With the summer at an end, our autumn schedule of author events began with a sell out audience for the fabulous Martin Walker.
These lunchtime crime writer sessions at Woodbridge Library are always well received, but this time we found ourselves hearing more about Burgundy than bodies as Martin delighted us with his descriptions of life at home in France. The food, the drink, the gardening, friendships, culture and way of life sounded wonderful, and of course it is all replicated in Martin's marvellous Death in the Dordogne series of books about Bruno the chief of police.
There was much laughter and everyone left telling me their spirits had been lifted.
A few days later we were all sitting up straight to hear military historian Max Hastings bring us up to speed on his findings about the Dambusters. We were treated to a clip of the epic movie before Max delivered a fascinating presentation and then spent time answering questions and signing books. He was a warm and generous guest and we were thrilled to have another large and appreciative audience for him.
The same week we gathered in Browsers Bookshop to ponder the extraordinary life of artist Stanley Spencer through the eyes of novelist Nicola Upson. It's a beautiful book and Nicola is such a warm and engaging speaker. It was a lovely evening.
There are authors scheduled to join us in November but that's not long away as we're looking at dates at the beginning of the month.
Lindsay McCrae, the awardwinning BBC cameraman will give an illustrated talk on 'My Penguin Year' at Woodbridge Library on Friday 1 November. Having read an early proof of the book, I have to tell you it's fantastic! I can't wait to meet him to learn more. Then the next day, cricket raconteur Henry Blofeld will be in the bookshop to sign copies of his latest book 'My A-Z of Cricket', a perfect Christmas present...
I can't quite believe it's October already, but hope you'll join me in getting these dates in the diary and meet these inspiring and fascinating authors!! Find out more by signing up to my mailing list here.