Forthcoming Events

31st May 2018 AN EVENING WITH ALISON WEIR

Date:
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.

 

 

Venue:
Bushell Hall, Birkenhead School

Birkenhead School Bushell Hall CH43 6UX

Tickets:
£20 and 30

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5th June 2018 Anne Youngson

Date:
5th June 2018

6.30pm for 7pm start

What to Expect:

Debut author Anne Youngson will be at Linghams talking about her fabulous novel and why she has chosen to write this now.

A deep and luminous story of late love and second chances - an enduring novel of ideas about life, love and the surprises it throws at us.

‘A beautiful, affecting novel of late love, by an extraordinary new writer’ NINA STIBBE

'Warm-hearted, clear-minded, and unexpectedly spellbinding, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to savour' ANNIE BARROWS, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

'A quirky, wise and tender novel. Proof that the richest fruits come on the edge of autumn' SARAH DUNANT

'Quietly intriguing, beautifully observed, full of powerful emotions' RUTH HOGAN, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

‘Tender, wise and moving, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to cherish.’ JOHN BOYNE

‘A moving tribute to friendship and love, to the courage of the ordinary, and to starting again’ RACHEL JOYCE

'The loveliest short novel of late love you'll ever read. Whenever I talk about it, I simply cry with joy' JAMES HAWES

Doors open 6.30 for 7PM start for an enchanting evening .

Tickets £7 includes £5 discount off the book and a welcome drink.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£7

discount off the book and a welcome drink

6th June 2018 meditation evening

Date:
6th June 2018

Doors open 6.30PM for 7PM start

What to Expect:

What to expect

  • The talk is based on the inspiring book, How to Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - the author of 23 highly acclaimed books on meditation and Buddhism.
  • Try two guided meditations from the book and discover the benefits for yourself.
  • Discover tried and tested techniques to transform your mind, so that you can remain peaceful and happy even in the most difficult situations.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to put your questions about meditation and mindfulness to a qualified and experienced teacher.
  • Everyone is welcome; no previous experience necessary.

From the book

“When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to be happy all the time and to be free from problems, we must develop and maintain a peaceful mind.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Transform Your Life

About the author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally-renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 23 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1,200 Kadampa Meditation Centres and groups around the work, including the local meditation Centre in Oxton, Wirral.

About the speaker

The teachings and meditations at this event will be led by Sue Holmes, the principal teacher of Kailash Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Oxton. An experienced meditator and teacher, Sue teaches a full programme of weekly meditation classes, weekend courses and ongoing study programmes in Oxton and throughout the Wirral. Through the sincerity of her teachings and her kind example, Sue shares her experience of applying the meditations and techniques she has learned directly from the author and as explained in his 23 books. Sue also trains other teachers to teach at local meditation venues.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£7

5 discount off the book

11th June 2018 An evening with AJ Pearce

Date:
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

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

Tickets:
£7

welcome drink and discount off the book

18th June 2018 An evening with Julie Summers

Date:
18th June 2018

doors open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be working with friend of the shop Julie Summers.

Julie will be at Linghams talking about her new book " Our Uninvited Guests".

Our Uninvited Guests perfectly captures the spirit of upheaval at the beginning of the Second World War when thousands of houses were requisitioned by the government to provide accommodation for the armed forces, secret services and government offices as well as vulnerable children, the sick and the elderly, all of whom needed to be housed safely beyond the reach of Hitler’s Luftwaffe.
 
Julie Summers gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in some of Britain’s greatest country houses that were occupied by people who would otherwise never have set foot in such opulent surroundings.Blenheim Palace was colonised by schoolboys who slept in the Long Library; Polish special agents trained in the grounds of Audley End House, learning to forge and lie their way into occupied Europe in the old nursery. Brocket Hall, former home of Queen Victoria’s favourite Lord Melbourne, was used as a maternity home for women from the East End of London, and the Rothschilds’ magnificent French chateau-inspired Waddesdon Manor housed a hundred children under five. The Northern Highlands, where the fierce warriors of Scotland’s past developed their unconventional military skills, played host to the most extreme form of warfare, training agents in the fine arts of sabotage, subterfuge and assassination.
 
The juxtaposition of splendour and opulence with the everyday activities of people whose needs were at odds with their new surroundings is at the heart of this book. This thought-provoking and evocative narrative captures a crucial period in the social history of Britain.

Doors open 7 for 7.30 start.

Tickets include a welcome drink

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

Tickets:
£7

welcome drink and £5 redeemable

20th June 2018 An evening with David Jackson

Date:
20th June 2018

6.30 pm for 7PM start

What to Expect:

Friend of Linghams, the wonderful David Jackson local crime author will be talking about his latest fast paced crime thriller! Interviewed by the talented Luca Veste, these two great friends will be talking all things " Don't  Make A sound."

You can't choose your family. Or can you? 

Meet the Bensons. They're an ordinary couple. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.

There's just one problem. 

SHE'S NOT THEIRS.

D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . 

Tickets £7 (includes £5 discount off the book).

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£7

discount of £5 off the book and a welcome drink.

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.
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Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral Ch60 7SG

Tickets:
£7

£5 discount and a 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

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