The next book signing is on ….
Saturday 29th February at 3:00pm : The Storming of Cirencester!

Cynthia Jefferies has been writing successfully for children for twenty years as Cindy Jefferies. Some of her titles have been translated into 22 different languages and most of her work is still in print. Recently she has been concentrating on her second love, writing historical fiction for adults. Her second novel is set during the English Civil War and includes her take on the storming of Cirencester in 1643.

“The attack on my hometown during the Civil War has always fascinated me,” she says, “ever since I was a young child, so I simply had to bring one of my characters here to take part in that terrible day.”

Her novel, The Honourable Life of Thomas Chayne follows Thomas, a young man born and brought up in Gloucestershire,

but destined to travel widely during the war.

“What would it be like for him, attacking the town where, as a boy he had gone shopping for lardy cake and shoes?”

Join Cynthia in the shop at 3.00pm on 29th February. She will read a little from the novel and talk about that fateful day in February over 350 years ago. Join in the conversation about what it must have been like then and what happened afterwards. Cynthia’s books will be on sale and nibbles of traditional lardy cake may be provided at this free event!


Mrs P’s Book of Secrets: a special book signing event in conjunction with Cotswold Life magazine
Saturday 21 March at 11:30am

Cotswold author Lorna Gray’s new literary mystery Mrs P’s Book of Secrets is a ghost story without clanking chains or wailing ghouls. It is a mystery that explores the echoes that are left behind when someone has passed.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets also features a 1940s publishing house in Moreton in Marsh. A passion for books and book binding are an important theme within the novel and with that in mind, Lorna is using her new book as an opportunity to celebrate the work of modern day booksellers.

Throughout the month of March, Lorna will be undertaking a tour of some of the region’s most notable bookshops. Lorna will be writing about the tour and the people she meets in a special feature for Cotswold Life magazine and you are warmly invited to take part. She will be visiting Octavia’s Bookshop on Saturday 21 March from 11:30am.

Lorna will be signing copies of her new historical mystery, and she will also be interviewing Octavia about her life with books and chatting to customers who are willing to share their stories for the feature in Cotswold Life magazine. There will be a special hand bound edition of Mrs P’s Book of Secrets on display and Lorna will be on hand to talk about the history behind the novel. Lorna would love to meet you there.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets is published by Harper Collins in paperback, priced £8.99


Saturday 4th April from 11:30- 1:00pm
Meet Unipiggle, the Unicorn Pig- he’s loud, muddy and proud!

Hannah Shaw, Author and Illustrator, will be drawing and reading from the first of her Unipiggle series published by Usborne: Unipiggle- Unicorn Muddle.

Children will get a chance to make their own Unipiggle bookmark to take home. Hannah will also be reading and signing her books (suitable for 4 to 9 year olds)