Book enthusiast Melanie Mitchell aims to get the community reading more. To spur you on, she offers her Book of the Week and Recommended Books choices
A new term begins and what could be more appropriate than the announcement of two events arranged by local independent bookseller The Hayling Island Bookshop with none other than Dame Jacqueline Wilson on Saturday October 17, in Gosport.
The hugely popular children’s author will be celebrating the publication of Little Stars (Doubleday Children’s, published October 8), the fifth and latest in her Hetty Feather series.
The first event will be held at Bay House School, Alverstoke where children only will be admitted to the main hall to hear Jacqueline talk about her books, with accompanying adults permitted to wait in the adjoining hall. Tickets are priced at £13 and include a signed copy of the new book.
The second event will be an afternoon tea at the restored Naval Bakery, Royal Clarence Yard at 3pm with Jacqueline visiting each table to meet the children.
Tickets cost £18 to include the tea and a signed copy of the book. Adults will be permitted to wait but won’t be able to attend the event itself.
Call The Hayling Island Bookshop on (023) 9246 6620 for more information and to book tickets.
n My Book of the Week is by John Banville, author of The Blue Guitar (Viking, published September 3), was born in Wexford in 1945 and has been published since 1970.
Suffice to say he is an experienced writer and this maturity, as well as his trademark humour, is quietly evident in this new tale of theft and adultery.
Painter Oliver Orme has abandoned his art, his affair with the wife of his best friend has been discovered and he has retreated to his childhood home to confront the man he thought he was.
n In my Books to Watch, if you like quirky you’ll love Canadian author Patrick DeWitt’s new novel Undermajordomo Minor (Granta, published September 3).
Defined as an adult fairytale it was the only possible follow-up to previous novel The Sisters Brothers and is as strange and fantastical as anything he has written. Black comedy at its finest.
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions, published September 3) completes the bestselling Neapolitan Quartet featuring best friends Elena and Lilly as they navigate womanhood together and apart. Fans will be desperate to know how their story ends.
n Mel Mitchell is originally from Portsmouth and now lives in Gosport.
She is Publisher Liaison for newbooks magazine and its related website nudge-book.com, based in Stubbington.