Authors sign latest books in Cambridge surrounded by Lots Road Group portraits

The art of reading by the Lots Road Group forms the backdrop to author signings at this year’s Cambridge Literary Festival.

Following talks in the auditorium above, visitors come down to buy books and get authors to sign them, surrounded by 16 portraits of people reading.

Below Booker prize-winning comic novelist Howard Jacobson with his new book “Pussy” – a fantastical satire on how we got to Trump – sits in front of Stella Tooth’s portrait of her niece, Daisy, reading Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’.   Food historian and nutrition writer Bee Wilson stands with Hilary Puxley’s portrait of novelist and literary scout Natasha Farrant.  And Stuart Howitt’s portrait of an unknown sitter from instagram overlooks the signing desk for authors.

The Cambridge Literary Festival runs until tomorrow  – 23 April.