Annual Readers’ Day is a great day out

Mel Mitchell
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Book enthusiast Melanie Mitchell aims to get the community reading more. To spur you on, she offers her Book of the Week and Books to Watch choices

Preparations are well under way for the annual newbooks magazine Readers’ Day, to be held at St Peter’s Pastoral Centre in Winchester on Saturday, October 3 from 10am-4pm.

Publisher Guy Pringle will be hosting and speaking to four authors about their latest books and their inspiration and writing experiences in general.

Sophie Hannah has just released stand-alone psychological thriller A Game for All the Family (Hodder & Stoughton, published August 13) but she is also the author of the popular Culver Valley crime series and the first Hercule Poirot novel since Agatha Christie’s death.

Author and TV producer Stuart Prebble has crafted an original mystery in his latest novel The Insect Farm.

Writer and artist Claire Fuller will be discussing her award-winning survivalist story Our Endless Numbered Days and Catriona Ward will be introducing her debut Rawblood.

Tickets are £40, including lunch and refreshments throughout the day, and are available at or by calling 01329 311419. A great day out for readers and reading groups.

n In my Book of the Week, Salman Rushdie has come up with another masterful example of magical realism in Two Years, Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights (Jonathan Cape, published September 10), in which unwitting descendants of the mischievous jinn attempt to make sense of a corrupt world in the midst of enormous upheaval.

It is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to 2,000 years of mystical storytelling, with the nod in the title to the Arabian One Thousand and One Nights, but is equally rooted in contemporary times and troubles.

n In my Books to Watch, Anthony Horowitz has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons with his thoughts on who should play the next James Bond but his take on Ian Fleming’s eponymous hero in Trigger Mortis (Orion, published September 8) is also bound to get people talking.

Lots of fun and the inclusion of previously unseen Fleming material makes this a must-read for fans.

Tenderly-crafted prose characterises Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s We Never Asked for Wings (Mantle, published September 10) as she explores the intricacies and complications of family ties in a story about reluctant mother Letty. Melancholic but beautiful.

n Mel Mitchell is originally from Portsmouth and now lives in Gosport.

She is Publisher Liaison for newbooks magazine and its related website, based in Stubbington.