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On Wednesday 21st November at 4 o’clock Alec Forshaw will welcome a group of us to 49 Great Ormond Street: he will talk about his book An Address in Bloomsbury (we sell it in the shop), about the house and the surrounding area, show us over the house and very kindly give us tea. 

On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November from 10–5 we shall be selling our books  at Great Dixter in Sussex. We are also planning an informal book group in a nearby pub on the Sat evening but this is tbc.

Elizabeth Day, who wrote the preface to The Call, will talk at a lunch on Tuesday 27th November – about the book and its author Edith Ayrton Zangwill, and about her own work, especially her latest novel The Party.  

Friday November 30th marks 75 years since the death of Etty Hillesum. Eva Hoffman, who wrote the Preface to An Interrupt- ed Life 20 years ago, will come to the shop at 6 and over a glass of wine we shall pay tribute to Etty. 

There will be a hay box lunch in the shop on Tuesday December 4th. Charlotte Mitchell will explain the principle. One hay box dish will be be meat- based, the other vegetarian. 

Our annual Open Day when all books are wrapped free of charge and mulled wine and mince pies are served will be Thursday 6th December.  

The film of They Knew Mr Knight will be shown in the shop on Thursday January 24th 2019. Tea will be served at 4 pm and the film shown at 4.30. 

On Wednesday February 6th Valerie Waterhouse who wrote the Afterword to The Journey Home and Other Stories and is working on a biography of Malachi Whitaker will talk about her over a drink in the shop at 6 pm.

On Wednesday March 20th it will be twenty years since we published our first three books. From three o’clock onwards there will be tea, madeira, cake and champagne at the shop. Also there will be some kind of unmissable special offer, tbc. 

Please ring the office to book for the events. The Lunch is £25, the Film £15, the Tea £10 and the other events are free. 

A reminder: the Persephone Book Group is on the first Wednesday of the month at 6.30 and costs £10. Madeira and bread and cheese are served. Do please call the shop to book a place.

Find out more about past Persephone Events.

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