Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Sunday 14 July 2024

The Colony – Audrey Magee

Event Details

One-off event
Date: 05/06/2023 | Venue: The Greyhound
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Reading Group Supper at The Greyhound Monday 5th June ... Bookings now open

The Colony


At our  gathering from 7.00pm on Monday 5th June we’ll be talking about Audrey Magee’s The Colony.


‘He handed the easel to the boatman, reaching down the pier wall towards the sea.’

Mr Lloyd has decided to travel to the island by boat without engine – the authentic experience.

Unbeknownst to him, Mr Masson will also soon be arriving for the summer. Both will strive to encapsulate the truth of this place – one in his paintings, the other by capturing its speech, the language he hopes to preserve.

But the people who live on this rock – three miles long and half-a-mile wide – have their own views on what is being recorded, what is being taken and what is given in return. Soft summer days pass, and the islanders are forced to question what they value and what they desire. As the autumn beckons, and the visitors head home, there will be a reckoning.’

Publisher’s Synopsis

Praise for the Novel

‘A vivid and memorable book about art, land and language, love and sex, youth and age. Big ideas tread lightly through Audrey Magee’s strong prose.’ Sarah Moss

The Colony is a novel about big, important things.’ Financial Times

‘Magee’s prose is always luminous,  lyrical and pungent.’ Observer

‘A quietly powerful book – the ending is a punch to the gut.’ Sunday Times

‘A riveting examination of cultural tension at the height of the Troubles.’ TLS

About the Author

Audrey Magee was born in Ireland and lives in Wicklow. Her first novel, The Undertaking, was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, for France’s Festival du Premier Roman and for the Irish Book Awards. It was also nominated for the Dublin Literary Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The Undertaking has been translated into ten languages and is being adaapted for film.


New Menu
5th June 2023

The Greyhound
Pub Grub/Burger Mains:

Fish & Chips

Ham Egg & Chips (gf)

Bangers & Mash (gf)

Vegan Tart (vg)

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chill con Carne, Rice & Sour Cream

Pie of the Day

Aberdeen Angus Burger

Southern Fried Chicken Burger

Vegan Bean Burger (vg)

Cajun Chicken Salad

Grilled Halloumi & Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Pub Grub items all come with a range of veg.
Burgers all come with fries and slaw.

Dietary Requirements: We have indicated which mains are Vegan (vg) and Gluten-free (gf). For other allergen information please contact The Greyhound directly: info@thegreypub.com phone: 01206 825573

Meal bookings
The Greyhound have requested we forward your individual pre-orders for Mains in advance. Please make your pre-order choices from their Pub Grub/Burger menu (above) using the attached form. Please pre-book your order before 2pm on Saturday 3rd June. You will pay The Greyhound for your meals individually on the night. Drinks, Puds and other extras such as Bar Bites, Small Plates and Sides cannot be pre-ordered and should be requested individually on the night. We appreciate your co-operation over this particular arrangement.

PS We cannot be responsible for any order cancellations unless you let us know these before Saturday 3rd of June

A .PDF copy of The Greyhound’s current menu can be downloaded here.

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