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From Soprano on the Stairs to readings by local Authors

Harris & Harris is a hub of community life in Suffolk

***Belle Voci are returning to Clare!***

Since their last concert here at St Peter and St Paul’s, the opera duo have ticked off a few bucket-list moments. In the summer, they performed the National Anthem at Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup Final to a massive 90000 people at Wembley Stadium with millions watching all over the world; they were invited to duet with Tenor extraordinaire, Alfie Boe OBE for a second time at Hyde Park; they have worked with Comedian Vernon Kay and pop legend Gary Barlow; they have toured internationally singing in everywhere from New York and Nova Scotia to France, Italy and Spain; and they are due to release their next single, “The Scientist” on 29th November when they also launch into their Christmas UK Tour…next stop Clare!!  

They say they are delighted to be returning, and this time will be joined by Stour Valley School Choir in their bid to inspire younger students at school, something very close to the duo’s hearts. 

🎄DATES FOR YOUR DIARY🎄 Clare lights big switch on Saturday 30th November 🎄 Late Night Shopping Thursday 5th Dec 🎄See you there 🎄Bring your Christmas lists ✔️

On Thursday 7th November, we welcomed Barbara Burman to the stairs who talked about, read from and answered questions about her recent book The Pocket: A Hidden History of Women’s Lives, 1660 – 1900 to a packed audience.

 At a time when women had no privacy at all other than what they could fit in their ‘pocket’ these essential items were not only necessary and practical, many were beautiful works of art.

Many glorious and mind-boggling things have been found in these tie-on pockets, including a sketchbook, pencils, a cake, snuff boxes, yards of stolen ribbon and two live ducks!!

The whole evening was another great success, Barbara gave a fascinating account of her beautiful book and by the following morning all copies were sold out with more on the way.

Some of you might remember that we started all this On The Stairs shenanigans with a Soprano On The Stairs, which followed with the now familiar Author In The Stairs, but never have we had TWO authors on the stairs before.
Actually, this book had 16 contributors but I think we would struggle to get them all in so we gladly stuck with just the two.

Louise Duckling and Gilliam Williamson gave us a fascinating talk on their book – Exploring The Lives Of Women  1558 – 1837

As always, the delectable yumyums were supplied by Vicki Murray Cakes and Pastries.

🎄DATES FOR YOUR DIARY🎄 Clare lights big switch on Saturday 1st Dec 🎄 Late Night Shopping Thursday 6th Dec 🎄See you there 🎄Bring your Christmas lists ✔️

Our next Author On The Stairs event at Harris & Harris is on 15th November 🌸🌺 Pop in, call or email if you’d like to come along 📚The lovely Barbara Segall will be talking about her beautiful book Secret Gardens Of East Anglia 📚 Kickoff at 7pm 📚 Free tickets but very limited spaces so give us a shout ASAP to reserve.

**Last few tickets ** for our forthcoming Author On The Stairs event with Sarah Doig on Thursday 25th October 6.30 for 7pm📚📚 Books, a snifter, chat about all things #suffolk and a discount on the night. What more can you want? Yes, there will be Mini-Bakewells.
Pop in to secure your ticket 🎫 or leave us a reply here.

As seen in East Anglian Daily Times.

The extraordinarily talented Belle Voci are coming back to our town of Clare!
Did you see them on The Voice where they were mentored by Jennifer Hudson?
Concert on 24 November 2018 at 7pm in St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Clare, Suffolk.
Tickets, £10, from Harris & Harris Bookshop

Still super excited to see Edward Carey in my shop last Saturday on #bookshopday2018 Unfortunately I had completely and utterly sold out of #little – (a novel based on a little girl who would go on to become the magnificent Madame Tussaud) so Edward kindly signed some postcards to go with todays delivery of new copies.

And here we have it. (Well, one of them anyway) complete with a signed postcard. How cool is that 😎
Orderly queue now please.
*edit – sold another, pop in soon if you want one*


🍁Well what a super grand day 🍁 #bookshopday2018 🍁Thank you to each and every one of you bookish darlings who braved the mildly autumnal Saturday to visit Harris & Harris on this rather auspicious day. 🍁Believe it or not, I had queues. Yes, queues. I know, right? What crazy October madness is that?! 🍁
I’m afraid I didn’t have time to photograph everyone who schlepped off with a bag of bookish booty, but I did manage to snap the author Edward Carey (author of the wonderful Little (look out for this in our #christmascatalogues) 🍁 and Woolfi with little Raggi (sister to our little Pippin and daughter to our Molly – see the latest #booktime magazine) 🍁 What’s that? Yes. More flowers 💐 Oh, the booksellers life for me 🎶

With the release of Ben Macintyre’s new book – The Spy And The Traitor, I am reminded of the day Roger Hermiston came to Harris & Harris to talk about his terrific book – The Greatest Traitor, a biography of Agent George Blake.
This is a fantastic book that keeps the reader turning the pages. George Blake was present at many of the major political events of the 20th century, little did the UK SIS know that he was undermining them at every turn.
In stock at Harris & Harris?
It certainly is.

What a splendid evening. Thank you to everyone who braved the heatwave to welcome Simon Edge as he discussed and read from his two books The Hopkins Conundrum and The Hurtle Of Hell. Snifters were quaffed, books were bought and mini-Bakewells were noshed. Smashing.

Local author Tessa West will be visiting Harris & Harris Bookshop on Saturday 17th March between 11am and 2pm to launch her new book – a biography of LADY SUE RYDER. All are welcome to just pop in and have a chat with Tessa.

Photos from past events

What our customers say…..

Beautiful shop crammed full of fabulous books, old and new, with something for everyone. If they haven’t got it they will do their level best to order it in for you – Kate even managed to track down a long out of print gift for my goddaughter! Lovely, helpful and knowledgeable staff with a knack for gift wrapping too. And if you’re really lucky you might get to see one of the four legged helpers

Vicki Murray

Kate Harris (of Harris & Harris Bookshop in Clare, Suffolk) has created a remarkable magnet for booklovers.  Via an attractive on-line newsletter she keeps customers informed about upcoming events, special offers, services and book launches. She regularly hosts evening talks by writers, giving local readers the opportunity to put questions to them and also to have a chat among themselves. Her professionalism is apparent not only in the immaculate presentation of her shop, but also in the delightful eclecticism of the books on offer and her special personal engagement with the reading public.

Ann Kronbergs

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