800px-Official_portrait_of_Lord_Bragg_crop_2Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels since 1965 include ‘The Maid of Buttermere’, ‘The Soldier’s Return’, ‘Credo’ and ‘Now Is The Time’, which won the Parliamentary Book Award for fiction in 2016. His books have also been awarded the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the W H Smith Literary Award, and have been longlisted three times for the Booker Prize (including the Lost Man Booker Prize). He has also written several works of non-fiction, including The Adventure of English and The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.

Melvyn had the job of opening his local bookshop in Kew back in 1989, and now returns to celebrate its 30th birthday with us. Come and meet Melvyn at around 5pm on Friday 11th October, and talk about his new novel’Love Without End’

‘Love Without End’

(Sceptre £20)

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Heloise, a brilliant young scholar, is astonished when the famous, radical philosopher, Peter Abelard, consents to be her tutor. But what starts out as a meeting of minds turns into a passionate, dangerous love affair, which incurs terrible retribution.

Nine centuries later, Arthur is in Paris to recreate the extraordinary story of Heloise and Abelard in a novel. To his surprise, his daughter visits and agrees to help, challenging his portraits of a couple who seem often inscrutable, sometimes breathtakingly modern. It soon emerges she is on her own mission to discover more about her parents’ fractured relationship – and that Arthur’s connection to his subject is more emotional than he cares to admit