Forthcoming Events

29th April 2019 Milly Johnson

Date:
29th April 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

We are so excited to have Milly Johnson, author of the Sunday Times Bestseller The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew, coming to Linghams to talk about her book...

All her life, Sophie Mayhew has felt as if she were being primed to be little more than an ornamental wife – a suitable accoutrement for a powerful man, in her case John F. Mayhew, a charismatic, rich, handsome, powerful MP with his eye on the leadership.

Sophie is both admired by the press for her beauty and style and vilified for being a typical trophy wife with nothing on her agenda but to support her husband in his ambitions.  But the public have no idea what is going on behind the lovely – if unreadable – mask she presents to the world.  Not until John is embroiled in a sex scandal with an ambitious young woman in his office and Sophie is rolled out in front of the press about to read a prepared statement that she will of course be standing by her man.  But the best made plans, even when drafted by the best PR man in the business,  sometimes don’t quite turn out how they are supposed to.

Taking time out from the world, Sophie escapes to Little Loste, a small coastal town in Yorkshire where no one knows who she is and accepts her as ‘Pom’ a young French woman down on her luck who needs a break.  She is offered sanctuary by the church in the form of a dilapidated old alms house and there hopes to hide and recalibrate and heal.  She finds kindness and acceptance and friendship in abundance… plus free bread cakes, in a place that was very special to her one summer eighteen years ago.

Milly Johnson is a novelist, poet, after-dinner speaker, professional joke writer, columnist, cruise correspondent, short-story writer, and winner of Come Dine With Me. She won the RoNA for Best Romantic Comedy Novel of 2014 and 2016 and the Yorkshire Society award for Arts and Culture 2015.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£14.99 and 10.00

£14.99 including book or £10 redeemable against the value of the book

7th May 2019 Colin Butcher

Date:
7th May 2019

6:30PM for 7PM start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to have Colin Butcher coming to Linghams to talk about his new book Molly and Me: An extraordinary tale of second chances and how a dog and her owner became the ultimate pet-detective duo.

Following high-ranking careers with the Royal Navy and Surrey Police, Colin Butcher established The UK Pet Detectives in 2005. It has since become the market leader in the investigation of crimes against animals, and each year recovers hundreds of lost and stolen pets. An expert in the field of pet detection, Colin's vast experience as a crime investigator has given him an unrivalled insight into the behaviour of missing dogs and cats.

Charming, moving and thrilling, Molly & Me is the story of a rescue cocker spaniel with a troubled past who - thanks to the love and devotion of her owner - finds a new life, a new purpose and a forever friend.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£8.00

Redeemable against the book

8th May 2019 The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Date:
8th May 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

Linghams Booksellers are thrilled to have Christy Lefteri coming to us to talk about her new book The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

In the midst of war, he found love.


In the midst of darkness, he found courage.


In the midst of tragedy, he found hope.

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees. 

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again.

Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£7.00

Redeemable against the book

13th May 2019 Dan Toombs The Curry Guy Veggie

Date:
13th May 2019

6:30 for 7PM

What to Expect:

We are so excited to have Dan Toombs return to Linghams to talk about his latest book The Curry Guy Veggie: Over 100 vegetarian Indian Restaurant Classics and new dishes to make at home. 

Dan Toombs (aka The Curry Guy) has perfected the art of replicating British Indian Restaurant cooking. After 20 years of travelling around the UK, sampling dishes, learning the curry house kitchen secrets and refining those recipes at home, Dan has created recipes that taste just like a takeaway from your favourite local but in less time and for less money. Dan's first book, The Curry Guy (2017), was a bestseller and this is his third book. 

Much vegetarian food at curry houses is unappealing and unimaginative. Curry Guy Veggie showcases how exciting Indian vegetarian food can be with mouth-watering starters, classic curries, idlis, dosas and fried breads, as well as the delicious side dishes that we all know and love.

Dan Toombs, has been on a quest to learn and develop the most celebrated meat-free Indian recipes, and in The Curry Guy Veggie he presents over 100 recipes that focus on taste and simplicity.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£10.00

Redeemable against the book

14th May 2019 Helen Cullen

Date:
14th May 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to have Helen Cullen coming to Linghams to talk about her book The Lost Letters of William Woolf  following its release in paperback.

Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . .

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names - they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

When William discovers letters addressed simply to 'My Great Love' his work takes on new meaning.

Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn't met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn't know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?

William must follow the clues in Winter's letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.

'I found myself totally transported into William's poignant and beguiling world of lost opportunities and love' A. J. Pearce, author of Sunday Times bestseller Dear Mrs Bird

'If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You, you will love Cullen's nostalgic debut. This life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there' Independent

'Captivates. William has what seems to be the best job in the world . . . Honest yet lyrical, Cullen's characters are drawn with sympathy. Lose yourself' The Scotsman

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£5.00

Welcome drink included

20th May 2019 Elizabeth Macneal

Date:
20th May 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

We are so excited to be welcoming Elizabeth Macneal to the shop to talk about her debut novel The Doll Factory.

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is the intoxicating story of a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her world for ever.

London. 1850. The greatest spectacle the city has ever seen is being built in Hyde Park, and among the crowd watching two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment – forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning.

When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love.

But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening...

The Doll Factory, Elizabeth’s debut novel, won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018 and has been described as "A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession" by Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£7.00

Redeemable against the copy of the book and includes a welcome drink.

22nd May 2019 Stephanie Calman

Date:
22nd May 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be hosting an event with Stephanie Calman at Linghams.

Best selling author of Confessions of Failed Grown Up, How Not to Murder your Mother, How Not To Murder your Husband .

Confessions of a Bad Mother The Teenage Years

The Teenage Years

 

When you’re pregnant you think: ‘I’m having a baby’, not a person who will eventually catch trains by themselves, share a fridge with ten strangers, go to a festival in Croatia without succumbing to a drug overdose, and one day, bring you a gin and tonic when your mother is dying.

We imagine the teenage years as a sort of domestic meteor strike, when our dear, sweet child, hitherto so trusting and mild, is suddenly replaced by a sarcastic know-all who isn’t interested in the wisdom we have to pass on. But with great honesty and refreshingly bracing wit, Stephanie Calman shows that adolescence in fact begins much earlier, around the age of seven.

And having nurtured them through every stage of development, from walking to school by themselves to their first all-night party, you find yourself alone – bereaved even – as they skip off to university without a second glance.

Candid, touching and very, very funny, Confessions of a Bad Mother: The Teenage Years offers hope to despairing and exhausted parents everywhere. Read it and discover that your teenager is not the enemy after all.

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£12.99

book

23rd May 2019 Tom Bradby

Date:
23rd May 2019

6.30 pm for 7PM start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to announce the Anchor of News at 10 Tom Bradby will be talking about his new book Secret Service at Linghams Bookshop.

From bestselling author, Tom Bradby, Secret Service is a fresh-from-theheadlines thriller for fans of Homeland, Crisis and The Bodyguard.
The world is on the brink of crisis. The Cold War is playing out once more on the global stage. The Worlds’ governments will do whatever it takes to stay at the top…
To those who don’t really know her, Kate Henderson’s life must seem   perfectly ordinary. But she is in fact a senior MI6 officer, who right now is   nursing the political equivalent of a nuclear bomb.
Kate’s most recent mission has   yielded the startling intelligence that the British Prime Minister has cancer   – and that one of the leading candidates to replace him may be a Russian   agent of influence.
Up against the clock to uncover the Russian mole, Kate risks everything to get to the truth. But with her reputation to uphold, her family hanging by a thread and a leadership election looming, she is quickly running out of options, and out of time.
Tom Bradby is a novelist, screenwriter  and journalist. As a broadcaster, he is best known as the current Anchor of  ITV’s News at Ten, and presenter of all recent overnight  election and referendum programmes on ITV. He has been with ITN for almost thirty years and was successively Ireland Correspondent, Political Correspondent, Asia Correspondent (during which time he was shot and seriously injured whilst covering a riot in Jakarta), Royal Correspondent, UK Editor and Political   Editor – a job he held for a decade – before being made the Anchor of News at Ten in 2015.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£8

redeemable against the book

28th May 2019 Bev Thomas

Date:
28th May 2019

6:30PM for 7PM start

What to Expect:

This is for fans of psychological suspense thrillers. We are so excited to have Bev Thomas at Linghams to talk about her new book A Good Enough Mother.

Dr Ruth Hartland rises to difficult tasks. She is the director of a highly respected trauma therapy unit. She is confident, capable and excellent at her job. Today she is preoccupied by her son Tom's disappearance.

So when a new patient arrives at the unit - a young man who looks shockingly like Tom - she is floored.

As a therapist, Ruth knows exactly what she should do in the best interests of her client, but as a mother she makes a very different choice - a decision that will have profound consequences.

"A gripping novel of what happens when unexpected loss breaks open the boundaries of a carefully constructed life, blurring perspectives and upending the best of intentions. This powerful story of love, loss--and ultimately, healing--will resonate with everyone who has ever loved a child."
-Kim Edwards, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£7.00

redeemable against a copy of the book.

4th June 2019 Gareth Williams

Date:
4th June 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

Linghams Booksellers are thrilled to have Gareth Williams come and talk about his new book Unravelling the Double Helix.

Unravelling the Double Helix covers the most colourful period in the history of DNA, from the discovery of 'nuclein' in the late 1860s to the landmark publication of James Watson's The Double Helix in 1968. These hundred years included the advent of the Nobel Prize, antibiotics, X-ray crystallography and the atom bomb as well as two devastating world wars - events which are strung along the narrative thread of DNA like beads on a necklace.

The story of DNA is a saga packed with awful mistakes as well as brilliant science, with a wonderful cast of heroes and villains. Surprisingly, much of it is unfamiliar. The elucidation of the double helix was one of the most brilliant gems of twentieth-century science, but some of the scientists who played crucial roles have been airbrushed out of history. Others were plunged into darkness when the spotlight fell on James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin. Watson and Crick solved a magnificent mystery, but Gareth Williams shows that their contribution was to click into place the last few pieces of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle assembled over several decades.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£10.00

Redeemable against book

7th June 2019 Leah Hazard

Date:
7th June 2019

6.30 for 7pm start

What to Expect:

Linghams Booksellers are excited to announce our event with Leah Hazard, bringing out her new book Hard Pushed, at the West Kirby Literary Festival this June.

No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife.

Life on the NHS front line, working within a system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of utter vulnerability to remarkable displays of strength, from camaraderie to raw desperation, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a new-born baby, midwife Leah Hazard has seen it all.

Through her eyes, we meet Eleanor, whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine, their baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal, pregnant at just fifteen, the precarious, flickering life within her threatening to come far too soon; Star, birthing in a room heady with essential oils and love until an enemy intrudes and Pei Hsuan, who has carried her tale of exploitation and endurance thousands of miles to somehow find herself at the open door of Leah’s ward.

Moving, compassionate and intensely candid, Hard Pushed is a love letter to new mothers and to Leah’s fellow midwives – there for us at some of the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives.

Venue:
Westbourne Hall

59 Westbourne Rd, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4DQ

Tickets:
£12.99 OR £20

Admits one person and includes one book, or admits two people and includes one book

8th June 2019 Dr Jon Copley

Date:
8th June 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to announce a talk and book signing by Dr J Copley at the West Kirby Literary Festival in June.

'Our everyday lives are connected to the deep ocean in ways we seldom realise.'

Between these pages is everything you need to know about our oceans, explained in 25 questions.

In Ask An Ocean Explorer marine biologist of over 20 years and advisor for the BBC's Blue Planet II, Dr Jon Copley, explains the science and wonder of the deep ocean.

Combining untold history of ocean exploration and personal account of what it's like to be a 'bathynaut' diving in a mini-submarine, Ask An Ocean Explorer will bring to light weird and wonderful deep-sea creatures that we find down there and how the oceans and their health is connected to our everyday lives.

Venue:
Westbourne Hall Community Center

59 Westbourne Rd, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4DQ

Tickets:
£16.99 OR £25

admits one person and includes one book or admits two people and includes one book

8th June 2019 Catherine Isaac

Date:
8th June 2019

2.30pm for 3pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to announce that author Catherine Isaac will be joining us for an event with her novel, You Me Everything for the West Kirby Literary Festival.

Set in the French countryside over one hot summer, You Me Everything is a tender novel about finding joy and love even in the most unexpected places. 

Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Château de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne. There, Jess’s ex-boyfriend and William’s father, Adam, runs a beautiful hotel in a restored castle. Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam connect with his own son. Jess can’t allow Adam to let their son down because she is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody - especially William - must discover.

By turns life-affirming, heart-wrenching and joyful, You Me Everything is a novel about one woman's fierce determination to grab hold of the family she has and never let go, and a romantic story as heady as a crisp Sancerre on a summer day.

'Wow. Just wow. If you liked Me Before You, you'll love You Me Everything'  Sunday Times bestseller Clare Mackintosh

Venue:
Westbourne Community Center

59 Westbourne Rd, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4DQ

Tickets:
£10 OR £15

Admits one person and includes one book, or admits two people and includes one book

9th June 2019 Alison Weir

Date:
9th June 2019

Doors open at 2.30pm for 3pm start

What to Expect:

Linghams is welcoming back author and historian Alison Weir, author of the Sunday Times bestsellers Katherine of Aragon: The True QueenAnne Boleyn: A King's Obsession and Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen, whose newest novel focuses on Anna of Kleve, Henry VIII's fourth queen. She will be at this year's West Kirby Literary Festival!

A GERMAN PRINCESS WITH A GUILTY SECRET.

The King is in love with Anna's portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride.

She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance.

But Anna's past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall. Everyone knows the King won't stand for a problem queen.

ANNA OF KLEVE
THE FOURTH OF HENRY'S QUEENS
HER STORY

Acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on new evidence to conjure a startling image of Anna as you've never seen her before. A charming, spirited woman, she was loved by all who knew her - and even, ultimately, by the King who rejected her.

History tells us she was never crowned.
But her story does not end there.

Venue:
Westbourne Community Center

59 Westbourne Rd, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4DQ

Tickets:
£18.99 OR £30.00

Admits one person and includes one book, or admits two people and includes one book

16th June 2019 Ben Aaronovitch

Date:
16th June 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

An evening with the fabulous Ben Aaronovitch, ex bookseller,  and Writer for Dr Who TV series.

A brand-new stand-alone novella in the bestselling Rivers of London series. If you thought magic only needed to be policed in the UK think again!

 

Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany's oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot only found on grapes, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything. Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with minimum fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he's quick to link the first victim to a ‘drinking-and-improvement society’, created by a group of entirely ordinary middle-aged men - who may have somehow accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century.

 

The rot is still spreading, literally, and the list of victims and suspects ever increasing. Solving the case may mean unearthing the city's secret magical history. So long as that history doesn't kill them first.

 Ben Aaronovitch grew up as part of a famously engaged and lively North London family. He has written for many TV series including Doctor Who and been a bookseller. His Peter Grant novels have been hugely successful and he now writes full time. He still lives in London, the city he likes to refer to as 'the capital of the world'.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirra CH60 7SG

Tickets:
££12.99 or £8

Includes a copy of his book or redeemable against the book

17th June 2019 An evening with Graeme Simsion

Date:
17th June 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

Look who is back, our lovely friend Graeme straight from Australia mate!

THE WONDERFUL FINAL INSTALMENT TO THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING SERIES THAT BEGAN WITH THE ROSIE PROJECT

'Heart-warming and clever' Daily Mail 

'Incredibly funny, life-affirming and warm-hearted' Heat
__________

Big-hearted, hilarious and exuberantly life-affirming, The Rosie Result is a story of overcoming life's obstacles with a little love and a lot of overthinking.

Meet Don Tillman, the genetics professor with a scientific approach to everything. But he's facing a set of human dilemmas tougher than the trickiest of equations.

Right now he is in professional hot water after a lecture goes viral for all the wrong reasons; his wife of 4,380 days, Rosie, is about to lose the research job she loves; and - the most serious problem of all - their eleven-year-old son, Hudson, is struggling at school. He's a smart kid, but socially awkward and not fitting in.

Fortunately, Don's had a lifetime's experience of not fitting in. And he's going to share the solutions with Hudson.

He'll need the help of old friends and new, lock horns with the education system, and face some big questions about himself. As well as opening the world's best cocktail bar.

If you liked The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, then you'll love The Rosie Project series. 

Tickets £8 redeemable against his latest book

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

Tickets:
£8

redeemable against the book

21st June 2019 Victoria Hislop

Date:
21st June 2019

12.30 for 1pm start

What to Expect:

To celebrate IBW week we have Sunday Times Best selling author Victoria Hislop for a lunchtime event at Neston Cricket Club.

Friday 21st June at Neston Cricket Club

The gripping new novel by Sunday Times Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.

Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade. 
Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance.

In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek.

Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live.

As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen.

This powerful new novel from Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece's past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life.

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate

Tickets:
£20 and £10

book included or redeemable ticket

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