An Evening with Cathy Rentzenbrink

Monday 8 July, 7.30pm

The funny and heartbreaking new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink, Ordinary Time is an unforgettable story of the joys and sorrows of everyday life; one that asks big questions about friendship and marriage, forgiveness and redemption, and the real meaning of love.

Here is the absolute truth about love, told with wisdom, heart and humour. So clever, funny and life-affirming‘ – Meg Mason

A brilliant portrait of a community and an insightful exploration of marriage and family life. Funny and heartbreaking, immersive and thoroughly satisfying‘ – Nina Stibbe


Ann is a reluctant Vicar’s wife. She tries her best but her husband only has eyes for God, her son is asking questions she struggles to answer, and it is all too easy to displease the congregation. It may only be a matter of time before she makes the headlines of the local gazette: Vicar’s wife gets giggles in church. Vicar’s wife refuses to bake scones. Vicar’s wife does not care about other people.

When her brother needs her help, Ann travels from Cornwall up to London. There she meets Jamie, and a new world unexpectedly opens up. Ann knows what the older women of the parish would say – she’s made her bed and now she has to lie in it. But once she has been led into temptation, it may prove impossible to resist . . .

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of the novel Everyone Is Still Alive and several acclaimed works of non-fiction including the Sunday Times bestseller The Last Act of Love. She grew up in Yorkshire, spent many years in London and now lives in Cornwall. She is also a personal friend and favourite author of the bookshop!

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