Book at Breakfast 2008

As part of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival (31st October – 2nd November), which sees the likes of Tony Benn, Will Self and Ian Paisley descending on Liverpool, The Reader Organisation is hosting two free and fabulous ‘Book at Breakfast’ events.

Award-winning writers Clare Allan and Mark Haddon join us for this year’s ‘Book at Breakfast’ events – reading and discussion with coffee and croissants – to which you are welcome to come!

1. Book at Breakfast with Clare Allan:

Saturday 1st November 10.00am – 11.30am
at BBC Radio Merseyside, Hanover Street, L69 1ZJ
Clare Allan in conversation with Jane Davis

Join us for coffee and croissants in the company of Clare Allan, winner of the first Orange/Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition and author of Poppy Shakespeare for a talk about her work (an extract from the novel will be sent to read in advance). Clare Allan was the winner of the first Orange/Harpers short story prize.

Poppy Shakespeare has that rare quality: the feel of a book that needed to be written … It is bitterly, brutally funny and extraordinarily moving.’ Telegraph

Catch-22 meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest … an electrifying debut … surreal, raucous, infuriating and very funny.’ Guardian

2. Book at Breakfast with Mark Haddon

Sunday 2nd November 10.00am – 11.30am
at BBC Radio Merseyside , Hanover Street, L69 1ZJ
Mark Haddon in conversation with Jane Davis

Join us for coffee and croissants in the company of the multi-award winning writer Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  (winning many prestigious awards, including the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year) and A Spot of Bother, for a talk about his latest work, a chapter of which, ‘The Island’, will be sent out to read in advance.

‘Haddon’s style is a reader’s bliss. He writes seamless prose. The words are melted into meaning… Haddon’s gift is to make us look at ourselves when we think we’re looking away, being entertained’. Tom Adair Scotsman

‘Haddon’s last, spectacularly successful novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, found a brilliant way to make the mundane strange and the strange mundane, choosing a narrator for whom the world is so perpetually strange that it can never be truly surprising’. Telegraph

Tickets for these Book at Breakfast events are limited and going fast. If you would like to attend either (or both) events please email info@thereader.org.uk or call 0151 794 2830 and we will send you a ticket and the extract for reading.

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