Forthcoming Events

19th November 2018 An evening with Dan Snow

19th November 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

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.

Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

£15 or 25

15 admits one includes a copy of his book 25 admits two and includes a copy of his book

20th November 2018 Kate Humble

20th November 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

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.


Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall

Bidston Road Oxton Wirral

£20 and £10

£20 includes one book and admits one person £10 ticket redeemable against the book on the evening and admits one person.

26th November 2018 Prue Leith

26th November 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

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

Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

£25 and 15

25 admits one person and inc a copy of Prue's book. 15 admits one person and is redeemable against the book

28th November 2018 Gyles Brandreth

28th November 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

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

Thornton Hall Hotel and spa

Thornton Hough Wirral


A copy of his book

4th December 2018 Anthony Horowitz

4th December 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

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 Craxton Wood Hotel, Parkgate Road, Ledsham CH66 9PB

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 .


Craxton Wood Hotel

Craxton Wood Hotel, Parkgate Road, Ledsham CH66 9PB

£20 and 30

Includes a book , admits one person(£20) couple ticket (£30) admits two people includes one book

15th December 2018 Romesh Ranganathan Book signing

15th December 2018

e.g. Doors open at 2.30 pm start

What to Expect:

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.


248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral


A copy of his book

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