Zephaniah, hoping to give ideas and inspiration on how children’s literature can help to shape young readers’ understanding of the world and others’ lives in it.
Free. Children also welcome.

Tuesday 4th July, 7.30pm
The Poetry of R. S. Thomas – Talk by Rev Nicholas Menon

While perhaps over shadowed by some of his compatriots, R. S. Thomas is arguably the most important Welsh poet of recent times. A man of renowned principles, he served as priest to rural communities in North Wales, shunning the literary limelight, for over sixty years, creating a body of poetry that almost earned him a Nobel Prize. More than a solely religious writer, Thomas was also a great nature poet, and a sharp critic of both tradition and modernity. Nicholas’s talk will guide us through the development of Thomas’ poetry as he sought to
assimilate landscape, humanity and the transcendent. £5, including refreshments.

Friday 7th July, 7.30pm
Chig: Sky Pilot to the Glider Pilots of Arnhem

Malvern author Mike Vockins will introduce his latest book, based on the letters of the Rev Prebendary Chignell, Chig is the story of a choir boy, who became a country parson and took part in Operation ‘Market Garden’ as Chaplain to the men of the Glider Pilot Regiment. Part social history of wartime rural life, and part first-hand account of the battle of Arnhem, Padre Chignell’s letters tell a story that demands to be told. £5, including refreshments.

Thursday 13th July, 7.30pm
The Art of Reading – Talk by Angela Day

Following on from her talk on the poetry of Ted Hughes in November of last year, Angela Day aims to enhance readers’ pleasure in an activity they already love – reading. Through exploring various narrative styles and their use of language, the ways authors build characters, create settings, and develop scenes, Angela intends to widen readers’ interpretative skills, and encourage a fuller engagement with the novels and stories that we read. £5, including refreshments.

Thursday 20th July, 7.30pm
The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena Macdonald

Rowena will be reading from her latest novel. Aptly set in the House of Commons at the time of a general election, The Threat Level Remains Severe is a black comedy following Grace, Brett and Reuben as they become entangled in a love triangle attempting to bring some excitement to their unglamorous back office jobs in the corridors of power. Rowena has worked in Westminster for over fifteen years and her inside knowledge shows in the depictions of the apolitical mundanities that are the back-stage reality of government, and the cast of characters to be found there.

In order to cover our costs there will be a small charge for some events. Details of what the cost includes are given for each event.

All events take place at the shop unless otherwise stated (St Ann’s Road Malvern WR14 4RG). It’s quite rare that we have need for a larger venue, and if there’s ever any need for a change of venue we would always do our best to let you know.

In order to have some idea of the numbers attending each event we should be very grateful if you would let us know by phone (01684 564 788), email ( or by popping into the shop if you plan to come along.

Anyone attending any of these events will receive a discount of 10% on books purchased at the event, other than those written by local authors.

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