Forthcoming Events

22nd January 2019 Fiona Barton and Lesley Kara

Date:
22nd January 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

We LOVE crime nights at Linghams especially when one of our favourite crime authors is visiting AND a super debut everyone is talking about !

Meet Fiona Barton author of The Widow and The Child with her new book The Suspect. Event is at Linghams , tickets £7 ( redeemable against either book).

The new must-read thriller from the author of Sunday Times bestseller, THE WIDOW, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, THE CHILD.

Intelligent, insightful and compelling. A clever, twisting whodunnit that delivers an emotional punch. I loved it.’ C L Taylor



‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. 

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

*********

'A fast-paced whodunnit with heart, characters I feel I know and a deliciously dark twist. Superb writing, often blackly funny, and a scene that made me cry into my pillow.' Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Lesley Kara

In this chilling tale of paranoia, suspicion and accusation, Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page.' Paula Hawkins, No.1 bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

'A great debut with a slyly clever premise and a rollercoaster ride to the very last sentence.' Fiona Barton, bestselling author of The Widow and The Child


When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall CH60 7SG

Tickets:
£7

redeemable against either book

24th January 2019 Jeremy Dronfield

Date:
24th January 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

If you have read the Tattooist of Auschwitz then this  non fiction book by Jeremy Dronfield is for you.

Talk and book signing .

In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was seized by the Nazis. Along with his teenage son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in.

When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, Fritz refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son.

Based on Gustav's secret diary and meticulous archive research, this book tells his and Fritz's story for the first time - a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£7

discount off the book

28th January 2019 Laura Shepherd Robinson

Date:
28th January 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

Laura Shepher Robinson will be visiting us to talk about her thrilling new novel Blood and Sugar.

The event is at Linghams and will be a talk and book signing.

Blood & Sugar is the thrilling debut historical crime novel from Laura Shepherd-Robinson.

June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark.

Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .

To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend’s investigation, delving into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, his family’s happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him.

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral Ch60 7SG

Tickets:
£7.00

redeemable against the book

29th January 2019 Gerald Seymour

Date:
29th January 2019

7pm for 7.30 start

What to Expect:

When you want to meet a thriller writer look no further, yes Gerald Seymour is coming to Heswall folks!

the kings of Thrillers! Meet Gerald at Heswall Hall for a talk and book signing with his latest book.

THE UNBREAKABLE RULE OF UNDERCOVER OPERATIVES ..  DON’T GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR TARGET

 

The Kalashnikov AK47. A weapon with a unique image. A symbol of freedom fighters and terrorists across the globe. Undercover officer Andy Knight has infiltrated an extremist group intent on bringing the rifle to Britain - something MI5 have been struggling for years to prevent. 

 He befriends Zeinab, the young Muslim student from Yorkshire who is at the centre of the plot. All Zeinab needs to do is travel to the impoverished high-rise estates of Marseilles and bring one rifle home on a test run. Then many more will follow - and with them would come killing on an horrendous scale.

Zeinab is both passionate and attractive, and though Andy knows that the golden rule of undercover work is not to get emotionally attached to the target, sometimes rules are impossible to follow.

Supremely suspenseful, Battle Sight Zero follows Andy and Zeinab to the lethal badlands of the French port city, simultaneously tracking the extraordinary life journey of the blood-soaked weapon they are destined to be handed there.

 

‘The best thriller writer in the world’ Daily Telegraph

‘Ask aficionados who is Britain’s finest thriller writer, and many would answer Gerald Seymour’ Guardian

 

Venue:
Linghams bookshop

248 telegraph road Heswall wirral

Tickets:
£18.99 and 10.00

copy of his book and redeemable against the book

6th February 2019 An evening with Diane Setterfield

Date:
6th February 2019

6.30 for 7Pm start

What to Expect:

An evening with the author of The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield is back with her haunting new tale.

 
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames.
The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger.
In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.
Hours later the dead girl stirs.
Is it a miracle?
Is it magic?
Or can it be explained by science?
Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.
 
doors open 6.30 for 7PM talk and book signing.
tickets £7.00 0151 342 7290
Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

Tickets:
£7

wine and discount off the book

11th February 2019 Sarah Langford

Date:
11th February 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah last year and I am thrilled to be able to inform you Sarah will be talking and signing copies of her book "In you Defence"

I loved this book. It made my heart sing. Written by a woman in the law with compassion, wit and legal know-how, these true life courtroom stories tell it like it is. - Helena Kennedy QC

Sarah Langford is a barrister. Her job is to stand in court representing the mad and the bad, the vulnerable, the heartbroken and the hopeful. She must become their voice: weave their story around the black and white of the law and tell it to the courtroom. These stories may not make headlines but they will change the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways. They are stories which, but for a twist of luck, might have been yours. 

With remarkable candour, Sarah describes eleven cases which reveal what goes on in our criminal and family courts: these are tales of domestic fall out, everyday burglary, sexual indiscretion, and children caught up in the law. They are sometimes shocking and they are often heart-stopping. She examines how she feels as she defends the person standing in the dock. She also shows us how our attitudes and actions can shape not only the outcome of a case, but the legal system itself.

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£7

welcome drink

12th February 2019 Sophie Kinsella

Date:
12th February 2019

6.30 for 7Pm start

What to Expect:

an evening with best selling author Sophie Kinsella talking about her latest book followed by a book signing.

 Owe You One is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything…

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.

That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.

Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.

Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants?

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirra CH60 7SG

Tickets:
£7

redeemable against the book.

21st February 2019 Dr Jon Copley

Date:
21st February 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to announce a talk and book signing by Dr J Copley.

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:
Neston Cricket Club

Parkgate Road Neston

Tickets:
£16.99 and 10.00

book and redeemable

25th February 2019 Tracey Thorn

Date:
25th February 2019

6.30 for 7Pm start

What to Expect:

An evening with singer, songwriter Tracey Thorn from the band Everything But The Girl.


Tickets £14.99 inc a copy of her book.
Tickets £10.00 redeemable against the book.
Venue Linghams Bookshop, 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG

Tracey Thorn is a singer-songwriter and writer, best known for her seventeen years in bestselling duo Everything But The Girl. She grew up as the youngest of three children in Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, where she learned the piano, enjoyed underaged drinking, and started her first band while still at school. Since then, she has released four solo albums, one movie soundtrack, a large handful of singles and two books, including the Sunday Times bestselling memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen, and currently writes a column for the New Statesman. She lives in London, with her husband Ben Watt and their three children.

Tickets on sale now. 0151 342 7290

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

Tickets:
£14.99 and 10.00

14.99 includes a copy of the book and 10.00 is redeemable .

28th February 2019 Prof Angel Gallop

Date:
28th February 2019

6.30 for 7Pm start

What to Expect:

Prof. Angel Gallop

Non Fiction " When the Dogs Don't Bark"

By the time I arrived at the wood yard in Huddersfield on a bitterly cold night in February 1978, the body of the 18-year-old victim had already been taken to the mortuary.
__________

Never before has criminal justice rested so heavily on scientific evidence. With ever-more sophisticated and powerful techniques at their disposal, forensic scientists have an unprecedented ability to help solve even the most complex cases.

Angela Gallop has been a forensic scientist for over 40 years. After joining the Forensic Science Service, the first crime scene she attended was for a case involving the Yorkshire Ripper. As well as working on a wide range of cases in many countries around the world, she is now the most sought-after forensic scientist in the UK, where she has helped solve numerous high-profile cases, including the investigation that finally absolved the Cardiff Three the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path murders, and the killings of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor, Rachel Nickell and Roberto Calvi.

From the crime scene to the courtroom, When the Dogs Don't Bark is the remarkable story of a life spent searching for the truth.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£7

Redeemable against either book

5th March 2019 Hallie Rubenhold

Date:
5th March 2019

6.30 for 7Pm start

What to Expect:

This is one for our historical , non fiction fans.

HALLIE RUBENHOLD is a social historian whose expertise lies in revealing the stories of previously unknown women and episodes in history. By drawing upon a wealth of formerly unseen archival material and adding a full historical context to the victims’ lives, The Fivepromises to change the narrative of these murders forever.

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London - the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

‘A Ripper narrative that gives voice to the women he silenced; I’ve been waiting for this book for years. Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart.’ 
ERIN KELLY, Sunday Times bestselling author of He Said/She Said

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. 
What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that ‘the Ripper’ preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time – but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

'What a brilliant and necessary book' 
JO BAKER, author of Sunday Times bestselling Longbourn

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

Tickets:
£7.00

Redeemable against the book

6th March 2019 Robert Goddard

Date:
6th March 2019

7pm for 730pm start

What to Expect:

Best selling author is coming to town. 

Talk and book signing with Robert on his new book One False Move

What value can be put on a human mind?

How Joe Roberts does what he does is a mystery. He has a brain that seems able to outperform a computer. To a games company like Venstrom that promises big profits if his abilities can be properly exploited. So they send Nicole Nevinson to track him down and make him an offer too good to refuse.

But Venstrom aren’t the only people interested in Joe. His current boss, a shady businessman, is already making serious money out of Joe’s talents and isn’t going to let him go without a fight. And then there are other forces, with still darker intentions, who have their own plans for him.

Almost before she knows it, Nicole’s crossed an invisible line into a world where the game being played has rules she doesn’t understand and where no-one can help her win.

But win she must. Because the battle now isn’t just for Joe’s mind, it’s for Nicole’s life.

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road parkgate Wirral

Tickets:
£20 and 10

Includes book (£20) Redeemable against the book (£10)

18th March 2019 John Lewis Stempel

Date:
18th March 2019

e.g. Doors open at 6.30 p for 7pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to host an event with John Lewis Stempel and his new book

The Deep life of the Pond

The Pond. Nothing in the countryside is more humble or more valuable. It’s the moorhen’s reedy home, the frog’s ancient breeding place, the kill zone of the beautiful dragonfly. More than a hundred rare and threatened fauna and flora depend on it.
Written in gorgeous prose, Still Water tells the seasonal story of the wild animals and plants that live in and around the pond, from the mayfly larvae in the mud to the patrolling bats in the night sky above. It reflects an era before the water was polluted with chemicals and the land built on for housing, a time when ponds shone everywhere like eyes in the land, sustaining life for all, from fish to carthorse.

Still Water is a loving biography of the pond, and an alarm call on behalf of this precious but overlooked habitat. Above all, John Lewis-Stempel takes us on a remarkable journey – deep, deep down into the nature of still water.

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£7

Redeemable against the book.

20th March 2019 An evening with Frank Turner

Date:
20th March 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

An evening with Frank Turner, talk and book signing. In conversation with Ian Winwood.

Includes live performance of five songs!

Tickets £25.00 include a copy of his book. Couple tickets £35.00 admits two people and includes a copy of his book

Venue is Craxton Wood Hotel and Spa, Parkgate Road, Cheshire

Frank Turner is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Winchester. He was the lead singer of post-hardcore band Million Dead, before embarking on a solo career which has included headlining a sold out Wembley Arena and performing in front of millions at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Turner has released seven solo albums as well as EPs and rarities, and has played thousands of shows across 38 countries. His sixth album, Positive Songs For Negative People, reached #2 in in the UK album charts upon release in August 2015 and his most recent album, Be More Kind, reached #3 upon release in May 2018.

Venue:
Craxton Wood Hotel and Spa

Parkgate Road Ledsham Cheshire ch66 9pb

Tickets:
£25 and 35

copy of his book

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