Forthcoming Events

22nd October 2018 Craig Revel Horwood

Date:
22nd October 2018

12pm start to 1PM

What to Expect:

Do you love Strictly?

I do!  Look who is popping into Linghams to sign your copy of his latest book "In Strictest Confidence"

Craig will be signing copies of his book between  12 and 1Pm.  You must buy a ticket which includes a copy of his book to attend this signing.  Please note it is a signing not a talk.

TV judge Craig Revel Horwood’s autobiography, charting the highs and lows from behind the scenes of "Strictly Come Dancing".

The book will be Revel Horwood’s third autobiography, each of which have published with Michael O'Mara. While following on from 2013's Tales from the Dance Floor, the new book publishes roughly a decade on from his inaugural 2008 memoir, All Balls and Glitter. Entitled In Strictest Confidence.

Michael O’Mara has promised the book will be complete wih the author's "trademark wit" and "a wealth of backstage gossip". It will see Revel Horwood share his views on changes in the show’s line-up - from Bruce Forsyth and Len Goodman’s departures to the arrival of Claudia Winkleman and Shirley Ballas - as well as the dancers and stars.

Meanwhile, outside of the "Strictly" bubble, Revel Horwood will also discuss his appearances in musicals such as "Sister Act" and "Annie", and his foray into movies. He will also talk about his personal life, revealing "fresh heartache over failed romances", "the pain of losing his dad" plus touching on other "personal milestones" including turning 50 and moving from London to the countryside.

"It’s wonderful to be writing another volume and working with Michael O’Mara Books again," said Revel Horwood. "I’m told I should slow down as I get older, which is ridiculous as I seem to have speeded up! I have lots of stories to tell, many of which I hope will raise a smile … all told In Strictest Confidence, of course!"

Tickets £20 includes a copy of his book.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£20

a copy of his book

29th October 2018 Lord Jeffrey Archer

Date:
29th October 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

How excited are we at Linghams HQ...

Lord Jeffrey Archer is coming to Wirral.

Talk and book signing at Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall, Oxton

"Heads You Win"

Leningrad, Russia, 1968.

Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin . . .

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realize where his destiny lies, and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is international number one bestseller Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel.

 
Talk and book signing

Venue:
Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall

Bushell Hall Oxton Wirral CH43 6UN

Tickets:
£20 and 15

20 inc signed book 15 redeemable against the book

30th October 2018 Marcus Zusak in conversation John Boyne

Date:
30th October 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

Two Legends one room!!

Marcus Zusak in conversation John Boyne

5 things you should know:

Bridge of Clay is Markus’s first novel in the twelve years since The Book Thief,  which was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, winner of the Independent Book Award and many other prizes worldwide. This is Zusak's first book for adults.

2. It stars five orphaned boys living in a house with no rules (and no adults), but plenty of animals, including a mule named Achilles, Telemachus the budgie, Agamemnon the goldfish, also a cat and a dog.

3. It is narrated by the eldest of the five brothers. As with The Book Thief, the narrative voice is striking, oozing with warmth and often sarcastic. It is a story told backwards and inside out.

4. This book features obsessions with piano playing, long-distance running, Homer’s Odyssey (which the grandparents, the parents, and now the boys read obsessively) and Michelangelo’s art, especially the statue of David.

 


5. Interview will be conducted by John Boyne 

(the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)

Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and spa

Thornton Hough Wirral

Tickets:
£18.99 and 10.00

18.99 inc signed book 10.00 redeemable against the book

13th November 2018 Crime night Rachel Abbott & Mary Torjussen

Date:
13th November 2018

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What to Expect:

Two crime authors AND WINE!!!

Rachel Abbott and local author Mary Torjussen

Rachel Abbott's debut thriller, Only the Innocent, was an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child, Nowhere Child (a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child), Kill Me Again and The Sixth Window. Her most recent novel, Come a Little Closer, is available from February 2018.

Rachel's novels have now been translated into over 20 languages and her books have sold over 3 million copies in the English language. 

Local author Mary Torjussen lives on the Wirral and is a successful crime author.

YOU DON'T REMEMBER. HE WON'T LET YOU FORGET.

Gemma Brogan needs a break from her life.

A work event looks the ideal chance to get away. And a friendly new client seems like the perfect gentleman when he joins Gemma for an innocent dinner . . .

But the next morning she has no memory of how the night ended and he has vanished into thin air.

Suddenly, Gemma is plunged into a twisted nightmare she can't control. To protect her future, and her family, she will have to confront shocking secrets from her past - and the truth about the girl she used to be.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

Tickets:
£7

Discount and wine

14th November 2018 Barbara Kingsolver

Date:
14th November 2018

12.45 for 1PM start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to announce a very, very special event with best selling author Barbara Kingsolver!

This is a lunchtime event at Heswall Hall.

Doors open 12.45 for 1PM start 

2016 Vineland

Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against the vicissitudes of her shattered life and family – and the crumbling house that contains her.

 1871 Vineland

Thatcher Greenwood, the new science teacher, is a fervent advocate of the work of Charles Darwin, and he is keen to communicate his ideas to his students. But those in power in Thatcher’s small town have no desire for a new world order. Thatcher and his teachings are not welcome.

 Both Willa and Thatcher resist the prevailing logic. Both are asked to pay a high price for their courage.

 A testament to the power and goodness of the human spirit, Unsheltered explores the foundations we build, crossing time and place to give us all a little more hope in those around us, and a little more faith in ourselves.

 Unsheltered is a novel for our troubled times.

Barbara Kingsolver is one of the most important voices ​of our time. Her previous fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction have been translated into dozens of languages and earned a devoted readership. She won the Orange Prize for The Lacuna and her novel Flight Behaviour was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. In 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, her country’s highest honour for service through the arts. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£20.00 and 10

book with £20 ticket £10 ticket is redeemable

19th November 2018 An evening with Dan Snow

Date:
19th November 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be hosting Dan Snow Historian and his new book " On this Day in History".

Talk followed by a book signing

Venue is Heswall Hall.

Doors open 7 for 7.30 start .

On this Day In History 

3000 years of the most important stories from the past in 365 days -- from the Ides of March to D-Day, from Britain's favourite historian

'History is an infinite reservoir of stories, examples, warnings, explanations, jokes, rebukes and inspiration . . . You can't understand the present if you can't understand the past.'

In On This Day in History Dan Snow, Britain's favourite historian, tells the story of an important event that happened on each day of the year. From the signing of the Armistice treaty at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, to Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat on 1 December 1955, our past is full of all kinds of fascinating turning points.

From the most important battle fought on British soil that you've never heard of on 20 May 685 to the first meeting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney on 6 July 1957, and from the first instance of choreomania - an affliction that caused its victims to dance uncontrollably - on 24 July 1374, to the day Napolean Bonaparte being attacked by hundreds of wild rabbits on 12 July 1807, On This Day in History's 365 carefully picked entries add up into a short, vivid, personal history of the world. There is no such thing as a day on which nothing happened.

Dan Snow is a historian, BAFTA-winning broadcaster and television presenter. His hugely popular History Hit podcast is downloaded a million times a month, has over 250,000 keen followers on Twitter and he has recently launched a history TV channel. He has presented shows such asArmada, Grand Canyon and Vikings. He has a regular slot on The One Show on BBC1. He has written several books including Battlefield Britain and The Battle of Waterloo.

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£15 or 25

15 admits one includes a copy of his book 25 admits two and includes a copy of his book

20th November 2018 Kate Humble

Date:
20th November 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be working with Kate Humble, who will be talking about her new book followed by a book signing.

venue is Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall, Bidston Road, Oxton

An enticing read that makes every walk Humble describes an adventure' - Ranulph Fiennes

'A beautiful and magnificent book. A paean to a simple act. I defy you to read this book and not be inspired to walk, march or hike - and as a result live a better life more connected with nature and the world around you.' - Simon Reeve

'I've discovered that going for a daily walk has become as essential to me feeling good for the rest of the day as that first cup of tea. But I would argue that all I am doing is responding to a natural need we all have. Humans have always been migrants, the physiological urge to be nomadic is deep-rooted in all of us and perhaps because of that our brains are stimulated by walking. I solve all sorts of problems, formulate ideas, work things out to that gentle rhythm of self-propelled movement.' - Kate Humble

Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate's walking year - shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. Kate's inspiring narrative not only records her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charts her feelings and impressions throughout - capturing the perspectives that only a journey on foot allows - and shares the outcomes: a problem solved, a mood lifted, an idea or opportunity borne. As she explores the reasons why we walk, whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate's reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action.

Also featured are Kate's walks with others who have discovered the magical, soothing effect of putting one foot in front of the other - the artist who walks to find inspiration for his next painting; the man who takes people battling with addiction to climb mountains; the woman who walked every footpath in Wales (3,700 miles) when she discovered she had cancer.

This book will inspire you to change your perspective by applying walking to your daily endeavours.

 

Venue:
Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall

Bidston Road Oxton Wirral

Tickets:
£20 and £10

£20 includes one book and admits one person £10 ticket redeemable against the book on the evening and admits one person.

26th November 2018 Prue Leith

Date:
26th November 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

Calling all Great British Bake Off Fans look who is coming to visit !

Talk followed by a book signing with none other than Prue Leith

Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith draws on a life-long passion for food with one hundred recipes from her own kitchen table.

Whether it’s Halibut with Green Linguine, Fast Roast Teriyaki Lamb or Slow-cooked Rat-a-tat-touille, these are delicious, fuss-free dishes that Prue has cooked countless times for family and friends.

Inside are quick-to-whip-up suppers and dinner party showstoppers that are as much a pleasure to cook as to eat. Expect firmly established favourites, lazy leftovers, meat-free meals, exciting new flavour combinations and fresh takes on classic dishes. There’s also a chapter of puds inspired by Prue’s time on Bake Off – every one guaranteed to be ‘worth the calories’.

This is Prue's first cookery book in twenty-five years, and she has woven intimate and witty stories from her life around many of the recipes. Celebrating the food we all want to make at home, Prue gives an unparalleled view into the cooking life and style of one of the nation’s best-loved cooks.

Venue is Heswall Hall

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£25 and 15

25 admits one person and inc a copy of Prue's book. 15 admits one person and is redeemable against the book

28th November 2018 Gyles Brandreth

Date:
28th November 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be holding an event with Gyles Brandreth talking about his new book " Have you Eaten Grandma".

Why, like, does everyone keep saying 'like'?

Why do apostrophe's keep turning up in the wrong place?

Why do we get confused when using foreign phrases - and vice versa?

Is it 'may be' or 'maybe'? Should it be 'past' or 'passed'? Is it 'referenda' or 'referendums'?

FFS, what's happening to our language!?

Our language is changing, literacy levels are dwindling and our grasp of grammar is at crisis point, so you wouldn't be alone in thinking WTF! But do not despair, Have You Eaten Grandma? is here: Gyles Brandreth's definitive (and hilarious) guide to punctuation, spelling, and good English for the twenty-first century.

Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation) Gyles, the Just A Minute regular and self-confessed grammar guru, skewers the linguistic horrors of our time, tells us where we've been going wrong (and why), and reveals his tips and tricks to ensure that, in future, we make fewer (rather than 'less') mistakes. End of.

(Is 'End of' alright? Is 'alright' all right? You'll find out right here . . . )

Tickets £16 include a copy of his book, venue Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and spa

Thornton Hough Wirral

Tickets:
£16

A copy of his book

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