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Improbabilities: A Douglas Adams Exhibition

1:00pm-4:00pm on Friday 15 September
10:00am-4:00pm on Saturday 16 September

St John's College, The Old Library, St John's Street, CB2 1TP

St John’s College is wildly, improbably happy to present an exhibition celebrating the publication of *42: The Wildly Improbable Ideas of Douglas Adams*.

Edited by Kevin Jon Davies and published by Unbound, this wholly remarkable book features previously unpublished material by the creator of *The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy*.

The exhibition, drawn from the Adams papers held at St John’s, will cater to those new to Adams as well as to the hoopy froods who’ve known his work for some time, and will include juvenilia, academic work from his time at the College in the early 1970s, student debating and drama memorabilia, notes, drafts, photographs, figurines and quite possibly more.

On top of that, the exhibition takes place in the beautiful 17th-century Old Library, which is pretty impressive as well, with forty-two original bookshelves, 32,000 rare printed books and nearly four centuries under its belt. (Although, as the man says, that’s ‘just peanuts to space’).

Copies of the new book will be for sale in Heffers, just a short walk, or a terribly brief hitchhike, from St John’s.', the following: 'Kevin Jon Davies will discuss the project in the shop on Friday evening:

We regret that access to the Old Library is by stairs only.

Image copyright: By permission of the Master and Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge

Booking Information

Booking not required

Drop-in event, no booking required.


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Additional Information

Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18, Exhibition, In person, Free