Book Club

BOOK CLUB: Sorrow and Bliss – Meg Mason

Wednesday 20th July – 7:15 for :7:30pm

Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. A gift, her mother once said, not everybody gets. So why is everything broken? Why is Martha – on the edge of 40 – friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people. Or maybe – as she has long believed – there is something wrong with her. Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way that no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain. Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents (but without the help of her devoted, foul-mouthed sister Ingrid), Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix – or whether, maybe, by starting over, she will get to write a better ending for herself.

The discussion will be led by Jane Owen and Tim O’Kelly


CLASSIC BOOK CLUB: Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner

Wednesday 24th August – 7:15 for :7:30pm

 Guardian Lolly Willowes, so gentle and accommodating, has depths no one suspects. When she suddenly announces that she is leaving London and moving, alone, to the depths of the countryside, her overbearing relatives are horrified. But Lolly has a greater, far darker calling than family: witchcraft.

The discussion will be led by Elizabeth Griffiths

Everyone is welcome – either let us know beforehand or just turn up on the night. If you would like to be added to the emailing list just go to our contacts page and put  your details in with ‘Book Club’ in the Subject line.  Our book club meetings cost £5 which includes a glass of wine.




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Tuesday 21st June 6pm:

Following on from his previous bestsellers Liquid Gold and Shearwater, Roger Morgan-Grenville will be back to celebrate the launch of his latest book Taking Stock: A Journey Among Cows. Since highland cattle ransacked his grandmother’s vegetable patch when he was six, Roger has been fascinated by cows. So at the age of 61, with no farming experience, he signed on as a part- time labourer on a beef cattle farm to tell their side of the story.

Thursday 23rd June 7:30pm

We are delighted to be supporting the Children’s BookFest Chichester and doing the bookselling for the wonderful Richard Coles as he launches his first novel Murder Before Evensong – tickets for the event can be purchased via Ticketsource here

Tuesday 28th June 6pm

Come and join us for a a talk and Q&A session with Katherine MacInnes, author of Snow Widows – a vivid depiction of the lives, loves and losses of five women left behind by Scott’s race to the South Pole. It promises to be a truly fascinating evening.

Wednesday 13th July 6pm

Join us for the launch of In My Grandfather’s Shadow, a memoir by local author Angela Findlay.

One Tree Writers

Do you write? Have you always wanted to write? We’re a small friendly group who have been meeting for over ten years. We take turns to read out whatever we are currently working on and offer each other advice and support. Over time we have had writers working on short stories, novels (adult, YA and children’s), poetry, memoir, blogs and even academic essays! We have met at various venues and now, at Tim’s invitation, we will be based at One Tree books – hence our new name. We meet upstairs at 2.30 on Tuesday afternoons. If you think you might be interested, why not come along and say hello?

MAH-JONG at One Tree Books

Taking bookings now!

Mah-Jong expert Sheila Lucas is running a 4 week course from March 1st on a Tuesday afternoon for up to 12 people. Sessions cost £10 and start at 2pm and are suitable for beginners and intermediate players. Why not come and have lunch in Ginger’s café beforehand, or stay on for tea afterwards. For more details please ask in the shop or contact Sheila directly:

Ginger’s Café

We are a proudly vegetarian and plant-based company.

Sample menus include: Shaksuka and parsley with sourdough toast; Spinach and croque monsieur or garlic, balsamic and thyme mushrooms on toast. We have a deli counter at the back of the shop in the café serving lunch between 11:30 - 2:30, soup of the day, a selection of quiches, frittatas and salad and locally baked cakes.

We try our best to use products and suppliers that are at least one of the golden 4: Organic; Local; Reduced plastic; Reduced carbon imprint.

Book Doctor

An appointment with our book doctor makes a great gift - for a birthday or a wedding, or just to treat yourself or a friend.  Our personal service begins with a consultation usually lasting 30 minutes or so which includes coffee and a welcome pack, discussing your reading tastes and getting an idea of what you love most about books. We then send out a monthly book choice to any address in the UK (other destinations available on request).

Prices start at £60 for 6 months, or £120 for 12 months.