Forthcoming Events

15th October 2019 Jung Chang

Date:
15th October 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

Jung Chang is the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China; Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday); and Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine who Launched Modern China. Her books have been translated into over 40 languages and sold more than 15 million copies outside Mainland China where they are banned. She was born in China in 1952, and came to Britain in 1978. 

Jung will be visiting us 15th October talking about her latest book : 

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red sister : three Women at the Heart of Twentieth Century China

They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the centre of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history. Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the `Father of China', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' worlds. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China.

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph road Heswall

Tickets:
£25 and 15

25 inc book 15 redeemable against the book

17th October 2019 Barney Norris

Date:
17th October 2019

6.30 pm for 7pm start

What to Expect:

Barney Norris

 

Barney is back, friend of the shop and fabulous author will be talking about his new book

The Vanishing Hours.

Tickets £8 (redeemable against the book).

'Moving and unconventionally wise' Guardian 

This was how I heard the most important story of my life, the thing that decided me, the story that determined who I was in the end.

At a hotel bar in a quiet English town, two strangers meet by chance and share their stories. Hers is of an inconspicuous life, shaken by heartbreak and scattered with unfulfilled dreams. His is a dizzying tale of an unending quest for someone he lost in his youth.

From the blustery cliffs of Dover to the confines of a dark prison cell; from the courtroom witness box to the West End stage, we join him as he slips through time.

Extraordinary though his story is, what she has to reveal is even more surprising, and will take them to a place neither of them – or you – expected.

From the bestselling author of FIVE RIVERS MET ON A WOODED PLAIN comes this captivating novel about love, abandonment, and the power of stories to help us find meaning in a confusing world – a world that can sometimes threaten to overwhelm us, but one that is rich with possibility, and always full of wonder.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

Tickets:
£8

redeemable against the book

19th October 2019 Heather Morris

Date:
19th October 2019

7 for 7.30 PM start

What to Expect:

Have you read the Tatooist of Auschwiz? then you are in for a real treat as Heather is Morris is coming to Wirral..

Heather Morris is an international number one bestselling author, who is passionate about stories of survival, resilience and hope. In 2003, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who 'might just have a story worth telling'. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale's story as a screenplay - which ranked high in international competitions - before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Her second novel, Cilka's Journey, is a follow up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her. In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia known as Vorkuta, inside the Arctic Circle. Innocent and imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, each day a battle for survival. Cilka befriends a woman doctor, and learns to nurse the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under unimaginable conditions. And when she tends to a man called Alexandr, Cilka finds that despite everything, there is room in her heart for love. Based on what is known of Cilka Klein's time in Auschwitz, and on the experience of women in Siberian prison camps, Cilka's Journey is the breathtaking sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz. A powerful testament to the triumph of the human will, this novel will make you weep, but it will also leave you astonished and uplifted by one woman's fierce determination to survive, against all odds. 'She was the bravest person I ever met' Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitzorri

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station road Parkgate

Tickets:
£15.00

copy of the book

27th October 2019 Russell Kane

Date:
27th October 2019

1.30pm for 2PM start

What to Expect:

Russell Kane is coming to Wirral..YES I KNOW!

 

Talk and book signing at Neston Cricket Club.

 

 

The Silverback is considered the undisputed king, a creature whose authority is never challenged and who does not yield to compromise. He walks proudly, feeds greedily, grafts tirelessly, mates voraciously, swears constantly and is threatened all too easily. The Silverback is known to nestle in the misty peaks of central Africa but can also be found in Barking, Essex. Meet Dave Kane, the disappointed, steroid-ingesting, metal-wielding, bouncer father of slight, effete Gamma Male, Russell Kane.

This is a story about fathers and sons, class and education and how one scrawny, sensitive, fake-tan-applying 'ponce' stepped out of his father's shadow and became a man - whatever that means.

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Tickets:
£16.99 and 10.00

16.99 inc book 10.00 redeemable

28th October 2019 Tess Gerritsen

Date:
28th October 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

 

 We  are spookily excited to be hosting Tess Gerritsen for an evening of Supernatural tales with her new book.

Venue Neston Cricket Club, tickets for sale on the link below or call 0151 342 7290

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. But her interests span far more than medical topics. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena. 

 

We've all done things we're ashamed of . . .

When Ava arrives at Brodie's Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget.

But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone. Either that or she is losing her mind.

The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?

'Bone chilling. Gerritsen plays on our fears.' Daily Mail

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate

Tickets:
££20 and £10

£20 inc a copy of her book and £10 is redeemable against the book

29th October 2019 Secret Liverpool - An unusual Guide

Date:
29th October 2019

6.30 for 7PM

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be launching Mike Keating's new book .

Born and educated in Liverpool, Mike Keating continues to live in the city centre, where he maintains a keen interest in local heritage and the city’s history. He is a retired university lecturer and writer with a short acting and directing career at the Unity Theatre and an even shorter one as a cartoonist on the Liverpool Echo.

Brand-new travel guide: 150 secret places
Discover for yourself the haunts of slave traders, privateers and press-gangs, the hideaway of a suspected assassin and the desecrated grave of a self-professed Jack the Ripper, track down the birthplace of rail travel and the oldest pavilion at a firstclass cricket ground, marvel at a life-size replica of the world’s first submarine and the original home of the Epsom Derby, be gobsmacked by burial stones older than Stonehenge and one of the earliest human settlements to be found anywhere in the UK, take a turn on John Lennon’s first musical instrument and snigger at the sight of Queen Victoria’s dildo, meet toads that sing, World War II’s best-kept secret and the world’s first (and smallest) skyscraper, toast the UK’s greatest female athlete in a brew named in her honour or go for a spin on the only purpose-built F1 race track in the country.
For tourists and locals who have outgrown Hop on–Hop off bus excursions, river cruises and Beatles tours, Secret Liverpool - An unusual guide is an indispensable guide to the curiosities of ‘England’s finest Victorian city’, designed for people who prefer to customise their own itinerary or simply wander where the mood takes them.
Written by local experts, our secret guides are intended both for local residents and curious travellers. The featured places are unusual and unfamiliar, encouraging you to 
 venture way off the beaten track.

Tickets £8 and are redeemable against the book

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

Tickets:
£8

welcome drink and redeemable against the book

31st October 2019 Billy Billingham

Date:
31st October 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

The SAS and all it stands for is exemplified in men such as Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham. They are the backbone of the British military and I for one am thankful he is on our side!’ – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
‘Billy is inspirational and always humble. A giant of a man!’ – Bear Grylls
'The most experienced Special Forces soldier in recent memory. The Hard Way is brutally brilliant.' – Tom Marcus, Number One bestselling author of Soldier Spy

Billy Billingham grew up tough; a grim future ahead of him offering little respite from the hostile streets he walked. Leaving school at eleven years of age, the threat of borstal hanging over his head, running with gangs in Birmingham, and almost being killed in a knife fight eventually led to Billy discovering the British armed forces at sixteen years of age. It would be the making of him.
 
Billingham would graduate from the Royal Marine cadets to enlisting with the Parachute Regiment in 1983, where he would serve with distinction as a Patrol Commander and expert sniper. In 1991 he took on an even bigger challenge – taking the SAS course – the fearsome and secretive elite special forces unit with a well-won reputation for excellence in operating in extreme and hazardous conditions. He excelled in this life, rising to the rank of sergeant major for the regiment, and undertaking dozens of classified and extremely dangerous missions. He would ultimately serve seventeen years with the SAS, serving in countless war zones, winning a commendation for bravery and being awarded the MBE. After leaving the army he would embrace the life of a bodyguard to Hollywood stars such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sir Michael Caine, Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, before being recruited as one of the lead instructors on SAS - Who Dares Wins for television.
 
Billy is a highly-decorated veteran; with a reputation for excellence, honesty and integrity not only supporting his comrades Ant Middleton, Jason Fox and Ollie Ollerton, but equally intimidating and inspiring the contestants who take on the gruelling challenges each week. The Hard Way details Billy’s story thus far, but will also educate and enthral those wishing to seek a challenge and conquer it – the SAS way.

tickets £20 inc a copy of the book

OR £15 redeemable against the book

Venue:
Birkenhead School

Bushell Hall Oxton Wirral

Tickets:
£20 and 15

book and or redeemable

4th November 2019 The Unmumsy Mum

Date:
4th November 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

Friend of the shop Sarah Turner aka The Unmumsy Mum is back!

 

From the Sunday Times No 1 Bestselling Author

From bestselling author and massively popular blogger The Unmumsy Mum comes this hilarious, irreverent and searingly candid compendium of parenting experiences. With entries including D is for Desperation, F is for Fish Fingers, S is for Supermum and V is for Vagina, it's safe to say this is not your average A-Z.

This book won't tell you what sort of parent your should (or shouldn't) be; instead, it offers a refreshingly honest account of what being a mum to three young children is really like and the surprising lessons that have been learned along the way.

If you feel as though you're not 'measuring up' or are struggling to #cherisheverymoment, Sarah's tales from the thick of it will reassure and resonate with you. Above all, her commitment to telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth will make you laugh out loud and remind you that you are, in fact, doing a great job.

 

Tickets £12.99 inc a copy of her book

 

 

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

Tickets:
£12.99 inc a copy of the book

copy of the book and welcome drink

7th November 2019 Gyles Brandreth

Date:
7th November 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

Gyles Brandreth

 

Is BACK, the wonderfully, witty friend of the shop,  Gyles is back, this time with Poetry. Expect fun and laughter and a book when you purchase a ticket for this event!

Venue Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa, Thornton Hough, Wirral

£18 inc a copy of his book

Tix 0151 342 7290

www.linghams.co.uk

A little poetry really can save your life . . .

Poetry is officially good for you.

Not only does it enhance literacy in the young, but learning poetry by heart is the one truly pleasurable thing you can do to improve memoryboost brain powerextend your vocabulary and beat cognitive decline as time goes by.

In Dancing by the Light of the Moon, Gyles Brandreth shares over 250 poems to read, relish and recite, as well as his advice on how to learn poetry by heart, and the benefits of doing so.

Whether you are nine, nineteen or ninety, the poems and advice in this book provide the most enjoyable, moving and inspiring way to ensure a lifetime of dancing by the light of the moon - one joyous poem at a time . . .

Poets include:

  1. A. Milne
    Benjamin Zephaniah 
    Carol Ann Duffy
    Celia Johnson
    D. H. Lawrence
    E. E. Cummings
    Edgar Allen Poe
    Emily Dickinson
    George the Poet
    Hollie McNish 
    John Cooper Clarke
    John Keats
    John Milton
    Kate Tempest
    Leonard Cohen 
    Lewis Carroll
    Maya Angelou
    Monty Python
    Oscar Wilde
    Roald Dahl 
    Robert Browning
    Robert Burns
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Simon Armitage
    Spike Milligan
    Sylvia Plath
    T. S. Eliot
    Walt Whitman 
    Wendy Cope 
    William Shakespeare
    William Wordsworth

And many more . . .

Venue:
Thornrton Hall Hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough Wirral

Tickets:
£18.00

a copy of his book

7th November 2019 Rick Stein

Date:
7th November 2019

12.30 pm for 1 pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to welcome the one and only Rick Stein to Wirral.

Book and Ticket £26

Ticket only ( redeemable against the book £10)

Tickets 0151 342 7290 or online

 

Real French home cooking with all the recipes from Rick's new BBC Two series. Over fifty years ago Rick Stein first set foot in France. Now, he returns to the food and cooking he loves the most ... and makes us fall in love with French food all over again. Rick's meandering quest through the byways and back roads of rural France sees him pick up inspiration from Normandy to Provence. With characteristic passion and joie de vivre, Rick serves up incredible recipes: chicken stuffed with mushrooms and Comte, grilled bream with aioli from the Languedoc coast, a duck liver parfait bursting with flavour, and a recipe for the most perfect raspberry tart plus much, much more. Simple fare, wonderful ingredients, all perfectly assembled; Rick finds the true essence of a food so universally loved, and far easier to recreate than you think.

Author Biography: Rick Stein's passion for using good-quality local produce and his talent for creating delicious recipes in his books and restaurants have won him a host of awards, accolades and fans. As well as presenting a number of television series, he has published many best-selling cookery books, including French Odyssey, Coast to Coast, Far Eastern Odyssey, Rick Stein's Long Weekends and Rick Stein's India. Rick has always believed in showcasing local seafood and farm produce in his four restaurants in Padstow, Cornwall, where he also has a cookery school, food shops and a pub in the nearby village of St Merryn. In 2018 Rick was awarded an CBE for services to the economy. He divides his time between Padstow, London and Australia, where he also has two seafood restaurants by the sea in Mollymook, and Port Stephens NSW.

 

Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough Wirral

Tickets:
£26 and 10

26 inc book and 10.00 redeemable against the book

12th November 2019 Jo Wood

Date:
12th November 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

When I got the call for this event I was thrilled, excited and bursting to tell people!

Jo Wood, ex wife of Ronnie Wood has come up with the goods.  This book is stunning, just stunning!

Ticket includes a copy of the book , fans of  the Rolling Stones, or those interested in photography will be thrilled.

These images are great and have been tucked away for years" 
RONNIE WOOD Take a look inside rock 'n' roll history with over 500 never-before-seen photographs, notes, artworks, diary entries and mementoes from life behind the scenes of the Rolling Stones. 

Married to legendary Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood for 30 years, Jo Wood lived the rock star life. Her incredible collection of treasures from that time is a once-in-a-lifetime look inside the biggest band in the world. 

Accompanied by personal memories and behind the scenes anecdotes from Jo, Stoned is a love letter to the rock 'n' roll life and a truly unique window into the eye of the Rolling Stones hurricane. 

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate

Tickets:
£20.00

a copy of the book

18th November 2019 Eddie Jones

Date:
18th November 2019

doors open 7 for 7.30 start

What to Expect:

TWO weeks after the final of the World Cup we have THE Eddie Jones talking about his Autobiography!

Venue Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Ticket includes a copy of his book

Brilliant, honest, combative – Eddie Jones is a gigantic yet enigmatic figure in world rugby and a true legend of the game. In My Life in Rugby he tells his story for the first time, including the full inside story of England’s 2019 World Cup campaign.

Eddie Jones is one of the most experienced and decorated coaches in world rugby. He career has spanned four World Cups; from losing to England in the 100th minute in 2003, working with South Africa when they won in 2007, and causing the greatest upset in 2015 when he masterminded the Japanese defeat of South Africa.

Since taking over as head coach of England in 2015 Eddie Jones has masterminded a complete revival of the national team. He has won the Six Nations Championship back-to-back, including England’s first grand slam in a generation, their first ever whitewash of Australia, as well as taking them on their longest ever winning streak.

In his explosive autobiography Jones shows how his fiercely competitive attitude, his love of coaching and his philosophy of the game were formed while growing up in a tough working-class suburb of Sydney as a small half-Japanese kid, playing schoolboy rugby alongside the legendary Ella brothers.

Learning from the extreme highs and lows of his own playing career – the numerous successes playing for Randwick and New South Wales but also the painful disappointment of never playing for Australia – he shows what it takes to be the best in the world and how everything he has learnt about the game on and off the pitch has gone into plotting England’s route to the top of World Rugby.

My Life in Rugby is the story of one of the most compelling and singular figures in rugby, told with unflinching honesty this is the ultimate rugby book for all fans of the sport.

 

Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Thronton Hough Wirral

Tickets:
£25.00

a copy of his book

19th November 2019 Simon Parkin

Date:
19th November 2019

6.30 for 7pm start

What to Expect:

Simon Parkin  is launching his book with Linghams bookshop, he is  an award-winning British author and journalist. He is contributing writer for the New Yorker, a regular contributor to the Guardian's Long Read, and game critic for The Observer newspaper. 

His work has been featured in 'The Best American Nonrequired Reading'. He is a finalist in the Foreign Press Association Media Awards and recipient of two awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). 

 

 

  1. The Battle of the Atlantic is a disaster. Thousands of supply ships ferrying vital food and fuel from North America to Britain are being torpedoed by German U-boats.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill is concealing from the country the number of British ships sunk. He is concealing the number of British men killed. And worst of all, unless something changes, he knows that Britain is weeks away from being starved into surrender to the Nazis.

This is the story of the game of battleships that won the Second World War. In the first week of 1942 a group of unlikely heroes - a retired naval captain and a clutch of brilliant young women, the youngest only seventeen years old - gather to form a secret strategy unit. On the top floor of a bomb-bruised HQ in Liverpool, the Western Approaches Tactical Unit spends days and nights designing and playing wargames in an effort to crack the U-boat tactics.

A Game of Birds and Wolves takes us from the sweltering fug of a U-boat as the German aces coordinate their wolfpack, to the tense atmosphere of the operation room as the British team plot battles at sea on the map.

The story of Operation Raspberry and its unsung heroines has never been told before. Investigative journalist Simon Parkin brings these hidden figures into the light and shows the ingenuity, perseverance and love needed to defeat the Nazis in this gripping tale of war at sea

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

Tickets:
£10.00

redeemable against the book

21st November 2019 Bernie Marsden

Date:
21st November 2019

6.30pm for 7pmstart

What to Expect:

Join music legend Bernie Marsden for an evening of storytelling and music, where he’ll be discussing his anticipated memoir Where’s My Guitar? : An Inside Story of British Rock and Roll. From touring with AC/DC, to befriending The Beatles, to writing one of the world’s most iconic rock songs, Bernie will give fascinating insight into his role in establishing one of the world’s most famous rock bands of all time – Whitesnake.

 

Packed with stories and encounters with the likes of Ringo Starr, Elton John, Cozy Powell, Ozzy Osborne, B.B. King and Jon Lord, Where’s My Guitar? isn’t just a remarkable look into the highs and lows of being a true music legend, but an intimate account of the revolutionary impact rock and roll music has offered to the world. Don’t miss this chance to meet the man who helped define a music era, and get the inside story on what it was like to live through and shape the golden-age of 1970s and 80s rock and roll.

 

Bernie will be recounting stories from his memoir in conversation, interspersed with songs from his illustrious career on acoustic guitar, followed by a book signing.

 

 

Tickets £15 * redeemable ticket against the book

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

Tickets:
£15.00

redeemable against the book

21st November 2019 Lemn Sissay

Date:
21st November 2019

1.00pm start to 2PM

What to Expect:

We are absolutely thrilled to announce a book signing with Lemn Sissay.

He will be signing copies of his new book between 1pm and 2Pm 21st November.  This is a ticketed event which includes a copy of his book .  Please note this is a SIGNING only not an event with questions.

 

'A quest for understanding, for home, for answers' Matt Haig

How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how.

At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth.

This is Lemn's story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

Sissay reflects on his childhood, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Written with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation's best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely memoir is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

Tickets:
£16.99

A copy of his book

25th November 2019 Derek Temple and Gavin Buckland

Date:
25th November 2019

6.30 for 7PM

What to Expect:

Calling all Everton fans.

Derek will be talking with Gavin Buckland about his book

When the wealthy Littlewoods corporation owner John Moores took control of Everton Football Club in 1960 it set in motion a chain of events that still affect the game in this country today. Although big clubs had spent money before, none had done so with such naked short- term ambition and a ruthlessness to succeed that sent shockwaves through the previously stagnant world of English football. Money Can’t Buy Us Love tells the tale of how Moores and manager Harry Catterick took the so-called ‘Mersey Millionaires’ to the summit of English football, in the context of the major cultural changes of the time.

Book talk and signing

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£8

redeemable

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