Forthcoming Events

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

19th September 2019 Jon Sopel

Date:
19th September 2019

12.30 for 1pm start

What to Expect:

We have NEWS!!

Jon Sopel the BBC's North America Editor is coming to Wirral...He has covered the 2016 election and Trump's White House at first hand, reporting for the BBC across TV, radio, and online. As a member of the White House Press Corps, he has accompanied both President Obama and President Trump on Air Force One and interviewed President Obama at the White House. He has travelled extensively across the US and recently rode a Harley Davidson down the West Coast (that wasn't for work though)!

Welcome to the White House. At the heart of Washington, there is a circus. It's raucous, noisy and full of clowns. Reporting on it is a daily cacophony. Four major stories can blow up and blow out before breakfast, and political weather systems are moving at warp speed. The one thing absent from the weather forecast is the tranquil eye of the storm. That we never see. In A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump's White House, BBC North America Editor, Jon Sopel, takes you inside Trump's West Wing and explores the impact this presidency has had on the most iconic of American institutions. Each chapter starts inside a famous Washington room, uncovering its history and its new resonance in the Trump era. You are invited to step inside the Oval Office where Trump called for loyalty from FBI Director James Comey, and experience life as a reporter in the Briefing Room, where the tense relationship between the media and the President is played out. Guiding you through these rooms, Jon reveals the inner workings of the Trump White House and details the key moments and conversations that have unfolded within its walls. From Kim Jong-un and Kavanaugh to Merkel and the Mueller Inquiry - this is your insider guide to the Washington Circus. Roll up, roll up ...

Venue Neston Cricket Club

12.30 for 1Pm start

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station road Neston Wirral

Tickets:
£20.00 and 10

20 inc book 10 redeemable against the book

19th September 2019 Chris Riddell book signing

Date:
19th September 2019

2.30 pm to 3.30 pm

What to Expect:

We are super excited to SHOUT about Chris Riddell who is coming to Heswall for a book signing at Linghams Bookshop.

19th September and he will be signing copies between 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm.

Ticket includes a copy of his book.

 

Chris will be signing copies of his new book Guardians of Magic between 2.30 and 3.30pm on the  19th September. Ticket is £12.99 and inc a copy of his new book.  Please note this is a book signing NOT and event with Q and A.

Guardians of Magic is the first title in a brilliant new magical adventure series from the creator of Goth Girl, Chris Riddell. With gorgeous two-colour illustrations throughout and a special full-colour guide to the giants in the book, this fantastic hardback is a perfect gift. For as long as anyone can remember, children have made a wish on a cloud horse, never quite believing that their wishes will come true. But times are changing. The future of magic is in danger. Enemies are working together to destroy it - especially the magic of nature and its most powerful source, The Forever Tree. Unless three brave children fight back and believe in the impossible, soon magic and the cloud horses will be gone. Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba don't yet know how powerful they are... In Guardians of Magic the Costa award-winning, 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate Chris Riddell weaves together a magical quest. This is the first title in The Cloud Horse Chronicles series.

Author Biography: Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His work for Macmillan also includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. Chris has been honoured with an OBE in recognition of his illustration and charity work.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

Tickets:
£12.99 inc a copy of the book

copy of his book

25th September 2019 David Baldacci

Date:
25th September 2019

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

He is BACK FOLKS!

David Baldacci is one of the world’s bestselling thriller writers. With over 130 million copies in print, his books are published in over 80 territories and 45 languages and have been adapted for both film and television. He has established links to government sources, giving his books added authenticity.

 

An intriguing new character and a historical crime novel reminiscent of the best of Raymond Chandler or Agatha Christie

 

1949, Poca City – Aloysius Archer arrives in the dusty southern town with nothing but a handful of dollars and the clothes he stands in. Fresh from the battlefields of Italy, via prison for a crime he did not commit, he is hoping to build a peaceful life for himself. But peace and prosperity are hard to come by in a drought ravaged town carrying more than its fair share of secrets.

 

Before he knows it, Archer finds himself in the middle of a feud between two powerful local families. When blood is spilt on both sides, Archer is forced to turn sleuth not only to find the truth, but also to clear his own name.

Venue Heswall Hall

7 for 7.30 start

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£18.99 and 29.00

18.99 admits one person in book 29.00 couple ticket one book

30th September 2019 Andrew Wilson

Date:
30th September 2019

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

What to Expect:

An evening of Christie, Cyanide, Chatter and Wine with Andrew Wilson talking about his latest novel.

'Fiendishly well-plotted, hugely entertaining – one feels Agatha Christie would have been delighted' – LUCY FOLEY, bestselling author of The Hunting Party

I’m Mrs Christie. I think you are expecting me…

Baghdad, 1928. Agatha leaves England for the far-flung destination, determined to investigate an unresolved mystery: two year ago, the explorer and the writer Gertrude Bell died there from a drugs overdose. At the time, the authorities believed that Bell had taken her own life, but a letter now unearthed reveals she was afraid someone wants to kill her...

In her letter, Bell suggests that if she were to die the best place to look for her murderer would be Ur, the archaeological site in ancient Mesopotamia famous for its Great Death Pit.

But as Agatha stealthily begins to look into the death of Gertrude Bell, she soon discovers the mission is not without its risks. And she has to use all her skills to try and outwit a killer who is determined to stay hidden among the desert sands...

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£10

Redeemable against the book

1st October 2019 Jason Plato

Date:
1st October 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

Woohoo how excited are we!

Jason Plato is one of the biggest characters in UK motor racing, and one of the most controversial. Since bursting onto the karting scene at the end of the 1970s he has gone on to either upstage or upset dozens of drivers, team owners and team managers - not to mention the odd policeman and nightclub owner. Despite that he is the British Touring Car Championship's most successful driver ever having won an astonishing 96 races and two championships, with more race wins than Lewis Hamilton. Since 2004, Jason has also co-presented the popular motoring magazine series Fifth Gear, which recently aired its 23rd series. Jason is also a weekly regular on James Martin's hugely popular current show, Saturday Morning, on ITV. How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver is his first book.

From the man himself:

My name is Jason Plato. Two-time championship-winning and record-breaking racing driver, television presenter, voiceover artist, pilot, bon viveur, hedonist, robber, former inmate of the Monaco police department and a living, breathing example of what you shouldn't do if you want to become a professional racing driver.

That's not some idiotic tabloid claim, by the way. That's genuinely who I am. I drink, I smoke, I don't go to the gym and I rarely stick to the script when talking to the media. Yet I'm still racing, and at the same level I was when I first won a seat with the Williams Touring Car Team over twenty years ago.

It's no coincidence that I've won more races in the British Touring Car Championship than any other driver and over twice as many as the drivers who've won more championships. Then again, it's also no coincidence that I once spent several days in prison in Monaco for stealing a JCB. There is nothing sensible, predictable or considered about me, I'm afraid. This is my story.

Tickets include a copy of his book.

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£20.00

copy of his book

4th October 2019 Jo Jo Moyes

Date:
4th October 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

One of my all time FAVOURITE Authors  is coming to town!

DON’T MISS THE STANDALONE NEW NOVEL FROM JOJO MOYES, THE NO. 1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ME BEFORE YOU, AFTER YOU AND STILL ME .  Inspired by a remarkable true story, The Giver of Stars features five incredible women who will prove to be every bit as beloved as Lou Clark, the unforgettable heroine of Me Before You.

Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love’ Sunday Express

‘Storytelling at its best’ Marie Claire

‘A triumph’ Heat

‘A deeply satisfying book full of big emotions’ Good Housekeeping

‘Britain’s best contemporary female author’ Sun on Sunday

Venue Birkenhead School , Bushell Hall ,  ticketed event, includes a copy of her new book.

Venue:
Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall

Oxton Road Oxton Wirral

Tickets:
£20.00

A copy of Giver OF Stars

4th October 2019 Bill Bryson

Date:
4th October 2019

12 pm to 2pm

What to Expect:

Bill Bryson is coming to Linghams Bookshop.

How thrilled are we!

He will be signing copies of his new book The Body between 12pm and 2PM.

Tickets are limited .

 

Please note this is a signing only , a ticket includes a copy of his book.  You must have a ticket for this book signing.  It is  NOT a talk (event)  tickets are non refundable.

 

The Body: A Guide for Occupants is an extraordinary exploration of the human body which will have you marvelling at the form you occupy. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes on inside your head, heart and beyond, Bill Bryson will help you understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

In the bestselling, prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe. Now he turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. 

Bill Bryson explains what inspired him to take on this exciting and ambitious project: ‘We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us. What I learned is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected.  There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.’

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£25.00

a copy of the BODY

7th October 2019 Ambrose Parry

Date:
7th October 2019

6.30 for 7pm start

What to Expect:

 Ambrose Parry is a pseudonym for a collaboration between Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman. The couple are married and live in Scotland. Chris Brookmyre is the international bestselling and multi-award-winning author of over twenty novels. Dr Marisa Haetzman is a consultant anaesthetist of twenty years’ experience, whose research for her Master’s degree in the History of Medicine uncovered the material upon which this series, which began with The Way of All Flesh, is based. The Way of all Flesh was longlisted for both the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year.

This is is the second in the series of novels by Ambrose Parry

Edinburgh, 1849. Despite Edinburgh being at the forefront of modern medicine, hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. But it is not just the deaths that dismay the esteemed Dr James Simpson. A whispering campaign seeks to blame him for the death of a patient in suspicious circumstances.

Simpson's protégé Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher are determined to clear their patron's name. But with Raven battling against the dark side of his own nature, and Sarah endeavouring to expand her own medical knowledge beyond what society deems acceptable for a woman, the pair struggle to understand the cause of the deaths.

Will and Sarah must unite and plunge into Edinburgh's deadliest streets to clear Simpson's name. But soon they discover that the true cause of these deaths has evaded suspicion purely because it is so unthinkable.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£10.00

Redeemable against the book.

9th October 2019 Chris Ryan

Date:
9th October 2019

e.g. Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What to Expect:

 We are thrilled to be welcoming Chris Ryan talking about his seventh book in Danny Black series.

Black Ops

To murder an SAS man is no easy task. So when three former Regiment guys turn up dead, brutally butchered in different corners of the globe, the hunt is on for a pro.

But sometimes it takes a killer to catch a killer.

Enter Danny Black.

When the Regiment legend learns that his prime suspect is a top MI6 agent, highly trained in the SAS's dark arts and currently operating deep under cover, he knows that this will be no ordinary mission. It will be a black op of the highest secrecy and utmost urgency. A black op Hereford will only entrust to Danny.

With the help of the target's impressive female MI6 handler, and accompanied by a grizzled bunch of former special forces operatives, the trail will take him across the world: from Hereford to London to the Brecon Beacons, and from the bright lights of Beirut to the badlands of the Syrian desert.

But there is more to this mission than Danny can ever know, and in the secret world, sometimes your deadliest enemy is much, much closer to home.  In this secret world the hunter can become the hunted .  Could it be Danny has met his match.....

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road heswal Wirral

Tickets:
£18.99 and 10

Includes book (18.99) or redeemable against the book.

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

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

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

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

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

28th November 2019 Charlie Mackesy

Date:
28th November 2019

6.30 for 7 pm start

What to Expect:

A reminder of the most important things in life. A book of hope for uncertain times. Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most poignant life lessons. Charlie's first book includes his most-loved illustrations and new ones too. The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. 'A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart' Richard Curtis

Review: "Pure Joy" * London Evening Standard * "A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart." -- Richard Curtis "Simply, the world needs Charlie's work right now." -- Miranda Hart "The world that I am required to inhabit is this one, but the world that I long to inhabit is the one that Charlie Mackesy has created." -- Elizabeth Gilbert "Love, friendship and kindness - this book speaks a universal language of the heart." -- Bear Grylls

Author Biography: Artist Charlie Mackesy has been a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He has collaborated with Richard Curtis for Comic Relief, and Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, `The Unity Series'. His first exhibition for the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse was in London in November 2018. Charlie lives in South London with his two dogs.

Stunning drawings !

Tickets £10 * redeemable against the book.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

Tickets:
£10.00

welcome drink. redeemable

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