There are a few dates to mention this week... 

First of all, the early bird rate for the event with Victoria Hislop next month closes on Wednesday, so don't delay in getting your tickets if you want to take advantage of this special offer!

And as we're fast approaching the end of the month, I'd be grateful if you would let me know by Wednesday lunchtime if you're planning on coming along to this month's book group meeting where we're discussing 'The Half Life of Valery K'.

As you know, things will be changing slightly in how I run this going forward so if you're interested in coming along to the meeting on Monday 25 September, please reply to this email and I'll let you know the new arrangements!

Then on Thursday it's the big reveal regarding the Booker Prize shortlist - scroll down for details of the conclusions from our recent book group discussion of the longlist, and we'll see if we agree with the judges on (m)any of the titles.

Finally look out for news from the Riverside Cinema on Friday as we release tickets for two more author events, taking place in November.

I'm excited to announce that the novelist Nicola Upson will be visiting on 26 November to talk about her latest Josephine Tey mystery which this time draws on Alfred Hitchcock and his filming of Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca'. And just three days later on 29 November we'll be joined by farmer and Countryfile presenter Adam Henson as he shares his stories of 'Christmas on the Farm'. I'll be explaining more about both events next week, but I hope you'll be keen to get these dates in your diary!

Thank you for reading.