Event Date
04 September 2019 (11 days to go!)
Title
WEDNESDAY BOOK CLUB: Silence of the Girls
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The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage bloody war over a stolen woman—Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman—Briseis—watches and waits for the war's outcome. She was queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles's concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.

When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and coolly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position, able to observe the two men driving the Greek army in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate not only of Briseis's people but also of the ancient world at large.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war—the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead—all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis's perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker's latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives—and it is nothing short of magnificent.
About the Author

Pat Barker was born in Thornaby-on-Tees in 1943. She was educated at the London School of Economics and has been a teacher of history and politics.

Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy Regeneration; The Eye in the Door, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize; and The Ghost Road, winner of the Booker Prize; as well as seven other novels.
Instructions

Join us at 7:30pm in the shop on the 4th of September to discuss this book with fellow local readers and book enthusiasts!
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Book Club
Event Date
24 September 2019 (31 days to go!)
Title
Talk with Mary Paulson-Ellis
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Come along to the Feather's Coffee Shop to hear Mary Paulson-Ellis talk about her latest book "The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing". An heir hunter searches out the rightful inheritor to an old soldier's cash sewn into the lining of his burial suit. As he looks to the past for answers on what to do with the money, he discovers a mystery taking place in the France of 1918.
Instructions
The Coffee Shop, The Feathers Hotel, Ledbury from 7:30pm
Terms
Tickets £3 (to be refunded against purchase of book)
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Author Signing
Event Date
02 October 2019 (39 days to go!)
Title
WEDNESDAY BOOK CLUB: Ma’am Darling
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She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando clam up. She cold-shouldered Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor.
Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. Dudley Moore propositioned her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was in love with her.

Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding.
In her 1950’s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman.
The tale of Princess Margaret is pantomime as tragedy, and tragedy as pantomime. It is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.

Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues and essays, Ma’am Darling is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography, and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.
About the Author
Craig Edward Moncrieff Brown (born 23 May 1957, Hayes, Middlesex) is a British critic and satirist from England, probably best known for his work in British magazine Private Eye.
Instructions

Join us at 7:30pm in the shop on the 2nd of October to discuss this book with fellow local readers and book enthusiasts!
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Book Club

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