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Welcome to the website of Linghams Bookshop in Heswall

We are an independent bookshop incorporating ‘Toast’ coffee bar. The shop has recently been taken over by Sue Porter and Mike King.

Sue is originally from the area, having had a short stint living on the Isle of Wight. Mike is originally from Cambridge, but is now loving, living on our little peninsular.

Both Sue and Mike have a great love of books and would like to welcome all our customers new and old.

Meet Sue, Mike and the team

23rd April 2018 Simon Mayo

23rd April 2018

e.g. open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

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.


Thornton Hall hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough

£15 or 10

£15 inc signed book £10 (£5 redeemable against the book)

25th April 2018 Clare Mackintosh literary lunch

25th April 2018

11.45 for 12.00 start

What to Expect:

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.

Gusto Restaurant

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral


Two course lunch and signed book. Starter and main course.

26th April 2018 Sold out An evening with Nisha Katona

26th April 2018

e.g. open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

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.

Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate CH64 6QJ


redeemable against the book

1st May 2018 Kate Mosse

1st May 2018

7PM for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to announce an event with Bestselling author Kate Mosse .

Kate Mosse, OBE, is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages. Her fiction includes the Languedoc Trilogy, Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007) and Citadel (2012), as well as The Burning Chambers (2018).

Bringing sixteenth-century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties . . .

Carcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE.

But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou’s help if he is to get out of La Cité alive.

Toulouse: As the religious divide deepens in the Midi, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle-lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further.

Meanwhile, as a long-hidden document threatens to resurface, the mistress of Puivert is obsessed with uncovering its secret and strengthening her power . . .

Thornton Hall hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough Wirral

£20 and £10

£20 inc signed book £10 (£8 redeemable against the book)

8th May 2018 An evening with Simon Cox

8th May 2018

6.30 for 7pm start

What to Expect:

The Reykjavik Confessions is a riveting true-crime story of murder, false memory and madness in the darkest corners of Iceland, based on a celebrated landmark BBC News investigation. 

In 1974, 18-year-old Gudmundur disappears after a boozy night in a fishing town near Reykjavik. Eleven months later Geirfinnur, a quiet family man, goes missing from Keflavik harbour in the southwest of Iceland after being summoned by a mysterious phone call from home.

Both men are eventually presumed dead, but their bodies are never found and as a result this quiet island is in uproar - two disappearances with no forensics, no leads, with no clue what has happened.

Soon, the vanishings set in motion an almost surreal series of events, a remarkable tale of corruption, forced confession, false memory and madness that stretches over 40 years.

The Reykjavik Confessions is a chilling journey of discovery into a dark corner of Icelandic history, and a riveting true-crime thriller.


Simon Cox is an award winning investigative reporter at the BBC, working across Radio 4, BBC World Service, TV news and BBC news online. He has also written for the Sunday Times and presented Channel 4 Dispatches. In the past year alone he has investigated a global fake degree scam; child trafficking and corruption in tennis. He has reported from over 30 countries covering stories ranging from Ebola in DR Congo to a charity scandal in Malawi. His original investigation into The Reykjavik Confessions was read by over a million people on the BBC News website, and he is an executive producer and consultant on an upcoming dramatization of the story.


248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirra


welcome drink

9th May 2018 Pam Ayres

9th May 2018

12.30 for 1pm start

What to Expect:

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.

Neston Cricket Club

Station Road PArkgate


signed book

16th May 2018 An evening with Clemantine Wamariya

16th May 2018

6.30 for 7 PM start

What to Expect:

An evening with a truly inspirational woman Clemantine Wamariya.

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbours began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were “thunder.” In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries, searching for safety—perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive.

When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted asylum in the United States, where she embarked on another journey—to excavate her past and, after years of being made to feel less than human, claim her individuality.

Raw, urgent, and bracingly original, The Girl Who Smiled Beads captures the true costs and aftershocks of war: what is forever destroyed; what can be repaired; the fragility of memory; the disorientation that comes of other people seeing you only as broken — thinking you need, and want, to be saved. But it is about more than the brutality of war. It is about owning your experiences, about the life we create: intricately detailed, painful,


Clemantine Wamariya is a storyteller, public speaker, social entrepreneur, and human rights advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, displaced by conflict, Clemantine migrated throughout seven African countries as a child. At age twelve, she was granted asylum in the United States and went on to receive a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Clemantine now uses stories drawn from her experiences to catalyse change and create community. She lives in San Francisco. #GirlWhoSmiledBeads


248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral


Welcome drink £5 discount off the book


31st May 2018

7 FOR 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

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.



Bushell Hall, Birkenhead School

Birkenhead School Bushell Hall CH43 6UX

£20 and 30

standard inc signed book couple admits 2 one signed book

11th June 2018 An evening with AJ Parce

11th June 2018

6.30 for 7Pm start

What to Expect:

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


248 Telegraph Road


welcome drink and discount off the book

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