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Jill Mansell: Maybe This Time

Jill Mansell: Maybe This Time

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Saturday 9 Feb 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 2nd Feb.)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Jill Mansell

Maybe This Time


Saturday, 9th February at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL




Jill Mansell started writing fiction while working in the NHS, after she read a magazine article that inspired her to join a local creative writing class. She has since written over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers, including The One You Really Want and Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay.


In 2011 Take a Chance on Me won the Romantic Novelists Association's Romantic Comedy Prize, the judges said the book has "beautifully understated humour" and is "an utter delight”. In 2012, To The Moon And Back was shortlisted for the RNA's Contemporary Romantic Novel award and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.


Her books have sold over 11 million copies around the world.


Maybe This Time, due to be published in January 2019, is a heart-warming new novel of love and friendship.


When Mimi first visits her dad's new home in the Cotswolds, she falls in love with Goosebrook and the people who live there.


However, life is about to take some unexpected and shocking twists and turns. Mimi's path and Cal's are set to cross again and again - but will it ever be the right time for both of them?


Come along and meet this charismatic, award-winning author.


James Bishop: Iguana Boy Event

James Bishop: Iguana Boy Event

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Saturday 9 Mar 20192:30pm Book Now (Early Bird £1 off till 2nd March)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


James Bishop


Iguana Boy Event


Saturday, 9th March, at 2:30pm


The Great Hall, Oundle

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets: £6 (early bird £1 off till 2nd March)


Ever wanted a really cool superpower? Dylan did too, especially since his brother and sister have got really good ones. But when his wish finally comes true, Dylan is MIGHTILY disappointed. For Dylan has become ... Iguana Boy. He can talk to Iguanas ... RUBBISH!


When supervillain Celina Shufflebottom kidnaps all the superheroes in London, Dylan must work out how to use his new team of chatty iguanas to save the day. He's going to have to think outside the box, (the pizza box), if he's going to become the hero he's always dreamed of.


Join James Bishop, author of the smashing Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza and the hilarious sequel, Iguana Boy vs. The 30 Second Thief for an event filled with rubbish superpowers, comic book lizards called Paul, and a quest to save the world!


Long listed for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 in the Best Story category.


'HILARIOUS and so silly - superheroes, reptiles and pizza ... AWESOME, why didn't I think of that?!' Tom Fletcher


‘This hilarious book is perfect for any reader who has ever wondered who would win in a battle between platypuses and iguanas. Packed full of brilliant, comic-strip illustrations by Rikin Parekh, this energetic, funny story with heart has a similar appeal to Despicable Me, or My Brother is a Superhero.’ BookTrust


C.Dee & S Guerrier, Dr Who: The Women Who Lived

C.Dee & S Guerrier, Dr Who: The Women Who Lived

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Saturday 9 Mar 20197:30pm Book Now

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Christel Dee & Simon Guerrier


Dr Who: The Women Who Lived


Saturday, 9th March 2019, at 7:30pm


The Great Hall, Oundle

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets: £8/£6


Meet the women who run the Whoniverse. The first official book published to accompany the new series, celebrating Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Thirteenth Doctor.


Written by Christel Dee, former presenter of Doctor Who: The Fan Show and Doctor Who's digital marketing manager, and Simon Guerrier, co-author of Whographica and The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who for BBC Books, and his other books include Whoniversal Records. This book features more than 75 inspiring tales of remarkable women of the Whoniverse, both real and imagined.


From historical figures such as Agatha Christie and Queen Victoria to fan favourites like Bill Potts and River Song, each woman has made a unique contribution to the world of Doctor Who. Whether they’re facing down Daleks or thwarting a Nestene invasion, these women don’t hang around waiting to be rescued – they roll their sleeves up and get stuck in.


Scientists and soldiers, queens and canteen workers, women from outlandish science-fiction and those steeped in real history, they don’t let anything hold them back. Illustrated throughout with specially-commissioned artwork by a team of female artists – including Gwen Burns, Valentina Mozzo, Sonia Leong, and more, this collection of inspirational tales celebrates the power of women to change the universe.

Come along and test your knowledge of the Whoniverse.


Rupert Shortt, Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?

Rupert Shortt, Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?

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Friday 26 Apr 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 19/04)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Rupert Shortt


Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?


Friday, 26th April, 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North St, PE8 4AL



History is littered with wars and atrocities apparently inspired by religion, and today there seems no end to reports of cruelty and violence carried out in the name of God. But is it belief in God that motivates these evils? Or do they spring from other motives?


At the same time, history testifies to numerous benefits to humanity brought about by religious individuals and movements. But despite these positive outcomes might it be true, as some atheists suggest, that religion in general does more harm than good? Is religion itself inherently toxic?


Or could it simply be that there is good religion and there is bad religion, and we just need to learn to tell the difference?


Are the major spiritual traditions greater sources of discord than harmony? Or are conflicts widely blamed on faith differences fundamentally social and political?


In this rich but highly succinct book, Rupert Shortt offers even-handed guidance on one of the most disputed questions of our time.


Rupert Shortt is religion editor of The Times Literary Supplement.


Come along and see if you agree with Rupert Shortt’s views.


Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles

Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles

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Thursday 9 May 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 2nd May)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles


Thursday, 9th May at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle


North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £8/£6 (early bird £1 off till 2nd May)


In the summer of 1940, Britain stood perilously close to invasion. One by one, the Allied nations of Europe had fallen to the unstoppable German Blitzkrieg, and Hitler had his sights set on Britain. The attack was being exhaustively planned by the Nazis under the codename ‘Operation Sealion’. Yet the promised invasion never happened due to our success in the Battle of Britain, and the prospect of German jackboots on British soil retreated into the realm of collective nightmares – and mainland Britain never had to face the reality of life under the Nazis.


For the residents of the Channel Islands, occupation wasn’t just the terrifying outcome if the war against the Germans was lost, it was the day-to-day reality of their lives. The story of how these men and women, and their children, coped under such difficult and dangerous circumstances is an important, but neglected, part of our own history of the Second World War. This book tells the story of life under Nazi occupation.


Duncan Barrett studied English at Cambridge University and now works as a writer and editor, specialising in biography and memoir. He is also the author of The Sugar Girls, GI Brides, and, The Girls Who Went to War, all of which were top 10 Sunday Times bestsellers.


Raynor Winn, The Salt Path

Raynor Winn, The Salt Path

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Saturday 22 Jun 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 15th June)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Raynor Winn


The Salt Path


Saturday, 22nd June, at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £8/£6 (Early bird, £1 off till 15th June)


The remarkable and life-affirming true story of one couple’s 630-mile journey around the South West Coast Path. The Salt Path is a beautiful, powerfully honest and deeply moving memoir about overcoming adversity, the redemptive qualities of walking and nature, about survival, the meaning of ‘home’ and above all, about love.

In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their home of 20 years, just as a terminal diagnosis threatened to take away their future together. With nowhere else to go, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path: a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.


This ancient, wind-battered landscape strips them of every comfort they had previously known. With very little money for food or shelter, Raynor and Moth carry only the essentials for survival on their backs.

This book gives insight to one woman’s journey that spans not only the entire South West Coast Path, but also an emotional journey of redemption. In The Salt Path, Raynor Winn allows us to discover the healing powers found in nature and the simple act of walking forward.


Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book 2018

Now a Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller.