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Fits and Starts – A memoir of living with Epilepsy

‘Fits and Starts – A memoir of living with Epilepsy’ by Franziska Thomas I am writing this because I can, because time really does heal all and because I need to start being honest. I have epilepsy. I was diagnosed with tonic clonic seizures aged 15. I’m never going to get better, but I will get worse and then improve. There will be moments of suffocation, recovery, elation, frustration followed by a return to half- normality before the process starts all over again. I will be high, and I will be low, but whoever I am, wherever I go, my life will be measured from the floor up. The title of my book ‘Fits and Starts’ is if nothing else recognition of what it’s like living with epilepsy and two small children. Nothing runs according to plan, most of what I do is at best chaotic and at worst chaos. Everything I do is on fast forward. I talk quickly. I move quickly. I eat quickly. I exist quickly. I am a devoted follower of the …

The Great North Wood by Tim Bird

An atmospheric, mythical history of South-East London’s long-lost ancient woodland, The Great North Wood, stunningly brought to life by award-winning comic artist Tim Bird. Forest Hill. Honor Oak. The names of South-East London’s leafy suburbs evoke the ancient woodland from which they arose. There was a time, many centuries ago, when all of the southeast was covered in dense forest – ‘England slumbered beneath a canopy of leaves’ – that is, until Man began to pull it apart, bit by bit. One particular forest stretched from what is now Croydon to Southwark, from Lambeth to Lewisham. As Man claimed ownership of this land, they wrote a name on a map: The Great North Wood. Over time, The Great North Wood was cleared – Empire called for wood to make ships; a growing population required land for farming; industrialisation allowed railway lines and roads to cut through the forest and bring people into newly-formed suburbs; war and rebuilding brought a new kind of destruction in the form of bombs, then concrete. Now, only small patches of woodland remain amidst …

An Evening with Antony Beevor

Join historian Antony Beevor on Thursday 21st June for a talk on the story of Arnhem. The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem – the battle for the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine in 1944 – in myths. Antony Beevor, the distinguished military historian, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting. It is a gripping account of an iconic moment in British and European history as well as an analysis of the cost of failure, which included pitiless German reprisals. Antony Beevor’s previous bestselling books include Berlin, D-Day, Ardennes 1944 and the multiple prize-winning Stalingrad. An Evening With Antony Beevor 7.30pm, Thursday 21st June MCT at Alleyns School, Townley Road, Dulwich, SE22 8SU www.village-books.co.uk/events Tickets £10/£8 SaveSave SaveSave

Warlight: An evening with Michael Ondaatje

Join Balham Literary Festival at Dulwich College on Monday 11th June for an evening with internationally acclaimed Man Booker Prize winning novelist Michael Ondaatje. Much celebrated as the bestselling author of The English Patient, Michael’s new book Warlight (7th June 2018) is his first novel in seven years. It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends. But are they really what and who they claim to be? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn’t know or understand in that time, and it is this journey – through reality, recollection, and imagination – that is told in this magnificent novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. With scenes featuring local landmarks including the Dulwich Picture Gallery, …

The Single Mums’ Mansion

Janet Hoggarth’s first adult novel, The Single Mums’ Mansion is based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent in East Dulwich. Amanda Wilkie unexpectedly finds herself alone with three children under five in a rambling Victorian house in London, after her husband walks out on them claiming he’s just ‘lost the love’, like one might carelessly lose a glove. A few months later, Amanda’s heavily pregnant friend, Ali, crashes into her kitchen announcing her partner is also about to abscond. Once Ali’s baby Grace is born, Amanda encourages them to move in. When Jacqui, a long-lost friend and fellow single mum, starts dropping by daily, the household is complete. Getting divorced is no walk in the park, but the three friends refuse to be defined by it. And, as they slowly emerge out of the wreckage like a trio of sequin-clad Gloria Gaynors singing ‘I Will Survive’, they realise that anything is possible. Even loving again… The Single Mums’ Mansion by Janet Hoggarth Publication Date: 1st June 2018 • Price £2.99 For all fans …