James Boyce and Imperial Mud:

The Fight for the Fens in Ely

Friday 17th June 7.30PM (Doors from 7PM)

Ely Methodist Church - 13 - 15 Chapel St., Ely CB6 1AD

Tickets: £8

Topping and Company Booksellers welcome James for an event that holds up a mirror to the place we call home.


Masterfully argued and imbued with a keen sense of place, Imperial Mud reimagines not just the history of the Fens, but the history and identity of the English people.

He’s a multi-award-winning Australian historian. His first book, Van Diemen’s Land, was described by Richard Flanagan as ‘the most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore‘. 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia was The Age‘s Book of the Year, while Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World was hailed by The Washington Post as ‘an exhilarating work of popular scholarship’.


‘A real page-turner … a warning about what happens when the rich and powerful dress up their avarice as “progress” – a lesson we could do with learning today.’ Dixe Wills, BBC Countryfile magazine.