Forthcoming Events

28th May 2019 Bev Thomas

Date:
28th May 2019

6:30PM for 7PM start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£7.00

redeemable against a copy of the book.

4th June 2019 Gareth Williams

Date:
4th June 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£10.00

Redeemable against book

7th June 2019 Leah Hazard

Date:
7th June 2019

6.30 for 7pm start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£12.99 OR £20

Admits one person and includes one book, or admits two people and includes one book

8th June 2019 Dr Jon Copley

Date:
8th June 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£16.99 OR £25

admits one person and includes one book or admits two people and includes one book

8th June 2019 Catherine Isaac

Date:
8th June 2019

2.30pm for 3pm start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£10 OR £20

£10 afternoon tea £20 afternoon tea and book

9th June 2019 Alison Weir

Date:
9th June 2019

Doors open at 2.30pm for 3pm start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£18.99 OR £30.00

Admits one person and includes one book, or admits two people and includes one book

16th June 2019 Ben Aaronovitch

Date:
16th June 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
££12.99 or £8

Includes a copy of his book or redeemable against the book

17th June 2019 An evening with Graeme Simsion

Date:
17th June 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

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
__________

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

Tickets:
£8

redeemable against the book

21st June 2019 Victoria Hislop

Date:
21st June 2019

12.30 for 1pm start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£20 and £10

book included or redeemable ticket

24th June 2019 Libby Page and Ricahrd Roper

Date:
24th June 2019

open 6.30 pm for 7start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£8

welcome glass of wine .

8th July 2019 Clare Mackintosh

Date:
8th July 2019

6.30pm for 7pm start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£12.99 inc a copy of the book or £8 redeenable

copy of the book or redeemable

10th July 2019 David Nicholls

Date:
10th July 2019

Doors open at 12.30 for a 1PM start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£20 and 10

Book and ticket or redeemable against the book

18th July 2019 Adrian McKinty

Date:
18th July 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

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

Tickets:
£7

welcome drink and discount off the book

24th July 2019 Crime night Joseph Knox and AA Dhand

Date:
24th July 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What 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.

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

Tickets:
£7

welcome drink and £5 off either book

28th August 2019 George Alagiah

Date:
28th August 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What 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
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

Tickets:
£14.99 and 10.00

14.99 inc a copy of the book 10.00 redeemable against the book on the evening.

17th September 2019 Max Hastings

Date:
17th September 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What 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 Wirral

Tickets:
£25 and 35

copy of book (25.00) Couple ticket £35.00 admits two one book

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