ChipLitFest 2018 – four days of events in Chipping Norton that celebrate literature in all its forms. Best-sellers, debut novelists, poetry, nature writing, food & drink, free lectures, medical memoirs, politics, adventure, writers’ workshops, book groups and a children’s festival full of stories and drawing. Amazing, surprising, inspiring, thought-provoking and fun! Now in its seventh year, ChipLitFest is the biggest little litfest around. Over 100 volunteers, Festival Friends, patrons, trustees, businesses and sponsors work together to bring these brilliant events to the town. Headline names this year include Liza Tarbuck, Reggie Yates, Lionel Shriver, Robert Peston, Lucy Mangan, Richard Osman and Terry Waite.
Last year every child in reception classes received a copy of Nadia’s beautiful book The Bumblebear through the BookTrust’s Time to Read programme. Nadia will be sharing her love of illustration as she live-draws some of her gorgeous characters such as The Bumblebear, The Cow Who Fell to Earth and Good Little Wolf. Come and see the artist at work!
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About the book:
The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They’re both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since. Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to ask questions about her parents’ deaths.
But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger? Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie . . . The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO and I SEE YOU.
Praise for Let Me Lie:
“Another one-more-chapter, stay-up-late sensation from Clare Mackintosh. No doubt about it now–she’s a major talent.”–Lee Child
“Clare Mackintosh has nailed it again. Let Me Lie is an emotional ride with fantastic twists.”—Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Child
“Raced through Let Me Lie…inventive, twisting, and perfectly controlled.”—Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal
The Secret Life of Cows, Rosamund Young, £9.99
This is a must read for the whole human race. The simplicity of the message is deceptive as the message behind this book could save the planet. Rosamund Young is an important commentator on modern farming techniques and man’s inhumanity to creatures.
The Lost Words: A Spell Book, Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, £20.00
The Lost Words is one of the most beautiful books of the year, for children and adults, a symphony to the wonders of the natural world, and a stand against the disappearance of wild childhood.
To Die in Spring, Ralf Rothmann, Shaun Whiteside, £12.99
Patrick’s favourite book of the year. 2 seventeen year olds are drafted to the SS in 1944 to fight on the Eastern Front. Rothmann’s prose gives you a steadycam view of their travails and hopes. A gem.
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, Yanis Varoufakis, £14.99
Answering the question posed by his daughter ‘Why is there so much inequality?’, the unique voice of Varoufakis gives an accessible account of the current economic climate. With clear explanations, Varoufakis helps to make sense of a troubling world while inspiring us to make it a better one.
Lonely Planet’s Where To Go When, £19.99
This beautiful book lives up to Lonely Planet’s usual spectacular quality, providing travel ideas for every month of the year. Perfect for constant traveller in your life.
As an act of homage to her father Helen Macdonald decided to train a Goshawk. She became entranced by this beautiful creature. “H is for Hawk” is her record of this task and a beautiful description of these raptors. This book is crammed with wonderful nature writing and even has a biography of the amazing T H White, author of “The Goshawk” and “The Once and Future King”.
“Paying Guests” Sarah Waters Little Brown £20.00 (9780349004365)
A mother and daughter have to take in lodgers after the death of their husband/father a tragic tale follows. Sarah Waters writes a truly captivating story of class, family, love and murder.
Readers might share a passion for the wonderful world of books, but everyone has their own reading habit. Here are just a few of our favourites:
Takes a year or more to read a book, getting through a couple of pages at each sitting. Only ever reads in bed.
The Speed Reader
Easily reads a book a day. Skims the boring bits and turns pages so fast, fingers are a blur. Frequently loses track of what’s going on.
Reads everything from the Booker prize winner to the back of a cereal packet. Reads whilst walking. Goes to the loo purely for an opportunity to get through another few pages.
The Fickle Reader
Gives up on more books than are finished. Often has three or more books on the go. Reads all genres.
Finds a favourite author and doggedly works through their entire backlist.
What kind of reader are you?