24th July 2019 Crime night Joseph Knox and AA Dhand
24th July 2019
6.30 for 7PM startWhat to Expect:
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.
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
248 Telegraph Road, HeswallTickets:
welcome drink and £5 off either book
28th August 2019 George Alagiah
28th August 2019
7 for 7.30 pm startWhat to Expect:
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
‘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
‘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.
Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall
Bidston Road Oxton WirralTickets:
£14.99 and 10.00
14.99 inc a copy of the book 10.00 redeemable against the book on the evening.
4th September 2019 Sir Alastair Cook
4th September 2019
Doors open 7 for 7.30pm startWhat to Expect:
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 9PBTickets:
a copy of his book
9th September 2019 Mark Radcliffe
9th September 2019
7 for 7.30pm startWhat to Expect:
We are thrilled to announce an event with the folk legend Mark Radcliffe at Neston Cricket Club.
In conversation and book signing.
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 WirralTickets:
£16.99 and £27
admits one person (£16.99) and includes a copy of the book. £27 admits two people and includes a copy of the book.
17th September 2019 Max Hastings
17th September 2019
7 for 7.30pm startWhat to Expect:
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 WirralTickets:
£25 and 35
copy of book (25.00) Couple ticket £35.00 admits two one book
25th September 2019 David Baldacci
25th September 2019
7 for 7.30 pm startWhat to Expect:
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 startVenue:
Telegraph road Heswall WirralTickets:
£18.99 and 29.00
18.99 admits one person in book 29.00 couple ticket one book
4th October 2019 Jo Jo Moyes
4th October 2019
7 for 7.30pm startWhat to Expect:
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 WirralTickets:
A copy of Giver OF Stars