Hunting Raven Books

Frome's Independent Bookshop

Month: December 2011

Peter Clark signing 17 December 2011

We were delighted to welcome Peter back to Hunting Raven Books on Saturday 17 December.
Peter braved the December weather, signed copies of his book and relished the opportunity to chat about Charles Dickens with fascinated customers!


Few novelists have written so intimately about a city in the way that Charles Dickens wrote about London. A near photographic memory made his contact with the city indelible from a very young age and it remained his constant focus. Dickens was drawn to the character of London itself, all aspects of the capital from the coaching inns of his early years to the taverns and watermen of the Thames; these were the constant cityscapes of his life and work.

Based on five walks through central London, Peter Clark illuminates the settings of Dickens’s greatest works, his life, his journalism and his fiction. He also explores ‘The First Suburbs’ (Camden Town, Chelsea, Greenwich, Hampstead, Highgate and Limehouse) as they feature in Dickens’s writing.

Peter Clark is a writer and translator. He worked for the British Council for many years, has translated novels from Arabic and is an authority on 19th century Britain.

Copies of Dickens’s London are available from Hunting Raven Books.

Caroline Pakenham : tasting & signing 4 December 2011

On a cold Sunday morning in December, Frome was buzzing with activity. The Artisan Market was attracting many visitors who after visiting Catherine Hill came down to Hunting Raven Books in Cheap Street because they had heard that Caroline Pakenham was offering tastes of her delicious jellied preserves!

Foraging and ferreting out food for free is Caroline Pakenham’s passion. She has now passed on some of her favourite recipes that she has created in her kitchen at Rudge and put them into her first book MAKING JELLIED PRESERVES : FROM GARDEN AND HEDGEROW FRUIT

The book includes full colour photos to help you recognise hedgerow fruits, plus numerous recipes for fruits that you can gather from spring to autumn or buy from further afield, including:- Gooseberry with perfumed wild Elderflower jelly; Crab apple jelly; Seville orange jelly; Sloe jelly; Plum and Rosemary jelly; Claret and Sage jelly; Garlic and herb jellies; Elizabethan Quince Cream and Spiced cranberry with roasted orange jelly.  Also included are lots of ideas using your wonderful store of jellies in your cooking.

Nick Hand signing December 3 2011

While Nick talked to customers, Harriet lovingly wrapped each signed book in specially printed tissue.

Nick arriving with our first delivery after cycling from Bristol!

We were delighted to welcome Nick Hand on Saturday 3 December
to meet customers and sign copies of his beautifully designed book

Conversations on the Coast presents a selection of 20 stories and photography from the Slowcoast project. Graphic Designer and Photographer Nick Hand set off on his bicycle from Bristol in the summer of 2009 to cycle over 6000 miles around the coast of the British Isles.

The people he talked to along the way included weavers, boat builders, a stickmaker, bicycle mechanic, screen printer, cheese maker and tea taster. Conversations were recorded and edited as photofilms and uploaded from the saddle to the Slowcoast website, giving followers of the journey the chance to meet an inspirational group of people living and working around the coast of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Nick cycled from Bristol to Frome to personally deliver our first copies of this fascinating book!  We hear there may be another book being planned . . .

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