Whilst we can’t gather together in person, we’re doing our best to bring brilliant authors and books to you, in the comfort of your own home!
Tuesday 21 July 8pm
Rachel will be Zooming in to introduce her new novel Miss Benson’s Beetle. Join us to meet the author of bestselling and much-loved books such as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy and The Music Shop.
“I loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, but Miss Benson’s Beetle is even better. The characters have a richness and depth that drew me into their story immediately. And what characters! This book is far more than an unexpected adventure, it’s a beautiful portrayal of female friendship in all its frailties, contradictions and strengths. It made me think we all have the power to be so much more than we imagine when we cut the chains of expectation. I actually feel as if I’ve just lost a positive, powerful friend – I’m cut adrift, I haven’t been so immersed in a novel for years” Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path
We have a limited number of signed copies that will include a handwritten postcard from Rachel.
Pre-ordering customers will be contacted when their books are ready to collect from the bookshop, and we will ship orders for posting as close to publication date as possible.
We’ll be posting the link and password for the Zoom meeting on our Facebook Bookclub page. If you are not a member of the group, please email the shop and we will share the Zoom details with you that way.
Miss Benson’s Beetle is published on 23 July.
Tuesday 30 June at 8pm (GMT)
New York Times bestselling author Lily King. We feel incredibly lucky and so thrilled about this! Lily’s last UK published novel Euphoria is an incredible book. It was a Sevenoaks Bookshop bestseller – a real word of mouth hit among our customers because of the sheer quality of Lily’s writing. If you haven’t already read it – do so now!
Lily will be discussing her new novel, Writers and Lovers, a tale of art, love and ambition, all told with such exquisite consideration, certain sentences and images clean take your breath away.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear her speak! Online life has it’s limitations, but has opened up possibilities to meet authors from the other side of the atlantic when travelling no further than to your desk – amazing!
‘Lily King is one of our great literary treasures and Writers & Lovers is suffused with her brilliance. It is captivating, potent, incisive, and wise, a moving story of grief, and recovering from grief, and of a young woman finding her courage for life’. Madeline Miller, author of Circe
“Writers & Lovers made me happy. Even as the narrator grieves the loss of her mother and struggles to make art and keep a roof over her head, the novel is suffused with hopefulness and kindness. Lily King writes with a great generosity of spirit.” Ann Patchett
“I loved this book not just from the first chapter or the first page but from the first paragraph… The voice is just so honest and riveting and insightful about creativity and life.” Curtis Sittenfeld, London Evening Standard
“Delightful… An unmistakable broadside against fiction’s love affair with macho strivers, even — or especially — when layers of lyricism and tenderness coat their machismo. The emotional force of Writers & Lovers is considerable.” New York Times Book Review
We’ll be posting the link and password for the Zoom meeting on our Facebook Bookclub page. If you are not a member of the group, please email the shop and we will share the Zoom details with you that way. Unlike our previous bookclub events, there is no expectation for people to have read the book before attending.
Tuesday 26 May 8pm
Benjamin Myers introduced his new novel, The Offing.
The Offing is absolutely a book to read now – filled with hope and love and the joys of reading and writing. Set in the aftermath of WWII, it is the story of a young man setting out on a walking adventure for the summer, before returning to his home town to start a job in a mine. It’s about England, the North, nature, the sea and a life-changing encounter with a woman he meets on his travels. For anyone reading our current bookclub book, One Fine Day, it is a great companion read.
‘…the book recalls JL Carr’s A Month in the Country Myers’s sensitive portrayal of an emotionally mature man looking back at a single life-changing summer is as quietly gripping as Carr’s novella.’
‘What a radical thing, these days, to have written a book so full of warmth and kindness… Gorgeous’
Max Porter, author of Lanny
You can watch the full length recording of our chat with Benjamin here:
The Offing by Benjamin Myers£16.99
Chiddingstone Castle Virtual Literary Festival
Podcast series now live!
Sadly the Festival will not be taking place at the Castle this year but the organisers have arranged a brilliant series of recorded interviews which will be available from Saturday 9 May, and we can deliver the authors’ books direct to you. More information…