Past Events

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2nd December 2019 Sophie Kinsella

Date:
2nd December 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

WE are thrilled to welcome Sophie Kinsella back for a festive evening.

Mulled wine , mince pies and chat with Sophie!

Sophie’s introduction

I’m thrilled to be returning to the world of Becky Bloomwood and can’t wait to share the next instalment of her story with you. Becky is so close to my heart and I can’t believe it’s been twenty years since she first popped into my mind, credit card and shopping bags in hand!

When I meet readers I’m often asked ‘when’s the next Shopaholic book coming’ and it feels great to finally be able to say… ‘Becky’s back!’

Tickets are £15 and are redeemable against the book on the evening

Venue:
Linghams book shop

248 Telegraph Road

28th November 2019 Festive Fizz and 10 % discount evening

Date:
28th November 2019

open until 8pm

What Happened:

Our Festive fizz night is back!

28th November, fizz and 10 % discount as you enjoy an festive themed evening buying your early Christmas presents.

Look forward to welcoming you on the night

Venue:
Linghams book shop

25th November 2019 Derek Temple and Gavin Buckland

Date:
25th November 2019

6.30 for 7PM

What Happened:

Calling all Everton fans.

Derek will be talking with Gavin Buckland about his book

When the wealthy Littlewoods corporation owner John Moores took control of Everton Football Club in 1960 it set in motion a chain of events that still affect the game in this country today. Although big clubs had spent money before, none had done so with such naked short- term ambition and a ruthlessness to succeed that sent shockwaves through the previously stagnant world of English football. Money Can’t Buy Us Love tells the tale of how Moores and manager Harry Catterick took the so-called ‘Mersey Millionaires’ to the summit of English football, in the context of the major cultural changes of the time.

Book talk and signing

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

21st November 2019 Bernie Marsden

Date:
21st November 2019

6.30pm for 7pmstart

What Happened:

Join music legend Bernie Marsden for an evening of storytelling and music, where he’ll be discussing his anticipated memoir Where’s My Guitar? : An Inside Story of British Rock and Roll. From touring with AC/DC, to befriending The Beatles, to writing one of the world’s most iconic rock songs, Bernie will give fascinating insight into his role in establishing one of the world’s most famous rock bands of all time – Whitesnake.

 

Packed with stories and encounters with the likes of Ringo Starr, Elton John, Cozy Powell, Ozzy Osborne, B.B. King and Jon Lord, Where’s My Guitar? isn’t just a remarkable look into the highs and lows of being a true music legend, but an intimate account of the revolutionary impact rock and roll music has offered to the world. Don’t miss this chance to meet the man who helped define a music era, and get the inside story on what it was like to live through and shape the golden-age of 1970s and 80s rock and roll.

 

Bernie will be recounting stories from his memoir in conversation, interspersed with songs from his illustrious career on acoustic guitar, followed by a book signing.

 

 

Tickets £15 * redeemable ticket against the book

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

21st November 2019 Lemn Sissay

Date:
21st November 2019

1.00pm start to 2PM

What Happened:

We are absolutely thrilled to announce a book signing with Lemn Sissay.

He will be signing copies of his new book between 1pm and 2Pm 21st November.  This is a ticketed event which includes a copy of his book .  Please note this is a SIGNING only not an event with questions.

 

'A quest for understanding, for home, for answers' Matt Haig

How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how.

At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth.

This is Lemn's story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

Sissay reflects on his childhood, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Written with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation's best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely memoir is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

19th November 2019 Simon Parkin

Date:
19th November 2019

6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

Simon Parkin  is launching his book with Linghams bookshop, he is  an award-winning British author and journalist. He is contributing writer for the New Yorker, a regular contributor to the Guardian's Long Read, and game critic for The Observer newspaper. 

His work has been featured in 'The Best American Nonrequired Reading'. He is a finalist in the Foreign Press Association Media Awards and recipient of two awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). 

 

 

  1. The Battle of the Atlantic is a disaster. Thousands of supply ships ferrying vital food and fuel from North America to Britain are being torpedoed by German U-boats.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill is concealing from the country the number of British ships sunk. He is concealing the number of British men killed. And worst of all, unless something changes, he knows that Britain is weeks away from being starved into surrender to the Nazis.

This is the story of the game of battleships that won the Second World War. In the first week of 1942 a group of unlikely heroes - a retired naval captain and a clutch of brilliant young women, the youngest only seventeen years old - gather to form a secret strategy unit. On the top floor of a bomb-bruised HQ in Liverpool, the Western Approaches Tactical Unit spends days and nights designing and playing wargames in an effort to crack the U-boat tactics.

A Game of Birds and Wolves takes us from the sweltering fug of a U-boat as the German aces coordinate their wolfpack, to the tense atmosphere of the operation room as the British team plot battles at sea on the map.

The story of Operation Raspberry and its unsung heroines has never been told before. Investigative journalist Simon Parkin brings these hidden figures into the light and shows the ingenuity, perseverance and love needed to defeat the Nazis in this gripping tale of war at sea

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

18th November 2019 Eddie Jones

Date:
18th November 2019

doors open 7 for 7.30 start

What Happened:

TWO weeks after the final of the World Cup we have THE Eddie Jones talking about his Autobiography!

Venue Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Ticket includes a copy of his book

Brilliant, honest, combative – Eddie Jones is a gigantic yet enigmatic figure in world rugby and a true legend of the game. In My Life in Rugby he tells his story for the first time, including the full inside story of England’s 2019 World Cup campaign.

Eddie Jones is one of the most experienced and decorated coaches in world rugby. He career has spanned four World Cups; from losing to England in the 100th minute in 2003, working with South Africa when they won in 2007, and causing the greatest upset in 2015 when he masterminded the Japanese defeat of South Africa.

Since taking over as head coach of England in 2015 Eddie Jones has masterminded a complete revival of the national team. He has won the Six Nations Championship back-to-back, including England’s first grand slam in a generation, their first ever whitewash of Australia, as well as taking them on their longest ever winning streak.

In his explosive autobiography Jones shows how his fiercely competitive attitude, his love of coaching and his philosophy of the game were formed while growing up in a tough working-class suburb of Sydney as a small half-Japanese kid, playing schoolboy rugby alongside the legendary Ella brothers.

Learning from the extreme highs and lows of his own playing career – the numerous successes playing for Randwick and New South Wales but also the painful disappointment of never playing for Australia – he shows what it takes to be the best in the world and how everything he has learnt about the game on and off the pitch has gone into plotting England’s route to the top of World Rugby.

My Life in Rugby is the story of one of the most compelling and singular figures in rugby, told with unflinching honesty this is the ultimate rugby book for all fans of the sport.

 

Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Thronton Hough Wirral

12th November 2019 cancelled Jo Wood

Date:
12th November 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

Due to unforseen circumstances this event had had to be cancelled.  We do have signed book in stock.

When I got the call for this event I was thrilled, excited and bursting to tell people!

Jo Wood, ex wife of Ronnie Wood has come up with the goods.  This book is stunning, just stunning!

Ticket includes a copy of the book , fans of  the Rolling Stones, or those interested in photography will be thrilled.

These images are great and have been tucked away for years" 
RONNIE WOOD Take a look inside rock 'n' roll history with over 500 never-before-seen photographs, notes, artworks, diary entries and mementoes from life behind the scenes of the Rolling Stones. 

Married to legendary Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood for 30 years, Jo Wood lived the rock star life. Her incredible collection of treasures from that time is a once-in-a-lifetime look inside the biggest band in the world. 

Accompanied by personal memories and behind the scenes anecdotes from Jo, Stoned is a love letter to the rock 'n' roll life and a truly unique window into the eye of the Rolling Stones hurricane. 

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate

7th November 2019 Gyles Brandreth

Date:
7th November 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

Gyles Brandreth

 

Is BACK, the wonderfully, witty friend of the shop,  Gyles is back, this time with Poetry. Expect fun and laughter and a book when you purchase a ticket for this event!

Venue Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa, Thornton Hough, Wirral

£18 inc a copy of his book

Tix 0151 342 7290

www.linghams.co.uk

A little poetry really can save your life . . .

Poetry is officially good for you.

Not only does it enhance literacy in the young, but learning poetry by heart is the one truly pleasurable thing you can do to improve memoryboost brain powerextend your vocabulary and beat cognitive decline as time goes by.

In Dancing by the Light of the Moon, Gyles Brandreth shares over 250 poems to read, relish and recite, as well as his advice on how to learn poetry by heart, and the benefits of doing so.

Whether you are nine, nineteen or ninety, the poems and advice in this book provide the most enjoyable, moving and inspiring way to ensure a lifetime of dancing by the light of the moon - one joyous poem at a time . . .

Poets include:

  1. A. Milne
    Benjamin Zephaniah 
    Carol Ann Duffy
    Celia Johnson
    D. H. Lawrence
    E. E. Cummings
    Edgar Allen Poe
    Emily Dickinson
    George the Poet
    Hollie McNish 
    John Cooper Clarke
    John Keats
    John Milton
    Kate Tempest
    Leonard Cohen 
    Lewis Carroll
    Maya Angelou
    Monty Python
    Oscar Wilde
    Roald Dahl 
    Robert Browning
    Robert Burns
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Simon Armitage
    Spike Milligan
    Sylvia Plath
    T. S. Eliot
    Walt Whitman 
    Wendy Cope 
    William Shakespeare
    William Wordsworth

And many more . . .

Venue:
Thornrton Hall Hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough Wirral

7th November 2019 Rick Stein

Date:
7th November 2019

12.30 pm for 1 pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to welcome the one and only Rick Stein to Wirral.

Book and Ticket £26

Ticket only ( redeemable against the book £10)

Tickets 0151 342 7290 or online

 

Real French home cooking with all the recipes from Rick's new BBC Two series. Over fifty years ago Rick Stein first set foot in France. Now, he returns to the food and cooking he loves the most ... and makes us fall in love with French food all over again. Rick's meandering quest through the byways and back roads of rural France sees him pick up inspiration from Normandy to Provence. With characteristic passion and joie de vivre, Rick serves up incredible recipes: chicken stuffed with mushrooms and Comte, grilled bream with aioli from the Languedoc coast, a duck liver parfait bursting with flavour, and a recipe for the most perfect raspberry tart plus much, much more. Simple fare, wonderful ingredients, all perfectly assembled; Rick finds the true essence of a food so universally loved, and far easier to recreate than you think.

Author Biography: Rick Stein's passion for using good-quality local produce and his talent for creating delicious recipes in his books and restaurants have won him a host of awards, accolades and fans. As well as presenting a number of television series, he has published many best-selling cookery books, including French Odyssey, Coast to Coast, Far Eastern Odyssey, Rick Stein's Long Weekends and Rick Stein's India. Rick has always believed in showcasing local seafood and farm produce in his four restaurants in Padstow, Cornwall, where he also has a cookery school, food shops and a pub in the nearby village of St Merryn. In 2018 Rick was awarded an CBE for services to the economy. He divides his time between Padstow, London and Australia, where he also has two seafood restaurants by the sea in Mollymook, and Port Stephens NSW.

 

Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough Wirral

4th November 2019 The Unmumsy Mum

Date:
4th November 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

Friend of the shop Sarah Turner aka The Unmumsy Mum is back!

 

From the Sunday Times No 1 Bestselling Author

From bestselling author and massively popular blogger The Unmumsy Mum comes this hilarious, irreverent and searingly candid compendium of parenting experiences. With entries including D is for Desperation, F is for Fish Fingers, S is for Supermum and V is for Vagina, it's safe to say this is not your average A-Z.

This book won't tell you what sort of parent your should (or shouldn't) be; instead, it offers a refreshingly honest account of what being a mum to three young children is really like and the surprising lessons that have been learned along the way.

If you feel as though you're not 'measuring up' or are struggling to #cherisheverymoment, Sarah's tales from the thick of it will reassure and resonate with you. Above all, her commitment to telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth will make you laugh out loud and remind you that you are, in fact, doing a great job.

 

Tickets £12.99 inc a copy of her book

 

 

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

31st October 2019 Billy Billingham

Date:
31st October 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

The SAS and all it stands for is exemplified in men such as Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham. They are the backbone of the British military and I for one am thankful he is on our side!’ – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
‘Billy is inspirational and always humble. A giant of a man!’ – Bear Grylls
'The most experienced Special Forces soldier in recent memory. The Hard Way is brutally brilliant.' – Tom Marcus, Number One bestselling author of Soldier Spy

Billy Billingham grew up tough; a grim future ahead of him offering little respite from the hostile streets he walked. Leaving school at eleven years of age, the threat of borstal hanging over his head, running with gangs in Birmingham, and almost being killed in a knife fight eventually led to Billy discovering the British armed forces at sixteen years of age. It would be the making of him.
 
Billingham would graduate from the Royal Marine cadets to enlisting with the Parachute Regiment in 1983, where he would serve with distinction as a Patrol Commander and expert sniper. In 1991 he took on an even bigger challenge – taking the SAS course – the fearsome and secretive elite special forces unit with a well-won reputation for excellence in operating in extreme and hazardous conditions. He excelled in this life, rising to the rank of sergeant major for the regiment, and undertaking dozens of classified and extremely dangerous missions. He would ultimately serve seventeen years with the SAS, serving in countless war zones, winning a commendation for bravery and being awarded the MBE. After leaving the army he would embrace the life of a bodyguard to Hollywood stars such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sir Michael Caine, Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, before being recruited as one of the lead instructors on SAS - Who Dares Wins for television.
 
Billy is a highly-decorated veteran; with a reputation for excellence, honesty and integrity not only supporting his comrades Ant Middleton, Jason Fox and Ollie Ollerton, but equally intimidating and inspiring the contestants who take on the gruelling challenges each week. The Hard Way details Billy’s story thus far, but will also educate and enthral those wishing to seek a challenge and conquer it – the SAS way.

tickets £20 inc a copy of the book

OR £15 redeemable against the book

Venue:
LINGHAMS BOOKSHOP

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

29th October 2019 Secret Liverpool - An unusual Guide

Date:
29th October 2019

6.30 for 7PM

What Happened:

We are thrilled to be launching Mike Keating's new book .

Born and educated in Liverpool, Mike Keating continues to live in the city centre, where he maintains a keen interest in local heritage and the city’s history. He is a retired university lecturer and writer with a short acting and directing career at the Unity Theatre and an even shorter one as a cartoonist on the Liverpool Echo.

Brand-new travel guide: 150 secret places
Discover for yourself the haunts of slave traders, privateers and press-gangs, the hideaway of a suspected assassin and the desecrated grave of a self-professed Jack the Ripper, track down the birthplace of rail travel and the oldest pavilion at a firstclass cricket ground, marvel at a life-size replica of the world’s first submarine and the original home of the Epsom Derby, be gobsmacked by burial stones older than Stonehenge and one of the earliest human settlements to be found anywhere in the UK, take a turn on John Lennon’s first musical instrument and snigger at the sight of Queen Victoria’s dildo, meet toads that sing, World War II’s best-kept secret and the world’s first (and smallest) skyscraper, toast the UK’s greatest female athlete in a brew named in her honour or go for a spin on the only purpose-built F1 race track in the country.
For tourists and locals who have outgrown Hop on–Hop off bus excursions, river cruises and Beatles tours, Secret Liverpool - An unusual guide is an indispensable guide to the curiosities of ‘England’s finest Victorian city’, designed for people who prefer to customise their own itinerary or simply wander where the mood takes them.
Written by local experts, our secret guides are intended both for local residents and curious travellers. The featured places are unusual and unfamiliar, encouraging you to 
 venture way off the beaten track.

Tickets £8 and are redeemable against the book

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

28th October 2019 Tess Gerritsen

Date:
28th October 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

 

 We  are spookily excited to be hosting Tess Gerritsen for an evening of Supernatural tales with her new book.

Venue Linghams Bookshop tickets for sale on the link below or call 0151 342 7290

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. But her interests span far more than medical topics. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena. 

 

We've all done things we're ashamed of . . .

When Ava arrives at Brodie's Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget.

But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone. Either that or she is losing her mind.

The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?

'Bone chilling. Gerritsen plays on our fears.' Daily Mail

Venue:
Linghams Bookshop

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

27th October 2019 Russell Kane

Date:
27th October 2019

Cancelled

What Happened:

This Event has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

19th October 2019 Heather Morris

Date:
19th October 2019

7 for 7.30 PM start

What Happened:

Have you read the Tatooist of Auschwiz? then you are in for a real treat as Heather is Morris is coming to Wirral..

Heather Morris is an international number one bestselling author, who is passionate about stories of survival, resilience and hope. In 2003, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who 'might just have a story worth telling'. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale's story as a screenplay - which ranked high in international competitions - before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Her second novel, Cilka's Journey, is a follow up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her. In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia known as Vorkuta, inside the Arctic Circle. Innocent and imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, each day a battle for survival. Cilka befriends a woman doctor, and learns to nurse the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under unimaginable conditions. And when she tends to a man called Alexandr, Cilka finds that despite everything, there is room in her heart for love. Based on what is known of Cilka Klein's time in Auschwitz, and on the experience of women in Siberian prison camps, Cilka's Journey is the breathtaking sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz. A powerful testament to the triumph of the human will, this novel will make you weep, but it will also leave you astonished and uplifted by one woman's fierce determination to survive, against all odds. 'She was the bravest person I ever met' Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitzorri

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station road Parkgate

17th October 2019 postponed Barney Norris

Date:
17th October 2019

6.30 pm for 7pm start

What Happened:

Barney Norris

 

Barney is back, friend of the shop and fabulous author will be talking about his new book

The Vanishing Hours.

Tickets £8 (redeemable against the book).

'Moving and unconventionally wise' Guardian 

This was how I heard the most important story of my life, the thing that decided me, the story that determined who I was in the end.

At a hotel bar in a quiet English town, two strangers meet by chance and share their stories. Hers is of an inconspicuous life, shaken by heartbreak and scattered with unfulfilled dreams. His is a dizzying tale of an unending quest for someone he lost in his youth.

From the blustery cliffs of Dover to the confines of a dark prison cell; from the courtroom witness box to the West End stage, we join him as he slips through time.

Extraordinary though his story is, what she has to reveal is even more surprising, and will take them to a place neither of them – or you – expected.

From the bestselling author of FIVE RIVERS MET ON A WOODED PLAIN comes this captivating novel about love, abandonment, and the power of stories to help us find meaning in a confusing world – a world that can sometimes threaten to overwhelm us, but one that is rich with possibility, and always full of wonder.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

15th October 2019 Jung Chang

Date:
15th October 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

Jung Chang is the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China; Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday); and Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine who Launched Modern China. Her books have been translated into over 40 languages and sold more than 15 million copies outside Mainland China where they are banned. She was born in China in 1952, and came to Britain in 1978. 

Jung will be visiting us 15th October talking about her latest book : 

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red sister : three Women at the Heart of Twentieth Century China

They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the centre of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history. Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the `Father of China', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' worlds. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China.

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph road Heswall

9th October 2019 Chris Ryan

Date:
9th October 2019

e.g. Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

 We are thrilled to be welcoming Chris Ryan talking about his seventh book in Danny Black series.

Black Ops

To murder an SAS man is no easy task. So when three former Regiment guys turn up dead, brutally butchered in different corners of the globe, the hunt is on for a pro.

But sometimes it takes a killer to catch a killer.

Enter Danny Black.

When the Regiment legend learns that his prime suspect is a top MI6 agent, highly trained in the SAS's dark arts and currently operating deep under cover, he knows that this will be no ordinary mission. It will be a black op of the highest secrecy and utmost urgency. A black op Hereford will only entrust to Danny.

With the help of the target's impressive female MI6 handler, and accompanied by a grizzled bunch of former special forces operatives, the trail will take him across the world: from Hereford to London to the Brecon Beacons, and from the bright lights of Beirut to the badlands of the Syrian desert.

But there is more to this mission than Danny can ever know, and in the secret world, sometimes your deadliest enemy is much, much closer to home.  In this secret world the hunter can become the hunted .  Could it be Danny has met his match.....

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road heswal Wirral

4th October 2019 Jo Jo Moyes

Date:
4th October 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

One of my all time FAVOURITE Authors  is coming to town!

DON’T MISS THE STANDALONE NEW NOVEL FROM JOJO MOYES, THE NO. 1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ME BEFORE YOU, AFTER YOU AND STILL ME .  Inspired by a remarkable true story, The Giver of Stars features five incredible women who will prove to be every bit as beloved as Lou Clark, the unforgettable heroine of Me Before You.

Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love’ Sunday Express

‘Storytelling at its best’ Marie Claire

‘A triumph’ Heat

‘A deeply satisfying book full of big emotions’ Good Housekeeping

‘Britain’s best contemporary female author’ Sun on Sunday

Venue Birkenhead School , Bushell Hall ,  ticketed event, includes a copy of her new book.

Venue:
Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall

Oxton Road Oxton Wirral

4th October 2019 Bill Bryson

Date:
4th October 2019

12 pm to 2pm

What Happened:

Bill Bryson is coming to Linghams Bookshop.

How thrilled are we!

He will be signing copies of his new book The Body between 12pm and 2PM.

Tickets are limited .

 

Please note this is a signing only , a ticket includes a copy of his book.  You must have a ticket for this book signing.  It is  NOT a talk (event)  tickets are non refundable.

 

The Body: A Guide for Occupants is an extraordinary exploration of the human body which will have you marvelling at the form you occupy. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes on inside your head, heart and beyond, Bill Bryson will help you understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

In the bestselling, prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe. Now he turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. 

Bill Bryson explains what inspired him to take on this exciting and ambitious project: ‘We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us. What I learned is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected.  There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.’

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

1st October 2019 Jason Plato

Date:
1st October 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

Woohoo how excited are we!

Jason Plato is one of the biggest characters in UK motor racing, and one of the most controversial. Since bursting onto the karting scene at the end of the 1970s he has gone on to either upstage or upset dozens of drivers, team owners and team managers - not to mention the odd policeman and nightclub owner. Despite that he is the British Touring Car Championship's most successful driver ever having won an astonishing 96 races and two championships, with more race wins than Lewis Hamilton. Since 2004, Jason has also co-presented the popular motoring magazine series Fifth Gear, which recently aired its 23rd series. Jason is also a weekly regular on James Martin's hugely popular current show, Saturday Morning, on ITV. How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver is his first book.

From the man himself:

My name is Jason Plato. Two-time championship-winning and record-breaking racing driver, television presenter, voiceover artist, pilot, bon viveur, hedonist, robber, former inmate of the Monaco police department and a living, breathing example of what you shouldn't do if you want to become a professional racing driver.

That's not some idiotic tabloid claim, by the way. That's genuinely who I am. I drink, I smoke, I don't go to the gym and I rarely stick to the script when talking to the media. Yet I'm still racing, and at the same level I was when I first won a seat with the Williams Touring Car Team over twenty years ago.

It's no coincidence that I've won more races in the British Touring Car Championship than any other driver and over twice as many as the drivers who've won more championships. Then again, it's also no coincidence that I once spent several days in prison in Monaco for stealing a JCB. There is nothing sensible, predictable or considered about me, I'm afraid. This is my story.

Tickets include a copy of his book.

Venue:
Linghams Bookshop

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

30th September 2019 Andrew Wilson

Date:
30th September 2019

e.g. Doors open at 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

An evening of Christie, Cyanide, Chatter and Wine with Andrew Wilson talking about his latest novel.

'Fiendishly well-plotted, hugely entertaining – one feels Agatha Christie would have been delighted' – LUCY FOLEY, bestselling author of The Hunting Party

I’m Mrs Christie. I think you are expecting me…

Baghdad, 1928. Agatha leaves England for the far-flung destination, determined to investigate an unresolved mystery: two year ago, the explorer and the writer Gertrude Bell died there from a drugs overdose. At the time, the authorities believed that Bell had taken her own life, but a letter now unearthed reveals she was afraid someone wants to kill her...

In her letter, Bell suggests that if she were to die the best place to look for her murderer would be Ur, the archaeological site in ancient Mesopotamia famous for its Great Death Pit.

But as Agatha stealthily begins to look into the death of Gertrude Bell, she soon discovers the mission is not without its risks. And she has to use all her skills to try and outwit a killer who is determined to stay hidden among the desert sands...

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph road Heswall Wirral

25th September 2019 David Baldacci

Date:
25th September 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

He is BACK FOLKS!

David Baldacci is one of the world’s bestselling thriller writers. With over 130 million copies in print, his books are published in over 80 territories and 45 languages and have been adapted for both film and television. He has established links to government sources, giving his books added authenticity.

 

An intriguing new character and a historical crime novel reminiscent of the best of Raymond Chandler or Agatha Christie

 

1949, Poca City – Aloysius Archer arrives in the dusty southern town with nothing but a handful of dollars and the clothes he stands in. Fresh from the battlefields of Italy, via prison for a crime he did not commit, he is hoping to build a peaceful life for himself. But peace and prosperity are hard to come by in a drought ravaged town carrying more than its fair share of secrets.

 

Before he knows it, Archer finds himself in the middle of a feud between two powerful local families. When blood is spilt on both sides, Archer is forced to turn sleuth not only to find the truth, but also to clear his own name.

Venue Heswall Hall

7 for 7.30 start

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph road Heswall Wirral

19th September 2019 Jon Sopel

Date:
19th September 2019

12.30 for 1pm start

What Happened:

We have NEWS!!

Jon Sopel the BBC's North America Editor is coming to Wirral...He has covered the 2016 election and Trump's White House at first hand, reporting for the BBC across TV, radio, and online. As a member of the White House Press Corps, he has accompanied both President Obama and President Trump on Air Force One and interviewed President Obama at the White House. He has travelled extensively across the US and recently rode a Harley Davidson down the West Coast (that wasn't for work though)!

Welcome to the White House. At the heart of Washington, there is a circus. It's raucous, noisy and full of clowns. Reporting on it is a daily cacophony. Four major stories can blow up and blow out before breakfast, and political weather systems are moving at warp speed. The one thing absent from the weather forecast is the tranquil eye of the storm. That we never see. In A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump's White House, BBC North America Editor, Jon Sopel, takes you inside Trump's West Wing and explores the impact this presidency has had on the most iconic of American institutions. Each chapter starts inside a famous Washington room, uncovering its history and its new resonance in the Trump era. You are invited to step inside the Oval Office where Trump called for loyalty from FBI Director James Comey, and experience life as a reporter in the Briefing Room, where the tense relationship between the media and the President is played out. Guiding you through these rooms, Jon reveals the inner workings of the Trump White House and details the key moments and conversations that have unfolded within its walls. From Kim Jong-un and Kavanaugh to Merkel and the Mueller Inquiry - this is your insider guide to the Washington Circus. Roll up, roll up ...

Venue Neston Cricket Club

12.30 for 1Pm start

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station road Neston Wirral

19th September 2019 Chris Riddell book signing

Date:
19th September 2019

2.30 pm to 3.30 pm

What Happened:

We are super excited to SHOUT about Chris Riddell who is coming to Heswall for a book signing at Linghams Bookshop.

19th September and he will be signing copies between 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm.

Ticket includes a copy of his book.

 

Chris will be signing copies of his new book Guardians of Magic between 2.30 and 3.30pm on the  19th September. Ticket is £12.99 and inc a copy of his new book.  Please note this is a book signing NOT and event with Q and A.

Guardians of Magic is the first title in a brilliant new magical adventure series from the creator of Goth Girl, Chris Riddell. With gorgeous two-colour illustrations throughout and a special full-colour guide to the giants in the book, this fantastic hardback is a perfect gift. For as long as anyone can remember, children have made a wish on a cloud horse, never quite believing that their wishes will come true. But times are changing. The future of magic is in danger. Enemies are working together to destroy it - especially the magic of nature and its most powerful source, The Forever Tree. Unless three brave children fight back and believe in the impossible, soon magic and the cloud horses will be gone. Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba don't yet know how powerful they are... In Guardians of Magic the Costa award-winning, 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate Chris Riddell weaves together a magical quest. This is the first title in The Cloud Horse Chronicles series.

Author Biography: Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His work for Macmillan also includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. Chris has been honoured with an OBE in recognition of his illustration and charity work.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

17th September 2019 Max Hastings

Date:
17th September 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

We are absolutely thrilled to announce Max Hastings, author of Vietnam and twenty six other books  will be at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa talking about his new book Chastise.

A MASTERLY ACCOUNT OF ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY EPISODES IN BRITISH HISTORY REVEALING FOR THE FIRST TIME THE FULL EXTENT OF THE HUMAN STORY BEHIND THE DAMBUSTERS LEGEND

Operation Chastise, the overnight destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF’s 617 Squadron, was an epic that has passed into Britain’s national legend. 

Max Hastings grew up embracing the story, the classic 1955 movie and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24-year-old wing-commander who won the V.C. leading the raid. In the 21st century, however, he urges that we should review the Dambusters in more complex colours. The aircrew’s heroism was wholly authentic, as was the brilliance of Barnes Wallis, who invented the ‘bouncing bombs’. But commanders who promised the young fliers that success could shorten the war fantasised wildly. What Germans call the Mohnekatastrophe imposed on the Nazi war machine brief disruption, rather than a crippling blow.

Hastings vividly describes the evolution of the bomb, and of the squadron which broke the dams at the cost of almost half its number. But he also portrays in harrowing detail the fate of those swept away by the torrents. Some 1,400 civilians perished in the biblical floods that swept the Mohne valley, more than half of the victims Russian and Polish women, slave labourers under Hitler. 

Ironically, Air Marshal Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris gained much of the credit, though he bitterly opposed Chastise as a distraction from his city-burning blitz. He also made what the author describes as the operation’s biggest mistake – the failure to launch a conventional attack on Albert Speer’s huge post-repair operation, which could have transformed the impact of Chastise, inflicting a major blow upon Ruhr industry.

Chastise offers a fascinating retake on legend by a master of the art. Hastings sets the Dams Raid in the big picture of the bomber offensive and of the Second World War; of Barnes Wallis; the monstrous Harris; the tragic Gibson, together with superb narrative of the action of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history.     

MAX HASTINGS is the author of twenty-seven books, most about conflict, and between 1986 and 2002 served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph, then as editor of the Evening Standard. He has won many prizes both for journalism and his books, of which the most recent are the Sunday Times bestseller Vietnam, The Secret War, Catastrophe and Nemesis. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, London and was knighted in 2002. He lives with his wife Penny in West Berkshire, where they garden enthusiastically.

Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough Road Wirral

11th September 2019 Rhik Samadder

Date:
11th September 2019

6.30 for 7PM

What Happened:

Rhik Samadder is a writer, actor and broadcaster. He has a regular column with The Guardian and created their cult ‘Inspect a Gadget’ feature. He has written for The Observer, Men’s Health and Prospect magazine, as well as being a guest, presenter and host on various radio shows. Rhik studied acting at Drama Centre London and appeared on HBO, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 (credits including Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Doctors) as well as a lead role with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Rhik's book  starts on Christmas morning, 2010. I’m in bed with my mother, in a Bangkok sex hotel. It is my thirtieth birthday. How have things got so out of hand?  On an unlikely backpacking trip, Rhik and his mother find themselves speaking openly for the first time in years. Afterwards, the depression that has weighed down on Rhik for much of his life begins to loosen its grip for a moment – so he seizes the opportunity: to own it, to understand it, and to find out where it came from.

And so begins a journey of investigation, healing and recovery. Along the way Rhik learns some shocking truths about his family, and realizes that, in turn, he will need to confront the secrets he has long buried. But through this, he triumphs over his fears and brings his depression into the light.
A vital, moving and darkly funny memoir by a powerful new voice, I Never Said I Loved You is the story of how Rhik learned to let go, and then keep going. 

Ticket redeemable against the book

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

9th September 2019 Mark Radcliffe

Date:
9th September 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to announce an event with the folk legend Mark Radcliffe at Neston Cricket Club.

In conversation and book signing.

Crossroads

A personal reflection on the crucial turning points in the history of music, Crossroads is an intimate account of music and its power to transform lives, set against Mark’s own sense of being at a crossroads in his life.

 

Standing at the Mississippi crossroads of Robert Johnson and the devil’s infamous meeting, Mark found himself facing his own personal crunch point: aged sixty, he had just mourned the death of his father, only to be handed a diagnosis of mouth and throat cancer. This combination of physical location and emotional state led Radcliffe to think about the pivotal tracks in music and how the musicians who wrote and performed them – from Woodie Guthrie to Gloria Gaynor, Kurt Cobain to Bob Marley – had reached the crossroads that led to such epoch-changing music. Radcliffe takes a personal journey through these touchstone tracks, looking at the story behind the records and his own experiences as he goes in search of these moments.

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Neston Wirral

5th September 2019 Michael Owen book launch Reboot

Date:
5th September 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

MICHAEL OWEN’S new autobiography will enable him to open up about his football life for the first time – and set the record straight once and for all. The legendary striker published his first book ‘Off The Record’ in 2004 but feels he ‘didn’t have a voice’ during his playing days and now, six years after hanging up his boots, he can finally lift the lid on what really happened during his much- talked about career. It promises to make for an explosive read and one of the most hotly anticipated football books of the year. After breaking into the Liverpool team as a 17-year-old, Owen burst on to the international scene with a wonder goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. The Chester-born forward became the second youngest player to claim the Ballon d’Or in 2001 and went on to play in three World Cups for England. But controversial transfers to Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Anfield rivals Manchester United have always divided opinion among fans. Now Owen is revealing what really happened during the course of a career that saw him share a dressing room with the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer not to mention a star-studded Galacticos side that included Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Raúl and Luis Figo. Owen, who penned a previous book in 2004, said: “People might know 20 per cent of my life, maybe a bit more, but I’d like to be able to fill in the blanks and then if somebody likes me, loves me, hates me, detests me after that then that’s fine, because that’s me then.”

Official book launch 5th September

Venue:
Craxton wood hotel and Spa

parkgate Road Ledsham Cheshire Cheshire

4th September 2019 Sir Alastair Cook

Date:
4th September 2019

Doors open 7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

We are SO EXCITED to announce this event with Sir Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook is England's greatest batsman. As captain he led the team to a staggering 24 v ictories, scoring a remarkable 12,254 runs. With the most appearances over 160 Test matches, he's recorded the greatest number of centuries, scoring 30 tons. So why, at the top of his game, did he suddenly quit? Cricket, the sport of gleaming whites and gentility, is polite, friendly and reserved. But there's another side: beneath the surface anxiety looms, tensions run high and emotions can be explosive. Alastair began and ended his England cricketing career on soaring highs, winning centuries, and yet he has feared for the fate of his career and has fought harder and harder to come back from his losses, to win the next big match even in the face of failure. On the way he recounts the fiery fall-out with Kev in Pietersen and the heartbreaking decisions a captain must make, as well as the highs of leading England against India for their first series win in 28 years, the glory of two extraordinary Ashes wins and what, finally, conv inced him to leave international cricket. To know Alastair Cook is to know everything, and in this incredibly candid autobiography he tells the story not only of what it takes to be England's greatest batsman but also the price paid by a sportsman at the top of his game.
THE AUTHOR Alastair Nathan Cook was born in Gloucester, December 1984. He is an English cricketer. He plays for Essex County Cricket Club and previously for England. Cook is the fifth highest Test scorer of all time. He is regarded as England's most successful batsman ever and now he is an

This event is ticketed and includes a copy of his autobiography.  Please note there will be NO meet and greet after the event.

Venue:
Craxton Wood Hotel and Spa

Parkgate Road Ledsham Cheshire CH66 9PB

2nd September 2019 Mary Paulson - Ellis CANCELLED

Date:
2nd September 2019

6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

From The Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs Walker - Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2017 - comes Mary Paulson-Ellis's second stunning historical mystery, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing. Solomon knew that he had one advantage. A pawn ticket belonging to a dead man tucked into his top pocket - the only clue to the truth . . . An old soldier dies alone in his Edinburgh nursing home. No known relatives, and no Will to enact. Just a pawn ticket found amongst his belongings, and fifty thousand pounds in used notes sewn into the lining of his burial suit . . . Heir Hunter, Solomon Farthing - down on his luck, until, perhaps, now - is tipped off on this unexplained fortune. Armed with only the deceased's name and the crumpled pawn ticket, he must find the dead man's closest living relative if he is to get a cut of this much-needed cash. But in trawling through the deceased's family tree, Solomon uncovers a mystery that goes back to 1918 and a group of eleven soldiers abandoned in a farmhouse billet in France in the weeks leading up to the armistice. Set between contemporary Edinburgh and the final brutal days of the First World War as the soldiers await their orders, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing shows us how the debts of the present can never be settled unless those of the past have been paid first . . .

Paulson-Ellis lives in Edinburgh. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow and was awarded the inaugural Curtis Brown Prize for Fiction in 2009 and the Maverick Award from the Tom McGrath Trust in 2011. Her critically acclaimed debut, The Other Mrs Walker, reached number three in The Times paperback fiction chart. The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing is her second novel.

Venue:
Linghams

28th August 2019 George Alagiah

Date:
28th August 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to host BBC1 news presenter George Alagiah.

The venue is Bushell Hall, Birkenhead School , Oxton, Wirral.

Before becoming the presenter of BBC News at Six, George Alagiah was known for his work as one of the BBC’s foreign correspondents. He covered the genocide in Rwanda, civil wars in Afghanistan and Liberia, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and the 9/11 terror attacks on New York, winning numerous awards for his coverage, from Amnesty International and The Royal Television Society among others. Prior to joining the BBC in 1989, Alagiah worked in print journalism for seven years. In 2008 he was awarded the OBE for services to journalism.
TheBurning Land is George Alagiah’s first work of fiction and sees him delve into the spaces between the despatches he has brought to the nation as a reporter. He has published two works of non-fiction: A Passage to Africa (2001) and Home from Home (2006)

This is the exhilarating debut novel from the much-loved, award-winning BBC broadcaster. His two works of nonfiction -A Passage to Africa and A Home From Homehave sold 39,500 and 14,000 respectively through TCM
Perfect for fans of John Le Carré's The Constant Gardener, Gillian Slovo's Red Dust and Andrew Marr's Head of State and Children of the Master
Reviews:
‘Praise for George Alagiah: Courageous, controversial, compassionate’ -Daily Mail
‘Without rhetoric or rancour, his eloquent book places these issues in their true context, and frames some of the major moral questions of our time’ -Independent
‘An optimistic book suffused with Alagiah’s outraged humanity’ -Observer
‘The emphatic authority that George Alagiah has brought to his reports from Africa for BBC News is just as strong a component of his book’ -The Times
Description:
‘It was never meant to be like this. Sabotage, yes. Propaganda, yes. All of that and more –but not this. Not murder.’
As greed and corruption taint the optimism of a nation, the political becomes deeply personal for former childhood friends, Lindi and Kagiso. Their beloved home country, South Africa, is rapidly turning into a powder keg, as nations fight for ownership of its land and resources. With the murder of one of the nation’s bright young hopes, the fuse is well and truly lit.
As the hunt for his killer intensifies, Lindi and Kagiso come together to protect the land and people they love; even as events are set in motion that no one –least of all they –can control.


Venue:
Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall

Bidston Road Oxton Wirral

24th August 2019 Caz Finlay

Date:
24th August 2019

2Pm to 3PM

What Happened:

Caz Finlay, local author and friend of the shop will be signing copies of her book THE BOSS!

Come one come all.

He’s inside.

She’s running the family.

But now he’s back – only one can boss the streets of Liverpool.

Packed with twists, turns and deceit, get ready for the first novel in an explosive new gangland crime series.

HE’S OUT FOR BLOOD

After a stint inside, notorious gangster Nathan Conlon is back. He says he’s a changed man, but old habits die hard on Liverpool’s gritty streets. He’ll stop at nothing to reclaim his formidable criminal empire – and his long-suffering ex-wife, Grace.

SHE’S OUT FOR REVENGE

Grace once kissed the ground that Nathan walked on, but not anymore. She’s head of the firm now, commanding respect from the best of them, and she’ll do anything to protect her family – even if it means beating Nathan at the dirtiest of games . . .

WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP?

Just turn up!

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

24th July 2019 Crime night Joseph Knox and AA Dhand

Date:
24th July 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

July is Crime month!

Two authors on this evening!

Joseph Knox and AA Dhand

As a series of rolling blackouts plunge the city into darkness, Detective Aidan Waits siton an abandoned hospital ward, watching a mass murderer slowly die. Transferred from his usual night shift duties and onto protective custody, he has just one job… To extract the location of Martin Wick’s final victim before the notorious mass murderer passes away.
Wick has spent over a decade in prison, in near-total silence, having confessed to an unspeakable crime that shocked the nation and earned him the nickname of The Sleepwalker.
But when a daring premeditated attack leaves one police officer dead and another one fighting for his life, Wick’s whispered last words will send Waits on a journey into the heart of darkness…
Manipulated by a reticent psychopath from his past, and under investigation from his new partner, Detective Constable Naomi Black, Waits realises too late that a remorseless contract killer is at work.
Can Aidan Waits solve his last case before fleeing justice?


THE SLEEPWALKER by Joseph Knox July 11th 2019 | Hardback | £14.99 | Doubleday
‘Gritty as hell. I loved it. A great urban cop thriller’ - Ian Rankin


Crime writer Joseph Knox’s work has been hailed as gritty as MacBride, as noir as Connelly, as well written as Rankin, yet rendered very much with his own voice. ‘A crime fiction masterpiece’ - Metro ‘Razor sharp’ - Lee Child ‘A powerhouse of noir’ - Val McDermid
Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. There he worked at head office Waterstones selecting the crime thrillers and classics for focus attention across the company.
Now writing full time, he runs, writes and reads compulsively. His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller. The Sleepwalker is the third book in the DC Aidan Waits series.

AA Dhand

A bomb detonates in Bradford’s City Park.

When the alert sounds, DC I Harry Virdee has just enough time to get his son and his mother to safety before the bomb blows. But this is merely a stunt.

The worst is yet to come.

A new and aggressive nationalist group, the Patriots, have hidden a second device under one of the city’s mosques. In exchange for the safe release of those at Friday prayers, the Patriots want custody of the leaders of radical Islamist group Almukhtareen – the chosen ones.

The government does not negotiate with terrorists. Even when thousands of lives are at risk.

There is only one way out.

But Harry’s wife is in one of those mosques. Left with no choice, Harry must find the Almukhtareen, to offer the Patriots his own deal.

 

Tickets include Welcome drink and discount off either book

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road, Heswall

18th July 2019 Adrian McKinty

Date:
18th July 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

One of the most talked about thrillers this year....The Chain..is coming....

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s and 1980s. His father was a boilermaker and ship's engineer and his mother a secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy before emigrating to the United States to become a high school English teacher. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award and have been translated into over 20 languages. Adrian is a reviewer and critic for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Irish Times and The Guardian. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A Stranger has kidnapped your child

To Free them you must abduct someone else's child

Your child will be released when your victims's parents kindnap another child 

If any of these things don't happen your child will be killed.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN * * *

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

10th July 2019 David Nicholls

Date:
10th July 2019

Doors open at 12.30 for a 1PM start

What Happened:

Linghams Booksellers are thrilled to have bestselling author David Nicholls come and talk about his new novel Sweet Sorrow. 

THIS IS A PRE PUBLICATION DAY EVENT.  This means we get the book BEFORE everyone else!!

David Nicholls is one of Britain's most successful writers with an incomparable talent for making us laugh, cry and wince with recognition. It’s ten years since his novel One Day became an international publishing phenomenon and the iconic love story for a generation.

David is also one of our most talented and sought-after screenwriters. Patrick Melrose, his recent adaptation from the novels by Edward St Aubyn, was loved by critics and viewers alike and won him a BAFTA for best writer and an Emmy nomination. David’s novels have sold over 8 million copies worldwide and are published in forty languages.

Sweet Sorrow is the story of one life-changing summer for sixteen-year-old Charlie Lewis. Charlie is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. As the summer stretches before him, his exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way around, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.

Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and although it’s unthinkable, Charlie, despite himself, begins to hope.

But if Charlie wants to be with Fran, he must accept a challenge that will lose him the respect of his friends and almost require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling: the price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare.

Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a deeply evocative novel about negotiating the rocky path to adulthood, a hymn to the tragicomedy of family life, a celebration of the deep, reviving power of friendship and the brief, searing explosion of first love.

Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough Wirral CH63 1JF

8th July 2019 Clare Mackintosh

Date:
8th July 2019

6.30pm for 7pm start

What Happened:

Reviews for the book :

Compelling and clever, tender and true. I can't stop thinking about it’

LIANE MORIARTY

 

‘A tender, heart-breaking, uplifting, truthful marvel of a novel. Clare Mackintosh has taken her already wonderful writing to a whole new level’

ADELE PARKS

 

‘One of the most moving stories I have ever read. It's perfect’

JOANNA CANNON

 

‘Both utterly heart rending and incredibly uplifting, After the End is

the most moving book you'll read this year’

LISA JEWELL

 

 

'This was a heart-breaking read and at times I forgot to breathe'

'If I could give this book 10 stars I would'

'This book touched my soul'

'I could not put it down. What a story. What a storyteller'

'This is in my top five books of all time. Absolutely incredible'

'I have never felt so emotionally wrapped up in characters in a book'

Friend of the shop and fabulous author Clare Mackintosh is BACK!

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They’re best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can’t agree. They each want a different future for their son.

What if they could have both?

A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.

A note from Clare :

Clare says: Twelve years ago my son became critically ill, and my husband and I were asked to make a decision that would change all our lives forever. Every day since, I have questioned whether we made the right choice; what would have happened if we’d taken a different path. AFTER THE END is about those ‘what ifs’. It’s about a couple – Max and Pip – who love each other very much, but who love their son more. It’s about learning to come to terms with our choices, and finding a new way to live again. It’s about how to be happy again, when everything we loved has been lost. It isn’t a thriller, but it’s suspenseful in the way that matters most. What’s morally right? What should the parents do? What would you do? I hope you will never find yourself in the situation that Max and Pip are in – that my husband and I were in – but you will, I’m sure, have found yourself standing at a crossroads, unable to decide which path to follow. Life is full of these sorts of choices, and every time we wish we could see both destinations, travel both roads. In AFTER THE END, we can.

Venue:
Linghams

Linghams 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall

24th June 2019 Libby Page and Ricahrd Roper (Cancelled)

Date:
24th June 2019

open 6.30 pm for 7start

What Happened:

To help celebrate IBW 2019 we have a evening with THREE authors.

Libby Page author of the Lido, debut author Richard Roper interviewed by friend of the shop Caroline Smailes.

The Lido

Libby Page

 

 

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George.

Kate has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She's on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it.

So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim - it is the heart of the community.

Richard Roper

Something To Live For

‘Tender, funny, compelling - this wonderful book deserves to be huge!’ Lucy Foley, author of THE HUNTING PARTY

 

‘Funny, moving and thought-provoking - I loved this.’ - Clare Mackintosh, author of LET ME LIE

 

'A charming, humorous and life-affirming tale about human kindness that strikes a chord in a world where loneliness is a growing problem' BBC News Online, Top Fiction of 2019

 

‘I completely fell under its spell. It pulls you in, makes you laugh and breaks your heart - in short, does everything that you want a novel to do. While it is very much in the David Nicholls' tradition of sympathetic quirk and comedy, it is, at the same time, so fresh and different. I loved the voice, the people, the world... Who couldn't? What an extraordinary debut.’ - Gill Hornby, author of THE HIVE

 

‘Heart-breaking. Hilarious. Life-affirming. Some descriptions of loneliness took my breath away. This book deserves to be HUGE!’ Holly Bourne, author of HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?

 

‘Funny, moving and uplifting…I loved it.’ Libby Page, author of THE LIDO

 

Sometimes you need to risk everything…

To find your something

All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that's what he's told people. The truth is, his life isn't exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him. Because in all Andrew's efforts to fit in, he's forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it's about time for him to start.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

21st June 2019 Victoria Hislop

Date:
21st June 2019

12.30 for 1pm start

What Happened:

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

17th June 2019 An evening with Graeme Simsion

Date:
17th June 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

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
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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

16th June 2019 Ben Aaronovitch

Date:
16th June 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What Happened:

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

9th June 2019 Alison Weir

Date:
9th June 2019

Doors open at 2.30pm for 3pm start

What Happened:

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

8th June 2019 Dr Jon Copley

Date:
8th June 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

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:
Linghams book shop

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

8th June 2019 Catherine Isaac

Date:
8th June 2019

2.30pm for 3pm start

What Happened:

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.

Afternoon tea with Catherine. 

tickets £10 include afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea and book £20

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:
Wro Bar Loft

59 Westbourne Rd, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4DQ

7th June 2019 Leah Hazard

Date:
7th June 2019

6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

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:
Wro Bar Loft

Wro Bar Loft Northwest House Grange Road West Kirby CH48 4DY

4th June 2019 Gareth Williams

Date:
4th June 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

28th May 2019 Bev Thomas

Date:
28th May 2019

6:30PM for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

23rd May 2019 Tom Bradby

Date:
23rd May 2019

6.30 pm for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

20th May 2019 Elizabeth Macneal

Date:
20th May 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

14th May 2019 Helen Cullen

Date:
14th May 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

13th May 2019 Dan Toombs The Curry Guy Veggie

Date:
13th May 2019

6:30 for 7PM

What Happened:

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

8th May 2019 The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Date:
8th May 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

7th May 2019 Colin Butcher

Date:
7th May 2019

6:30PM for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

29th April 2019 Milly Johnson

Date:
29th April 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

20th April 2019 Ronnie Goodlass book signing

Date:
20th April 2019

3pm to 430PM

What Happened:

We are thrilled to be working with Ronnie and his BLUE NOSE book for a signing in the shop .

Ronnie will be here 3 pm to 4.30 pm.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

10th April 2019 Erin Kelly

Date:
10th April 2019

doors open 12pm for 12.30pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to be working with the fabulous Erin Kelly author of He Said She Said.

The event is a Literary Lunch held at The Wro Bar and Grill in West Kirby and includes a copy of Erin's latest book and TWO courses.  Doors open 12 for 12.30 start . Tickets £30.

The Victorians used to call their mental hospitals stone mothers,' I say. 'They thought the design of the building could literally nurse the sick back to health.'

Marianne grew up in the shadow of the old asylum, a place that still haunts her dreams. She was seventeen when she fled the town, her family, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried.

Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose the truth.

Marianne will do anything to protect the life she's built; the husband and daughter who must never know.
Even if it means turning to her worst enemy...

But Marianne may not know the whole story - and she isn't the only one with secrets they'd kill to keep.

Moving back through time to reveal twists you'll never see coming, Stone Mothers is the gripping new suspense novel from the bestselling author of He Said/She Said.

'Poignant and tragic, full of unexpected shifts and twists, addictively scary and thrillingly audacious.' Nicci French

'The plot is so CLEVER... and the writing is perfection.' Marian Keyes

'The incomparable Erin Kelly has written another captivating, cleverly constructed contemporary novel.' Paula Hawkins

Venue:
Wro Bar and Grill

Grange Road West Kirby Wirral CH48 4DY

8th April 2019 Lindsey Davis

Date:
8th April 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

Friend of the shop Lindsey Davis is once more visiting Heswall with her latest book.

A Capital Death

Emperor Domitian has demanded the Senate award him a Triumph to celebrate two questionable victories. Preparations go smoothly until a key figure plunges to his death from the Capitoline Hill. It looks like suicide – until a persistent witness claims she saw him being pushed from the symbolic Tarpeian Rock. Tiberius Manlius is dragged in to sort out the truth; harassed by bureaucracy, he passes the job to Flavia Albia.

 

Albia soon learns that the dead man was an abusive swine, a dodgy official involved in scams, including one that may involve the supply of imperial purple dye. Plenty of people are delighted to be rid of him – though of course they all claim to be innocent.

 

Investigation draws her into a colourful world of carnival floats, theatrical costumes, and that smoothest of runners, the imperial Victory chariot; her suspects include augurs, an inconvenient Praetorian Guard, temple custodians – and even the Sacred Geese of Juno.  As she uncovers husbands and wives, sisters and brothers who all have something to hide, another man is thrown to his death from the rock. Now the pressure hots up to prove what is happening, lest murder at Rome’s most sacred site pollutes the Emperor’s triumph.

 

Albia promises Tiberius she won’t put herself in danger, but when the truth finally dawns, she finds herself alone on the sacred Capitol at night, pursued by a desperate killer who is determined she must be the next victim to fall from the Tarpeian Rock...

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

2nd April 2019 Barbara Erskine

Date:
2nd April 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

How excited am I!  One of my favourite authors is coming to town!

Barbara will be in conversation , followed by a book signing .  The venue is Heswall Hall and tickets include a paperback copy of her new book Ghost Tree.  

The Ghost Tree

The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

The past is about to become the present…

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile. Left rootless by the death of her estranged father, she is faced with the daunting task of sorting through his possessions. Amidst the dust of her old life, Ruth discovers a hidden diary from the eighteenth century, written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine. As she sifts through the ancient pages of the past, Ruth is pulled into a story that she can’t escape.

As the youngest son of a noble family Thomas’ life started in genteel poverty, but his extraordinary experiences propel him from the high seas to Lord Chancellor. Yet, on his journey through life, he makes a powerful enemy who hounds him to the death – and beyond.
Ruth has opened a door to the past that she can’t close, and meets a ghost in her family tree who wasn’t invited. She will have to draw upon new friends and old in what will become a battle for her very survival…

The inspiration for this book comes from Barbara's own family , find out more at your event!

Venue:
Linghams bookshop

248 Telegraph Road Wirral

20th March 2019 Sold out An evening with Frank Turner

Date:
20th March 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

An evening with Frank Turner, talk and book signing. In conversation with Ian Winwood.

Includes live performance of five songs!

Tickets £25.00 include a copy of his book. Couple tickets £35.00 admits two people and includes a copy of his book

Venue is Craxton Wood Hotel and Spa, Parkgate Road, Cheshire

Frank Turner is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Winchester. He was the lead singer of post-hardcore band Million Dead, before embarking on a solo career which has included headlining a sold out Wembley Arena and performing in front of millions at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Turner has released seven solo albums as well as EPs and rarities, and has played thousands of shows across 38 countries. His sixth album, Positive Songs For Negative People, reached #2 in in the UK album charts upon release in August 2015 and his most recent album, Be More Kind, reached #3 upon release in May 2018.

Venue:
Craxton Wood Hotel and Spa

Parkgate Road Ledsham Cheshire ch66 9pb

18th March 2019 John Lewis Stempel

Date:
18th March 2019

e.g. Doors open at 6.30 p for 7pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to host an event with John Lewis Stempel and his new book

The Deep life of the Pond

The Pond. Nothing in the countryside is more humble or more valuable. It’s the moorhen’s reedy home, the frog’s ancient breeding place, the kill zone of the beautiful dragonfly. More than a hundred rare and threatened fauna and flora depend on it.
Written in gorgeous prose, Still Water tells the seasonal story of the wild animals and plants that live in and around the pond, from the mayfly larvae in the mud to the patrolling bats in the night sky above. It reflects an era before the water was polluted with chemicals and the land built on for housing, a time when ponds shone everywhere like eyes in the land, sustaining life for all, from fish to carthorse.

Still Water is a loving biography of the pond, and an alarm call on behalf of this precious but overlooked habitat. Above all, John Lewis-Stempel takes us on a remarkable journey – deep, deep down into the nature of still water.

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph road Heswall Wirral

6th March 2019 Robert Goddard

Date:
6th March 2019

7pm for 730pm start

What Happened:

Best selling author is coming to town. 

Talk and book signing with Robert on his new book One False Move

What value can be put on a human mind?

How Joe Roberts does what he does is a mystery. He has a brain that seems able to outperform a computer. To a games company like Venstrom that promises big profits if his abilities can be properly exploited. So they send Nicole Nevinson to track him down and make him an offer too good to refuse.

But Venstrom aren’t the only people interested in Joe. His current boss, a shady businessman, is already making serious money out of Joe’s talents and isn’t going to let him go without a fight. And then there are other forces, with still darker intentions, who have their own plans for him.

Almost before she knows it, Nicole’s crossed an invisible line into a world where the game being played has rules she doesn’t understand and where no-one can help her win.

But win she must. Because the battle now isn’t just for Joe’s mind, it’s for Nicole’s life.

Venue:
Linghams bookshop

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

5th March 2019 Hallie Rubenhold

Date:
5th March 2019

6.30 for 7Pm start

What Happened:

This is one for our historical , non fiction fans.

HALLIE RUBENHOLD is a social historian whose expertise lies in revealing the stories of previously unknown women and episodes in history. By drawing upon a wealth of formerly unseen archival material and adding a full historical context to the victims’ lives, The Fivepromises to change the narrative of these murders forever.

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London - the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

‘A Ripper narrative that gives voice to the women he silenced; I’ve been waiting for this book for years. Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart.’ 
ERIN KELLY, Sunday Times bestselling author of He Said/She Said

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. 
What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that ‘the Ripper’ preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time – but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

'What a brilliant and necessary book' 
JO BAKER, author of Sunday Times bestselling Longbourn

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

28th February 2019 Prof Angel Gallop

Date:
28th February 2019

6.30 for 7Pm start

What Happened:

Prof. Angel Gallop

Non Fiction " When the Dogs Don't Bark"

By the time I arrived at the wood yard in Huddersfield on a bitterly cold night in February 1978, the body of the 18-year-old victim had already been taken to the mortuary.
__________

Never before has criminal justice rested so heavily on scientific evidence. With ever-more sophisticated and powerful techniques at their disposal, forensic scientists have an unprecedented ability to help solve even the most complex cases.

Angela Gallop has been a forensic scientist for over 40 years. After joining the Forensic Science Service, the first crime scene she attended was for a case involving the Yorkshire Ripper. As well as working on a wide range of cases in many countries around the world, she is now the most sought-after forensic scientist in the UK, where she has helped solve numerous high-profile cases, including the investigation that finally absolved the Cardiff Three the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path murders, and the killings of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor, Rachel Nickell and Roberto Calvi.

From the crime scene to the courtroom, When the Dogs Don't Bark is the remarkable story of a life spent searching for the truth.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

25th February 2019 SOLD OUT Tracey Thorn

Date:
25th February 2019

6.30 for 7Pm start

What Happened:

An evening with singer, songwriter Tracey Thorn from the band Everything But The Girl.


Tickets £14.99 inc a copy of her book.
Tickets £10.00 redeemable against the book.
Venue Linghams Bookshop, 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG

Tracey Thorn is a singer-songwriter and writer, best known for her seventeen years in bestselling duo Everything But The Girl. She grew up as the youngest of three children in Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, where she learned the piano, enjoyed underaged drinking, and started her first band while still at school. Since then, she has released four solo albums, one movie soundtrack, a large handful of singles and two books, including the Sunday Times bestselling memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen, and currently writes a column for the New Statesman. She lives in London, with her husband Ben Watt and their three children.

Tickets on sale now. 0151 342 7290

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

23rd February 2019 Ronnie Goodlass book signing

Date:
23rd February 2019

2pm to 4pm

What Happened:

Look who is back EFC Legend Ronnie signing copies of his autobiography Blue Nose.

Copies of the book will be for sale on the day just turn up from 2PM to say hi!

Venue:
Linghams

11th February 2019 Sarah Langford

Date:
11th February 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What Happened:

I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah last year and I am thrilled to be able to inform you Sarah will be talking and signing copies of her book "In you Defence"

I loved this book. It made my heart sing. Written by a woman in the law with compassion, wit and legal know-how, these true life courtroom stories tell it like it is. - Helena Kennedy QC

Sarah Langford is a barrister. Her job is to stand in court representing the mad and the bad, the vulnerable, the heartbroken and the hopeful. She must become their voice: weave their story around the black and white of the law and tell it to the courtroom. These stories may not make headlines but they will change the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways. They are stories which, but for a twist of luck, might have been yours. 

With remarkable candour, Sarah describes eleven cases which reveal what goes on in our criminal and family courts: these are tales of domestic fall out, everyday burglary, sexual indiscretion, and children caught up in the law. They are sometimes shocking and they are often heart-stopping. She examines how she feels as she defends the person standing in the dock. She also shows us how our attitudes and actions can shape not only the outcome of a case, but the legal system itself.

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

6th February 2019 An evening with Diane Setterfield

Date:
6th February 2019

6.30 for 7Pm start

What Happened:

An evening with the author of The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield is back with her haunting new tale.

 
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames.
The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger.
In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.
Hours later the dead girl stirs.
Is it a miracle?
Is it magic?
Or can it be explained by science?
Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.
 
doors open 6.30 for 7PM talk and book signing.
tickets £7.00 0151 342 7290
Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

29th January 2019 Gerald Seymour

Date:
29th January 2019

7pm for 7.30 start

What Happened:

When you want to meet a thriller writer look no further, yes Gerald Seymour is coming to Heswall folks!

the kings of Thrillers! Meet Gerald at Heswall Hall for a talk and book signing with his latest book.

THE UNBREAKABLE RULE OF UNDERCOVER OPERATIVES ..  DON’T GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR TARGET

 

The Kalashnikov AK47. A weapon with a unique image. A symbol of freedom fighters and terrorists across the globe. Undercover officer Andy Knight has infiltrated an extremist group intent on bringing the rifle to Britain - something MI5 have been struggling for years to prevent. 

 He befriends Zeinab, the young Muslim student from Yorkshire who is at the centre of the plot. All Zeinab needs to do is travel to the impoverished high-rise estates of Marseilles and bring one rifle home on a test run. Then many more will follow - and with them would come killing on an horrendous scale.

Zeinab is both passionate and attractive, and though Andy knows that the golden rule of undercover work is not to get emotionally attached to the target, sometimes rules are impossible to follow.

Supremely suspenseful, Battle Sight Zero follows Andy and Zeinab to the lethal badlands of the French port city, simultaneously tracking the extraordinary life journey of the blood-soaked weapon they are destined to be handed there.

 

‘The best thriller writer in the world’ Daily Telegraph

‘Ask aficionados who is Britain’s finest thriller writer, and many would answer Gerald Seymour’ Guardian

 

Venue:
Linghams bookshop

248 telegraph road Heswall wirral

28th January 2019 Laura Shepherd Robinson

Date:
28th January 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What Happened:

Laura Shepher Robinson will be visiting us to talk about her thrilling new novel Blood and Sugar.

The event is at Linghams and will be a talk and book signing.

Blood & Sugar is the thrilling debut historical crime novel from Laura Shepherd-Robinson.

June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark.

Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .

To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend’s investigation, delving into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, his family’s happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him.

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral Ch60 7SG

24th January 2019 Jeremy Dronfield

Date:
24th January 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What Happened:

If you have read the Tattooist of Auschwitz then this  non fiction book by Jeremy Dronfield is for you.

Talk and book signing .

In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was seized by the Nazis. Along with his teenage son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in.

When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, Fritz refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son.

Based on Gustav's secret diary and meticulous archive research, this book tells his and Fritz's story for the first time - a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

22nd January 2019 Fiona Barton and Lesley Kara

Date:
22nd January 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What Happened:

We LOVE crime nights at Linghams especially when one of our favourite crime authors is visiting AND a super debut everyone is talking about !

Meet Fiona Barton author of The Widow and The Child with her new book The Suspect. Event is at Linghams , tickets £7 ( redeemable against either book).

The new must-read thriller from the author of Sunday Times bestseller, THE WIDOW, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, THE CHILD.

Intelligent, insightful and compelling. A clever, twisting whodunnit that delivers an emotional punch. I loved it.’ C L Taylor



‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. 

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

*********

'A fast-paced whodunnit with heart, characters I feel I know and a deliciously dark twist. Superb writing, often blackly funny, and a scene that made me cry into my pillow.' Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Lesley Kara

In this chilling tale of paranoia, suspicion and accusation, Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page.' Paula Hawkins, No.1 bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

'A great debut with a slyly clever premise and a rollercoaster ride to the very last sentence.' Fiona Barton, bestselling author of The Widow and The Child


When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall CH60 7SG

13th January 2019 Joe Wicks

Date:
13th January 2019

12.30 for 1pm start

What Happened:

O MY! O MY!

Look who is coming to Wirral for a TALK and book signing.

Yes Joe Wicks!

Tickets include his latest book and are priced at £20.

The event will be held at Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall, Bidston Road, Oxton.

Get ready for Joe's vegetarian take on Lean in 15: The Shift Plan, which is the bestselling diet book of all time. Inside are a hundred flavour-packed vegetarian recipes, many of which are also vegan, plus three exclusive Body Coach HIIT workouts and a bonus abs workout.

From Smoky Sweet Potato Chilli to 'Creamy' Butternut Pasta, Veggie Lean in 15 features a fantastic range of meat-free dishes, all prepared in fifteen minutes flat. The recipes are ideal for full- and part-time veggies, as well as those wishing to cut down on eating meat in a healthy and delicious way. There are also plenty of make-ahead ideas to get you prepping like a boss in no time at all.

Call 0151 342 7290 or book online

Venue:
Birkenhead School

Bushell Hall Bidston Road oxton

15th December 2018 Romesh Ranganathan Book signing

Date:
15th December 2018

e.g. Doors open at 2.30 pm start

What Happened:

How exciting! Romesh will be visiting our bookshop on Saturday 15th December from 230 to 430 signing copies of his Auto biography. This is a book signing only. It is a ticketed event and limited numbers. You must have a ticket to meet Romesh and this includes a copy of his auto biography.

Tickets £20 Inc a copy of his book.

0151 342 7290

Romesh Ranganathan is a stand-up comedian and actor. A former maths teacher, he made his comedy circuit debut in 2010, and has quickly established himself as one of British comedy’s brightest stars. His two Edinburgh Festival shows, ‘Rom Com’ and ‘Rom Wasn’t Built In a Day’, were nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Foster’s Best Newcomer Award 2013 and Best Show Award 2014. In 2015 his BBC series Asian Provocateur was nominated for a BAFTA and received wide critical acclaim. In 2016 his debut solo tour, Irrational, sold over 100,000 tickets and saw Romesh receive the Ents24 Hardest Working Comedian of the Year award.

Romesh appears frequently on multiple TV and radio shows, is the star of Asian Provocateur, The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, The Reluctant Landlord and Just Another Immigrant, and a regular on A League of Their Own. He writes occasionally for the Guardian.

Please note this is a book signing only.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

4th December 2018 Anthony Horowitz

Date:
4th December 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

The nights are drawing in, it is getting cold, what better way to spend a Tuesday evening than listening to a master story teller  Anthony Horowitz as he visits Wirral to talk about his latest novel, THE Word IS MURDER

The venue is Linghams bookshop, complimentary mince pies and glass of wine.

Tickets £20 (book and ticket)

Couple tickets £30 (includes one book admits two people)

The Word is Murder

'Splendidly entertaining, absorbing and difficult to put down.  Hawthorne is an intriguing character' – Daily Express on THE WORD IS MURDER 

 

Richard Pryce is an elegant, smooth-tongued lawyer who has made a fortune out of celebrity divorces – and a lot of enemies in the process. Unmarried himself, he lives in a handsome bachelor pad on the edge of Hampstead Heath.

 

Or rather he used to...

 

When he is found murdered, the police confront the most baffling of mysteries: who was the visitor who came to Pryce's house moments before he died, arriving while he was still talking on the phone?

 

“You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…” were Pryce’s last recorded words, but what exactly do they mean?

 

Why does his killer paint a three-digit number on the wall before leaving the crime scene? And why exactly was he bludgeoned to death with a bottle of wine – a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000 – when he didn't drink alcohol?

 

The police are forced to hand the case to Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne, who takes it on with characteristic relish.

 

But Hawthorne himself has secrets to hide and, as our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realises that these are secrets that need to be exposed – even if it puts his own life in danger…

Talk followed by a book signing .

 

Venue:
Linghams book shop

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

28th November 2018 Gyles Brandreth

Date:
28th November 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

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

26th November 2018 Prue Leith

Date:
26th November 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

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

20th November 2018 Kate Humble

Date:
20th November 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

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

19th November 2018 An evening with Dan Snow

Date:
19th November 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

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

15th November 2018 late night shopping with prosecco and discount

Date:
15th November 2018

5PM to 8PM

What Happened:

Why not join us for a glass of fizz, a mince pie and 10 % discount off stock.

Get into the Christmas spirit early ! Look forward to seeing you!

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirra

14th November 2018 Barbara Kingsolver

Date:
14th November 2018

12.45 for 1PM start

What Happened:

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

13th November 2018 Crime night Rachel Abbott & Mary Torjussen

Date:
13th November 2018

e.g. Doors open 6.30pm for 7PMstart

What Happened:

Two crime authors AND WINE!!!

Rachel Abbott and local author Mary Torjussen

And So It begins...

Mark and Evie had a whirlwind romance. Evie brought Mark back to life after the sudden death of his first wife. Cleo, Mark’s sister, knows she should be happy for him. But Cleo doesn’t trust Evie...
When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.
Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As the accused stands trial, the jury is forced to consider - is there ever a proper defence for murder?
And So It Begins is a darkly compulsive psychological thriller with all the hallmarks of a Rachel Abbott bestseller - a provocative dilemma, richly-layered mystery, knife-edge tension, and brilliant characterization.

Rachel Abbott began her career as an independent author in 2011, with Only the Innocent, which became a No.1 bestseller on Kindle, topping the chart for four weeks. Since then, she has published five further psychological thrillers, plus a novella, and sold over 2.75 million copies. She is one of the top-selling authors of all time in the UK Kindle store (published and self-published), and her novels have been translated into 21 languages. This is her first traditional publishing deal, though she’s been approached many times.


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

30th October 2018 Marcus Zusak in conversation John Boyne

Date:
30th October 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

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

29th October 2018 Lord Jeffrey Archer

Date:
29th October 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

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

22nd October 2018 Craig Revel Horwood

Date:
22nd October 2018

12pm start to 1PM

What Happened:

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

15th October 2018 Liane Moriarty

Date:
15th October 2018

7 for 7.30 PM

What Happened:

Liane Moriarty sold over 10 MILLION books WOLD WIDE!!!!

Author of Big Little Lies ,TV series

Coming to Wirral!!

Talk and book signing.

"Nine Perfect Strangers"

The ten-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation.

Nine stressed city-dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline . . .

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal?

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of seven novels: Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. The Husband's Secret is a worldwide bestseller which has sold more than two million copies and been translated into over forty languages. Big Little Lies is now an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series, produced by and starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

Venue Neston Cricket Club

Tickets £18.99 inc book

£10 (redeemable against the book)

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate Wirral

11th October 2018 Rosemary Shrager

Date:
11th October 2018

7 for 7.30 PM

What Happened:

We are thrilled to be working with TV chef Rosemary Shrager and her new cook book.

Cookery course 

140 delicious recipes to be a better cook.

Rosemary Shrager has a passion for sharing what she loves: delicious food anyone can learn to make and enjoy. With decades of experience as a chef and cookery teacher, Rosemary knows how to make even the most nervous of cooks feel confident in the kitchen.
Starting with classic principles and skills, Rosemary will show you how to develop as a cook recipe-by-recipe, so each new skill is learned through practical experience. Learn how to poach a perfect egg, make the creamiest béchamel sauce, knead a light and fluffy white loaf, bake a warming chicken and potato pie from scratch. With Rosemary’s guidance and delicious dishes along the way, this is the most enjoyable way to learn to cook.
With over 140 recipes, and gorgeous photography and illustrations throughout, this book is an essential for anyone who wishes they could have Rosemary by their side in the kitchen.


Rosemary has been a hit on the last series of The Real Marigold Hotel, and has recently been filming for the next series. Series Two reached over 5 million viewers at its peak in 2017. Rosemary is a popular judge on primetime BBC Two cookery programme The Big Family Cooking Showdown, alongside fellow judge Giorgio Locatelli and presenters Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball. Food producer ABP have partnered with Rosemary to produce a range of 10 ready-tocook meals, to be stocked in a range of supermarkets, planned to go on sale September 2018. These will be branded with Rosemary's name and photo, and they are very keen to cross promote. Rosemary runs a hugely successful eponymous cookery school in Tunbridge Wells, and is keen to maximise marketing and publicity opportunities with the school.
Author Biography Rosemary Shrager is a larger than life enthusiast, bubbling with laughter and originality. Her professional career includes periods working for Pierre Koffmann and Jean-Christophe Novelli, before running her own cookery courses at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle and Swinton Park. She now runs an eponymous cookery school in Tunbridge Wells, and appears regularly on television series such as The Real Marigold Hotel and as a judge.

Venue Neston Cricket club

Tickets £20 includes a copy of her book

£10 redeemable against the book.

0151 342 7290

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate Neston Wirral

4th October 2018 SOLD OUT MICHAEL PALIN

Date:
4th October 2018

1pm to 2pm start

What Happened:

ROLL UP ROLL UP

MICHAEL PALIN is HERE!! HESWALL!!

LUNCHTIME SIGNING 1PM to  2PM. This is a book signing only.

YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET.

TICKET £20 includes a copy of his book EREBUS

About the book:

In September 2014 the wreck of a sailing vessel was discovered at the bottom of the sea in the frozen wastes of the Canadian Arctic. It was broken at the stern and covered in a woolly coat of underwater vegetation. Its whereabouts had been a mystery for over a century and a half. Its name was HMS Erebus.
 
Now Michael Palin – former Monty Python stalwart and television globetrotter – brings this extraordinary ship back to life, following it from its launch in 1826 to the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and to ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic. He explores the intertwined careers of the men who shared its journeys: the dashing James Clark Ross and the troubled John Franklin. And he vividly recounts the experiences of the men who first stepped ashore on Antarctica’s Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic wastes as rescue missions desperately tried to reach them.
 
To help tell the story, he has travelled to various locations across the world – Tasmania, the Falklands, the Canadian Arctic – to search for local information, and to experience at first hand the terrain and the conditions that would have confronted the Erebus and her crew. 
Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and American Friends. He has also made several much-acclaimed travel documentaries, his journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. His books include accounts of his journeys, novels (Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of diaries. From 2009 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society, and in 2013 he was made a BAFTA fellow. He lives in London. 
 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

2nd October 2018 SOLD OUT Gary Barlow in person talking about his memoir

Date:
2nd October 2018

4pm gates open for 7PM start

What Happened:

SOLD OUT

We are absolutely thrilled to announce this event.

.Tuesday 2nd October 2018
.Gary Barlow
.in person talking about his new memoir
.‘A Better Me ’
.ickets £25. LIMITED SALES to Two PER PERSON. TICKETED EVENT, STRICTLY TICKET ONLY ACCESS TO THE EVENT.
.Includes a pre signed copy of ‘A Better Me.’
.Event : 7PM to 8PM finish.
.Gates open 4PM
.Parking is in “Manor Road” on Thornton Manor Estate two locations which will be sign posted. Parking attendants will direct cars to allocated areas.

Further info:

A Message from Linghams Bookshop:

You are heading to Thornton Manor Estate Hotel, Walled Garden Marquee, Thornton Hough, Wirral CH63 1JB There are two entrances and you will be guided to park your car in the grounds of the estate. Please bear in mind the weather and the time of year! It is October, it could be raining, you will be queuing to get in . It will be busy so allow time to get to the venue and to get booked in. You will be outside for a short time so bear this in mind when planning your wardrobe! Gates open at 4PM to start check in.

Any disabled customers if you have not already been in touch please do so . Ensure you have your blue parking badge, as this area has limited spaces,. Show your badge to the attendant and they will guide you to a parking area close to the venue. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FAO Kerry "disabled parking". Guests will be checked in 100 at a time, everyone has a seat but it is not allocated seating. You will receive a presigned copy of " A Better Me" as you check in. Once inside there will be refreshments available to purchase and we are working with the venue to see if they can sell snacks too. The event starts at 7PM to 8PM in conversation including Q and A. We have been asked to submit audience questions to Gary's team. So if you would like to ask a question we will start to collate a list. Email your question This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "GB Question and Answer". Put your name and we can add that to the list too. I am sure you all realise not all questions will be read out due to the limited time we have for the event. Closing date for questions Monday 10th September. Golden ticket winners will be chosen on the night and we have been asked not to divulge any further information on this. Good luck everyone! If you are local and can get dropped off at the venue this is advisable to help with any congestion. As this is a ticket only event you cannot gain entrance without a valid ticket.

Gary Barlow Ticket holders have an Exclusive Opportunity to stay on the Thornton Manor Estate. Please call 0151 353 1155 or email your enquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the website at www.thorntonmanor.co.uk

Have a wonderful evening and see you in October!

Linghams Team

Doors open from 4PM please allow time for parking as this is a rural location and parking is at a minimum therefore you are strongly recommended to arrive early and car share where possible. (Please note books will be pre signed before the event, therefore there will be no actual book signing) A Better Me is a remarkably frank memoir of Gary's life as he battled with weight, stress, fitness and depression to stage one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in years. Extraordinarily honest, Gary tells of his journey back to professional success and mental and physical health. From reforming Take That to critical and commercial acclaim and reigniting his own legendary songwriting career, to overcoming his weight problems and crippling obsession with food, to TV judging panel stardom on The X Factor and Let It Shine and finding balance in both his personal and professional life. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, he recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating honesty and a human side that people rarely see. Here is one of the UK's most beloved pop stars open, honest and raw and as we've never seen him before. Ten lucky winners will be selected on the night to meet Gary after the event for a photograph

Venue: Thornton Manor,
Manor Road,
Wirral,
Thornton Hough
CH63 1JB . "Walled Garden Marquee"

Venue:
Thornton Manor

Manor Road Thornton Hough Wirral CH63 1JB

25th September 2018 Bruce Grobbelaar

Date:
25th September 2018

6.30 pm for 7PM start

What Happened:

Calling Liverpool Fans!

An evening with Bruce Grobbelaar in conversation and book signing

Bruce Grobbelaar is the most decorated goalkeeper in Liverpool FC’s 125-year history. And yet, question marks have followed him around; question marks about his goalkeeping suitability; question marks about his integrity after match fixing allegations were laid against him. Here, Grobbelaar takes you to Africa, where nothing is at it seems; he takes you back to an era when Liverpool ruled Europe; he takes you to the benches of the Anfield dressing room, where only the strongest personalities survived. For the first time, he takes you inside the court room, detailing the draining fight to clear his name.

Venue Linghams 

Ticket redeemable against his book

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall CH60 7SG

24th September 2018 Chris Riddell

Date:
24th September 2018

6.30 for 7Pm start

What Happened:

An evening with author and Illustrator Chris Riddell, Children's laureate 2015 to 2017

Poetry readers required!

In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between.

This gorgeously illustrated collection includes forty-six poems and is divided into sections covering: musings, youth, family, love, imaginings, nature, war and endings. Chris Riddell brings them to life with his exquisite, intricate artwork in this beautiful anthology.

Perfect as a gift, it features famous poems, classics old and new, and a few surprises, Poems to Live Your Life By includes poems from William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Carol Ann Duffy and Christina Rossetti sitting alongside Neil Gaiman, Roger McGough and W. B. Yeats.

Venue CHANGED TO LINGHAMS BOOKSHOP

Tickets £10.99 including a copy of the book

£5 redeemable against the book.

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Tlegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

18th September 2018 Shaun Usher

Date:
18th September 2018

6.30 pm for 7PM start

What Happened:

An evening with Shaun Usher

"Speeches of Note"

From Shaun Usher, the author of the international bestseller Letters of Note, comes an obsessively curated, richly illustrated and sumptuously produced collection of speeches from throughout the ages. Seventy-five extraordinary ways to step into someone else’s shoes.

Discover speeches that altered the course of history, like Nelson Mandela’s on the day he became South Africa’s first black President, and outpourings of much-needed change, such as the impassioned, impromptu appeal for women’s rights from Sojourner Truth, an African-American woman born into slavery. Expect the gloriously unexpected, as Kermit the Frog takes to the podium, and celebrate lives well-lived, including Tilda Swinton’s tribute to ‘every alien’s favourite cousin’, David Bowie.

While some speeches are heard by millions, some remain unspoken: the secret draft prepared for Queen Elizabeth II during a military exercise for World War III, and President Nixon’s chilling public announcement should Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become stranded on the Moon.

Surprising, inspiring and shocking; moving, comforting and enlightening.

Venue Linghams

Tickets redeemable against the book

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral Ch60 7SG

17th September 2018 Kate Atkinson

Date:
17th September 2018

doors open 12.45 for 1PM

What Happened:

When I got the call for this event I was seriously shaking!

KATE ATKINSON!!

Kate will be talking about her latest novel " Transcription", followed by a book signing.

Venue Neston Cricket Club

Doors open 12.45 for 1PM start.

Tickets £20 includes a copy of her book

£10 (Redeemable against the book)

Think of it as an adventure, Perry had said right at the beginning of all this.And it had seemed like one. A bit of a lark, she had thought. A Girls’ Own adventure.’
In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. 

Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of this country’s most exceptional writers.

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Neston Wirral

13th September 2018 Delicioulsy Ella

Date:
13th September 2018

7PM for 7.30 Pm start

What Happened:

We are super thrilled to be hosting Ella Mills talking about her latest book!

Tickets £15 (includes £10 redeemable against the book on the night).

Ella's latest book features the most popular, tried and tested recipes from her supper clubs, pop-ups and deli to show how delicious and abundant plant-based cooking can be. The simple vegan recipes cover everything from colourful salads to veggie burgers and falafel, creamy dips and sides, hearty one-pot curries and stews, speedy breakfasts, weekend brunches, muffins, cakes and brownies. They're the recipes that Ella's thousands of customers have been asking for since the deli first launched in 2015, and each recipe has a beautiful photograph to show you how it should look.

In addition to over 100 brand new plant-based recipes, for the first time we are treated to a personal insight into Ella's journey - how she grew her blog, which she began writing to help get herself well while suffering from illness, into a wellbeing brand - and all that she has learnt along the way, as well as what drives the Deliciously Ella philosophy and her team's passion for creating delicious healthy food.

With diary excerpts that document the incredible journey that Deliciously Ella has taken and over 100 tried-and-tested irresistible recipes for every day, using simple, nourishing ingredients, this stunning book will be a must-have for fans and food-lovers alike, it's also perfect for anyone looking to experiment with vegan cooking for the first time.

One not to miss!

Venue Heswall Hall, Telegraph Road, Heswall

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

5th September 2018 Ronny Goodlass

Date:
5th September 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to be working with the Everton Legend Ronny Goodlass.

Broadcaster, player and now author !

Blue Nose: 

If you are a fan of Everton FC then you are a proud ‘BLUE NOSE’ and a fully paid up member of the ‘People’s Club’. Equally, you will associate with a famous Goodison Park banner that says: “Evertonians are born, not manufactured.”

Ronny Goodlass is perfectly placed to understand the pride Everton fans have in the Mersey Blues. He wasn’t just born and brought up in Everton, but played for the club he idolised before broadening his career in every way. The front cover of ‘Blue Nose’ – his official autobiography – declares: “My football story from every angle.”

It really is a book that will shock, surprise you – and make you laugh out loud.

Goodlass was the talented England Schoolboy star who was wanted by clubs nationwide. Anfield legends Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley came knocking, but only one club was going to tempt him to sign – his beloved Everton.

If you are a fan of Everton FC then you are a proud ‘BLUE NOSE’ and a fully paid up member of the ‘People’s Club’. Equally, you will associate with a famous Goodison Park banner that says: “Evertonians are born, not manufactured.”

Talk and book signing .

Ticket is redeemable against his book.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

4th September 2018 Lucy Worsley

Date:
4th September 2018

7pm for 7.30 start

What Happened:

Lucy Worsley in Heswall!!

Talk followed by a book signing

Historian, author and TV presenter Lucy Worsley delves into the detail of Queen Victoria's life in this major new biography published to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth.

Bestselling author and historian Lucy Worsley tracks a new course through Queen Victoria's life, examining how she transformed from dancing princess to the Widow of Windsor and became one of Britain's greatest monarchs along the way. Taking twenty-four significant days from Victoria's life, from her birth, her wedding, her coronation to her husband's death, and many more in between, allows us to see Victoria up close and personal, examining how she lived hour to hour.

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, this major new biography will celebrate Queen Victoria as a woman of her time, who lived an extraordinary life.

Venue Heswall Hall

7 for 7.30

Tickets Standard admits one person includes one book £25

Couple Ticket includes book admits two people £35

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

24th July 2018 Shari Lapena

Date:
24th July 2018

open 6.30 pm for 7start

What Happened:

We re thrilled to have Shari Lapena visiting us all the way from Canada as part of her UK tour.

Did you read the Couple Next Door?  You will LOVE this.

 Shari Lapena, author of the bestselling novel of the year, The Couple Next Door.

An excellent mystery! Agatha Christie meets P D James' Ragnar Jonasson

'Tense. Unpredictable. Unputdownable. Shari Lapena's novels are domestic noir at its finest' Simon Kernick


We can’t choose the strangers we meet.

As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance. 

Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid.

With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run. 

Until we find ourselves in a situation we can’t escape. Trapped.

Tickets 0151 342 7290 or online £7 ( charges apply if booking online)

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

23rd July 2018 Françoise Malby-Anthony

Date:
23rd July 2018

6.30PM start for 7PM

What Happened:

Françoise Malby-Anthony was born in the South of France, brought up in Paris and has lived in South Africa since 1987. She founded the Thula Thula game reserve in 1998 with her late husband, the renowned conservationist and bestselling author Lawrence Anthony. When Lawrence died in 2012, Françoise took over the running of the reserve and is equally passionate about conservation. She was the driving force behind setting up a wildlife rehabilitation centre at the reserve to ca

A powerful, moving sequel to the bestselling The Elephant Whisperer that tells the story of one woman's fight to protect a herd of elephants. Description A blonde, chic Parisienne, Françoise never expected to find herself living on a South African game reserve. But when she fell in love with renowned conservationist Lawrence Anthony her life took an unexpected turn. Lawrence died in 2012 and Françoise was left to face the tough reality of running Thula Thula without him, even though she knew very little about conservation. She was short on money, poachers were threatening their rhinos, and one of their elephants was charging Land Rovers on game drives and terrifying guests. There was no time to mourn when Thula Thula’s human and animal family were depending on her.
How Françoise survived and Thula Thula thrived is beautifully described in this charming, funny and poignant book. Their elephant herd, rescued by Lawrence, shared Françoise's grief at his passing but over time forged a new relationship with her. One day a baby, Tom, became separated from the herd and found his way into Françoise's kitchen. Another day there was a desperate race against time to save a baby who had a snare wrapped round his face and couldn't open his mouth to suckle.
Meanwhile Françoise fulfilled her dream of building a rescue centre for orphaned rhinos and other wildlife. Abandoned hippo baby Charlie, who hated water, joined the centre's rhinos and quickly became best friends with a little girl rhino called Makhosi. The traumatised babies had round the clock care, including an unlikely nursemaid in the form of a German Shepherd called Duma. If you loved Lawrence's The Elephant Whisperer, or just want to spend time with some very special animals, then you won’t want to miss this sparkling book.

Francoise is on a book tour around the Uk and we are thrilled to be hosting an evening with her.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

19th July 2018 Gina Kirkham

Date:
19th July 2018

6.30PM start for 7PM

What Happened:

A huge friend of the shop is launching her book with us on Wirral side of the Mersey.

The laughter continues to flow in Gina Kirkham's brilliant sequel to the wonderful Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong.

Our hapless heroine Constable Mavis Upton is preparing to step down the aisle with her fiancé Joe, but has to deal with her temperamental teen daughter, as well as investigate a serial flasher on a push bike. Throw a diva drag queen into the mix and readers can expect the usual hilarious Mavis mishaps that made the first book such a hit.

Tickets will go fast for this so don't wait to book this event!

Talk followed by a book signing.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph road Heswall Wirral Ch60 7SG

16th July 2018 Dan Toombs The Curry Guy

Date:
16th July 2018

6.30 pm for 7PM start

What Happened:

An evening with Dan Toombs and a cooking demo.

Limited spaces for this event.

Dan Toombs, The Curry Guy, has perfected the art of British Indian Restaurant (BIR) cooking. In his highly anticipated new book, Curry Guy Easy, Dan shares the secrets of fuss-free curries, ones that can be made in half the time but still taste as good as the takeaway.

Dan has been besieged by requests for more curry house favourites, ones that can be cooked with very little equipment and faff, and without all the need for complex restaurant preparation. Here he shares long-awaited recipes for the likes of Chicken 65, Black Dhal, Aloo Chaat, Simple Dosas, Prawn Balti, Lamb Keema Saag, and many more.

Whether it's getting your curry cooked and on the table speedily, or doing minimal chopping and mixing before popping into a pan to simmer away happily, Dan's dishes mean you spend less time on the washing-up and more on the enjoyment of eating. For BIR food lovers all over the world, this is an essential guide to making their favourite recipes at home. Dan has spent years researching the methods and secrets of Indian chefs and here he distils that knowledge into a fabulous collection of 100 simple, delectable dishes.

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

13th July 2018 Jess Kidd

Date:
13th July 2018

6.30 for 7PM

What Happened:

Postponed until further notice



Thrilled , to be hosting an event with the author of HIMSELF.  Jess Kidd and her new book the Hoarder.

AS HEARD ON SIMON MAYO'S BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that something is changing: Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her.

With only her agoraphobic landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility, and the strange activities of the house itself. And if someone has hidden a secret there, how far will they go to ensure it remains buried?

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

11th July 2018 Andy Grant

Date:
11th July 2018

6.30pm for 7pm start

What Happened:

An evening with inspirational speaker Andy Grant.

Doors open 6.30 for 7PM start.

When Andy Grant’s eyes blinked open from a 10-day coma in February 2009 he was alone in a hospital bed in Birmingham. He had a broken sternum, a broken leg, a broken elbow and shrapnel lodged in both forearms. He had a severed femoral artery, nerve damage to his hands and feet as well as deep gaping wounds in both of his cheeks. He had been blown up during a routine foot patrol in Afghanistan. Within days of coming to his senses, a doctor told Andy that because of the blast he would no longer be able to have children. 


You’ll Never Walk is his story. 

The tale of a Scouser who had to cope with losing his mum at the tender age of 12. The story of how a dream career in the Royal Marines descended into nightmare at the hands of the Taliban. The painstaking account of how he grew back six centimetres of shattered bone in his leg and learned to walk again. However, Andy wanted to run and push himself to the very edge of his limits and so he made a colossal decision. 

Against doctor’s advice and pleas from his father, he chose to have his leg amputated. The operation was a success, although there was a minor twist. Where once Andy’s treasured Liverpool FC tattoo had carried the message ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, surgery to create a stump removed a key word from the slogan. The scars of his amputation had been decorated with an ominous new motto, which read ‘You’ll Never Walk...’ 

Andy would walk again – he would do much more than that. 

Armed with a running blade he learned to run and play football, scaled mountains in South America and Italy and claimed two gold medals at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games. Through public speaking he brought hope to people right across the country. In 2016, he set his sights on a 10k below-the- knee-amputee world-record and completed the run in an unprecedented 37 minutes 17 seconds. And, most preciously of all, after every obstacle placed in his path, Andy became a father to a little girl.

Tickets £7 include welcome drink and discount off the book

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph road heswall wirral

7th July 2018 Why Mummy Swears Gill sims

Date:
7th July 2018

12.45 pm doors open 13.00 start

What Happened:

Gill Sims of Peter and Jane online sensation and of course Judgey dog is on tour!!!
Gill will be talking about her new book and answering questions in a Q and A at Heswall Hall. Ticket includes a copy of her new book!
 
Why Mummy Swears is the much anticipated new novel from Gill Sims, author of the hilarious Why Mummy Drinks and online sensation Peter and Jane.
 
It’s every parents’ nightmare – the start of the school holidays – and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking sports camps, child minder slots, not to mention time off work, Mummy is exhausted. But this is only the beginning…
 
After being dragged to join the school’s PTA in the new term by an annoyingly kind-spirited neighbour, Mummy is stuck with organising the Christmas Fayre and pleasing all the overly disapproving parents. In combination with getting to know her father’s surprise new glamorous (and much younger) wife, and being forced to spend more time with her narcissistic mother, life isn’t cutting her much of a break. What more could possibly happen?
Tickets £14 include a copy of her book.
Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph road Heswall Wirral

4th July 2018 Elizabeth Brooks

Date:
4th July 2018

6.30PM start for 7PM

What Happened:

An evening with author Elizabeth Brooks

Talking about her debut novel.

One snowy New Year's Eve, at the age of eighty-six, Virginia feels the time has finally come.

New Year's Eve, 1939. Virginia is ten, an orphan arriving to meet her new parents at their mysterious house, Salt Winds. Her new home sits on the edge of a vast marsh, a beautiful but dangerous place. War feels far away out here amongst the birds and shifting sands - until the day a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh. The people at Salt Winds are the only ones to see it.

What happens next is something Virginia will regret for the next seventy-five years, and which will change the whole course of her life.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph road Heswall Wirral

26th June 2018 Sabine Durrant

Date:
26th June 2018

6.30pm for 7pm start

What Happened:

An evening with friend of the shop Sabine Durrant.

I opened the book after breakfast and looked up again at three, wondering where the day had gone. Sabine Durrant is a master at turning the secret anxieties everyone holds into page-turning, nail-biting drama.’ Erin Kelly

‘Gripping, chilling, perfectly nuanced. No one does creepy moral ambiguity quite like Sabine Durrant.’ Tammy Cohen

‘An assured, confident psychological thriller that is rich with menace. The tension and suspense tighten their grip so subtly you'll be holding your breath by the end.’ C.L. Taylor

‘A seductive descent into paranoia and claustrophobia that coils around you like a snake and squeezes until you are breathless.’ Chris Brookmyre

‘A heart-thumping thriller about a dream family that suddenly finds itself living a nightmare. Sabine Durrant writes about the wrong turns that we can take, and the fragility of even the happiest life, and how all we love can slip from our grasp. Take Me In is smart, brilliant - and scary as hell’ Tony Parsons

‘I raced through Take Me In, watching in horror and recognition as a couple turn themselves inside out through fear, assumption and regret. I couldn't look away as they fell for the lies we often tell ourselves, with terrifying results. Sabine Durrant's writing just gets better and better.’ Holly Seddon

‘Take Me In is utterly addictive. With a relentless momentum, this is a fascinating look at how cracks within relationships can turn the world on its head.’ Emma Kavanagh

Book Description
The sensational new thriller from the author of the Richard & Judy bestseller Lie With Me..

Tickets £7 includes £5 discount and a welcome drink.
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Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral Ch60 7SG

25th June 2018 Oz Clarke

Date:
25th June 2018

7 for 730 start

What Happened:

we are very excited to be working with Oz Clarke , talking all things wine.

Whitmore and White will be at the event selling wine at the end of the evening.

Oz uses his trademark wit and irreverent style to teach you the basics of wine appreciation and show you how to get more out of a bottle of wine, and find out what is really inside. Have you ever gone into your local wine shop or looked at the wine list in your local bar and thought with a sense of panic ‘Help, what do I choose?’… What sort of wine do I fancy today? A refreshing white? A summery red to take on a picnic or a spicy wine to go with a winter’s stew?’ Well, Oz is here to help.

Split into sections covering basics (wine at a glance, good grape guide, wine styles, from grape to glass and quick guide to countries); practical stuff (what the label tells you, the canny wine buyer, essential kit, serving and keeping wine); and becoming a wine geek (tasting wine, starting your own collection, finding out more and quick guide to names in wine). Oz will be your guide through the world of fascinating flavours and help you find the sort of wine you enjoy drinking. Dip into this book and you will find a quick, accessible guide to wine styles: what is warm and spicy or chewy and blackcurranty? He recommends wines to try; and explains what the label tells you about the taste and quality of the wine and whether it is any good or not. Soon you will be confident enough to choose between flavoursome reds such as Shiraz or Pinot Noir, and refreshing whites from Alberiño to Sauvignon Blanc.

The book is divided into short, easy to read topics, with recommended wines to try covering all styles and flavours. Now is the moment to grab that glass, learn about what is inside that bottle and taste while you read…

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

station Road parkgate wirral

23rd June 2018 Cathy Cassidy

Date:
23rd June 2018

2PM start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to have a PRE LAUNCH of Cathy's new book.

Cathy will be signing and talking about her new book from 2PM

The must-have second book in the brilliant Lost and Found series from Cathy Cassidy, bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls.

Forced to flee his home in Syria for safety in England, Sami attempts to begin a new life but struggles to overcome the pain of the past. Memories of the long and dangerous journey across icy waters, armed with only his dad's old coat, a flute and the hope of a brighter future, are never far away.

Can his new friends in the Lost and Found band and a blossoming romance with the girl of his dreams melt his frozen heart or is it too late to find a silver lining?

Praise for Cathy's books: Touching, tender and unforgettable. Guardian

Call to register your place 
0151 342 7290
Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

22nd June 2018 SOLD OUT The Tiger That Came to Tea storytime

Date:
22nd June 2018

4PM

What Happened:

We are having a special story time.

The Tiger that Came To Tea story time, free gift and £1 vouchers off the books.

To register your free place 0151 342 7290.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

20th June 2018 POSTPONED An evening with David Jackson

Date:
20th June 2018

6.30 pm for 7PM start

What Happened:

Friend of Linghams, the wonderful David Jackson local crime author will be talking about his latest fast paced crime thriller! Interviewed by the talented Luca Veste, these two great friends will be talking all things " Don't  Make A sound."

You can't choose your family. Or can you? 

Meet the Bensons. They're an ordinary couple. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.

There's just one problem. 

SHE'S NOT THEIRS.

D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . 

Tickets £7 (includes £5 discount off the book).

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

18th June 2018 An evening with Julie Summers

Date:
18th June 2018

doors open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to be working with friend of the shop Julie Summers.

Julie will be at Linghams talking about her new book " Our Uninvited Guests".

Our Uninvited Guests perfectly captures the spirit of upheaval at the beginning of the Second World War when thousands of houses were requisitioned by the government to provide accommodation for the armed forces, secret services and government offices as well as vulnerable children, the sick and the elderly, all of whom needed to be housed safely beyond the reach of Hitler’s Luftwaffe.
 
Julie Summers gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in some of Britain’s greatest country houses that were occupied by people who would otherwise never have set foot in such opulent surroundings.Blenheim Palace was colonised by schoolboys who slept in the Long Library; Polish special agents trained in the grounds of Audley End House, learning to forge and lie their way into occupied Europe in the old nursery. Brocket Hall, former home of Queen Victoria’s favourite Lord Melbourne, was used as a maternity home for women from the East End of London, and the Rothschilds’ magnificent French chateau-inspired Waddesdon Manor housed a hundred children under five. The Northern Highlands, where the fierce warriors of Scotland’s past developed their unconventional military skills, played host to the most extreme form of warfare, training agents in the fine arts of sabotage, subterfuge and assassination.
 
The juxtaposition of splendour and opulence with the everyday activities of people whose needs were at odds with their new surroundings is at the heart of this book. This thought-provoking and evocative narrative captures a crucial period in the social history of Britain.

Doors open 7 for 7.30 start.

Tickets include a welcome drink

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

11th June 2018 An evening with AJ Pearce

Date:
11th June 2018

6.30 for 7Pm start

What Happened:

An evening with ONE of THE debut authors of the year.

London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.

Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .

Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

Tickets £7 inc welcome drink and £5 discount off the book

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

6th June 2018 meditation evening

Date:
6th June 2018

Doors open 6.30PM for 7PM start

What Happened:

What to expect

  • The talk is based on the inspiring book, How to Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - the author of 23 highly acclaimed books on meditation and Buddhism.
  • Try two guided meditations from the book and discover the benefits for yourself.
  • Discover tried and tested techniques to transform your mind, so that you can remain peaceful and happy even in the most difficult situations.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to put your questions about meditation and mindfulness to a qualified and experienced teacher.
  • Everyone is welcome; no previous experience necessary.

From the book

“When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to be happy all the time and to be free from problems, we must develop and maintain a peaceful mind.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Transform Your Life

About the author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally-renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 23 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1,200 Kadampa Meditation Centres and groups around the work, including the local meditation Centre in Oxton, Wirral.

About the speaker

The teachings and meditations at this event will be led by Sue Holmes, the principal teacher of Kailash Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Oxton. An experienced meditator and teacher, Sue teaches a full programme of weekly meditation classes, weekend courses and ongoing study programmes in Oxton and throughout the Wirral. Through the sincerity of her teachings and her kind example, Sue shares her experience of applying the meditations and techniques she has learned directly from the author and as explained in his 23 books. Sue also trains other teachers to teach at local meditation venues.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

5th June 2018 Anne Youngson

Date:
5th June 2018

6.30pm for 7pm start

What Happened:

Debut author Anne Youngson will be at Linghams talking about her fabulous novel and why she has chosen to write this now.

A deep and luminous story of late love and second chances - an enduring novel of ideas about life, love and the surprises it throws at us.

‘A beautiful, affecting novel of late love, by an extraordinary new writer’ NINA STIBBE

'Warm-hearted, clear-minded, and unexpectedly spellbinding, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to savour' ANNIE BARROWS, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

'A quirky, wise and tender novel. Proof that the richest fruits come on the edge of autumn' SARAH DUNANT

'Quietly intriguing, beautifully observed, full of powerful emotions' RUTH HOGAN, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

‘Tender, wise and moving, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to cherish.’ JOHN BOYNE

‘A moving tribute to friendship and love, to the courage of the ordinary, and to starting again’ RACHEL JOYCE

'The loveliest short novel of late love you'll ever read. Whenever I talk about it, I simply cry with joy' JAMES HAWES

Doors open 6.30 for 7PM start for an enchanting evening .

Tickets £7 includes £5 discount off the book and a welcome drink.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

31st May 2018 AN EVENING WITH ALISON WEIR

Date:
31st May 2018

7 FOR 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to announce an evening with Alison Weir at Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall.

Eleven days after the bloody death of the Queen, a young woman is dressing for her wedding to the King. She knows she must bear a son - or face ruin. She is haunted by the fate of her predecessor.

Jane begins to expose a gentler side to the King, but she clings to the old faith while living in an England in the throes of a religious revolution, where those who speak out risk a brutal death.

She faces plague and rebellion – and the shadow of the past.

How is she to survive in this terrifying world?

JANE SEYMOUR. The third of Henry’s queens.

In this sparkling novel, acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on new research for her compelling portrait of Jane, casting fresh light on both traditional and modern perceptions of her. A young woman of courage and compassion, come from a family tainted by scandal, Jane was driven by the strength of her faith, and a belief that she might do some good in a wicked world.   All will be well if she can give the King what he wants. 

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian (and the fifth bestselling historian overall) in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces, and is married with two adult children. Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen is the third in the Six Tudor Queens series of novels about the wives of Henry VIII, which began with Sunday Times bestsellers Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession.

 

 

Venue:
Bushell Hall, Birkenhead School

Birkenhead School Bushell Hall CH43 6UX

9th May 2018 SOLD OUT Pam Ayres

Date:
9th May 2018

12.30 for 1pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to have the wonderful Pam Ayres coming to Heswall

Pam Ayres, MBE, is a poet, comedian, songwriter and radio and television presenter from Oxfordshire. She has been a regular on television and radio since winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1975 - on Just a Minute, The Comedy Quiz, Countdown and her own series, Ayres on the Air. She performs her solo stage show throughout Britain and around the world and has a huge fan base in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, alongside writing her poetry collections, such as The Hedgehog. Pam is one of Britain's best-loved personalities and was awarded the MBE in 2004 for services to literature and entertainment, and now lives with her husband, sons and numerous animals including rare breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs in the Costwolds.

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road PArkgate

26th April 2018 Sold out An evening with Nisha Katona

Date:
26th April 2018

e.g. open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

Our lovely friend of the shop has a fabulous new book out

Mowgli Street Food.

Listen to Nisha talking about her new book , followed by a book signing.

The first Mowgli restaurant opened in Liverpool in late 2014, blowing away the critics and forming legions of fans. The simple dishes of a Mowgli menu are a million miles away from the curry stereotype. This unique collection of recipes and stories from the Mowgli Street Food restaurants brings you the best of their beloved menu, and much more. 

Try delicious snacks such as Fenugreek Kissed Fries or a Masala Wrap, and spice up your dinner with a whole host of delicious dahls. Discover how to recreate the iconic Angry Bird, the signature flavours of the House Lamb Curry, and of course, the secrets of the taste explosion that are Chat Bombs. And indulge in desserts, drinks and cocktails such as the Cardamom Custard Tart or a Sweet Delhi Diazepam. 

From the Mowgli Chip Butty to the iconic Yogurt Chat Bombs, Mother Butter Chicken to Calcutta Tangled Greens, this is the definitive collection of Mowgli's signature street food dishes to recreate at home.

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate CH64 6QJ

25th April 2018 Clare Mackintosh literary lunch

Date:
25th April 2018

11.45 for 12.00 start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to announce a literary lunch with the fabulous Clare Mackintosh working with the scrumptious Gusto in Heswall, Wirral

Tickets can be bought via the shop 0151 342 7290 .

£30 tickets inc signed book of Let Me Lie, two courses (starter and main) and the event with Clare talking about her latest psychological thriller.

The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They're both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.
Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to ask questions about her parents' deaths. But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger? Sometimes it's safer to let things lie . . .

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO and I SEE YOU.

Venue:
Gusto Restaurant

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

23rd April 2018 Simon Mayo

Date:
23rd April 2018

e.g. open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

DJ Simon Mayo, the star of "drivetime" on BBC Radio 2 and Book Club is visiting us to talk about his debut historical book

Mad Blood. Inspired by real events and real characters.

On the eve of the year 1815, the American sailors of the Eagle finally arrive at Dartmoor prison; bedraggled, exhausted but burning with hope. They’ve only had one thing to sustain them – a snatched whisper overheard along the way. 

The war is over.

Joe Hill thought he’d left the war outside these walls but it’s quickly clear that there’s a different type of fight to be had within. The seven prison blocks surrounding him have been segregated; six white and one black. As his voice rings out across the courtyard, announcing the peace, the redcoat guards bristle and the inmates stir. The powder keg was already fixed to blow and Joe has just lit the fuse. 

Elizabeth Shortland, wife of the Governor looks down at the swirling crowd from the window of her own personal prison. The peace means the end is near, that she needn’t be here for ever. But suddenly, she cannot bear the thought of leaving.

Inspired by a true story, Mad Blood tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation. It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering. It is a story about how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through.

 

Venue:
Thornton Hall hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough

19th April 2018 Carl Fogarty

Date:
19th April 2018

open 7pm for 7.30 start

What Happened:

Super bike Champ and all round nice guy Carl Fogarty is coming to Heswall!

Published to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the Superbike World Championship, The World According to Foggy will delight the legions of motor sport fans in the UK and beyond, and will be lapped by those who have enjoyed books by Valentino Rossi, Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson and Freddie Spencer.

Foggy's scintillating new book takes his fans into the memory banks of this most charismatic and straight-talking of sporting icons, transporting them into the weird and wonderful world of this endearingly quirky hero of the track.

The World According to Foggy contains lashings of adrenaline-fuelled bikes and electrifying bike racing, thrills and spills galore, but it will also reveal the man behind the helmet, his passions and frustrations, what makes him still leap out of bed in the morning and seize the day - ultimately, what makes this great man tick and explains his enduring popularity.

Venue:
Bushell Hall, Birkenhead School

Bidston road ch43 6ux

10th April 2018 Sold out Ruth Jones

Date:
10th April 2018

e.g. 7 for 7.30PM

What Happened:

EXTRA TICKETS ALLOCATED.

EXTERNAL VENUE BOOKED :NESTON CRICKET CLUB, STATION ROAD CH64 6QJ.

How excited are we to have to have the lovely Ruth Jones visiting us!

In her unmissable debut, actress and screenwriter Ruth Jones shows us the dangers of trying to recapture that which was once lost and failing to realise the beauty of what we already have.


We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It’s still grass. Just a different patch of it, that’s all.

The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up.

When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it. 

Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all. 

But then Kate meets Callum again. 

Meet Ruth and listen to her talking about her fabulous new book at Neston Cricket Club

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate Wirral CH64 6QJ

21st March 2018 Karen Hamilton

Date:
21st March 2018

6.30PM for 7PM start

What Happened:

We are super excited about this event .  THE PRE LAUNCH of "THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND".

Love a psychological thriller, page turner? 

You have to come to this event!

Juliette loves Nate.
She will follow him anywhere. She's even become a flight
attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.
The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.
And she'll make sure no one stops her from
getting exactly what she wants.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

15th March 2018 Bishop David Wilbourne

Date:
15th March 2018

6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

Bishop David Wilbourne will be talking about his new book " Shepherd of Another Flock"

David Wilbourne, author of Shepherd of Another Flock,  recalls a memorable Easter from his time as Vicar of Helmsley.


Eastertide is one of the best times to visit Helmsley, with the rapidly flowing brook that bisects the town festooned with daffodils, giving the whole place a sunny feel. Even the grey limestone walls of the castle, church and sundry cottages turn a cheering yellow.

The crowds of visitors return after their long winter hibernation, defrosting in the cafes and gift shops and Claridges, the friendliest and most interesting bookshop in all the world, with a personal service second to none. I used to ask Ken Claridge, the owner, what card I had bought for my wife’s previous birthday. He would remember and diplomatically spare me any embarrassing repetition: ‘We’ve got some new stock in, do you fancy one of these?’
 
Of  my twelve Easters as Helmsley’s vicar, the one that sticks in my mind is when a chill east wind brought Arctic weather which made even the stoic daffodils shiver.  As Lent began, I had planned a dawn Eucharist for Holy Monday in the ancient and holy ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. From my wintry study, I imagined a balmy spring April morning, with my congregation warmed by the rising sun, so glad they were not in Helmsley a-bed.
 
But as Holy Week began, I crept away from home at 6.15 am in a blizzard and cycled into a Rievaulx carpeted with snow. I opened my rucksack and took out my kit: the tiny silver chalice and dish, the picnic flasks containing water and wine, the crumpled napkins, the battered Prayer Book, the priest's wafer, already broken.  I set them out on a chipped stone altar in a side chapel, covered by no crisp, white, starched linen, just a cloth of snow. By the end of communion, the warm leather of the prayer book had thawed a watery rectangle, the chalice and dish had each thawed its own circle.

Afterwards I cycled up the steepest of banks, climbed over the gate into Rievaulx Terraces and breathlessly looked down upon the abbey from my lofty perch. I could make out the footprints of my small congregation, the thawed-out green patches where they had shivered for communion, the circles and rectangle on the altar.

I love the countryside when it is covered in snow, gazing in homage at the tracks left by the invisible animals of the night. That Holy Week dawn we had left our own tracks; or had God left his?

Meet David at Linghams and enjoy a welcome drink.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall CH60 7SG

13th March 2018 Luca Veste

Date:
13th March 2018

6.30PM for 7PM start

What Happened:

We are thrilled our home grown Luca Veste will be talking about his scary new crime thriller.

The Bone Keeper will corrupt your days and shatter your nights' Val McDermid
‘A dark and brilliant thriller from a writer who just gets better and better. The Bone Keeper is tense, chilling and HUGELY scary’ Mark Billingham
‘Luca Veste proves you don’t need to go to the Bayou or the Everglades to find something terrifying in the deep, dark woods. Sometimes evil is lurking just around the corner. An entertainingly nasty piece of work' Christopher Brookmyre.

Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned. 
 
Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper.  Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood.  But when a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from, the case takes on a much darker tone. 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph road Heswall Wirral

5th March 2018 Tara Westover

Date:
5th March 2018

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

 This book is one of the best books I  have read.  It will make you think about your life, about Tara's and you will want to meet her and just say hello, mmaybe with a tear in your eye or just admire her from afar.    Don't just take my word for it...

PICKED AS ONE TO WATCH in 2018 by the BBC, Mail on SundayThe PoolStylist and Daily Express 

‘This fiercely intelligent memoir is a fascinating and compassionate view of another world and the author’s struggle to both escape from and understand it as she heads out into the world’ The Pool 

‘Absolutely superb . . . the last 100 pages were so gripping I could hardly breathe’ Sophie Hannah

'An astonishing and uplifting story about the transformative power of education' Mail on Sunday, 2018 Cultural Highlights

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected.

She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn’t exist.

As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road

1st March 2018 Meet the Gruffalo

Date:
1st March 2018

3.30PM

What Happened:

To help celebrate World Book Day we will have Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo visiting us from 3.30 PM.

He will be popping in to say hello after school is out!!

See you then!

Venue:
Linghams

14th February 2018 Neil Ansell

Date:
14th February 2018

6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

An evening with nature , a love letter to Scotland with Neil Ansell

Neil Ansell's THE LAST WILDERNESS is a mesmerising book on nature and solitude by a writer who has spent his lifetime taking solitary ventures into the wild. For any readers of the author's previous book, DEEP COUNTRY, Robert Macfarlane's THE OLD WAYS or William Atkins THE MOOR.

'A gem of a book, an extraordinary tale. Ansell's rich prose will transport you to a real life Narnian world that C.S.Lewis would have envied. Find your deepest, most comfortable armchair and get away from it all' Countryfile

This book really reads like a love letter to the Scottish Highlands . Alongside documenting his four trips up to the most remote part of the UK, Neil writes of the changes in the landscape, and how his gradual loss of hearing affects his relationship with nature as the calls of the birds he knows so well become silent to him. It’s a hauntingly beautiful memoir on solitary walking in the natural world, and also an intriguing exploration of memory, desire and the weathering of time.

Doors open 6.30 for 7PM

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

8th February 2018 sold out !Terracotta Warriors Edward Burman

Date:
8th February 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

We are very excited to welcome Edward Burman.

Author of "Terracotta Warriors"

Exciting investigations in north-west China are about to reveal more of the mysteries of the huge mausoleum of the Qin Emperor, a portion of which was accidently discovered in 1974 by farmers who were digging a well. The second phase of an international research project began in 2011 and is ongoing.

More recently still, in March 2015, promising new excavations began in Pit 2, with exciting fresh discoveries already announced. Much new material has become available since 2008, the year of the major sell-out exhibitions in London and Paris.

Terracotta Warriors seeks to examine one of China's most famous archaeological discoveries in light of these new findings. The book begins with the discovery of the terracotta warriors and then tells the history of the Qin Dynasty and as much as is known about the construction of the 3rd century BCE mausoleum based on the work of the historian Sima Qian (145-90 BCE).

He wrote that the First Emperor was buried with palaces, towers, officials, valuable artefacts and wondrous objects.

 

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

9th January 2018 Erica James

Date:
9th January 2018

6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to have our first event in 2018 with Erica James

From Erica James, bestselling author of Summer at the Lake, comes an enchanting tale of one family coming together and finding their way.

It’s the summer of 1939, and after touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, the charismatic Jack Devereux.

But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called home and given seven days to find a way to bury their resentments and come together.

With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can the habits of a lifetime be changed in one week? And can Romily, a woman who thrives on adventure, cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?

Venue:
Linghams

16th December 2017 Father Christmas

Date:
16th December 2017

11am start

What Happened:

Santa is visiting us to check on all his Elves around the area!!

He will be in the shop from 11am .

Tickets £1 inc small gift.

Venue:
Linghams

13th December 2017 Robin Ince

Date:
13th December 2017

open 7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

We are super excited to welcome Robin Ince to Heswall talking all things Infinite Monkey Cage 

Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox are writing an Infinite Monkey Cage book.

Entitled How To Build A Universe, the volume will be co-written with Alexandra Feachem, the producer of their Radio 4 show.

Publisher William Collins calls the book ˜an irreverent celebration of scientific marvels “ a hectic leap through the grand and bizarre ideas conjured up by human imagination, from dark matter to consciousness via neutrinos and earthworms."

Robin Ince was in a far less successful band than Brian Cox called The Reg Gutteridge Experience. Their songs have not been used by any political party as an anthem, not even ˜The Hornsey Axe Murderer.. As well as shows about science he does podcasts about angry music with Michael Legge (Vitriola) and The Book Shambles Podcast with Josie Long. He has sometimes received awards for his stand-up which is about stuffed goats in galleries and Kurt Vonnegut. He lost a round of Just a Minute after saying ˜ allo allo" when his brain needed a reference to a sitcom. Paul Merton was gleeful. He has also edited two anthologies of horror stories by comedians called Dead Funny. He is best known for presenting The Infinite Monkey Cage with Brian Cox on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets £7 redeemable against the book.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

24th November 2017 Phillip Pullman

Date:
24th November 2017

10 am

What Happened:


We are so excited about this!


Phillip Pullman will be signing copies of his latest book DUST.
This is a ticketed event ONLY and it includes a copy of his latest book
Tickets £20.00. Entry only by ticket. Limited number of spaces.  

Call 0151 342 7290

Venue:
Linghams

21st November 2017 Sir Tony Robinson

Date:
21st November 2017

7 for 7.30

What Happened:

Linghams Booksellers are thrilled to be welcoming Tony back for an adult event this time!!

Sir Tony Robinson is a much-loved actor, presenter and author with a stellar career lasting over fifty years. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, he reveals how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver!, a pint-sized pickpocket desperately bleaching his incipient moustache, to comedy icon Baldrick, the loyal servant and turnip aficionado in Blackadder.

It wasn't all plain sailing though. Along the way he was bullied by Steve Marriott, failed to impress Liza Minnelli and was pushed into a stinking London dock by John Wayne. He also entertained us with Maid Marion and Her Merry Men  (which he wrote and starred in) and coped manfully when locked naked outside a theatre in Lincoln during the live tour of comedy seriesÂWho Dares Wins. He presented  Time Team  for twenty years, watching countless gardens ruthlessly dug up in the name of archaeology, and risked life and limb filming The Worst Jobs in History.

Packed full of incident and insight, No Cunning Plan is a funny, self-deprecating and always entertaining read.

Tickets include a signed paperback .

Venue:
Bushell Hall, Birkenhead School

Oxton CH43 2JD

16th November 2017 Christmas evening

Date:
16th November 2017

Doors open 6PM to 8.30

What Happened:

Ho Ho Ho

Yes it is nearly here ...

To help kick start your shopping we have organised a late night opening with  a twist!

A complimentary glass of wine on entrance , mince pies and private shopping in the our lovely bookshop with

10% discount off everything.

Hopefully see you then!!

Venue:
Linghams

14th November 2017 Prof Stephen Harding

Date:
14th November 2017

6.30 for 7 PM start

What Happened:

look who is back with his new book!!

This was a sell out last time! Do not miss out!!  

All things Vikings and Wirral!

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road

9th November 2017 SOLD OUT Rick Stein

Date:
9th November 2017

12.00 for 12.30Pm start

What Happened:

Sorry this has sold out.  Orders taken for signed books.  Please call 0151 342 7290.

2015 saw Rick embark on a culinary trip from Venice to Istanbul, exploring Italy, Greece, Croatia and Turkey on route. 2016 was all about spending a Long Weekend in some of his favourite European cities, like Berlin, Reykjavik, Palermo and Vienna.

Moving on to 2017, and Rick has been filming his latest BBC TV adventure, due to air in a six-part series in the autumn, documenting the food and culture from San Francisco in California down to Oaxaca in Mexico. Rick Stein's Road to Mexico is inspired by a journey that he made in late 60's, so expect to hear lots of nostalgic tales of how the countries have changed over the years and how the food has developed. It will be classic Rick  vibrant dishes, travel tips and a dash of art and culture thrown in for good measures.  The book accompanying the series will be available for this event.

Venue:
Thornton Hall hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough Wirral

6th November 2017 Julian Norton

Date:
6th November 2017

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

Love animals?  Do not miss our fabulous event with Channel 5 Yorkshire Vet Julian Norton

A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons, Julian recounts more inspirational tales from his life, the animals he has treated and the people he has met. This book is an inspiration for anyone who loves animals as well as those who dream of becoming a vet.

Julian Norton qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1996. He has spent most of his working life in his beloved North Yorkshire.

In 2015, Skeldale Veterinary Centre was involved with filming the Channel 5 television series  The Yorkshire Vet, in which Julian has the title role.

Outside of work, Julian is a keen triathlete and ski mountaineer. He has represented team GB at age-group level for both middle-distance triathlon and long-course duathlon. He is currently training to compete in a team for the major ski mountaineering race, La Patrouille des Glaciers, which traverses the high peaks of Switzerland.

He is married to Anne, also a veterinary surgeon, and has two sons, Jack and Archie, a Jack Russell terrier called Emmy, and two guinea pigs called Sparkle and Shine.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

30th October 2017 Rachel Rhys

Date:
30th October 2017

e.g. Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

England, September 1939
Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner for a new life in Australia and is plunged into a world of cocktails, jazz and glamorous friends. But as the sun beats down, poisonous secrets begin to surface. Suddenly Lily finds herself trapped with nowhere to go ...

Australia, six-weeks later
The world is at war, the cruise liner docks, and a beautiful young woman is escorted onto dry land in handcuffs. 

What has she done?

Ideal for bookclubs

Venue:
Linghams

28th October 2017 EFC Everton an Oral History

Date:
28th October 2017

e.g.11am book signing

What Happened:

Calling EFC fans!

Book signing with the author of this amazing book James Corbett and Neville Southall.


It is known as The School of Science, a pioneering institution from the game's inception as a professional sport through to the advent of the Premier League. It is known too as The People's Club, an institution that in football's globalised and money strewn era has managed to retain a distinct local identity and whose fans see themselves as a distinct tribe. It is a club where legends of the game bestrode the hallowed turf of its world famous stadium, Goodison Park: from Fred Geary and Jack Taylor to Dixie Dean and Tommy Lawton; Alex Young, Alan Ball and Howard Kendall to Neville Southall, Graeme Sharp and modern icons, like Romelu Lukaku. It is Everton Football Club: unmistakeable, unique, unforgettable. Yet the inner life of Everton Football Club is veiled in mystique. Only a select few partake in the sensitive discussions of running a club or the casual banter of the training ground or dressing room. While there is a shared experience in the stadium, altered perceptions of a club's highs and lows live on in the hearts and minds of all the protagonists: players, managers, supporters and other witnesses to the team's fortunes.  As Everton enter their 140th year, Faith of Our Families: Everton, An Oral History tells the story of the club through the voices of the people who made the institution one of the most revered in world football. Assiduously curated by award winning author, James Corbett, and told in the words of the people who made it great, Faith of Our Families: Everton, An Oral History offers a front row seat to the highs and lows of the club. Featuring more than 100 original interviews with the club's players, managers, fans and administrators, Faith of Our Families: Everton, An Oral History offers an unparalleled and unprecedented insight into the club's story

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

16th October 2017 Meet the Pukkas

Date:
16th October 2017

6.30 for 7.000pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to welcome both Mother Pukka and her hubby Papa Pukka for a fabulous event in conjunction with Parentfolk.

Meet The Pukkas. Mother Pukka (aka Anna Whitehouse) and Papa Pukka (aka Matt Farquharson) began blogging and vlogging their parenting experiences two years ago and have become a lifeline for parents everywhere. Their hilarious podcast, Dirty Mother Pukka, debuted at number 3 in the UK podcast charts this summer and they have more than 130,000 followers on social media.      Part memoir and part guide, Parenting the Sh*t Out of Life is the first parenting book to tell the story from both the mother’s and the father’s perspective. In this dual narrative, each chapter is written half by Anna and half by Matt, revealing the highs, lows and hilarity of the modern parenting experience.   From the heartbreaking loss of miscarriage to their campaign for more flexible working for UK parents, to picking your partner, bonking with intent (getting pregnant) and the realities of splashdown (the birth), this is a book the tackles the light and dark of parenting and relationships, and will make tears and laughter flow in equal measure.   The Mother Pukka portal www.motherpukka.co.uk uses humour and cold reality to explain the pressure of sharing your life and home with tiny humans, helping tens of thousands to feel less self critical and more connected.  Anna and Matt offer reassurance, support and inspiration. Their motto – ‘parenting the shit out of life’ – has become a familiar phrase on social media, hashtagged more than 33,000 times by their loyal and growing fanbase.   Mother Pukka, aka Anna Whitehouse, was a creative copywriter for The L’Oreal Group before becoming a full time vlogger in 2015. Papa Pukka, aka Matt Farquharson, is a journalist and editor.  They married in 2010 and together they have two children; Mae who is 4 and Eve who is 2 weeks old.  

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

4th October 2017 Peter Stanford interviewed by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Date:
4th October 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

We welcome the author of Martin Luther in conversation with Frank Cottrell Boyce

A new appraisal of theological firebrand Martin Luther, on the 500th anniversary of the religious revolution he triggered - the Protestant Reformation.

'A compelling biography of one of the greatest men of the modern age. Stanford is particularly brilliant on the tensions inside Luther's private and spiritual life. This is a very fine book, written with a flourish.' Melvyn Bragg

The 31st of October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther pinning his 95 'Theses' - or reform proposals - to the door of his local university church in Wittenberg. Most scholars now agree that the details of this eye-catching gesture are more legend than hammer and nails, but what is certainly true is that on this day (probably in a letter to his local Archbishop in Mainz), the Augustinian Friar and theologian issued an outspokenly blunt challenge to his own Catholic Church to reform itself from within - especially over the sale of 'indulgences' - which ultimately precipitated a huge religious and political upheaval right across Europe and divided mainstream Christianity ever after.

A new, popular biography from journalist Peter Stanford, looking at Martin Luther from within his Catholic context, examining his actual aims for Catholicism as well as his enduring legacy - and where he might fit within the church today.

'Peter Stanford makes the life of Luther into a thrilling narrative, told from a modern Catholic perspective' Antonia Fraser

Venue:
Linghams

2nd October 2017 Adam Kay

Date:
2nd October 2017

doors open 7 for 730 start

What Happened:

Everything you ever wanted to know about being a junior doctor, and more than a few things you’ll probably wish you really didn’t

Imagine if David Sedaris had spent six years training as a junior doctor or if Do No Harm was turned into stand-up comedy. Meet Adam Kay and the funniest book ever written about the NHS.

This is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice, hilarity, horror and maddening bureaucracy. You will learn more than you ever wanted to about some horrific injuries (look away from page 19 if you're squeamish) and feel even more impassioned about the everyday heroism of NHS staff and the grim insanity of the government's war on their contracts.

Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010 and kept a diary throughout. He is now an awardwinning comedian and writer for TV and film and has over 20 million YouTube hits as a musician and performer.

Ticket redeemable against his book

Includes welcome drink.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

30th September 2017 Rob Keeley

Date:
30th September 2017

2 Pm start

What Happened:

Rob launches his new book "High Spirits "

Meet Rob at 2PM signing copies of his new book.

It’s been two years since Ellie last spoke to Edward.  She thinks she’s left the spirit world behind.  But the spirits won’t take no for an answer... When Ellie’s Mum returns to Inchwood Manor, Ellie finds herself going too... and is transported back to the 1930s, discovering a plot to impersonate the King of England. With the Second World War coming, and the first evil spirits starting to escape into the mortal world, Ellie is fighting alongside some unexpected allies... Rob Keeley is back with High Spirits, the fourth instalment in his multi-award-listed Spiritsseries.  The series allows young people to learn more about other times, as well as the time in which they live.     

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

30th September 2017 Story Explorers "The Scarecrows Wedding"

Date:
30th September 2017

e.g. Doors10.00AM

What Happened:

STORYTIME with Story Explorers " The Scarecrows Wedding".

Places limited , listen to a story and help build a scarecrow with the fabulous Story  Explorers.

Tickets FREE

Venue:
Linghams

26th September 2017 Robert Harris

Date:
26th September 2017

e.g. Doors open at 7PM for 7.30 start

What Happened:

Book signing with Robert Harris


Tickets :

Standard £20 (inc signed copy of Munich)
Couple tickets £30 (admits 2 people inc one signed copy of Munich).
Eventbrite (online charges may be incurred)
0151 342 7290

Doors open 7 for 730 start.
Tickets on sale from 14th August.
Eventbrite or shop.


FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF
FATHERLAND, CONCLAVE AND AN OFFICER AND A SPY

ROBERT HARRIS
MUNICH

Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.

The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there.

Munich.


As Chamberlain’s plane judders over the Channel and the Führer’s train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own.

Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain’s private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven’t seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again.

When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray?

Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?

Another breathtaking spy-thriller from the pen of the unsurpassable Robert Harris, MUNICH is about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, filled with real-life characters – Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, Daladier – and events that changed histo

Venue:
Thornton Manor

Thornton Hough wirral

25th September 2017 Salley Vickers

Date:
25th September 2017

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

An evening with Salley Vickers talking about her book "Cousins"

Brilliant and mercurial Will Tye suffers a life changing accident. The terrible event ripples through three generations of the complex and eccentric Tye family, bringing to light old tragedies and dangerous secrets. Each member of the family holds some clue to the chain of events which may have led to the accident and each holds themselves to blame. Most closely affected is Will's cousin Cecelia, whose affinity with Will leaves her most vulnerable to his suffering and whose own life is for ever changed by how she will respond to it.

Told through the eyes of three women close to Will, his sister, his grandmother and his aunt, Cousins is a novel weaving darkness and light which takes us from the outbreak of World War Two to the present day, exploring the recurrence of tragedy, the nature of trangression, and the limits of morality and love.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

15th September 2017 David Litchfield

Date:
15th September 2017

doors open 4.30 for 4.45 start

What Happened:

We will be closing early for our PRIVATE event with David Litchfield author of Grandad's Secret Giant.

David will be talking about this book with the children :

Billy doesn't believe his Grandad when he tells him there's a giant living in his town, doing good deeds for everyone. He knows that a giant is too big to keep himself hidden. And why would he WANT to keep himself a secret? But as time goes on, Billy learns that some secrets are too BIG to stay secret for long...

Limited spaces on this event. Aimed at Years 1 and 2.

Adults go free but only one per  child please.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

12th September 2017 Holly Green

Date:
12th September 2017

doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

All they have left is each other...

Life has always been tough for May and Gus Lavender. Their father went away to sea never to return, and then their mother falls victim to the typhus sweeping through Liverpool. Regarded as orphans by the authorities, May and Gus are sent to the Brownlow Hill Workhouse.

Like all workhouses, Brownlow is the last resort for the poor and the destitute. May and Gus will have to rely on each other more than ever if they are to survive the hardships to come...

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirra

1st September 2017 Sold Out Coffee with Robert Webb

Date:
1st September 2017

Doors open at 12:45pm for 13:15pm start

What Happened:

RULES FOR BEING A MAN:

 

Don't Cry

Love Sport

Play Rough

Drink Beer

Don't Talk About Feelings

 ‘Quite simply brilliant. I (genuinely) cried. I (genuinely) laughed out loud. It’s profound, touching, personal yet universal . . . I loved it’

JK Rowling

But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone?

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life

 

‘Timely and candid, told with great humour, warmth and compassion. A much-needed contribution to the vital conversation about the damage gender can do.’ – Juno Dawson

 

‘Takes us deftly from hilarity about his clumsy attempts to attract girls, to the heart-stopping hurt of the sudden loss of his beloved mother, “the best person” in his life ... A truly great read, full of heart’ – Dawn French

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Heswall Hall 111 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 0AF

30th August 2017 John Connolly

Date:
30th August 2017

Doors open at 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

What Happened:

a novel about Laurel and Hardy.

 An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake . . .

And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.

he is Stan Laurel.
But he did not really exist. 

Venue:
Linghams bookshop

248 telegraph road Heswall Wirral 111 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 0AF

17th August 2017 Philippa Gregory

Date:
17th August 2017

7pm for 7.30 start

What Happened:

An evening with Philippa Gregory.One not to be missed her only appearance in the north.The last Tudor "How long do you have? "I force a laugh ."Not long "he says very quietly. "They have confirmed your sentence of death. I am so sorry . You are to be beheaded tomorrow. We don't have long at all."

Ticket includes a signed copy of The Last Tudor

Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and spa

NESTON ROAD Thornton Hough WIRRAL CH63 1JF

9th August 2017 Peter Robinson

Date:
9th August 2017

Doors open at 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

What Happened:

An evening with Peter Robinson.

Venue:
Linghams

Linghams Booksellers 248 Telegraph Road Heswall, Wirral Merseyside, CH60 7SG

27th July 2017 Carol Drinkwater

Date:
27th July 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

An evening with Carol Drinkwater

(Helen from All Creature Great and Small)

Venue:
Linghams Bookshop

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

20th July 2017 SOLD OUT an evening with Nisha Katona

Date:
20th July 2017

7pm for 7.30 start

What Happened:

An evening with Nisha Katona in conversation about her new cookery book The Spice tree.

The Spice Tree will show you what spices and ingredients always go together in the Indian kitchen – its foolproof, secret spice formulas. While Nisha’s recipes for generous, aromatic, flavoursome homecooking bring these ancient formulas to life. Everything you need to know to cook authentic Indian is found within these mouth-watering pages and explained beautifully and simply.

Tickets available instore 0151 342 7290 or Eventbrite (onliine charge)

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

27th June 2017 Queen of crime thrillers Sharon Bolton

Date:
27th June 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

A cold nugget in her heart told her that she hadn’t escaped after all, that five, ten, twenty years weren’t enough, that there was no escape and that the day would come when he would find her.Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a young woman is brutally murdered. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.She’s seen the killer’s face – and he’s seen hers. Now he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.Alone, scared, trusting no one, she goes on the run. But the biggest danger of all could be where she least expects to find it.

Venue:
Linghams Booksellers

248 Telegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
CH60 7SG

17th June 2017 The Redmen of Liverpool FC

Date:
17th June 2017

2pm

What Happened:

Ian Calllaghan and George Rowlands signing copies ofThe Redmen: The Tobacco YearsIn the last years of the 19th century an American tobacco company, Allen and Ginter, began inserting plain cards called ‘stifeners’ into packets of cigarettes to protect their products from being crushed. It was swiftly exploited for commercial purposes: to advertise other products and then illustrate the cards with popular personalities. These collectables swiftly became a phenomenon. Now Rowlands has shared his passion. Featuring every Liverpool player featured in this medium, along with biographical details and contextual notes.

Venue:
Linghams Booksellers

248 Telegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
CH60 7SG

13th June 2017 Mark Billingham in conversation with Chris Brookmyre

Date:
13th June 2017

Doors open 7 for 7.30pm

What Happened:

DI Tom Thorne and DI Nicola Tanner investigate a series of brutal killings in London in the year’s most shocking crime novel – and the most daring work yet from number one bestseller Mark Billingham.

Venue:
linghams bookshop

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral Ch63 1JF

12th June 2017 Clare Mackintosh & Gin Phillips - Crime and Wine evening

Date:
12th June 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

Clare Mackintosh best selling author I let you Go & I See You will be at Linghams Bookshop with Gin Phillips talking about her new psychological thriller Fierce Kingdom.

These books are one sitting reads!!

Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 12 weeks, and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It was selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club and ITV’s Loose Women’s ‘Loose Books’, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. It has sold more than a million copies worldwide

Fierce Kingdom:

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.

Venue:
Linghams Booksellers

248 Telegraph Road Heswall, Wirral Merseyside, CH60 7SG

10th June 2017 Cathy Cassidy

Date:
10th June 2017

2pm start

What Happened:

our lovely friend Cathy Cassidy will be at Linghams signing copies of her new book from 2 pm.it is a free event but you must have a ticket as limited spaces.  Call 0151 342 7290 to reserve your place or call into the shop. 

Venue:
Linghams

7th June 2017 Chris Boardman

Date:
7th June 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7pm

What Happened:

“Triumphs and Turbulence”

Chris is back by popular demand talking about his very personal autobiography

You may know him as the much-loved co-presenter of ITV’s Tour de France coverage or enjoyed his BBC Olympic coverage, but beyond the easy charm Chris Boardman is one of our greatest, most inspiring cyclists. The remarkable journey of Chris from Olympic gold medal winner to the inside track of Team GB Cycling team.

Tickets include a copy of his paperback £8.99.

0151 342 7290

Or online at Eventbrite *Online charges may be incurred.

Welcome drink on arrival

Venue:
Linghams

18th May 2017 Milly Johnson and Jane Costello,

Date:
18th May 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7.00 PM

What Happened:

Not one but TWO Sunday Times Bestsellers:

Milly Johnson, talking about her new book “Queen of Wishful Thinking”. Sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Also Jane Costello taking about her book “Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel”

Tickets £8.00 *£5 redeemable against either book.

Free drink on arrival.

Call 0151 342 7290 for tickets

Venue:
Linghams

10th May 2017 Professor Stephen Harding

Date:
10th May 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7 PM

What Happened: Professor Stephen Harding launches his new book at Linghams on the 10th May 2017. Tickets £5.00 redeemable against his new book. Call 0151 342 7290 for tickets Venue:
Linghams

3rd May 2017 David Baldacci

Date:
3rd May 2017

doors open 7.30 for 8PM pm start

What Happened:

We are pinching ourselves over this event.

Our second US author.

David Baldacci.

Sold over 100 million copies of his books

One of only TWO independent bookshop events in the UK.

David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, because “every mom needs a break now and then.”)

David published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A feature film followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 33 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published six novels for younger readers.

Venue : Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa Torintone Suite.

Tickets £16.99 * inc copy of his book “The Fix”

Tickets available instore or Eventbrite** ** subject to booking fee is booking online.

0151 342 7290

Venue:
Thornton Hall hotel

Neston Rd, Thornton Hough, Wirral CH63 1JF

12th April 2017 Laini Taylor

Date:
12th April 2017

Doors open 11.30 for 12.00 start.

What Happened:

Laini Taylor author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is here talking about her fantastic new book “Strange the Dreamer”

Laini is an award winning and Sunday Times and international bestselling author here from the USA.

“I read Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor . . . I’m all fired up about it. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for a thrilling couple of days. I am in your debt. (Warning readers: this is one of those series that will have you tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next instalment. Be prepared.)” Stephanie Meyer

“Fantasy and romance combine. . . If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if an angel and a devil fell in love, you’re about to find out.” Sunday Express on Daughter of Smoke and Bone “

Tickets £5.00 redeemable against her new book.

0151 342 7290

Venue:
West Kirby Grammar School

5th April 2017 David Jackson

Date:
5th April 2017

Doors open at 6:30pm for 7:00pm start

What Happened: David Jackson launches his new book. Welcome drink on arrival Venue:
Linghams

10th December 2016 Neville Southall

Date:
10th December 2016

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

What Happened:

EFC look who popped in for a Saturday signing

Venue:
Heswall Hall

7th December 2016 Hurrah for Gin

Date:
7th December 2016

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

What Happened: Such a fun night, Katie Kirby chatting about her book, gin and book signing! Venue:
Linghams

30th November 2016 Johnny Herbert - What Doesn't Kill You

Date:
30th November 2016

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

What Happened: What an evening! What a story ! Signed books available! Venue:
Linghams

25th November 2016 Crime Evening

Date:
25th November 2016

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

What Happened: Another sellout even with crime panel authors. Garett and Mari Hannah Plus their forensic partners Venue:
Linghams

16th November 2016 Sabine Durrant

Date:
16th November 2016

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

What Happened: A chilling tale of deception by journalist Sabine Durrant Venue:
Linghams

1st October 2016 S J Watson visited us at Linghams

Date:
1st October 2016

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

What Happened: S J Watson visited us at Linghams and chatted about his psychological new thriller . A chilling but entertaining evening! Venue:
Linghams

29th September 2016 Afternoon Tea with Alexander McCall Smith

Date:
29th September 2016

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

What Happened: Afternoon Tea with the author of Precious and Grace, Bertie Project and Italian Bulldozer! A Fabulous event at Heswall Hall Venue:
Heswall Hall

10th September 2016 Morning with Liz Earle

Date:
10th September 2016

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

What Happened: Coffee morning at Heswall Hall with Liz Earle was a huge success! Venue:
Heswall Hall

5th September 2016 An evening with Damon Hill

Date:
5th September 2016

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

What Happened: An evening with Damon Hill at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa. A full house ! Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

30th July 2016 Harry Potter Midnight Opening

Date:
30th July 2016

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

What Happened:

Calling all Harry Potter fans young and old..NEW and not so new.

What an adventure we had ! Lots of customers attending and in fancy dress too!

Super! Super! evening!

The book is the transcript of the play presented on the west end stage.

Latest update from JK “its a tearjerker”

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places

Venue:
Linghams

21st June 2016 Chris Boardman

Date:
21st June 2016

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

What Happened:

Chris was at Linghams on Tuesday 21st June for a sell out event with his autobiography “Triumphs and Turbulence”

We were lucky enough to get one of his few appearances with this book.

The event was a sell out!! Standing room only!

Superb talk and customers got to meet the Olympic gold medal winner and have their books signed!

Signed copies available. One of the highlights this year!

Venue:
Linghams

25th March 2016 Richard Coles

Date:
25th March 2016

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

What Happened: Phewee what an evening this was sell out event with an amazing guest Venue:
Linghams

10th March 2016 Katie Kirby

Date:
10th March 2016

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

What Happened: Such a fun night, Katie Kirby chatting about her book, gin and book signing! Venue:
Linghams

15th April 2014 Afternoon with Tess Gerritsen

Date:
15th April 2014

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

What Happened: Tess popped into our lovely shop on a summery afternoon in July. We had lot of customers who were queuing to meet her and get their haunting tale signed! Venue:
Linghams

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