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An Evening with Julian Barnes

Over the past few years Julian Barnes has been writing compressed, spare fiction and non-fiction which addresses the great themes of our time. In The Sense of An Ending (winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2011), The Noise of Time and now The Only Story, he has created an outstanding triptych of short novels that will emerge as a towering achievement of early 21st century English-language writing. The Only Story opens in stockbroker country in the 1960s, complete with a tennis club, a golf course, unreliable cars, and prodigious quantities of alcohol and love. Paul is nineteen, home from university for the summer, and partnered with Susan, a local housewife of forty-nine, dressed in tennis whites with green piping, in the mixed doubles tournament. This chance pairing leads to a lifelong relationship but one laced with tragedy and regret, violence and repression. Barnes examines what happens when we allow ‘a social life to stand in for an emotional life’ and how co-dependency and its concomitant shame affect all concerned. A masterpiece of both restraint and insight. Barnes does very few events …

25 beautiful craft projects to blow your blossoms

Local craft designer, Hannah Read-Baldrey, is on a mission to bring Flower Power to everyone in her new book FlowerBomb!. Hannah’s love for flowers goes back as far as she can remember and her idea behind FlowerBomb! is ’to create a decorative explosion of beautiful flowers across your home and life to bring floral joy to your world’. With catwalks and high-street shops brimming with florals, it’s a timely release that will inspire new and experienced crafters alike. Hannah brings out the beauty of flowers through various crafts including papercraft, embroidery, stencilling, sugarcraft, clay craft, felting, weaving, sewing and crochet. The book features 25 projects divided into three chapters: Floral Home, Flower Fiesta and Floral Fashionista. Projects for the home range from a woven aster wall hanging and a painted flora teapot, to scented candles and flower bath bombs for relaxing nights in. In chapter two, Hannah, who is a professional stylist, shows how to add floral touches to parties and occasions with a flower garland, a giant paper peony and a showstopper cake with sugarcraft …

Parrot fashion: local author has children looking for exotic birds in the most unexpected of places

‘They were flying their kite, loop-the-loop up high, When something emerald flickered by…’ Parrots Don’t Live in the City! is the first in a series of children’s storybooks from local writer and illustrator duo, Lucy Reynolds and Jenna Herman. Perfect for two to six year olds, it leads little readers into a world of hidden birds and mini-beasts in search of one very special creature… The book was inspired by the bolshy, brilliant parakeets that are now spotted across the country, and who provide a regular flash of emerald in the skies above Brockwell Park. As Lucy, of Herne Hill, reflects, ‘These vivid green birds always fascinate little children – where did they come from? How did they get here? Why did they stay? The first time I spotted one in Brockwell Park I was amazed, but my husband wouldn’t believe me. Then a few days later I found an incredible green feather hiding amongst the leaves, and the seed for the story was sown’. As well as inspiring parrot spotters, the book’s lovely hide-and-seek …

Local life coach lends support to Londoners looking for a better lifestyle

Becca Teers, 42 from East Dulwich, is the author of “Unlimited” a new book designed to help people take up positive habits that will help them achieve their dreams and aspirations. Teers, has worked as a holistic therapist in South London for more than 20 years, before launching her new business, Heathy Habits, centred on using hypnosis to help people implement positive change to their lives. Becca says, “Having worked within the health and beauty business for two decades I’ve met so many people with brilliant ideas but struggle to turn them into a reality. I found the psychology of why more people don’t pursue their passions fascinating and dedicated myself to helping people realise their potential. I became fascinated about what makes people successful and developed a series of seven habits that unpin to formula for self-improvement. Ultimately, I found that by adopting some small life style changes, you can make a hugely positive difference to your mindset and attitude, which is what Unlimited is all about – taking seven simple steps to help …

‘The Nix’ author, Nathan Hill, to talk at Dulwich Books

Nathan Hill, author of New York Times bestseller The Nix, will discuss his novel at Dulwich Books of West Dulwich. From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change. The Nix has received outstanding praise in the US press, and was listed as a book of the year in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal. The international film rights have already been sold, with Meryl Streep to play the star role. Location: Dulwich Books, 6 Croxted Road, SE21 8SW Date: 24th January Time: 19.00 – 20.30 Tickets here: £7.50 admission + wine, or £20 including a hardback copy of The Nix (RRP £16.99) “The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America . . . Nathan Hill is a maestro” – John Irving Nathan Hill is an Associate …