Every October, lit-lovers in Eltham take on an area-wide book club. This year the specially selected novel is Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo.

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he’s lived in Hackney since the ‘60s. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather – but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.

There’s a series of events in line with Eltham Reads including a visit to Eltham Library from Mr Loverman author Bernardine Evaristo.

Author Bernardine Evaristo

Secret Lives: Wednesday 17 October at 7pm: Actors from Bob Hope Theatre read short stories written by members of Eltham Writers Group on the theme of secret lives. Eltham Library, Eltham Centre, Archery Road, SE9 1HA. Admission: Free.

Author event: Tuesday 30 October at 7pm: Author Bernardine Evaristo discusses her book, this year’s Elthamread choice, Mr Loverman. Eltham Library, Eltham Centre, Archery Road, SE9 1HA. Pop-up bookshop provided by Waterstones Blackheath. Admission: Free.

The Big Elthamread Book Group: Tuesday 6 November at 7pm: Discuss this year’s Elthamread choice with other booklovers while enjoying a glass of wine. Eltham Library, the Eltham Centre, Archery Road, SE9 1HA. Admission: Free. Donations welcomed.

The Elthamread Quiz: Tuesday 13 November at 8pm Pit your wits in this book-inspired quiz. GPO Pub, Passey Place, Eltham SE9 5DQ. Entry: £2 each. Prizes up for grabs.