The Dolphin by Susan Clegg

July 1 @ 6:30 PM 8:00 PM BST

‘He knew that this was as close to the sea as he could ever get.’

Join us at La Biblioteka as we welcome local author Susan Clegg and feminist publisher Linen Press to celebrate the publication of The Dolphin.

In 1937 Larry Lambert has a vision of a magnificent pub built on frozen fields ‘like a grassy sea’. It is an echo of a single, failed, gay encounter in a fishing boat, and in its construction he invests his energy and his thwarted dreams. He calls it The Dolphin.

And so unfolds a moving exploration of the constraining expectations of society on three generations of one family. For Larry, there is the cruel impossibility of being gay in 1930s Britain and his ensuing loveless marriage with the embittered Rosemary. For his daughter, Joanie, there is the crushing weight of duty and respectability during the post-war years. Only granddaughter Lottie pulls free and finds the freedom her grandfather and mother were denied.

Larry’s decision to build The Dolphin sparks events that play out over decades, tearing one generation apart while bringing another back together.

With artfully simple prose, Susan Clegg invites you to look beyond the surface. Insightful, understated and finely observed.

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The Summer Book – Celebrate 50 years with Sophia Jansson

1 September 2022 @ 8:00 PM 9:00 PM BST

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, we are delighted to present a live virtual event with Sophia Jansson, Tove’s niece, in conversation with Fleur Sinclair, owner of Sevenoaks Bookshop on 1 September 2022 at 7 PM. Digital access is included when you buy any of Tove Jansson’s adult works through or our shop or website.

We hope you can join us!

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Free with purchase of a book from Tove Jansson's adult titles

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