All posts tagged: book

‘Disturbance’ by Marianne Kavanagh

‘Disturbance’ is a new book from local author, Marianne Kavanaugh, which is published in hardback this week. Sara lives with her husband Mike, a successful entrepreneur, and their two sons in the Old Rectory, a large house hidden behind tall hedges in a small village. Mike, perceived by his friends to be the doting father and loving husband, is currently working at home and is becoming increasingly angry and irritable. Sara feels isolated and lonely. When eighteen-year-old Katie, a student living in the village, rings the doorbell and offers to walkSara’s dog, a new friendship develops. Katie is young and full of energy, the perfect antidote to Sara’sbullying husband. Katie encourages her to get out and about and meet the neighbours. When a shocking accident happens in the house, and Mike’s sister arrives from Australia and begins asking awkward questions, disturbing truths emerge. Nothing is quite what it seems. Innocence and guilt are not clear cut. This is a novel about the secrets within a marriage and relationships under so much pressure they crack. It’s …

An Homage to Wodehouse: Jeeves and the King of Clubs by Ben Schott

Join bestselling author Ben Schott as he discusses his new novel based on the work of P G Wodehouse: Jeeves and the King of Clubs.  ‘vibrates with the spirit and rhythms of Wodehouse’s heart.’ – Sunday Times  ‘A delight to read’ – Observer Storm clouds loom over Europe. Treason is afoot in the highest social circles. The very security of the nation is in peril. Jeeves, it transpires, has long been an agent of British Intelligence, but now His Majesty’s Government must turn to the one man who can help… Bertie Wooster. In this magnificent new homage to P. G. Wodehouse, Ben Schott leads Jeeves and Wooster on an uproarious adventure of espionage through the secret corridors of Whitehall, the sunlit lawns of Brinkley Court, and the private clubs of St James’s, complete with an unforgettable cast of characters – old and new. Fully approved by the Wodehouse Estate, Jeeves and the King of Clubsis faithful to the history and personality of Wodehouse’s characters – but casts them in new roles and era, with hilarious results. Ben …

An Evening with John Simpson at Dulwich Books

Join Dulwich Books on Thursday 4th October to hear John Simpson discuss his exciting new thriller, Moscow Midnight, at All Saints West Dulwich on the day the book is released. Government minister Patrick Macready has been found dead in his flat. The coroner rules it an accident, a sex game gone wrong. Jon Swift is from the old stock of journos – cynical, cantankerous and overweight – and something about his friend’s death doesn’t seem right. Then days after Macready’s flat is apparently burgled, Swift discovers that his friend had been researching a string of Russian government figures who had met similarly ‘accidental’ fates. When the police refuse to investigate further, Swift gets in touch with his contacts in Moscow, determined to find out if his hunch is correct. Following the lead, he is soon drawn into a violent underworld, where whispers of conspiracies, assassinations and double-agents start blurring the line between friend and foe. But the truth will come at a price, and it may cost him everything. John Simpson has been the BBC’s …

Dads Don’t Babysit

James Millar is a political journalist and author living in East Dulwich with his partner and two primary school-aged children. His latest book, Dads Don’t Babysit, published on September 14, looks at why men don’t take on more of the childcare in most families despite saying that they want to and what can be done to change that. East Dulwich appears a bastion of parental progressiveness. Go to any of the many rhyme time or little swimmers or baby gym sessions and there’ll be a dad there with his little one. But only one dad. Or at best a handful, compared to many more mums or even grannies looking to entertain their offspring. That’s because women are better suited to childcare. Or just like doing it more than men. Right? Cobblers. Men want to spend more time with their families and the weight of evidence shows that they are just as capable of parenting as their female partners. But there’s a ‘paternity gap’ – a difference between what men say they want and what actually …

Autumn events at Village Books

Village Books has a busy programme of events this autumn. Here are a few of the highlights… Susan Calman Thursday 6th September 19.30 Susan’s enthusiasm at being on Strictly Come Dancing was an inspiration to all of us. Cheer Up Love, Susan’s first book, had a clear aim: to help people understand depression. Sunny Side Up has a similarly clear path: to persuade people to be kinder to each other and spread more joy. Let Susan bring some fun and laughter into your evening on Thursday 6th September. JAGS Community Hall. Book tickets here   Paris Through the Eyes of Sebastian Faulks 12th September 19.30 Sebastian Faulks is a giant of our contemporary literary world. Since his 1993 novel Birdsong captured the imagination of readers across the country. Join us on 12th September for an evening with Sebastian as he chats about his writing, his loves and how Paris Echo came about. MCT at Alleyns School. Book tickets here Sir Chris Hoy Monday 17th September 19.00 Sir Chris Hoy MBE, one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic …