The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: My Favourite Places

Gaynor Pengelly and Julia Thum: Our favourite places

1 Nov 2016

A love of the river led writing partnership Ginger Black to write their first novel Riverside Lane. The two friends – Gaynor Pengelly and Julia Thum – dreamed up the plot walking their dogs along the tow paths of the Thames Valley and the book is released today. A tautly paced page turner that gently satirizes English manners, Riverside Lane is set against the exquisite backdrop of an English Thames side village based on Bray where the two authors live.

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Kelly O’Brien: My favourite places

25 Jul 2016

Ok, so maybe the picturesque village of Aldbury, with its duck pond and its stocks, doesn’t immediately seem to have much in common with Nashville, Tennessee.  But I bet you didn’t know that as well as the ducks it’s also home to the national winner of this year’s Best Dolly Parton Tribute Act?  Kelly O’Brien — singer, dancer, actress, Scout leader (I know, right?) and yes, part-time Parton — is still smiling, country-style, after her recent win.

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Gill Hornby: My favourite places

2 Jun 2016

Gill Hornby lives in Kintbury with her husband, the author Robert Harris, with whom she has four children. Sister to Nick Hornby, her first book The Hive, a sharply observed novel focusing on playground politics, was a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller. She has also enjoyed critical success with her second book, All Together Now, a hilarious and heart-warming story of a small-town community choir, released in paperback today (2 June). 

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Joanne Harris: My favourite places

28 Mar 2016

Joanne Harris is the acclaimed author of Chocolat made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Since then, she has written 15 more novels, two collections of short stories and three cookbooks. Her books are now published in over 50 countries. She appears at the Oxford Literary Festival in three separate events from Friday 8 – Sunday 10 April 2016. In the meantime, here are her favourite places locally and beyond, and they’re brilliant – offering ghosts, neolithic folklore and tips on writing.

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