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Maggie O’Farrell and Bella Bathurst entertained more than 90 people at The Mainstreet Trading Company’s first Great Big Book Group Lunch.

The sell-out event was held as part of the shop’s celebrations for Independent Booksellers’ Week and National Reading Group Day.

Talking about her book The Lighthouse Stevenson’s, Bella said her lack of skill with maths had not put her off approaching the subject of lighthouse engineering, it just meant she had to be quick on her toes with well-informed audiences.

Maggie O’Farrell, touched a familiar nerve with some of the audience when she recalled delaying delivery of the manuscript of The Hand That First Held Mine until her full vocabulary returned after the birth of her daughter.