Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Sunday 7 February 2016

The Secret History of Wivenhoe

Place, Memory and Belonging

Human attachment to landscape and place permeates much of our thinking of who we are, our identity, and our sense of belonging.

Each of our Independent Booksellers’ Week 2012 events explores aspects of this attachment.

The Secret History of Wivenhoe

A Walk Through Old Wivenhoe with Martin Newell

Saturday 7th July 10.30 – 12,30 Tickets £7-50

Sunday 8th July 10.30 – 12.30 Tickets £7-50

Delve into the mysteries of Wivenhoe in a unique personal and poetic exploration of the townscape on a walking tour with award-winning columnist, top poet, and former indie pop star Martin Newell.

An engagement with place is fundamental to much of Martin’s work, and his wander through the town will reveal intriguing cultural and historical connections which take us on a journey,  not just through Wivenhoe and north Essex, but by default, England itself. Expect memories, stories,  jokes, and poems, to delight and possibly even startle those of you who want to know all the things that the tourist board will never tell you.  Do you really want to know what you’ve bought into?

Tours leave the Wivenhoe Bookshop at 10.30am sharp, and tickets, priced at £7.50, are now on sale at the shop.

To book, drop in, call us on 01206 824050, or reserve your tickets by email.

A Prospect of Wivenhoe by Martin Newell

This quirky book about the author’s bohemian riverside hometown includes chapters about deceased local residents, and in it the actress Joan Hickson (TV’s Miss Marple) and Wivenhoe’s much-missed eccentric old GP, William Dean, sit comfortably alongside ones about the 1984 Miners Strike and the town’s strange annual May Fair, known as ‘Wivstock.’

Part biography, part-travelogue A Prospect of Wivenhoe comes across as Akenfield  if it had been written by Julie Burchill or P.J.O’Rourke. ‘Prospect’ is an affectionately painted homage to the town where it’s author has lived for years. Newell has created a unique page-turner of a book which is by turns evocative, poetic and sometimes very funny.

Now in stock - and available to order – call us on 01206 824050 or order by email

Check out our range of other local and Martin Newell titles here




















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