Past Events

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16th July 2018 Dan Toombs The Curry Guy

Date:
16th July 2018

6.30 pm for 7PM start

What Happened:

An evening with Dan Toombs and a cooking demo.

Limited spaces for this event.

Dan Toombs, The Curry Guy, has perfected the art of British Indian Restaurant (BIR) cooking. In his highly anticipated new book, Curry Guy Easy, Dan shares the secrets of fuss-free curries, ones that can be made in half the time but still taste as good as the takeaway.

Dan has been besieged by requests for more curry house favourites, ones that can be cooked with very little equipment and faff, and without all the need for complex restaurant preparation. Here he shares long-awaited recipes for the likes of Chicken 65, Black Dhal, Aloo Chaat, Simple Dosas, Prawn Balti, Lamb Keema Saag, and many more.

Whether it's getting your curry cooked and on the table speedily, or doing minimal chopping and mixing before popping into a pan to simmer away happily, Dan's dishes mean you spend less time on the washing-up and more on the enjoyment of eating. For BIR food lovers all over the world, this is an essential guide to making their favourite recipes at home. Dan has spent years researching the methods and secrets of Indian chefs and here he distils that knowledge into a fabulous collection of 100 simple, delectable dishes.

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

13th July 2018 Jess Kidd

Date:
13th July 2018

6.30 for 7PM

What Happened:

Postponed until further notice



Thrilled , to be hosting an event with the author of HIMSELF.  Jess Kidd and her new book the Hoarder.

AS HEARD ON SIMON MAYO'S BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that something is changing: Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her.

With only her agoraphobic landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility, and the strange activities of the house itself. And if someone has hidden a secret there, how far will they go to ensure it remains buried?

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

11th July 2018 Andy Grant

Date:
11th July 2018

6.30pm for 7pm start

What Happened:

An evening with inspirational speaker Andy Grant.

Doors open 6.30 for 7PM start.

When Andy Grant’s eyes blinked open from a 10-day coma in February 2009 he was alone in a hospital bed in Birmingham. He had a broken sternum, a broken leg, a broken elbow and shrapnel lodged in both forearms. He had a severed femoral artery, nerve damage to his hands and feet as well as deep gaping wounds in both of his cheeks. He had been blown up during a routine foot patrol in Afghanistan. Within days of coming to his senses, a doctor told Andy that because of the blast he would no longer be able to have children. 


You’ll Never Walk is his story. 

The tale of a Scouser who had to cope with losing his mum at the tender age of 12. The story of how a dream career in the Royal Marines descended into nightmare at the hands of the Taliban. The painstaking account of how he grew back six centimetres of shattered bone in his leg and learned to walk again. However, Andy wanted to run and push himself to the very edge of his limits and so he made a colossal decision. 

Against doctor’s advice and pleas from his father, he chose to have his leg amputated. The operation was a success, although there was a minor twist. Where once Andy’s treasured Liverpool FC tattoo had carried the message ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, surgery to create a stump removed a key word from the slogan. The scars of his amputation had been decorated with an ominous new motto, which read ‘You’ll Never Walk...’ 

Andy would walk again – he would do much more than that. 

Armed with a running blade he learned to run and play football, scaled mountains in South America and Italy and claimed two gold medals at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games. Through public speaking he brought hope to people right across the country. In 2016, he set his sights on a 10k below-the- knee-amputee world-record and completed the run in an unprecedented 37 minutes 17 seconds. And, most preciously of all, after every obstacle placed in his path, Andy became a father to a little girl.

Tickets £7 include welcome drink and discount off the book

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph road heswall wirral

7th July 2018 Why Mummy Swears Gill sims

Date:
7th July 2018

12.45 pm doors open 13.00 start

What Happened:

Gill Sims of Peter and Jane online sensation and of course Judgey dog is on tour!!!
Gill will be talking about her new book and answering questions in a Q and A at Heswall Hall. Ticket includes a copy of her new book!
 
Why Mummy Swears is the much anticipated new novel from Gill Sims, author of the hilarious Why Mummy Drinks and online sensation Peter and Jane.
 
It’s every parents’ nightmare – the start of the school holidays – and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking sports camps, child minder slots, not to mention time off work, Mummy is exhausted. But this is only the beginning…
 
After being dragged to join the school’s PTA in the new term by an annoyingly kind-spirited neighbour, Mummy is stuck with organising the Christmas Fayre and pleasing all the overly disapproving parents. In combination with getting to know her father’s surprise new glamorous (and much younger) wife, and being forced to spend more time with her narcissistic mother, life isn’t cutting her much of a break. What more could possibly happen?
Tickets £14 include a copy of her book.
Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph road Heswall Wirral

4th July 2018 Elizabeth Brooks

Date:
4th July 2018

6.30PM start for 7PM

What Happened:

An evening with author Elizabeth Brooks

Talking about her debut novel.

One snowy New Year's Eve, at the age of eighty-six, Virginia feels the time has finally come.

New Year's Eve, 1939. Virginia is ten, an orphan arriving to meet her new parents at their mysterious house, Salt Winds. Her new home sits on the edge of a vast marsh, a beautiful but dangerous place. War feels far away out here amongst the birds and shifting sands - until the day a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh. The people at Salt Winds are the only ones to see it.

What happens next is something Virginia will regret for the next seventy-five years, and which will change the whole course of her life.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph road Heswall Wirral

26th June 2018 Sabine Durrant

Date:
26th June 2018

6.30pm for 7pm start

What Happened:

An evening with friend of the shop Sabine Durrant.

I opened the book after breakfast and looked up again at three, wondering where the day had gone. Sabine Durrant is a master at turning the secret anxieties everyone holds into page-turning, nail-biting drama.’ Erin Kelly

‘Gripping, chilling, perfectly nuanced. No one does creepy moral ambiguity quite like Sabine Durrant.’ Tammy Cohen

‘An assured, confident psychological thriller that is rich with menace. The tension and suspense tighten their grip so subtly you'll be holding your breath by the end.’ C.L. Taylor

‘A seductive descent into paranoia and claustrophobia that coils around you like a snake and squeezes until you are breathless.’ Chris Brookmyre

‘A heart-thumping thriller about a dream family that suddenly finds itself living a nightmare. Sabine Durrant writes about the wrong turns that we can take, and the fragility of even the happiest life, and how all we love can slip from our grasp. Take Me In is smart, brilliant - and scary as hell’ Tony Parsons

‘I raced through Take Me In, watching in horror and recognition as a couple turn themselves inside out through fear, assumption and regret. I couldn't look away as they fell for the lies we often tell ourselves, with terrifying results. Sabine Durrant's writing just gets better and better.’ Holly Seddon

‘Take Me In is utterly addictive. With a relentless momentum, this is a fascinating look at how cracks within relationships can turn the world on its head.’ Emma Kavanagh

Book Description
The sensational new thriller from the author of the Richard & Judy bestseller Lie With Me..

Tickets £7 includes £5 discount and a welcome drink.
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Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral Ch60 7SG

25th June 2018 Oz Clarke

Date:
25th June 2018

7 for 730 start

What Happened:

we are very excited to be working with Oz Clarke , talking all things wine.

Whitmore and White will be at the event selling wine at the end of the evening.

Oz uses his trademark wit and irreverent style to teach you the basics of wine appreciation and show you how to get more out of a bottle of wine, and find out what is really inside. Have you ever gone into your local wine shop or looked at the wine list in your local bar and thought with a sense of panic ‘Help, what do I choose?’… What sort of wine do I fancy today? A refreshing white? A summery red to take on a picnic or a spicy wine to go with a winter’s stew?’ Well, Oz is here to help.

Split into sections covering basics (wine at a glance, good grape guide, wine styles, from grape to glass and quick guide to countries); practical stuff (what the label tells you, the canny wine buyer, essential kit, serving and keeping wine); and becoming a wine geek (tasting wine, starting your own collection, finding out more and quick guide to names in wine). Oz will be your guide through the world of fascinating flavours and help you find the sort of wine you enjoy drinking. Dip into this book and you will find a quick, accessible guide to wine styles: what is warm and spicy or chewy and blackcurranty? He recommends wines to try; and explains what the label tells you about the taste and quality of the wine and whether it is any good or not. Soon you will be confident enough to choose between flavoursome reds such as Shiraz or Pinot Noir, and refreshing whites from Alberiño to Sauvignon Blanc.

The book is divided into short, easy to read topics, with recommended wines to try covering all styles and flavours. Now is the moment to grab that glass, learn about what is inside that bottle and taste while you read…

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

station Road parkgate wirral

23rd June 2018 Cathy Cassidy

Date:
23rd June 2018

2PM start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to have a PRE LAUNCH of Cathy's new book.

Cathy will be signing and talking about her new book from 2PM

The must-have second book in the brilliant Lost and Found series from Cathy Cassidy, bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls.

Forced to flee his home in Syria for safety in England, Sami attempts to begin a new life but struggles to overcome the pain of the past. Memories of the long and dangerous journey across icy waters, armed with only his dad's old coat, a flute and the hope of a brighter future, are never far away.

Can his new friends in the Lost and Found band and a blossoming romance with the girl of his dreams melt his frozen heart or is it too late to find a silver lining?

Praise for Cathy's books: Touching, tender and unforgettable. Guardian

Call to register your place 
0151 342 7290
Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

22nd June 2018 SOLD OUT The Tiger That Came to Tea storytime

Date:
22nd June 2018

4PM

What Happened:

We are having a special story time.

The Tiger that Came To Tea story time, free gift and £1 vouchers off the books.

To register your free place 0151 342 7290.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

20th June 2018 POSTPONED An evening with David Jackson

Date:
20th June 2018

6.30 pm for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

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

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

There's just one problem. 

SHE'S NOT THEIRS.

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

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

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

18th June 2018 An evening with Julie Summers

Date:
18th June 2018

doors open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

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

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

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

Doors open 7 for 7.30 start.

Tickets include a welcome drink

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

11th June 2018 An evening with AJ Pearce

Date:
11th June 2018

6.30 for 7Pm start

What Happened:

An evening with ONE of THE debut authors of the year.

London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.

Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .

Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

Tickets £7 inc welcome drink and £5 discount off the book

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

6th June 2018 meditation evening

Date:
6th June 2018

Doors open 6.30PM for 7PM start

What Happened:

What to expect

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

From the book

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

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Transform Your Life

About the author

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

About the speaker

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

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

5th June 2018 Anne Youngson

Date:
5th June 2018

6.30pm for 7pm start

What Happened:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

31st May 2018 AN EVENING WITH ALISON WEIR

Date:
31st May 2018

7 FOR 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to announce an evening with Alison Weir at Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall.

Eleven days after the bloody death of the Queen, a young woman is dressing for her wedding to the King. She knows she must bear a son - or face ruin. She is haunted by the fate of her predecessor.

Jane begins to expose a gentler side to the King, but she clings to the old faith while living in an England in the throes of a religious revolution, where those who speak out risk a brutal death.

She faces plague and rebellion – and the shadow of the past.

How is she to survive in this terrifying world?

JANE SEYMOUR. The third of Henry’s queens.

In this sparkling novel, acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on new research for her compelling portrait of Jane, casting fresh light on both traditional and modern perceptions of her. A young woman of courage and compassion, come from a family tainted by scandal, Jane was driven by the strength of her faith, and a belief that she might do some good in a wicked world.   All will be well if she can give the King what he wants. 

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian (and the fifth bestselling historian overall) in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces, and is married with two adult children. Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen is the third in the Six Tudor Queens series of novels about the wives of Henry VIII, which began with Sunday Times bestsellers Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession.

 

 

Venue:
Bushell Hall, Birkenhead School

Birkenhead School Bushell Hall CH43 6UX

9th May 2018 SOLD OUT Pam Ayres

Date:
9th May 2018

12.30 for 1pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to have the wonderful Pam Ayres coming to Heswall

Pam Ayres, MBE, is a poet, comedian, songwriter and radio and television presenter from Oxfordshire. She has been a regular on television and radio since winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1975 - on Just a Minute, The Comedy Quiz, Countdown and her own series, Ayres on the Air. She performs her solo stage show throughout Britain and around the world and has a huge fan base in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, alongside writing her poetry collections, such as The Hedgehog. Pam is one of Britain's best-loved personalities and was awarded the MBE in 2004 for services to literature and entertainment, and now lives with her husband, sons and numerous animals including rare breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs in the Costwolds.

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road PArkgate

26th April 2018 Sold out An evening with Nisha Katona

Date:
26th April 2018

e.g. open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

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:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate CH64 6QJ

25th April 2018 Clare Mackintosh literary lunch

Date:
25th April 2018

11.45 for 12.00 start

What Happened:

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

23rd April 2018 Simon Mayo

Date:
23rd April 2018

e.g. open 7 for 7.30 pm start

What Happened:

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

19th April 2018 Carl Fogarty

Date:
19th April 2018

open 7pm for 7.30 start

What Happened:

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

10th April 2018 Sold out Ruth Jones

Date:
10th April 2018

e.g. 7 for 7.30PM

What Happened:

EXTRA TICKETS ALLOCATED.

EXTERNAL VENUE BOOKED :NESTON CRICKET CLUB, STATION ROAD CH64 6QJ.

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 Neston Cricket Club

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate Wirral CH64 6QJ

21st March 2018 Karen Hamilton

Date:
21st March 2018

6.30PM for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

15th March 2018 Bishop David Wilbourne

Date:
15th March 2018

6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

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

13th March 2018 Luca Veste

Date:
13th March 2018

6.30PM for 7PM start

What Happened:

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

5th March 2018 Tara Westover

Date:
5th March 2018

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

 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

1st March 2018 Meet the Gruffalo

Date:
1st March 2018

3.30PM

What Happened:

To help celebrate World Book Day we will have Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo visiting us from 3.30 PM.

He will be popping in to say hello after school is out!!

See you then!

Venue:
Linghams

14th February 2018 Neil Ansell

Date:
14th February 2018

6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

An evening with nature , a love letter to Scotland with Neil Ansell

Neil Ansell's THE LAST WILDERNESS is a mesmerising book on nature and solitude by a writer who has spent his lifetime taking solitary ventures into the wild. For any readers of the author's previous book, DEEP COUNTRY, Robert Macfarlane's THE OLD WAYS or William Atkins THE MOOR.

'A gem of a book, an extraordinary tale. Ansell's rich prose will transport you to a real life Narnian world that C.S.Lewis would have envied. Find your deepest, most comfortable armchair and get away from it all' Countryfile

This book really reads like a love letter to the Scottish Highlands . Alongside documenting his four trips up to the most remote part of the UK, Neil writes of the changes in the landscape, and how his gradual loss of hearing affects his relationship with nature as the calls of the birds he knows so well become silent to him. It’s a hauntingly beautiful memoir on solitary walking in the natural world, and also an intriguing exploration of memory, desire and the weathering of time.

Doors open 6.30 for 7PM

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

8th February 2018 sold out !Terracotta Warriors Edward Burman

Date:
8th February 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

We are very excited to welcome Edward Burman.

Author of "Terracotta Warriors"

Exciting investigations in north-west China are about to reveal more of the mysteries of the huge mausoleum of the Qin Emperor, a portion of which was accidently discovered in 1974 by farmers who were digging a well. The second phase of an international research project began in 2011 and is ongoing.

More recently still, in March 2015, promising new excavations began in Pit 2, with exciting fresh discoveries already announced. Much new material has become available since 2008, the year of the major sell-out exhibitions in London and Paris.

Terracotta Warriors seeks to examine one of China's most famous archaeological discoveries in light of these new findings. The book begins with the discovery of the terracotta warriors and then tells the history of the Qin Dynasty and as much as is known about the construction of the 3rd century BCE mausoleum based on the work of the historian Sima Qian (145-90 BCE).

He wrote that the First Emperor was buried with palaces, towers, officials, valuable artefacts and wondrous objects.

 

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road

9th January 2018 Erica James

Date:
9th January 2018

6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to have our first event in 2018 with Erica James

From Erica James, bestselling author of Summer at the Lake, comes an enchanting tale of one family coming together and finding their way.

It’s the summer of 1939, and after touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, the charismatic Jack Devereux.

But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called home and given seven days to find a way to bury their resentments and come together.

With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can the habits of a lifetime be changed in one week? And can Romily, a woman who thrives on adventure, cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?

Venue:
Linghams

23rd December 2017 Father Christmas

Date:
23rd December 2017

11am start

What Happened:

Santa is popping in for his final check before the BIG DAY!

Pop in and meet him!

tickets £1 inc small gift

Venue:
Linghams

16th December 2017 Father Christmas

Date:
16th December 2017

11am start

What Happened:

Santa is visiting us to check on all his Elves around the area!!

He will be in the shop from 11am .

Tickets £1 inc small gift.

Venue:
Linghams

13th December 2017 Robin Ince

Date:
13th December 2017

open 7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

We are super excited to welcome Robin Ince to Heswall talking all things Infinite Monkey Cage 

Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox are writing an Infinite Monkey Cage book.

Entitled How To Build A Universe, the volume will be co-written with Alexandra Feachem, the producer of their Radio 4 show.

Publisher William Collins calls the book ˜an irreverent celebration of scientific marvels “ a hectic leap through the grand and bizarre ideas conjured up by human imagination, from dark matter to consciousness via neutrinos and earthworms."

Robin Ince was in a far less successful band than Brian Cox called The Reg Gutteridge Experience. Their songs have not been used by any political party as an anthem, not even ˜The Hornsey Axe Murderer.. As well as shows about science he does podcasts about angry music with Michael Legge (Vitriola) and The Book Shambles Podcast with Josie Long. He has sometimes received awards for his stand-up which is about stuffed goats in galleries and Kurt Vonnegut. He lost a round of Just a Minute after saying ˜ allo allo" when his brain needed a reference to a sitcom. Paul Merton was gleeful. He has also edited two anthologies of horror stories by comedians called Dead Funny. He is best known for presenting The Infinite Monkey Cage with Brian Cox on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets £7 redeemable against the book.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

27th November 2017 local authors Meg Parkes & Geoff Gill

Date:
27th November 2017

6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

An evening with local authors Meg Parkes and Geoff Gill

tickets £5 redeemable against the book

The 'Death Railway' was very well named. More correctly called the Burma or Thai-Burma Railway, it was a major project during Allied Far East imprisonment under the Japanese. Over 60,000 prisoners worked on its construction, the majority of whom were British, and some 20 per cent died before release in 1945. Working conditions were appalling, the climate inhospitable, and food supplies grossly inadequate, making the POWs terribly vulnerable to a plethora of tropical infections and syndromes of malnutrition. No medical care was given by their Japanese captors, and it fell to the Allied POW doctors and medical orderlies to treat the sick, which they did with little in the way of medical equipment or drugs. However, with remarkable ingenuity and inventiveness they dealt with recurrent attacks of malaria and dysentery, as well as tropical ulcers and beriberi, and devastating epidemics of cholera. Their efforts undoubtedly saved hundreds of lives. This revealing book presents for the first time an in-depth analysis of the medical crisis in the Allied prisoner of war (POW) camps on the Thai-Burma Railway, between 1942 and 1945.While it is written mainly from a British perspective, the authors acknowledge the contributions made by the many different nationalities of medical staff working together. Burma Railway Medicine is the result of a long post-war collaboration between the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and British ex-Far East POWs.

Venue:
Linghams

24th November 2017 Phillip Pullman

Date:
24th November 2017

10 am

What Happened:


We are so excited about this!


Phillip Pullman will be signing copies of his latest book DUST.
This is a ticketed event ONLY and it includes a copy of his latest book
Tickets £20.00. Entry only by ticket. Limited number of spaces.  

Call 0151 342 7290

Venue:
Linghams

21st November 2017 Sir Tony Robinson

Date:
21st November 2017

7 for 7.30

What Happened:

Linghams Booksellers are thrilled to be welcoming Tony back for an adult event this time!!

Sir Tony Robinson is a much-loved actor, presenter and author with a stellar career lasting over fifty years. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, he reveals how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver!, a pint-sized pickpocket desperately bleaching his incipient moustache, to comedy icon Baldrick, the loyal servant and turnip aficionado in Blackadder.

It wasn't all plain sailing though. Along the way he was bullied by Steve Marriott, failed to impress Liza Minnelli and was pushed into a stinking London dock by John Wayne. He also entertained us with Maid Marion and Her Merry Men  (which he wrote and starred in) and coped manfully when locked naked outside a theatre in Lincoln during the live tour of comedy seriesÂWho Dares Wins. He presented  Time Team  for twenty years, watching countless gardens ruthlessly dug up in the name of archaeology, and risked life and limb filming The Worst Jobs in History.

Packed full of incident and insight, No Cunning Plan is a funny, self-deprecating and always entertaining read.

Tickets include a signed paperback .

Venue:
Bushell Hall, Birkenhead School

Oxton CH43 2JD

16th November 2017 Christmas evening

Date:
16th November 2017

Doors open 6PM to 8.30

What Happened:

Ho Ho Ho

Yes it is nearly here ...

To help kick start your shopping we have organised a late night opening with  a twist!

A complimentary glass of wine on entrance , mince pies and private shopping in the our lovely bookshop with

10% discount off everything.

Hopefully see you then!!

Venue:
Linghams

14th November 2017 Prof Stephen Harding

Date:
14th November 2017

6.30 for 7 PM start

What Happened:

look who is back with his new book!!

This was a sell out last time! Do not miss out!!  

All things Vikings and Wirral!

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road

9th November 2017 SOLD OUT Rick Stein

Date:
9th November 2017

12.00 for 12.30Pm start

What Happened:

Sorry this has sold out.  Orders taken for signed books.  Please call 0151 342 7290.

2015 saw Rick embark on a culinary trip from Venice to Istanbul, exploring Italy, Greece, Croatia and Turkey on route. 2016 was all about spending a Long Weekend in some of his favourite European cities, like Berlin, Reykjavik, Palermo and Vienna.

Moving on to 2017, and Rick has been filming his latest BBC TV adventure, due to air in a six-part series in the autumn, documenting the food and culture from San Francisco in California down to Oaxaca in Mexico. Rick Stein's Road to Mexico is inspired by a journey that he made in late 60's, so expect to hear lots of nostalgic tales of how the countries have changed over the years and how the food has developed. It will be classic Rick  vibrant dishes, travel tips and a dash of art and culture thrown in for good measures.  The book accompanying the series will be available for this event.

Venue:
Thornton Hall hotel and Spa

Thornton Hough Wirral

6th November 2017 Julian Norton

Date:
6th November 2017

7 for 7.30pm start

What Happened:

Love animals?  Do not miss our fabulous event with Channel 5 Yorkshire Vet Julian Norton

A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons, Julian recounts more inspirational tales from his life, the animals he has treated and the people he has met. This book is an inspiration for anyone who loves animals as well as those who dream of becoming a vet.

Julian Norton qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1996. He has spent most of his working life in his beloved North Yorkshire.

In 2015, Skeldale Veterinary Centre was involved with filming the Channel 5 television series  The Yorkshire Vet, in which Julian has the title role.

Outside of work, Julian is a keen triathlete and ski mountaineer. He has represented team GB at age-group level for both middle-distance triathlon and long-course duathlon. He is currently training to compete in a team for the major ski mountaineering race, La Patrouille des Glaciers, which traverses the high peaks of Switzerland.

He is married to Anne, also a veterinary surgeon, and has two sons, Jack and Archie, a Jack Russell terrier called Emmy, and two guinea pigs called Sparkle and Shine.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

30th October 2017 Rachel Rhys

Date:
30th October 2017

e.g. Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

England, September 1939
Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner for a new life in Australia and is plunged into a world of cocktails, jazz and glamorous friends. But as the sun beats down, poisonous secrets begin to surface. Suddenly Lily finds herself trapped with nowhere to go ...

Australia, six-weeks later
The world is at war, the cruise liner docks, and a beautiful young woman is escorted onto dry land in handcuffs. 

What has she done?

Ideal for bookclubs

Venue:
Linghams

28th October 2017 EFC Everton an Oral History

Date:
28th October 2017

e.g.11am book signing

What Happened:

Calling EFC fans!

Book signing with the author of this amazing book James Corbett and Neville Southall.


It is known as The School of Science, a pioneering institution from the game's inception as a professional sport through to the advent of the Premier League. It is known too as The People's Club, an institution that in football's globalised and money strewn era has managed to retain a distinct local identity and whose fans see themselves as a distinct tribe. It is a club where legends of the game bestrode the hallowed turf of its world famous stadium, Goodison Park: from Fred Geary and Jack Taylor to Dixie Dean and Tommy Lawton; Alex Young, Alan Ball and Howard Kendall to Neville Southall, Graeme Sharp and modern icons, like Romelu Lukaku. It is Everton Football Club: unmistakeable, unique, unforgettable. Yet the inner life of Everton Football Club is veiled in mystique. Only a select few partake in the sensitive discussions of running a club or the casual banter of the training ground or dressing room. While there is a shared experience in the stadium, altered perceptions of a club's highs and lows live on in the hearts and minds of all the protagonists: players, managers, supporters and other witnesses to the team's fortunes.  As Everton enter their 140th year, Faith of Our Families: Everton, An Oral History tells the story of the club through the voices of the people who made the institution one of the most revered in world football. Assiduously curated by award winning author, James Corbett, and told in the words of the people who made it great, Faith of Our Families: Everton, An Oral History offers a front row seat to the highs and lows of the club. Featuring more than 100 original interviews with the club's players, managers, fans and administrators, Faith of Our Families: Everton, An Oral History offers an unparalleled and unprecedented insight into the club's story

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

16th October 2017 Meet the Pukkas

Date:
16th October 2017

6.30 for 7.000pm start

What Happened:

We are thrilled to welcome both Mother Pukka and her hubby Papa Pukka for a fabulous event in conjunction with Parentfolk.

Meet The Pukkas. Mother Pukka (aka Anna Whitehouse) and Papa Pukka (aka Matt Farquharson) began blogging and vlogging their parenting experiences two years ago and have become a lifeline for parents everywhere. Their hilarious podcast, Dirty Mother Pukka, debuted at number 3 in the UK podcast charts this summer and they have more than 130,000 followers on social media.      Part memoir and part guide, Parenting the Sh*t Out of Life is the first parenting book to tell the story from both the mother’s and the father’s perspective. In this dual narrative, each chapter is written half by Anna and half by Matt, revealing the highs, lows and hilarity of the modern parenting experience.   From the heartbreaking loss of miscarriage to their campaign for more flexible working for UK parents, to picking your partner, bonking with intent (getting pregnant) and the realities of splashdown (the birth), this is a book the tackles the light and dark of parenting and relationships, and will make tears and laughter flow in equal measure.   The Mother Pukka portal www.motherpukka.co.uk uses humour and cold reality to explain the pressure of sharing your life and home with tiny humans, helping tens of thousands to feel less self critical and more connected.  Anna and Matt offer reassurance, support and inspiration. Their motto – ‘parenting the shit out of life’ – has become a familiar phrase on social media, hashtagged more than 33,000 times by their loyal and growing fanbase.   Mother Pukka, aka Anna Whitehouse, was a creative copywriter for The L’Oreal Group before becoming a full time vlogger in 2015. Papa Pukka, aka Matt Farquharson, is a journalist and editor.  They married in 2010 and together they have two children; Mae who is 4 and Eve who is 2 weeks old.  

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

4th October 2017 Peter Stanford interviewed by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Date:
4th October 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

We welcome the author of Martin Luther in conversation with Frank Cottrell Boyce

A new appraisal of theological firebrand Martin Luther, on the 500th anniversary of the religious revolution he triggered - the Protestant Reformation.

'A compelling biography of one of the greatest men of the modern age. Stanford is particularly brilliant on the tensions inside Luther's private and spiritual life. This is a very fine book, written with a flourish.' Melvyn Bragg

The 31st of October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther pinning his 95 'Theses' - or reform proposals - to the door of his local university church in Wittenberg. Most scholars now agree that the details of this eye-catching gesture are more legend than hammer and nails, but what is certainly true is that on this day (probably in a letter to his local Archbishop in Mainz), the Augustinian Friar and theologian issued an outspokenly blunt challenge to his own Catholic Church to reform itself from within - especially over the sale of 'indulgences' - which ultimately precipitated a huge religious and political upheaval right across Europe and divided mainstream Christianity ever after.

A new, popular biography from journalist Peter Stanford, looking at Martin Luther from within his Catholic context, examining his actual aims for Catholicism as well as his enduring legacy - and where he might fit within the church today.

'Peter Stanford makes the life of Luther into a thrilling narrative, told from a modern Catholic perspective' Antonia Fraser

Venue:
Linghams

2nd October 2017 Adam Kay

Date:
2nd October 2017

doors open 7 for 730 start

What Happened:

Everything you ever wanted to know about being a junior doctor, and more than a few things you’ll probably wish you really didn’t

Imagine if David Sedaris had spent six years training as a junior doctor or if Do No Harm was turned into stand-up comedy. Meet Adam Kay and the funniest book ever written about the NHS.

This is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice, hilarity, horror and maddening bureaucracy. You will learn more than you ever wanted to about some horrific injuries (look away from page 19 if you're squeamish) and feel even more impassioned about the everyday heroism of NHS staff and the grim insanity of the government's war on their contracts.

Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010 and kept a diary throughout. He is now an awardwinning comedian and writer for TV and film and has over 20 million YouTube hits as a musician and performer.

Ticket redeemable against his book

Includes welcome drink.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

30th September 2017 Rob Keeley

Date:
30th September 2017

2 Pm start

What Happened:

Rob launches his new book "High Spirits "

Meet Rob at 2PM signing copies of his new book.

It’s been two years since Ellie last spoke to Edward.  She thinks she’s left the spirit world behind.  But the spirits won’t take no for an answer... When Ellie’s Mum returns to Inchwood Manor, Ellie finds herself going too... and is transported back to the 1930s, discovering a plot to impersonate the King of England. With the Second World War coming, and the first evil spirits starting to escape into the mortal world, Ellie is fighting alongside some unexpected allies... Rob Keeley is back with High Spirits, the fourth instalment in his multi-award-listed Spiritsseries.  The series allows young people to learn more about other times, as well as the time in which they live.     

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

30th September 2017 Story Explorers "The Scarecrows Wedding"

Date:
30th September 2017

e.g. Doors10.00AM

What Happened:

STORYTIME with Story Explorers " The Scarecrows Wedding".

Places limited , listen to a story and help build a scarecrow with the fabulous Story  Explorers.

Tickets FREE

Venue:
Linghams

26th September 2017 Robert Harris

Date:
26th September 2017

e.g. Doors open at 7PM for 7.30 start

What Happened:

Book signing with Robert Harris


Tickets :

Standard £20 (inc signed copy of Munich)
Couple tickets £30 (admits 2 people inc one signed copy of Munich).
Eventbrite (online charges may be incurred)
0151 342 7290

Doors open 7 for 730 start.
Tickets on sale from 14th August.
Eventbrite or shop.


FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF
FATHERLAND, CONCLAVE AND AN OFFICER AND A SPY

ROBERT HARRIS
MUNICH

Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.

The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there.

Munich.


As Chamberlain’s plane judders over the Channel and the Führer’s train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own.

Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain’s private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven’t seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again.

When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray?

Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?

Another breathtaking spy-thriller from the pen of the unsurpassable Robert Harris, MUNICH is about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, filled with real-life characters – Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, Daladier – and events that changed histo

Venue:
Thornton Manor

Thornton Hough wirral

25th September 2017 Salley Vickers

Date:
25th September 2017

6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

An evening with Salley Vickers talking about her book "Cousins"

Brilliant and mercurial Will Tye suffers a life changing accident. The terrible event ripples through three generations of the complex and eccentric Tye family, bringing to light old tragedies and dangerous secrets. Each member of the family holds some clue to the chain of events which may have led to the accident and each holds themselves to blame. Most closely affected is Will's cousin Cecelia, whose affinity with Will leaves her most vulnerable to his suffering and whose own life is for ever changed by how she will respond to it.

Told through the eyes of three women close to Will, his sister, his grandmother and his aunt, Cousins is a novel weaving darkness and light which takes us from the outbreak of World War Two to the present day, exploring the recurrence of tragedy, the nature of trangression, and the limits of morality and love.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

15th September 2017 David Litchfield

Date:
15th September 2017

doors open 4.30 for 4.45 start

What Happened:

We will be closing early for our PRIVATE event with David Litchfield author of Grandad's Secret Giant.

David will be talking about this book with the children :

Billy doesn't believe his Grandad when he tells him there's a giant living in his town, doing good deeds for everyone. He knows that a giant is too big to keep himself hidden. And why would he WANT to keep himself a secret? But as time goes on, Billy learns that some secrets are too BIG to stay secret for long...

Limited spaces on this event. Aimed at Years 1 and 2.

Adults go free but only one per  child please.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

12th September 2017 Holly Green

Date:
12th September 2017

doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

All they have left is each other...

Life has always been tough for May and Gus Lavender. Their father went away to sea never to return, and then their mother falls victim to the typhus sweeping through Liverpool. Regarded as orphans by the authorities, May and Gus are sent to the Brownlow Hill Workhouse.

Like all workhouses, Brownlow is the last resort for the poor and the destitute. May and Gus will have to rely on each other more than ever if they are to survive the hardships to come...

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirra

1st September 2017 Sold Out Coffee with Robert Webb

Date:
1st September 2017

Doors open at 12:45pm for 13:15pm start

What Happened:

RULES FOR BEING A MAN:

 

Don't Cry

Love Sport

Play Rough

Drink Beer

Don't Talk About Feelings

 ‘Quite simply brilliant. I (genuinely) cried. I (genuinely) laughed out loud. It’s profound, touching, personal yet universal . . . I loved it’

JK Rowling

But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone?

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life

 

‘Timely and candid, told with great humour, warmth and compassion. A much-needed contribution to the vital conversation about the damage gender can do.’ – Juno Dawson

 

‘Takes us deftly from hilarity about his clumsy attempts to attract girls, to the heart-stopping hurt of the sudden loss of his beloved mother, “the best person” in his life ... A truly great read, full of heart’ – Dawn French

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Heswall Hall 111 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 0AF

30th August 2017 John Connolly

Date:
30th August 2017

Doors open at 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

What Happened:

a novel about Laurel and Hardy.

 An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake . . .

And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.

he is Stan Laurel.
But he did not really exist. 

Venue:
Linghams bookshop

248 telegraph road Heswall Wirral 111 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 0AF

17th August 2017 Philippa Gregory

Date:
17th August 2017

7pm for 7.30 start

What Happened:

An evening with Philippa Gregory.One not to be missed her only appearance in the north.The last Tudor "How long do you have? "I force a laugh ."Not long "he says very quietly. "They have confirmed your sentence of death. I am so sorry . You are to be beheaded tomorrow. We don't have long at all."

Ticket includes a signed copy of The Last Tudor

Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and spa

NESTON ROAD Thornton Hough WIRRAL CH63 1JF

9th August 2017 Peter Robinson

Date:
9th August 2017

Doors open at 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

What Happened:

An evening with Peter Robinson.

Venue:
Linghams

Linghams Booksellers 248 Telegraph Road Heswall, Wirral Merseyside, CH60 7SG

29th July 2017 local author P G Ronane

Date:
29th July 2017

2PM book signing

What Happened:

A fictionalised exploration of British and European identity one year after the Referendum that has left a country divided and an unsure future ahead. 

On June 24th, 2016, Mike McCarthy wakes up to the news that Britain has voted to leave the EU. A committed European, he is shattered. Over the coming weeks and months, he takes a long hard look at himself, determined to uncover the reasons why this has happened. As he tries to cope with the inevitability of Brexit, Mike fondly recalls his visits to Europe as a young man, his relationships and how these molded his pan-European outlook. In Catch 52 author P. G. Ronane explores the effects felt from the vote in a smart, witty and entertaining manner.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

27th July 2017 Carol Drinkwater

Date:
27th July 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7PM start

What Happened:

An evening with Carol Drinkwater

(Helen from All Creature Great and Small)

Venue:
Linghams Bookshop

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

20th July 2017 SOLD OUT an evening with Nisha Katona

Date:
20th July 2017

7pm for 7.30 start

What Happened:

An evening with Nisha Katona in conversation about her new cookery book The Spice tree.

The Spice Tree will show you what spices and ingredients always go together in the Indian kitchen – its foolproof, secret spice formulas. While Nisha’s recipes for generous, aromatic, flavoursome homecooking bring these ancient formulas to life. Everything you need to know to cook authentic Indian is found within these mouth-watering pages and explained beautifully and simply.

Tickets available instore 0151 342 7290 or Eventbrite (onliine charge)

Venue:
Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

27th June 2017 Queen of crime thrillers Sharon Bolton

Date:
27th June 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

A cold nugget in her heart told her that she hadn’t escaped after all, that five, ten, twenty years weren’t enough, that there was no escape and that the day would come when he would find her.Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a young woman is brutally murdered. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.She’s seen the killer’s face – and he’s seen hers. Now he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.Alone, scared, trusting no one, she goes on the run. But the biggest danger of all could be where she least expects to find it.

Venue:
Linghams Booksellers

248 Telegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
CH60 7SG

17th June 2017 The Redmen of Liverpool FC

Date:
17th June 2017

2pm

What Happened:

Ian Calllaghan and George Rowlands signing copies ofThe Redmen: The Tobacco YearsIn the last years of the 19th century an American tobacco company, Allen and Ginter, began inserting plain cards called ‘stifeners’ into packets of cigarettes to protect their products from being crushed. It was swiftly exploited for commercial purposes: to advertise other products and then illustrate the cards with popular personalities. These collectables swiftly became a phenomenon. Now Rowlands has shared his passion. Featuring every Liverpool player featured in this medium, along with biographical details and contextual notes.

Venue:
Linghams Booksellers

248 Telegraph Road
Heswall
Wirral
CH60 7SG

13th June 2017 Mark Billingham in conversation with Chris Brookmyre

Date:
13th June 2017

Doors open 7 for 7.30pm

What Happened:

DI Tom Thorne and DI Nicola Tanner investigate a series of brutal killings in London in the year’s most shocking crime novel – and the most daring work yet from number one bestseller Mark Billingham.

Venue:
linghams bookshop

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral Ch63 1JF

12th June 2017 Clare Mackintosh & Gin Phillips - Crime and Wine evening

Date:
12th June 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start

What Happened:

Clare Mackintosh best selling author I let you Go & I See You will be at Linghams Bookshop with Gin Phillips talking about her new psychological thriller Fierce Kingdom.

These books are one sitting reads!!

Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 12 weeks, and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It was selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club and ITV’s Loose Women’s ‘Loose Books’, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. It has sold more than a million copies worldwide

Fierce Kingdom:

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.

Venue:
Linghams Booksellers

248 Telegraph Road Heswall, Wirral Merseyside, CH60 7SG

10th June 2017 Cathy Cassidy

Date:
10th June 2017

2pm start

What Happened:

our lovely friend Cathy Cassidy will be at Linghams signing copies of her new book from 2 pm.it is a free event but you must have a ticket as limited spaces.  Call 0151 342 7290 to reserve your place or call into the shop. 

Venue:
Linghams

7th June 2017 Chris Boardman

Date:
7th June 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7pm

What Happened:

“Triumphs and Turbulence”

Chris is back by popular demand talking about his very personal autobiography

You may know him as the much-loved co-presenter of ITV’s Tour de France coverage or enjoyed his BBC Olympic coverage, but beyond the easy charm Chris Boardman is one of our greatest, most inspiring cyclists. The remarkable journey of Chris from Olympic gold medal winner to the inside track of Team GB Cycling team.

Tickets include a copy of his paperback £8.99.

0151 342 7290

Or online at Eventbrite *Online charges may be incurred.

Welcome drink on arrival

Venue:
Linghams

18th May 2017 Milly Johnson and Jane Costello,

Date:
18th May 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7.00 PM

What Happened:

Not one but TWO Sunday Times Bestsellers:

Milly Johnson, talking about her new book “Queen of Wishful Thinking”. Sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Also Jane Costello taking about her book “Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel”

Tickets £8.00 *£5 redeemable against either book.

Free drink on arrival.

Call 0151 342 7290 for tickets

Venue:
Linghams

10th May 2017 Professor Stephen Harding

Date:
10th May 2017

Doors open 6.30 for 7 PM

What Happened: Professor Stephen Harding launches his new book at Linghams on the 10th May 2017. Tickets £5.00 redeemable against his new book. Call 0151 342 7290 for tickets Venue:
Linghams

3rd May 2017 David Baldacci

Date:
3rd May 2017

doors open 7.30 for 8PM pm start

What Happened:

We are pinching ourselves over this event.

Our second US author.

David Baldacci.

Sold over 100 million copies of his books

One of only TWO independent bookshop events in the UK.

David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, because “every mom needs a break now and then.”)

David published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A feature film followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 33 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published six novels for younger readers.

Venue : Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa Torintone Suite.

Tickets £16.99 * inc copy of his book “The Fix”

Tickets available instore or Eventbrite** ** subject to booking fee is booking online.

0151 342 7290

Venue:
Thornton Hall hotel

Neston Rd, Thornton Hough, Wirral CH63 1JF

12th April 2017 Laini Taylor

Date:
12th April 2017

Doors open 11.30 for 12.00 start.

What Happened:

Laini Taylor author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is here talking about her fantastic new book “Strange the Dreamer”

Laini is an award winning and Sunday Times and international bestselling author here from the USA.

“I read Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor . . . I’m all fired up about it. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for a thrilling couple of days. I am in your debt. (Warning readers: this is one of those series that will have you tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next instalment. Be prepared.)” Stephanie Meyer

“Fantasy and romance combine. . . If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if an angel and a devil fell in love, you’re about to find out.” Sunday Express on Daughter of Smoke and Bone “

Tickets £5.00 redeemable against her new book.

0151 342 7290

Venue:
West Kirby Grammar School

5th April 2017 David Jackson

Date:
5th April 2017

Doors open at 6:30pm for 7:00pm start

What Happened: David Jackson launches his new book. Welcome drink on arrival Venue:
Linghams

10th December 2016 Neville Southall

Date:
10th December 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened:

EFC look who popped in for a Saturday signing

Venue:
Heswall Hall

7th December 2016 Hurrah for Gin

Date:
7th December 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: Such a fun night, Katie Kirby chatting about her book, gin and book signing! Venue:
Linghams

30th November 2016 Johnny Herbert - What Doesn't Kill You

Date:
30th November 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: What an evening! What a story ! Signed books available! Venue:
Linghams

25th November 2016 Crime Evening

Date:
25th November 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: Another sellout even with crime panel authors. Garett and Mari Hannah Plus their forensic partners Venue:
Linghams

16th November 2016 Sabine Durrant

Date:
16th November 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: A chilling tale of deception by journalist Sabine Durrant Venue:
Linghams

1st October 2016 S J Watson visited us at Linghams

Date:
1st October 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: S J Watson visited us at Linghams and chatted about his psychological new thriller . A chilling but entertaining evening! Venue:
Linghams

29th September 2016 Afternoon Tea with Alexander McCall Smith

Date:
29th September 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: Afternoon Tea with the author of Precious and Grace, Bertie Project and Italian Bulldozer! A Fabulous event at Heswall Hall Venue:
Heswall Hall

10th September 2016 Morning with Liz Earle

Date:
10th September 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: Coffee morning at Heswall Hall with Liz Earle was a huge success! Venue:
Heswall Hall

5th September 2016 An evening with Damon Hill

Date:
5th September 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: An evening with Damon Hill at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa. A full house ! Venue:
Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

30th July 2016 Harry Potter Midnight Opening

Date:
30th July 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened:

Calling all Harry Potter fans young and old..NEW and not so new.

What an adventure we had ! Lots of customers attending and in fancy dress too!

Super! Super! evening!

The book is the transcript of the play presented on the west end stage.

Latest update from JK “its a tearjerker”

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places

Venue:
Linghams

21st June 2016 Chris Boardman

Date:
21st June 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened:

Chris was at Linghams on Tuesday 21st June for a sell out event with his autobiography “Triumphs and Turbulence”

We were lucky enough to get one of his few appearances with this book.

The event was a sell out!! Standing room only!

Superb talk and customers got to meet the Olympic gold medal winner and have their books signed!

Signed copies available. One of the highlights this year!

Venue:
Linghams

16th June 2016 Barney Norris

Date:
16th June 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened:

Five Rivers met on a Wooded Plain!

This is a truly wonderful book ! beautifully written by Barney Norris .

Barney’s event was one we were all looking forward to having read the book and loving it!!

The evening was fun and very interesting listening to how the book came about!

Highly recommend this book!

Venue:
Linghams

25th March 2016 Richard Coles

Date:
25th March 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: Phewee what an evening this was sell out event with an amazing guest Venue:
Linghams

10th March 2016 Katie Kirby

Date:
10th March 2016

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: Such a fun night, Katie Kirby chatting about her book, gin and book signing! Venue:
Linghams

15th April 2014 Afternoon with Tess Gerritsen

Date:
15th April 2014

e.g. Doors open at 3:00pm for 3:30pm start

What Happened: Tess popped into our lovely shop on a summery afternoon in July. We had lot of customers who were queuing to meet her and get their haunting tale signed! Venue:
Linghams

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