Thursday 19th March 7pm at Rye Books
Richard 'Bugman Jones' is talking about his new book 'House Guests, House Pests : A Natural History of Animals in the Home'
An alarming number of creatures live off us and our homes. But how did these visitors originate?
Today we live in snug, well-furnished houses surrounded by the trappings of a civilised life. But we are not alone - we suffer a constant stream of unwanted visitors. Our houses, our food, our belongings, our very existence are under constant attack from a host of invaders eager to take advantage of our shelter, our food stores and our tasty soft furnishings.
From bats in the belfry to beetles in the cellar, moths in the wardrobe and mosquitoes in the bedroom, humans cannot escape the attentions of the animal kingdom. Nature may be red in tooth and claw, but when it's our blood the bedbugs are after, when it's our cereal bowl that's littered with mouse droppings, and when it's our favourite chair that collapses due to woodworm in the legs, it really brings it home the fact that we and our homes are part of nature too. This book represents a 21st century version of the classic mediaeval bestiary.
It poses questions such as where these animals came from, can we live with them, can we get rid of them, and should we?
“Amiable but authoritative ... exceptionally readable, but imbued with a powerful sense that 'Bugman Jones' is a man who'd discuss tapeworms enthusiastically at dinner.”
– BBC Wildlife Book of the Month
Thursday 9th April 7pm at Rye Books
The very talented Matilda Tristram, children's writer, lecturer and filmmaker is coming to Rye Books to discuss her Graphic novel 'Probably Nothing' a moving, funny and inspiring graphic memoir by a woman who discovered she had cancer whilst she was pregnant.
At 31, Matilda Tristram was 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to having her first baby. Then she discovered she had cancer.
This touching and hilarious graphic memoir, which is never morose or self-pitying, starts at the moment Matilda was diagnosed and ends when her course of chemotherapy finishes in October 2013. Recording the awkward conversations, the highs and lows of treatment, the mixed blessings of receiving 'Get Well' cards, and the reality of still having to queue too long for croissants, Matilda captures her experiences with characteristic style and warmth. Along the way she cherishes the small details of life, and learns not to sweat the big things. Her beautiful and boisterous son was born without complications and is reliably keeping her up most nights.
Charming, witty and uplifting - this unique and beautifully illustrated book will leave you cherishing the good things in life, and ready to face your own challenges.
Will be enjoyed by readers of The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and Building Stories by Chris Ware.
'A beautiful account... Apart from how funny Tristram's comic is, it's hard to pinpoint what makes it so magnetic... the honesty makes you feel, as a reader, like a companion on her journey' Zoe Williams, Guardian
Matilda Tristram studied animation at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2008. Since then she has worked as a children's writer, lecturer and filmmaker. She was co-writer on two animated BBC TV shows for CBeebies with Ragdoll Productions, The Adventures of Abney and Teal and Dipdap. Dipdap won a BAFTA in the short from category. Her short films have screened at over 30 festivals internationally.
Free event, no booking required - nice things to eat and drink will be available.
Alastair from Rye Books will be doing a skydive to raise money for Unicef on the 29th of March this year – (without Bert the dog!)
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