Forthcoming Events

2nd October 2018 SOLD OUT Gary Barlow in person talking about his memoir

2nd October 2018

4pm gates open for 7PM start

What to Expect:


We are absolutely thrilled to announce this event.

.Tuesday 2nd October 2018
.Gary Barlow
.in person talking about his new memoir
.‘A Better Me ’
.Includes a pre signed copy of ‘A Better Me.’
.Event : 7PM to 8PM finish.
.Gates open 4PM
.Parking is in “Manor Road” on Thornton Manor Estate two locations which will be sign posted. Parking attendants will direct cars to allocated areas.

Further info:

A Message from Linghams Bookshop:

You are heading to Thornton Manor Estate Hotel, Walled Garden Marquee, Thornton Hough, Wirral CH63 1JB There are two entrances and you will be guided to park your car in the grounds of the estate. Please bear in mind the weather and the time of year! It is October, it could be raining, you will be queuing to get in . It will be busy so allow time to get to the venue and to get booked in. You will be outside for a short time so bear this in mind when planning your wardrobe! Gates open at 4PM to start check in.

Any disabled customers if you have not already been in touch please do so . Ensure you have your blue parking badge, as this area has limited spaces,. Show your badge to the attendant and they will guide you to a parking area close to the venue. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FAO Kerry "disabled parking". Guests will be checked in 100 at a time, everyone has a seat but it is not allocated seating. You will receive a presigned copy of " A Better Me" as you check in. Once inside there will be refreshments available to purchase and we are working with the venue to see if they can sell snacks too. The event starts at 7PM to 8PM in conversation including Q and A. We have been asked to submit audience questions to Gary's team. So if you would like to ask a question we will start to collate a list. Email your question This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "GB Question and Answer". Put your name and we can add that to the list too. I am sure you all realise not all questions will be read out due to the limited time we have for the event. Closing date for questions Monday 10th September. Golden ticket winners will be chosen on the night and we have been asked not to divulge any further information on this. Good luck everyone! If you are local and can get dropped off at the venue this is advisable to help with any congestion. As this is a ticket only event you cannot gain entrance without a valid ticket.

Gary Barlow Ticket holders have an Exclusive Opportunity to stay on the Thornton Manor Estate. Please call 0151 353 1155 or email your enquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the website at

Have a wonderful evening and see you in October!

Linghams Team

Doors open from 4PM please allow time for parking as this is a rural location and parking is at a minimum therefore you are strongly recommended to arrive early and car share where possible. (Please note books will be pre signed before the event, therefore there will be no actual book signing) A Better Me is a remarkably frank memoir of Gary's life as he battled with weight, stress, fitness and depression to stage one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in years. Extraordinarily honest, Gary tells of his journey back to professional success and mental and physical health. From reforming Take That to critical and commercial acclaim and reigniting his own legendary songwriting career, to overcoming his weight problems and crippling obsession with food, to TV judging panel stardom on The X Factor and Let It Shine and finding balance in both his personal and professional life. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, he recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating honesty and a human side that people rarely see. Here is one of the UK's most beloved pop stars open, honest and raw and as we've never seen him before. Ten lucky winners will be selected on the night to meet Gary after the event for a photograph

Venue: Thornton Manor,
Manor Road,
Thornton Hough
CH63 1JB . "Walled Garden Marquee"

Thornton Manor

Manor Road Thornton Hough Wirral CH63 1JB


pre signed copy of a " Better Me"


4th October 2018

1pm to 2pm start

What to Expect:



LUNCHTIME SIGNING 1PM to  2PM. This is a book signing only.


TICKET £20 includes a copy of his book EREBUS

About the book:

In September 2014 the wreck of a sailing vessel was discovered at the bottom of the sea in the frozen wastes of the Canadian Arctic. It was broken at the stern and covered in a woolly coat of underwater vegetation. Its whereabouts had been a mystery for over a century and a half. Its name was HMS Erebus.
Now Michael Palin – former Monty Python stalwart and television globetrotter – brings this extraordinary ship back to life, following it from its launch in 1826 to the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and to ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic. He explores the intertwined careers of the men who shared its journeys: the dashing James Clark Ross and the troubled John Franklin. And he vividly recounts the experiences of the men who first stepped ashore on Antarctica’s Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic wastes as rescue missions desperately tried to reach them.
To help tell the story, he has travelled to various locations across the world – Tasmania, the Falklands, the Canadian Arctic – to search for local information, and to experience at first hand the terrain and the conditions that would have confronted the Erebus and her crew. 
Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and American Friends. He has also made several much-acclaimed travel documentaries, his journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. His books include accounts of his journeys, novels (Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of diaries. From 2009 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society, and in 2013 he was made a BAFTA fellow. He lives in London. 


248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG


a copy of his book EREBUS

11th October 2018 Rosemary Shrager

11th October 2018

7 for 7.30 PM

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be working with TV chef Rosemary Shrager and her new cook book.

Cookery course 

140 delicious recipes to be a better cook.

Rosemary Shrager has a passion for sharing what she loves: delicious food anyone can learn to make and enjoy. With decades of experience as a chef and cookery teacher, Rosemary knows how to make even the most nervous of cooks feel confident in the kitchen.
Starting with classic principles and skills, Rosemary will show you how to develop as a cook recipe-by-recipe, so each new skill is learned through practical experience. Learn how to poach a perfect egg, make the creamiest béchamel sauce, knead a light and fluffy white loaf, bake a warming chicken and potato pie from scratch. With Rosemary’s guidance and delicious dishes along the way, this is the most enjoyable way to learn to cook.
With over 140 recipes, and gorgeous photography and illustrations throughout, this book is an essential for anyone who wishes they could have Rosemary by their side in the kitchen.

Rosemary has been a hit on the last series of The Real Marigold Hotel, and has recently been filming for the next series. Series Two reached over 5 million viewers at its peak in 2017. Rosemary is a popular judge on primetime BBC Two cookery programme The Big Family Cooking Showdown, alongside fellow judge Giorgio Locatelli and presenters Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball. Food producer ABP have partnered with Rosemary to produce a range of 10 ready-tocook meals, to be stocked in a range of supermarkets, planned to go on sale September 2018. These will be branded with Rosemary's name and photo, and they are very keen to cross promote. Rosemary runs a hugely successful eponymous cookery school in Tunbridge Wells, and is keen to maximise marketing and publicity opportunities with the school.
Author Biography Rosemary Shrager is a larger than life enthusiast, bubbling with laughter and originality. Her professional career includes periods working for Pierre Koffmann and Jean-Christophe Novelli, before running her own cookery courses at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle and Swinton Park. She now runs an eponymous cookery school in Tunbridge Wells, and appears regularly on television series such as The Real Marigold Hotel and as a judge.

Venue Neston Cricket club

Tickets £20 includes a copy of her book

£10 redeemable against the book.

0151 342 7290

Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate Neston Wirral

££20 and £10

Standard £20 includes signed book £10 (redeemable against the book)

15th October 2018 Liane Moriarty

15th October 2018

7 for 7.30 PM

What to Expect:

Liane Moriarty sold over 10 MILLION books WOLD WIDE!!!!

Author of Big Little Lies ,TV series

Coming to Wirral!!

Talk and book signing.

"Nine Perfect Strangers"

The ten-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation.

Nine stressed city-dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline . . .

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal?

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of seven novels: Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. The Husband's Secret is a worldwide bestseller which has sold more than two million copies and been translated into over forty languages. Big Little Lies is now an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series, produced by and starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

Venue Neston Cricket Club

Tickets £18.99 inc book

£10 (redeemable against the book)

Neston Cricket Club

Station Road Parkgate Wirral

£18.99 and 10.00

18.99 ticket includes copy of the book 10.00 ticket redeemable against the book

29th October 2018 Lord Jeffrey Archer

29th October 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

How excited are we at Linghams HQ...

Lord Jeffrey Archer is coming to Wirral.

Talk and book signing at Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall, Oxton

"Heads You Win"

Leningrad, Russia, 1968.

Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin . . .

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realize where his destiny lies, and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is international number one bestseller Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel.

Talk and book signing

Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall

Bushell Hall Oxton Wirral CH43 6UN

£20 and 15

20 inc signed book 15 redeemable against the book

30th October 2018 Marcus Zusak in conversation John Boyne

30th October 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

Two Legends one room!!

Marcus Zusak in conversation John Boyne

5 things you should know:

Bridge of Clay is Markus’s first novel in the twelve years since The Book Thief,  which was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, winner of the Independent Book Award and many other prizes worldwide. This is Zusak's first book for adults.

2. It stars five orphaned boys living in a house with no rules (and no adults), but plenty of animals, including a mule named Achilles, Telemachus the budgie, Agamemnon the goldfish, also a cat and a dog.

3. It is narrated by the eldest of the five brothers. As with The Book Thief, the narrative voice is striking, oozing with warmth and often sarcastic. It is a story told backwards and inside out.

4. This book features obsessions with piano playing, long-distance running, Homer’s Odyssey (which the grandparents, the parents, and now the boys read obsessively) and Michelangelo’s art, especially the statue of David.


5. Interview will be conducted by John Boyne 

(the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)

Thornton Hall Hotel and spa

Thornton Hough Wirral

£18.99 and 10.00

18.99 inc signed book 10.00 redeemable against the book

13th November 2018 Crime night Rachel Abbott & Mary Torjussen

13th November 2018

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

What to Expect:

Two crime authors AND WINE!!!

Rachel Abbott and local author Mary Torjussen

Rachel Abbott's debut thriller, Only the Innocent, was an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child, Nowhere Child (a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child), Kill Me Again and The Sixth Window. Her most recent novel, Come a Little Closer, is available from February 2018.

Rachel's novels have now been translated into over 20 languages and her books have sold over 3 million copies in the English language. 

Local author Mary Torjussen lives on the Wirral and is a successful crime author.


Gemma Brogan needs a break from her life.

A work event looks the ideal chance to get away. And a friendly new client seems like the perfect gentleman when he joins Gemma for an innocent dinner . . .

But the next morning she has no memory of how the night ended and he has vanished into thin air.

Suddenly, Gemma is plunged into a twisted nightmare she can't control. To protect her future, and her family, she will have to confront shocking secrets from her past - and the truth about the girl she used to be.


248 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 7SG


Discount and wine

14th November 2018 Barbara Kingsolver

14th November 2018

12.45 for 1PM start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to announce a very, very special event with best selling author Barbara Kingsolver!

This is a lunchtime event at Heswall Hall.

Doors open 12.45 for 1PM start 

2016 Vineland

Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against the vicissitudes of her shattered life and family – and the crumbling house that contains her.

 1871 Vineland

Thatcher Greenwood, the new science teacher, is a fervent advocate of the work of Charles Darwin, and he is keen to communicate his ideas to his students. But those in power in Thatcher’s small town have no desire for a new world order. Thatcher and his teachings are not welcome.

 Both Willa and Thatcher resist the prevailing logic. Both are asked to pay a high price for their courage.

 A testament to the power and goodness of the human spirit, Unsheltered explores the foundations we build, crossing time and place to give us all a little more hope in those around us, and a little more faith in ourselves.

 Unsheltered is a novel for our troubled times.

Barbara Kingsolver is one of the most important voices ​of our time. Her previous fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction have been translated into dozens of languages and earned a devoted readership. She won the Orange Prize for The Lacuna and her novel Flight Behaviour was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. In 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, her country’s highest honour for service through the arts. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia

Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

£20.00 and 10

book with £20 ticket £10 ticket is redeemable

19th November 2018 An evening with Dan Snow

19th November 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be hosting Dan Snow Historian and his new book " On this Day in History".

Talk followed by a book signing

Venue is Heswall Hall.

Doors open 7 for 7.30 start .

On this Day In History 

3000 years of the most important stories from the past in 365 days -- from the Ides of March to D-Day, from Britain's favourite historian

'History is an infinite reservoir of stories, examples, warnings, explanations, jokes, rebukes and inspiration . . . You can't understand the present if you can't understand the past.'

In On This Day in History Dan Snow, Britain's favourite historian, tells the story of an important event that happened on each day of the year. From the signing of the Armistice treaty at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, to Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat on 1 December 1955, our past is full of all kinds of fascinating turning points.

From the most important battle fought on British soil that you've never heard of on 20 May 685 to the first meeting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney on 6 July 1957, and from the first instance of choreomania - an affliction that caused its victims to dance uncontrollably - on 24 July 1374, to the day Napolean Bonaparte being attacked by hundreds of wild rabbits on 12 July 1807, On This Day in History's 365 carefully picked entries add up into a short, vivid, personal history of the world. There is no such thing as a day on which nothing happened.

Dan Snow is a historian, BAFTA-winning broadcaster and television presenter. His hugely popular History Hit podcast is downloaded a million times a month, has over 250,000 keen followers on Twitter and he has recently launched a history TV channel. He has presented shows such asArmada, Grand Canyon and Vikings. He has a regular slot on The One Show on BBC1. He has written several books including Battlefield Britain and The Battle of Waterloo.

Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

£15 or 25

15 admits one includes a copy of his book 25 admits two and includes a copy of his book

20th November 2018 Kate Humble

20th November 2018

7 for 7.30pm start

What to Expect:

We are thrilled to be working with Kate Humble, who will be talking about her new book followed by a book signing.

venue is Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall, Bidston Road, Oxton

An enticing read that makes every walk Humble describes an adventure' - Ranulph Fiennes

'A beautiful and magnificent book. A paean to a simple act. I defy you to read this book and not be inspired to walk, march or hike - and as a result live a better life more connected with nature and the world around you.' - Simon Reeve

'I've discovered that going for a daily walk has become as essential to me feeling good for the rest of the day as that first cup of tea. But I would argue that all I am doing is responding to a natural need we all have. Humans have always been migrants, the physiological urge to be nomadic is deep-rooted in all of us and perhaps because of that our brains are stimulated by walking. I solve all sorts of problems, formulate ideas, work things out to that gentle rhythm of self-propelled movement.' - Kate Humble

Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate's walking year - shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. Kate's inspiring narrative not only records her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charts her feelings and impressions throughout - capturing the perspectives that only a journey on foot allows - and shares the outcomes: a problem solved, a mood lifted, an idea or opportunity borne. As she explores the reasons why we walk, whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate's reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action.

Also featured are Kate's walks with others who have discovered the magical, soothing effect of putting one foot in front of the other - the artist who walks to find inspiration for his next painting; the man who takes people battling with addiction to climb mountains; the woman who walked every footpath in Wales (3,700 miles) when she discovered she had cancer.

This book will inspire you to change your perspective by applying walking to your daily endeavours.


Birkenhead School, Bushell Hall

Bidston Road Oxton Wirral

£20 and £10

£20 includes one book and admits one person £10 ticket redeemable against the book on the evening and admits one person.

26th November 2018 Prue Leith

26th November 2018

7 for 7.30 pm start

What to Expect:

Calling all Great British Bake Off Fans look who is coming to visit !

Talk followed by a book signing with none other than Prue Leith

Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith draws on a life-long passion for food with one hundred recipes from her own kitchen table.

Whether it’s Halibut with Green Linguine, Fast Roast Teriyaki Lamb or Slow-cooked Rat-a-tat-touille, these are delicious, fuss-free dishes that Prue has cooked countless times for family and friends.

Inside are quick-to-whip-up suppers and dinner party showstoppers that are as much a pleasure to cook as to eat. Expect firmly established favourites, lazy leftovers, meat-free meals, exciting new flavour combinations and fresh takes on classic dishes. There’s also a chapter of puds inspired by Prue’s time on Bake Off – every one guaranteed to be ‘worth the calories’.

This is Prue's first cookery book in twenty-five years, and she has woven intimate and witty stories from her life around many of the recipes. Celebrating the food we all want to make at home, Prue gives an unparalleled view into the cooking life and style of one of the nation’s best-loved cooks.

Venue is Heswall Hall

Heswall Hall

Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral

£25 and 15

25 admits one person and inc a copy of Prue's book. 15 admits one person and is redeemable against the book

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