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Thame Arts & Literature Festival

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12th to 15th October 2017

The Book House has been selling books in Thame for over 35 years and stocks thousands of titles.  Whether you enjoy contemporary fiction, crime, classics or non-fiction, The Book House can recommend the best reads for you.  We are also specialists in children’s books.

Our aim is to provide an unrivalled service to our customers – we are always happy to offer advice and can usually obtain a book that isn’t on our shelves within 24 hours.  We are happy to accept orders by phone,fax, e-mail or via this website.  We can post to almost anyone, anywhere.

Our fantastic card-room is full of beautiful greetings cards and giftwrap for all occasions, and we also have a select and ever-changing range of book-related toys, CDs and DVDs that make perfect gifts.

Opening hours are 9.00am – 5.30pm, Monday – Saturday.   

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Welcome to Thame Arts & Literature Festival 2017

Its early days in the planning office at TAL Festival however we are already very excited at the wonderful ine-up that is already booked for this year’s festival. Put the dates in your diary now, if you haven’t done it already, sign up for the newsletter and keep a close eye on the web site as we announce our line-up

We are delighted to be able to announce Royds Withy King, Solicitors in Oxford as our main sponsor for TAL Festival 2017.

It is with their support and that of all our other sponsors and advertisers that we are able to bring the 8th Annual TAL Festival to Thame in October

Dates for Festival

12-15th October 2017

Dear Reader

You may note that it was upon the 18th of July, some 200 years ago this very year that I departed this earthly struggle and left only those immortals as Mr Darcy, Miss Bennett and Miss Price for your edification and the enrichment of my estate. You will be astonished, as was I, to note that my new friends at Austentatious have discovered my hidden works and have sought to bring them to the stage. That they ne’er would have seen the light of day cannot be denied but you can see a recreation as this amazing group of troubadours bring them to life before your very eyes. Having travelled from Edinburgh to make you weep with laughter, I urge you - nay I implore you to join us in Thame in October.

Your ever loving friend

Jane Austen (Miss)

Famous in the crime writing world, Simon Brett OBE, will be interviewed by Nicole Russell. Simon’s writing also includes comedy in radio and television series such as No Commitments and After Henry.

Also, you’ll be able to join esteemed crime writers from the Crime Writer’s Association, led by mystery fiction writer, S.J. Bolton, as they ponder things like “Is the female more dangerous than the male?”

Simon Heffer, well-known journalist, author and politician, will be talking about his book Age of Reason.

The art historian and biographer, James Hamilton, has written a vibrant biography, Gainsborough: A Portrait, setting the artist in his period and society.

Hot off the press in October will be Jenny Uglow's latest book on Edward Lear, which she’ll be discussing. Jenny is a former Editorial Director of Chatto & Windus and has written many best-selling books. She is also editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women and The Vintage Book of Ghosts.

Rachel Crowther, a doctor who worked for the NHS for 20 years, will be interviewed about her second book, The Things you do for love.

“A wonderful page turner of a novel about the complexity of female life”, said Fay Weldon.

Following on from her Book of the Week on Radio 4 this February, Samantha Ellis, the playwright and journalist, will be talking about her book, Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life.