There was much excitement on Thursday 12 October as Downton Star, Hugh Bonneville celebrated publishing his first book, Playing Under the Piano, a memoir, at a bookshop in Petersfield.

Local Bookshop One Tree Books hosted the event. Friends, families, colleagues and fans attended the event. This was the first of many evenings to mark the occasion.

Mr Bonneville now embarks on a book tour, a series of “Conversations with….”

Petersfield’s Shine Radio’s Noni Needs spoke to Hugh Bonneville about his book.

The tour includes venues in Chichester, 20 October, Guildford, 24 October, and Midhurst, 30th October.

‘Loved it. It’s a real tonic. Just what we need right now.’ said Tim O’Kelly, owner of One Tree Books, Lavant Street, Petersfield.

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