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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 June 2018 Cathy Cassidy

Date:
23rd June 2018

2PM start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£Free

25th June 2018 Oz Clarke

Date:
25th June 2018

7 for 730 start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£15

Copy of his latest book wine by the glass

26th June 2018 Sabine Durrant

Date:
26th June 2018

6.30pm for 7pm start

What to Expect:

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.
Share In Messenger

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral Ch60 7SG

Tickets:
£7

£5 discount and a welcome drink

4th July 2018 Elizabeth Brooks

Date:
4th July 2018

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£6

£5 redeemable against the book inc welcome drink

7th July 2018 Why Mummy Swears Gill sims

Date:
7th July 2018

12.45 pm doors open 13.00 start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£14

copy of why mummy swears

11th July 2018 Andy Grant

Date:
11th July 2018

6.30pm for 7pm start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£7

welcome drink discount off the book

13th July 2018 Jess Kidd

Date:
13th July 2018

6.30 for 7PM

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£7

discount off the book and a welcome drink.

16th July 2018 Dan Toombs The Curry Guy

Date:
16th July 2018

6.30 pm for 7PM start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£8

£5 discount off the book and a welcome drink.

19th July 2018 Gina Kirkham

Date:
19th July 2018

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£6

welcome drinkhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gina-kirkham-tickets-46523972454

23rd July 2018 Françoise Malby-Anthony

Date:
23rd July 2018

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£6

£5 discount off the book

24th July 2018 Shari Lapena

Date:
24th July 2018

open 6.30 pm for 7start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£7

welcome drink and discount off the book

13th September 2018 Delicioulsy Ella

Date:
13th September 2018

7PM for 7.30 Pm start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£15.00

(discount off the book £10)

17th September 2018 Kate Atkinson

Date:
17th September 2018

doors open 12.45 for 1PM

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£20 and £10

Standard ticket £20 includes a copy of the book £10 ticket ( ticket is redeemable against the book)

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