Forthcoming Events

5th March 2018 Tara Westover

Date:
5th March 2018

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

 This book is one of the best books I  have read.  It will make you think about your life, about Tara's and you will want to meet her and just say hello, mmaybe with a tear in your eye or just admire her from afar.    Don't just take my word for it...

PICKED AS ONE TO WATCH in 2018 by the BBC, Mail on SundayThe PoolStylist and Daily Express 

‘This fiercely intelligent memoir is a fascinating and compassionate view of another world and the author’s struggle to both escape from and understand it as she heads out into the world’ The Pool 

‘Absolutely superb . . . the last 100 pages were so gripping I could hardly breathe’ Sophie Hannah

'An astonishing and uplifting story about the transformative power of education' Mail on Sunday, 2018 Cultural Highlights

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected.

She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn’t exist.

As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road

Tickets:
£7

(£6 redeemable against the book) inc welcome drink.

13th March 2018 Luca Veste

Date:
13th March 2018

6.30PM for 7PM start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled our home grown Luca Veste will be talking about his scary new crime thriller.

The Bone Keeper will corrupt your days and shatter your nights' Val McDermid
‘A dark and brilliant thriller from a writer who just gets better and better. The Bone Keeper is tense, chilling and HUGELY scary’ Mark Billingham
‘Luca Veste proves you don’t need to go to the Bayou or the Everglades to find something terrifying in the deep, dark woods. Sometimes evil is lurking just around the corner. An entertainingly nasty piece of work' Christopher Brookmyre.

Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned. 
 
Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper.  Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood.  But when a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from, the case takes on a much darker tone. 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£6

(£5 redeemable against the book) inc welcome drink

15th March 2018 Bishop David Wilbourne

Date:
15th March 2018

6.30 for 7pm start

What to Expect:

Bishop David Wilbourne will be talking about his new book " Shepherd of Another Flock"

David Wilbourne, author of Shepherd of Another Flock,  recalls a memorable Easter from his time as Vicar of Helmsley.


Eastertide is one of the best times to visit Helmsley, with the rapidly flowing brook that bisects the town festooned with daffodils, giving the whole place a sunny feel. Even the grey limestone walls of the castle, church and sundry cottages turn a cheering yellow.

The crowds of visitors return after their long winter hibernation, defrosting in the cafes and gift shops and Claridges, the friendliest and most interesting bookshop in all the world, with a personal service second to none. I used to ask Ken Claridge, the owner, what card I had bought for my wife’s previous birthday. He would remember and diplomatically spare me any embarrassing repetition: ‘We’ve got some new stock in, do you fancy one of these?’
 
Of  my twelve Easters as Helmsley’s vicar, the one that sticks in my mind is when a chill east wind brought Arctic weather which made even the stoic daffodils shiver.  As Lent began, I had planned a dawn Eucharist for Holy Monday in the ancient and holy ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. From my wintry study, I imagined a balmy spring April morning, with my congregation warmed by the rising sun, so glad they were not in Helmsley a-bed.
 
But as Holy Week began, I crept away from home at 6.15 am in a blizzard and cycled into a Rievaulx carpeted with snow. I opened my rucksack and took out my kit: the tiny silver chalice and dish, the picnic flasks containing water and wine, the crumpled napkins, the battered Prayer Book, the priest's wafer, already broken.  I set them out on a chipped stone altar in a side chapel, covered by no crisp, white, starched linen, just a cloth of snow. By the end of communion, the warm leather of the prayer book had thawed a watery rectangle, the chalice and dish had each thawed its own circle.

Afterwards I cycled up the steepest of banks, climbed over the gate into Rievaulx Terraces and breathlessly looked down upon the abbey from my lofty perch. I could make out the footprints of my small congregation, the thawed-out green patches where they had shivered for communion, the circles and rectangle on the altar.

I love the countryside when it is covered in snow, gazing in homage at the tracks left by the invisible animals of the night. That Holy Week dawn we had left our own tracks; or had God left his?

Meet David at Linghams and enjoy a welcome drink.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall CH60 7SG

Tickets:
£6

welcome drink

21st March 2018 Karen Hamilton

Date:
21st March 2018

6.30PM for 7PM start

What to Expect:

We are super excited about this event .  THE PRE LAUNCH of "THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND".

Love a psychological thriller, page turner? 

You have to come to this event!

Juliette loves Nate.
She will follow him anywhere. She's even become a flight
attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.
The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.
And she'll make sure no one stops her from
getting exactly what she wants.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£7

(£6 redeemable against the book) inc welcome drink

26th March 2018 David Whitehouse & Rhidian Brook

Date:
26th March 2018

6.30 for 7pm start

What to Expect:

Join us for Pizza and Prosecco evening with not one but TWO authors.

David Whitehouse  

When the black box flight recorder of a plane that went missing 30 years ago is found at the bottom of the sea, a young man named Dove begins to remember a past that isn't his. The memories belong to a rare flower hunter in 1980s New York, whose search led him around the world and ended in tragedy.

Restless and lonely in present-day London, Dove is quickly consumed by the memories, which might just hold the key to the mystery of his own identity and what happened to the passengers on that doomed flight, The Long Forgotten.

Rhidian Brook

I killed Joe once, in a manner of speaking. But not twice. Not in the way you mean.'

Llew Jones wanted to see the States and write about the experience. Then he met Joe Bosco, a butterfly salesman as charismatic as he is infuriating, and they were soon hurtling across 1980s America together, caught up in an adventure that got way, way out of control. Now Llew is in jail, his friend is gone, and he has to give his side of the story if he’s ever going to get free . . .

Part existential road trip, part neo-gothic thriller, part morality tale, The Killing of Butterfly Joe by Rhidian Brook is a dazzling and propulsive novel full of characters you’ll never forget. An epic story of friendship, desire, and participating in the Great American Dream – ‘the one that leads from rags to riches via pitches’ – whatever the consequences.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£7

Pizza, prosecco and £5 redeemable against either book.

10th April 2018 SOLD OUT Ruth Jones

Date:
10th April 2018

e.g. 7 for 7.30PM

What to Expect:

How excited are we to have to have the lovely Ruth Jones visiting us!

In her unmissable debut, actress and screenwriter Ruth Jones shows us the dangers of trying to recapture that which was once lost and failing to realise the beauty of what we already have.


We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It’s still grass. Just a different patch of it, that’s all.

The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up.

When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it. 

Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all. 

But then Kate meets Callum again. 

Meet Ruth and listen to her talking about her fabulous new book at Linghams Bookshop

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£15 or 10

£15 inc book £10 (£5 redeemable against the book)

19th April 2018 Carl Fogarty

Date:
19th April 2018

open 7pm for 7.30 start

What to Expect:

Super bike Champ and all round nice guy Carl Fogarty is coming to Heswall!

Published to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the Superbike World Championship, The World According to Foggy will delight the legions of motor sport fans in the UK and beyond, and will be lapped by those who have enjoyed books by Valentino Rossi, Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson and Freddie Spencer.

Foggy's scintillating new book takes his fans into the memory banks of this most charismatic and straight-talking of sporting icons, transporting them into the weird and wonderful world of this endearingly quirky hero of the track.

The World According to Foggy contains lashings of adrenaline-fuelled bikes and electrifying bike racing, thrills and spills galore, but it will also reveal the man behind the helmet, his passions and frustrations, what makes him still leap out of bed in the morning and seize the day - ultimately, what makes this great man tick and explains his enduring popularity.

Venue:
Bushell Hall, Birkenhead School

Bidston road ch43 6ux

Tickets:
£20 and 30

20 inc signed book, 30 admits 2 inc signed book

23rd April 2018 Simon Mayo

Date:
23rd April 2018

e.g. open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

DJ Simon Mayo, the star of "drivetime" on BBC Radio 2 and Book Club is visiting us to talk about his debut historical book

Mad Blood. Inspired by real events and real characters.

On the eve of the year 1815, the American sailors of the Eagle finally arrive at Dartmoor prison; bedraggled, exhausted but burning with hope. They’ve only had one thing to sustain them – a snatched whisper overheard along the way. 

The war is over.

Joe Hill thought he’d left the war outside these walls but it’s quickly clear that there’s a different type of fight to be had within. The seven prison blocks surrounding him have been segregated; six white and one black. As his voice rings out across the courtyard, announcing the peace, the redcoat guards bristle and the inmates stir. The powder keg was already fixed to blow and Joe has just lit the fuse. 

Elizabeth Shortland, wife of the Governor looks down at the swirling crowd from the window of her own personal prison. The peace means the end is near, that she needn’t be here for ever. But suddenly, she cannot bear the thought of leaving.

Inspired by a true story, Mad Blood tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation. It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering. It is a story about how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through.

Venue:
Thornton Hall hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough

Tickets:
£15 or 10

£15 inc signed book £10 (£5 redeemable against the book)

25th April 2018 Clare Mackintosh literary lunch

Date:
25th April 2018

11.45 for 12.00 start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to announce a literary lunch with the fabulous Clare Mackintosh working with the scrumptious Gusto in Heswall, Wirral

Tickets can be bought via the shop 0151 342 7290 .

£30 tickets inc signed book of Let Me Lie, two courses (starter and main) and the event with Clare talking about her latest psychological thriller.

The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They're both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.
Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to ask questions about her parents' deaths. But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger? Sometimes it's safer to let things lie . . .

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO and I SEE YOU.

Venue:
Gusto Restaurant

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£30

Two course lunch and signed book. Starter and main course.

26th April 2018 Nisha Katona

Date:
26th April 2018

e.g. open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

Our lovely friend of the shop has a fabulous new book out

Mowgli Street Food.

Listen to Nisha talking about her new book , followed by a book signing.

The first Mowgli restaurant opened in Liverpool in late 2014, blowing away the critics and forming legions of fans. The simple dishes of a Mowgli menu are a million miles away from the curry stereotype. This unique collection of recipes and stories from the Mowgli Street Food restaurants brings you the best of their beloved menu, and much more. 

Try delicious snacks such as Fenugreek Kissed Fries or a Masala Wrap, and spice up your dinner with a whole host of delicious dahls. Discover how to recreate the iconic Angry Bird, the signature flavours of the House Lamb Curry, and of course, the secrets of the taste explosion that are Chat Bombs. And indulge in desserts, drinks and cocktails such as the Cardamom Custard Tart or a Sweet Delhi Diazepam. 

From the Mowgli Chip Butty to the iconic Yogurt Chat Bombs, Mother Butter Chicken to Calcutta Tangled Greens, this is the definitive collection of Mowgli's signature street food dishes to recreate at home.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£10

redeemable against the book

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