Upcoming events in Rickmansworth, June 2014

In Rickmansworth and the surrounding areas throughout June there will be many book discussions, which will feature special guest talks by a variety of renowned authors.


Monday 9th June 2014 – The Chorleywood Bookshop is hosting the launch of Nick Coffer’s new book: ‘The After School Cookbook’. The launch will take place at 3.45pm and is free to attend. The bookshop staff will also be handing out tasty treats from the book during the event!

About Nick Coffer

Nick Coffer has become an Internet sensation after his blog ‘My Daddy Cooks’ took the cooking world by storm. The blog is full of easy to make recipes that are enjoyable for all the family to both make and eat. Nick’s success has continued as he now presents a daily show on BBC Three Counties Radio from 12-3pm and also a weekly food show ‘Nick Coffer’s Weekend Kitchen, on Saturday lunchtimes.

Nick is also part of the current Sainsbury’s TV advertising campaign called ‘Make Your Roast Go Further’.

About The After School Cookbook

The cookbook provides busy mums/dads with 120 quick, easy and affordable recipes that will satisfy your kid’s hunger. Nick has crafted the recipes to help refuel kid’s energy levels during the difficult after school period. The recipes are targeted towards all child age groups, whether they’re a toddler or teenager, there is a recipe for everyone. Recipe sections are themed and they include: ‘Here Today Still Here Tomorrow’, ‘Ready When You Get Home’ and ‘Inspired Lunch Boxes’.


Tuesday 10th June 2014 – The Chorleywood Library will host a guest talk by author Max Arthur OBE, who will be discussing his latest book: ‘The Silent Day’. The talk will take place at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 before the night and only £6 on the door.

About Max Arthur OBE

Max Arthur OBE is an author who has worked with the Imperial War Museum to produce first-hand recollections of historical events. He has also presented two television documentaries: The Brits who Fought For Spain, which aired on The History Channel UK and also Dambusters, which aired on Optimum Releasing.

Max was appointed as an OBE in 2013 for his services to military history.

About The Silent Day

The Silent Day is the story of the events that took place leading up to D-Day, which include the arrival of thousands of American and Canadian Troops in the UK. The book then continues to unravel the events that took place on that June morning.

The book provides a powerful insight as it uses a wealth of first person testimonies, which include testimonies from families of who lost loved ones on the beaches of Normandy.


Wednesday 25th June 2014 – The Chorleywood Memorial Hall will be hosting an evening with Kate Fox as she discusses her revised edition of her bestselling book: ‘Watching the English’. The event takes place at 7.45pm and tickets are just £10.

About Kate Fox

Kate Fox is a social anthropologist whose research and publications specialise in many aspects of human behaviour and social relations including: social aspects of drinking, beauty and body-image. Kate is also the co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre and also a Fellow of the Institute of Cultural Research.

About Watching the English

Watching the English was originally published in 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton and has sold over half a million copies. A revised edition was then released in April 2014, which included new survey data to help reiterate Kate’s field-research and experiments. The revised edition has over 100 updates and is said to ‘make you stand back and re-examine everything you take for granted’.


Monday 30th June 2014 – Dr Challoners High School in Buckinghamshire will be hosting a guest talk from Mark Kermode. Mark will be discussing his recently released book: ‘Hatchet Job’. The talk will begin at 7.30pm and tickets (which include a copy of the book) are just £15 each.

About Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode has been quoted to be “The finest film critic in Britain” by Stephen Fry. Mark is the chief film critic for The Observer, a contributor to ‘Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review’ and also a co-presenter of the BBC Two arts programme ‘The Culture Show’.

About Hatchet Job

The Hatchet Job is a term used in the film industry that describes the entertaining trashing of a film by a professional critic. However with the introduction of the Internet and social media, a film can be publicly criticised by anyone with an opinion. Mark Kermode takes his readers on a journey, which blends historical analysis with opinion to form a conclusion about the current state of film criticism.

Stay tuned for upcoming events in July!