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Waterstones might once have been less than welcoming to self-published authors wanting to launch their books.

No sign of this at the Tunbridge Wells branch on Wednesday evening 9th September when a local writing group called Tunbridge Wells Writers launched a small book called Something in the Water Unreliable Biographies.

It’s a sparkling collection of fictional pieces about writers, following the lives and opinions of people as diverse as Jo Brand, Vita Sackville-West, Victoria Hislop, Arthur Conan Doyle and W.H. Davies.

Guests were treated to some amusing readings by the contributors and the amazing re-appearance of a Suffragette! Not surprisingly, the pile of copies on the counter being sold by friendly Waterstones staff had vanished by the end of the evening. With tickets to the event costing £3, another £2 seemed very reasonable; the book would make an ideal present for anyone with connections to Tunbridge Wells or with a quirky, literary turn of mind and a fondness for local history.

The group’s website is http://tunbridgewellswriters.org.uk/