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Susan Hill at Toppings Ely

Date: 21 Nov 2017

Susan Hill is the much-loved author of many books including The Woman in Black and I'm the King of the Castle. Jacob's Room is Full of Books is the long-awaited sequel to her best-selling memoir Howard's End is on the Landing. Considering everything from Edith Wharton's novels through to Alan Bennett's diaries, Virginia Woolf and the writings of twelfth century monk Aelred of Rievaulx, Susan Hill charts a year of her life through the books she has read, reread or returned to the shelf. She reflects on what her reading throws up, from writing and writers to politics and religion, as well as the joy of dandies or the pleasure of watching a line of geese cross a meadow. Susan's writing is full of wry observations, warm humour and strong opinions freely aired, and this is a rare and wonderful opportunity to hear from one of the nation's most accomplished authors.Read More
Worldwide, increasingly large numbers of people are seeing therapists on a regular basis. In the UK alone, 1.5 million people are in therapy. We go to address past traumas, to break patterns of behaviour, to confront eating disorders or addiction, to talk about relationships, or simply because we want to find out more about what makes us tick. Susie Orbach, the bestselling author of 'Fat is a Feminist Issue' and 'Bodies', has been a psychotherapist for over forty years. Insightful and honest about a process often necessarily shrouded in secrecy, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy - what she thinks, feels and believes about the people who seek her help.Read More
From her greed to her selfishness at the table, her indigestion and her absolute reliance on food as a lifelong companion, Queen Victoria had a huge impact on the way we all eat today. Annie Gray gives us a new perspective on Victoria, viewing her through the one thing more dear to her than almost anything else: her stomach.Read More
The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as 'funny'? And how old can a joke get? Join Devorah Baum, author of The Jewish Joke and writer and comedian David Baddiel who will be dissecting the Jewish joke, with examples. Ticket includes a copy of the book.Read More

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