Forthcoming Events

2nd April 2019 Barbara Erskine

Date:
2nd April 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

How excited am I!  One of my favourite authors is coming to town!

Barbara will be in conversation , followed by a book signing .  The venue is Heswall Hall and tickets include a paperback copy of her new book Ghost Tree.  

The Ghost Tree

The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

The past is about to become the present…

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile. Left rootless by the death of her estranged father, she is faced with the daunting task of sorting through his possessions. Amidst the dust of her old life, Ruth discovers a hidden diary from the eighteenth century, written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine. As she sifts through the ancient pages of the past, Ruth is pulled into a story that she can’t escape.

As the youngest son of a noble family Thomas’ life started in genteel poverty, but his extraordinary experiences propel him from the high seas to Lord Chancellor. Yet, on his journey through life, he makes a powerful enemy who hounds him to the death – and beyond.
Ruth has opened a door to the past that she can’t close, and meets a ghost in her family tree who wasn’t invited. She will have to draw upon new friends and old in what will become a battle for her very survival…

The inspiration for this book comes from Barbara's own family , find out more at your event!

Venue:
Linghams bookshop

248 Telegraph Road Wirral

Tickets:
£12.00

Copy of the Ghost Tree (paperback)

8th April 2019 Lindsey Davis

Date:
8th April 2019

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

Friend of the shop Lindsey Davis is once more visiting Heswall with her latest book.

A Capital Death

Emperor Domitian has demanded the Senate award him a Triumph to celebrate two questionable victories. Preparations go smoothly until a key figure plunges to his death from the Capitoline Hill. It looks like suicide – until a persistent witness claims she saw him being pushed from the symbolic Tarpeian Rock. Tiberius Manlius is dragged in to sort out the truth; harassed by bureaucracy, he passes the job to Flavia Albia.

 

Albia soon learns that the dead man was an abusive swine, a dodgy official involved in scams, including one that may involve the supply of imperial purple dye. Plenty of people are delighted to be rid of him – though of course they all claim to be innocent.

 

Investigation draws her into a colourful world of carnival floats, theatrical costumes, and that smoothest of runners, the imperial Victory chariot; her suspects include augurs, an inconvenient Praetorian Guard, temple custodians – and even the Sacred Geese of Juno.  As she uncovers husbands and wives, sisters and brothers who all have something to hide, another man is thrown to his death from the rock. Now the pressure hots up to prove what is happening, lest murder at Rome’s most sacred site pollutes the Emperor’s triumph.

 

Albia promises Tiberius she won’t put herself in danger, but when the truth finally dawns, she finds herself alone on the sacred Capitol at night, pursued by a desperate killer who is determined she must be the next victim to fall from the Tarpeian Rock...

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£7.00

Redeemable against the book and welcome drink

10th April 2019 Erin Kelly

Date:
10th April 2019

doors open 12pm for 12.30pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be working with the fabulous Erin Kelly author of He Said She Said.

The event is a Literary Lunch held at The Wro Bar and Grill in West Kirby and includes a copy of Erin's latest book and TWO courses.  Doors open 12 for 12.30 start . Tickets £30.

The Victorians used to call their mental hospitals stone mothers,' I say. 'They thought the design of the building could literally nurse the sick back to health.'

Marianne grew up in the shadow of the old asylum, a place that still haunts her dreams. She was seventeen when she fled the town, her family, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried.

Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose the truth.

Marianne will do anything to protect the life she's built; the husband and daughter who must never know.
Even if it means turning to her worst enemy...

But Marianne may not know the whole story - and she isn't the only one with secrets they'd kill to keep.

Moving back through time to reveal twists you'll never see coming, Stone Mothers is the gripping new suspense novel from the bestselling author of He Said/She Said.

'Poignant and tragic, full of unexpected shifts and twists, addictively scary and thrillingly audacious.' Nicci French

'The plot is so CLEVER... and the writing is perfection.' Marian Keyes

'The incomparable Erin Kelly has written another captivating, cleverly constructed contemporary novel.' Paula Hawkins

Venue:
Wro Bar and Grill

Grange Road West Kirby Wirral CH48 4DY

Tickets:
£30.00

copy of the book and two course lunch

15th April 2019 Mike Carter

Date:
15th April 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

Author of One Man and his Bike will be at Linghams in April talking about his new book All Together Now.

In a few weeks' time, it would be thirty-five years to the day since those men and women had walked 340 miles to try to save their communities and their culture, and thirty-five years since I had turned down Pete's invitation to join them. I called work and booked some time off. Then I bought a one-way train ticket to Liverpool.'

In 1981, Mike Carter's dad, Pete, organised the People's March for Jobs, which saw 300 people walk from Liverpool to London to protest as the Thatcher government's policies devastated industrial Britain and sent unemployment skyrocketing. Just before the 2016 EU referendum, Mike set off to walk the same route in a quest to better understand his dad and his country.

As he walked, Mike found many echoes of the early eighties: a working class overlooked and ignored by Westminster politicans; communities hollowed out but fiercely resistant; anger and despair co-existing with hope and determination for change. And he also found that he and Pete shared more in common than he might have thought.

All Together Now? maps the intricate, overlapping path of one man's journey and that of an entire country. It is a book about belonging, about whether to stay or go, and about the need to write new stories for our communities and ourselves.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG

Tickets:
£7

welcome drink

20th April 2019 Ronnie Goodlass book signing

Date:
20th April 2019

3pm to 430PM

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be working with Ronnie and his BLUE NOSE book for a signing in the shop .

Ronnie will be here 3 pm to 4.30 pm.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£Free

6th May 2019 Colin Butcher

Date:
6th May 2019

6:30PM for 7PM start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to have Colin Butcher coming to Linghams to talk about his new book Molly and Me: An extraordinary tale of second chances and how a dog and her owner became the ultimate pet-detective duo.

Following high-ranking careers with the Royal Navy and Surrey Police, Colin Butcher established The UK Pet Detectives in 2005. It has since become the market leader in the investigation of crimes against animals, and each year recovers hundreds of lost and stolen pets. An expert in the field of pet detection, Colin's vast experience as a crime investigator has given him an unrivalled insight into the behaviour of missing dogs and cats.

Charming, moving and thrilling, Molly & Me is the story of a rescue cocker spaniel with a troubled past who - thanks to the love and devotion of her owner - finds a new life, a new purpose and a forever friend.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£8.00

Redeemable against the book

13th May 2019 Dan Toombs The Curry Guy Veggie

Date:
13th May 2019

6:30 for 7PM

What to Expect:

We are so excited to have Dan Toombs return to Linghams to talk about his latest book The Curry Guy Veggie: Over 100 vegetarian Indian Restaurant Classics and new dishes to make at home. 

Dan Toombs (aka The Curry Guy) has perfected the art of replicating British Indian Restaurant cooking. After 20 years of travelling around the UK, sampling dishes, learning the curry house kitchen secrets and refining those recipes at home, Dan has created recipes that taste just like a takeaway from your favourite local but in less time and for less money. Dan's first book, The Curry Guy (2017), was a bestseller and this is his third book. 

Much vegetarian food at curry houses is unappealing and unimaginative. Curry Guy Veggie showcases how exciting Indian vegetarian food can be with mouth-watering starters, classic curries, idlis, dosas and fried breads, as well as the delicious side dishes that we all know and love.

Dan Toombs, has been on a quest to learn and develop the most celebrated meat-free Indian recipes, and in The Curry Guy Veggie he presents over 100 recipes that focus on taste and simplicity.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£10.00

Redeemable against the book

14th May 2019 Helen Cullen

Date:
14th May 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to have Helen Cullen coming to Linghams to talk about her book The Lost Letters of William Woolf  following its release in paperback.

Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . .

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names - they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

When William discovers letters addressed simply to 'My Great Love' his work takes on new meaning.

Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn't met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn't know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?

William must follow the clues in Winter's letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.

'I found myself totally transported into William's poignant and beguiling world of lost opportunities and love' A. J. Pearce, author of Sunday Times bestseller Dear Mrs Bird

'If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You, you will love Cullen's nostalgic debut. This life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there' Independent

'Captivates. William has what seems to be the best job in the world . . . Honest yet lyrical, Cullen's characters are drawn with sympathy. Lose yourself' The Scotsman

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£5.00

Welcome drink included

20th May 2019 Elizabeth Macneal

Date:
20th May 2019

6.30 for 7PM start

What to Expect:

We are so excited to be welcoming Elizabeth Macneal to the shop to talk about her debut novel The Doll Factory.

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is the intoxicating story of a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her world for ever.

London. 1850. The greatest spectacle the city has ever seen is being built in Hyde Park, and among the crowd watching two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment – forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning.

When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love.

But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening...

The Doll Factory, Elizabeth’s debut novel, won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018 and has been described as "A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession" by Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train.

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£7.00

Redeemable against the copy of the book and includes a welcome drink.

22nd May 2019 Stephanie Calman

Date:
22nd May 2019

6.30PM start for 7PM

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be hosting an event with Stephanie Calman at Linghams.

Best selling author of Confessions of Failed Grown Up, How Not to Murder your Mother, How Not To Murder your Husband .

Confessions of a Bad Mother The Teenage Years

The Teenage Years

 

When you’re pregnant you think: ‘I’m having a baby’, not a person who will eventually catch trains by themselves, share a fridge with ten strangers, go to a festival in Croatia without succumbing to a drug overdose, and one day, bring you a gin and tonic when your mother is dying.

We imagine the teenage years as a sort of domestic meteor strike, when our dear, sweet child, hitherto so trusting and mild, is suddenly replaced by a sarcastic know-all who isn’t interested in the wisdom we have to pass on. But with great honesty and refreshingly bracing wit, Stephanie Calman shows that adolescence in fact begins much earlier, around the age of seven.

And having nurtured them through every stage of development, from walking to school by themselves to their first all-night party, you find yourself alone – bereaved even – as they skip off to university without a second glance.

Candid, touching and very, very funny, Confessions of a Bad Mother: The Teenage Years offers hope to despairing and exhausted parents everywhere. Read it and discover that your teenager is not the enemy after all.

 

Venue:
Linghams

248 telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

Tickets:
£12.99

book

28th May 2019 Bev Thomas

Date:
28th May 2019

6:30PM for 7PM start

What to Expect:

This is for fans of psychological suspense thrillers. We are so excited to have Bev Thomas at Linghams to talk about her new book A Good Enough Mother.

Dr Ruth Hartland rises to difficult tasks. She is the director of a highly respected trauma therapy unit. She is confident, capable and excellent at her job. Today she is preoccupied by her son Tom's disappearance.

So when a new patient arrives at the unit - a young man who looks shockingly like Tom - she is floored.

As a therapist, Ruth knows exactly what she should do in the best interests of her client, but as a mother she makes a very different choice - a decision that will have profound consequences.

"A gripping novel of what happens when unexpected loss breaks open the boundaries of a carefully constructed life, blurring perspectives and upending the best of intentions. This powerful story of love, loss--and ultimately, healing--will resonate with everyone who has ever loved a child."
-Kim Edwards, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter

"The suspense in A Good Enough Mother is raw and enthralling, with a strong emotional ache at its center."
-Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man

Venue:
Linghams

248 Telegraph Road Heswall

Tickets:
£7.00

redeemable against a copy of the book.

21st June 2019 Victoria Hislop

Date:
21st June 2019

12.30 for 1pm start

What to Expect:

To celebrate IBW week we have Sunday Times Best selling author Victoria Hislop for a lunchtime event at Neston Cricket Club.

Friday 21st June at Neston Cricket Club

The gripping new novel by Sunday Times Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.

Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade. 
Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance.

In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek.

Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live.

As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen.

This powerful new novel from Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece's past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life.

Venue:
Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate

Tickets:
£20 and £10

book included or redeemable ticket

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