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What's On

When: 16th May 2024, 7.30pm - 9pm
Where: Oundle Suite, Fletton House

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We are delighted to announce our May event – an author talk with Chloë Ashby

Following the critical acclaim of her first novel, 'Wet Paint', Chloë will be giving
a talk about her newest title, 'Second Self'. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signings. 

Tickets can be purchased via TicketSouce (link below),

or in person at the Oundle Bookshop (cash only).

About 'Second Self':
 

"When Cathy and Noah first got together neither saw children in their future. Eight years later, they’re happily married – and Cathy isn’t so sure.
 

With Noah’s patience for his wife’s ambivalence waning, her widowed mother in a world of her own, and her best friend yearning for a second baby, Cathy feels increasingly adrift. Escaping into her work in the conservation studios of the National Gallery, she chips away at the layers of overpaint on a canvas from the collection. Will the discovery of an unexpected truth help her find the clarity she craves?
 

Second Self is a novel about confronting expectations, and learning to cope with the nagging, complex questions that shape a life. It’s about minds and bodies at the mercy of natural forces and social pressure. Above all, it’s an ode to big decisions, small, tender moments, and how we choose to be."

 

‘Magnificent’ The i Paper | ‘Tender and acutely observed’ Mail on Sunday | ‘Poignant’ Glamour |
‘Beautifully nuanced’ Marie Claire

When: 2nd July 2024, 7.30pm - 9pm
Where: The Glapthorn Room, Fletton House

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We are also delighted to announce our July event, an Author Talk with renowned author Clare Mulley.
Clare is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster.

Her new book, ‘Agent Zo: The Untold Story of Fearless Second World War resistance Fighter, Elżbieta Zawacka’, is a biography of the only woman in the ‘Silent Unseen’, the Polish elite special forces trained in country houses across Britain.

Tickets can be purchased via TicketSource (link below),

or in person at The Oundle Bookshop (cash only).

About 'Agent Zo':

AGENT ZO, published in May by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, tells the incredible story of courageous resistance fighter Elżbieta Zawacka, also known as ‘Elizabeth Watson’ but more often as ‘Zo’. 
 

Zo was the only woman to reach London as an emissary of the Polish Home Army command during the Second World War. In Britain she was trained and enlisted as the only female member of the Polish elite Special Forces, known as the ‘Silent Unseen’, before parachuting back behind enemy lines into Nazi-occupied Poland. There, whilst being hunted by the Gestapo who arrested her entire family, Zo took a leading role in the largest organised act of defiance against Nazi Germany, the Warsaw Uprising, and in the liberation of her country. 
 

After the war, Zo was demobbed as one of the most highly decorated women in Polish history. Yet the Soviet-backed post-war Communist regime not only imprisoned her, but also ensured that her remarkable story remained hidden for over forty years. 

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