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2017 Events


Sir Tony Robinson

Adam Kay

Andrew Michael Hurley

Ann Cleeves

Clare Mulley

Jane Green

David Baldacci

Julia Stagg

Matthew Hall

Joanna Trollope

A Bookshop signing with

Henry Blofeld

Over and Out

Thurs 17th May 2018 12 noon

Tickets - Paperback £10, Hardback £20

We are thrilled to have Henry Blofeld at the bookshop to sign copies of his book Over And Out. Come and meet the great man himself (tickets £10 paperback or £20 hardback) or if you can't make it in person, give us a call or email and you can pe-order a signed and dedicated copy.


For over half a century, Henry Blofeld has conveyed his unfailing enthusiasm for the game of cricket as a much loved broadcaster and journalist. His characteristically patrician tones, overlaid with those of the bon viveur, have delighted listeners to the BBC's Test Match Special where the personality of the broadcaster comes second only to a deep knowledge of the game and its players.


With his engaging conversational tone it is easy to see why listeners feel as if they are actually at the Test match watching in Henry's friendly company. Now that 'Blowers' has decided to declare his TMS innings closed, his book reveals the secrets of life in the commentary box and of the rich cast of characters with whom he shared it. His passionate and entertaining book will become one of the classics of cricket's literature.


Format: Queued signing in the bookshop from 12 noon

Date: Thurs 17th May 2018

Tickets: £10 paperback, £20 hardback

Venue: Plackitt & Booth Booksellers

87c Clifton St, Lytham FY8 5ER

Tel: 01253 796 958 Email: info@plackittandbooth.co.uk

An evening with

Sally Green

The Smoke Thieves

Tues 1st May 2018 6.30pm

in the bookshop **change of  time & venue**

Tickets £4

includes welcome drink & £4 off a signed copy of The Smoke Thieves


Sally Green's Half Bad trilogy entered the Guinness Book of Records twice, became an international bestseller, and has had film rights bought by the producer of Twilight.  


The Smoke Thieves is the fantastic start of a new trilogy and perfect for anyone who loved Game of Thrones, Eragon, or Lord of the Rings - a perfectly imagined fantasy world, a fantastic cast of characters, a gripping story that opens with a bang....we devoured it in one sitting and can’t wait to read more.


Raised in Lytham, Sally will be returning to talk about her amazing publishing journey and introduce us to her new novel.


We have changed the time and venue to accommodate Sally’s many adult readers who would like to attend after work!


Format: welcome drink, seating in the bookshop for chat from Sally followed by audience Q&A and book signing.


Date: Tues 1st May 6.30pm

Venue: In the bookshop 87c Clifton St, Lytham FY8 5ER

Tickets: £4 includes welcome drink and

£4 off The Smoke Thieves (paperback £7.99, hardback £14.99)

A Literary Lunch with

Kate Mosse  SOLD OUT

The Burning Chambers

Tues 1st May 2018 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

At Gusto Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch  and a signed copy of The Burning Chambers


Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth , Sepulchre, The Winter Ghosts, Citadel, and The Taxidermist's Daughter and she was awarded an OBE for services to literature.


Bringing sixteenth-century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse's THE BURNING CHAMBERS is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties . . .


Carcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father's bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE. But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou's help if he is to get out of La Cite alive.Toulouse: As the religious divide deepens in the Midi, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle-lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further. 


Format: Lunch with an opportunity to meet and chat with Kate followed by author talk, with audience Q&A and book signing.

Date: Tues 1st May 12.30pm (doors at noon)

Tickets: £35 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed hardback copy of THE BURNING CHAMBERS

Venue: GUSTO, 5 Dicconson Terrace, Lytham FY8 5JY


A Literary Lunch with

Erica James *SOLD OUT*

Coming Home to Island House

Wed 10th Jan 2018 12.30pm (doors at 12 noon)

At Spago Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch plus a signed copy of Coming Home to Island House


*Makes a great Christmas present!*


Erica James is the number one international bestselling author of twenty novels, including the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers Summer at the Lake, The Dandelion Years and Song of the Skylark. She has sold over five million books worldwide and her work has been translated into twelve languages. Erica divides her time between Suffolk and  Lake Como in Italy, the setting for her award winning novel Gardens of Delight. Join us for a fantastic feel-good lunch with Erica as she talks about her latest novel.


It's the summer of 1939, and after touring an unsettled Europe, author 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 heal old resentments. An enchanting tale of one family coming together.


Format: Lunch with an opportunity to meet and chat with Erica followed by author talk, with audience Q&A and book signing.

Date: Wed 10th Jan 2018 12.30pm (doors at noon)

Tickets: £30 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed copy of Coming Home to Island House

Venue: SPAGO, 7 Dicconson Terrace, Lytham FY8 5JY

A Literary Lunch with crime sensation

Fiona Cummins

The Collector

Wed 28th Feb 2018 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

At Spago Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch plus a signed copy of The Collector


Hailed as the new Thomas Harris, Fiona Cummins' debut Rattle was an instant hit in 2017. An award-winning former Daily Mirror show-business journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy, Fiona sold her house and gave up her job to fulfil her ambition to become an author. A month before her two year deadline, Fiona found herself with a publishing deal, rights sold in 8 territories and the thriller has now been optioned for a six part television series by the producer of Stardust and Kick Ass. Fiona is already being billed as 'the crime writer's writer' - see her in Lytham first on her rise to crime writing super-stardom!


Lee Child -  'Trust me - Cummins is a keeper.'

David Baldacci - ''A crime novel of the very first order.'

Val McDermid - "head and shoulders above most of the competition"


A serial killer to chill your bones A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter.

Jakey escaped with his life and moved to a new town. His rescue was a miracle but his parents know that the Collector is still out there, watching, waiting . . .Clara, the girl he left behind, dreams of being found. Her mother is falling apart but she will not give up hope.The Collector has found an apprentice to take over his family's legacy. But he can't forget the one who got away and the detective who destroyed his dreams. DS Etta Fitzroy must hunt him down before his obsession destroys them all.


Format: Lunch with an opportunity to meet and chat with Fiona followed by author talk, with audience Q&A and book signing.

Date: Wed 28th Feb 2018 12.30pm (doors at noon)

Tickets: £30 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed copy of The Collector

Venue: SPAGO, 7 Dicconson Terrace, Lytham FY8 5JY

A Literary Lunch with

Tara Westover

Educated

Thurs 15th March 2018 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

At Spago Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch plus a signed copy of Educated


We read a lot of books and rarely does a debut memoir come along that is truly remarkable (think Angela's Ashes) - Educated by Tara Westover is one such, Combining beautiful writing with an amazing personal story, Educated has already been chosen by many as one of their 'books of the year' (BBC, New York Times, Mail on Sunday, Vogue, The Pool, Stylist & Daily Express). Already garnering ace reviews (The Sunday Times, Stephen Fry) you can hear her inspirational story and meet her in person in Lytham!


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.


EDUCATED is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing the closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers - the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.


Format: Lunch with an opportunity to meet and chat with Tara followed by author talk, with audience Q&A and book signing.

Date: Thurs 15th March 2018 12.30pm (doors at noon)

Tickets: £30 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed copy of Educated

Venue: SPAGO, 7 Dicconson Terrace, Lytham FY8 5JY

A Literary Lunch with

John Connolly

The Woman in the Woods

Wed 11th April 2018 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

At Spago Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch  and a signed copy of The Woman in the Woods


Irish writer John Connolly’s EVERY DEAD THING immediately launched him into the front rank of mystery thriller writers and every one of his subsequent books have been Sunday Times Bestsellers.

 

Winner of the Anthony, Agatha & Macavity Awards, the US Shamus award, The Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America and the CWA Short Story Dagger, we are delighted to welcome John to Lytham on his UK Tour. 


THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS is the newest mystery starring his Private Detective Charlie Parker. It is spring, and the semi-preserved body of a young Jewish woman is discovered buried in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in more than a missing child, someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring. For a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman . . .

 

Independent on Sunday 'The finest crime series currently in existence.' 


Format: Lunch with an opportunity to meet and chat with John followed by author talk, with audience Q&A and book signing.

Date: Wed 11th April 12.30pm (doors at noon)

Tickets: £30 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed hardback copy of THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS

Venue: SPAGO, 7 Dicconson Terrace, Lytham FY8 5JY



Prosecco & Chat with

Ruth Jones

Never Greener

Tues 10th April 2018 1.45pm

At The Clifton Arms Hotel,  Lytham

Tickets £18 from the bookshop

Tickets include Prosecco, chat and a signed copy of Never Greener


Ruth Jones, actress and screenwriter best known as the co-writer and show stealing 'Nessa' in GAVIN & STACEY, will be in Lytham to tell us about her first novel NEVER GREENER.


This event is designed to allow you to pop out and see Ruth in your lunch break if you are working! Ruth will be having a short chat with us and answering some of your questions (about 20 minutes), followed by signing and an opportunity to get a personal dedication in your book. Books will be pre-signed so if you don't want to queue you'll be able to make a quick getaway!


`Ruth Jones is excellent on human nature and why we make the mistakes we do. I felt for every character. Unputdownable.' Jojo Moyes 


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. And they are faced with a choice: to walk away from each other . . . or to risk finding out what might have been. Second chances are a rare gift in life. But that doesn't mean they should always be taken . . . 


Format: glass of Prosecco, chat from Ruth, followed by signing and opportunity to meet and get personal dedication in your book (starts 1.45pm)

Ticket: £18 includes glass of prosecco, talk and signed hardback NEVER GREENER

Venue: The Clifton Arms Hotel, 4 West Beach, Lytham FY8 5QJ

A Literary Lunch with

Jeffery Deaver

The Cutting Edge

Thurs 24th May 2018 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

At Gusto Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch  and a signed copy of The Cutting Edge


An incredible opportunity to meet the one and only Jeffery Deaver on a visit from the US. The former journalist, folksinger and attorney is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, his books are sold in 150 countries, and he has sold 50 million books worldwide.


The author of over thirty-five novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, and a lyricist of a country-western album, he’s received or been shortlisted for dozens of awards around the world including LIfetime Achievement Awards in the US and Italy, and is currently the President of the Mystery Writers of America organization His books books have been adapted for film and TV - (A Maiden's Grave starring James Garner, The Bone Collector starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie) and he appeared as a corrupt reporter on his favorite soap opera, As the World Turns


The Cutting Edge is a new Lincoln Rhyme investigation. Rhyme and Amelia Sachs' latest case: catching a terrifying killer targeting couples...The happiest time of their lives - will be their last. William and Anna went to collect her engagement ring. 1.5 carat, almost flawless. But the Promisor had other ideas for their future...Their murder - and that of the diamond cutter they were visiting - is only the first of a series of macabre attacks. Someone is targeting couples just as they start their lives together. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, newly married themselves, are on the hunt. But the killer is hunting down any witnesses who can help them. He has promised one thing: to destroy. Rhyme and Sachs will have to use all their own skills and determination to break his vow.


Format: Lunch with an opportunity to meet and chat with Jeffery followed by author talk, with audience Q&A and book signing.

Date: Thurs 24th May 12.30pm (doors at noon)

Tickets: £30 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed hardback copy of THE CUTTING EDGE

Venue: GUSTO, 5 Dicconson Terrace, Lytham FY8 5JY


Afternoon Tea with

Sir Antony Beevor

Arnhem: Battle for the Bridges 1944

Tues 19th June 2018 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

At The Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham

Tickets £40 from the bookshop.

Tickets include welcome drink, afternoon tea and a signed hardback copy of Arnhem.


The revered historian Sir Antony Beevor, internationally bestselling author of Stalingrad, will be making a rare appearance in Lytham to talk about his new book Arnhem. Sir Antony is the number one bestselling historian in Britain and his books have appeared in thirty-two languages and have sold just over seven million copies.


On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power. Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But could it ever have worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch, who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war. The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single, dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.


Format: Afternoon Tea with an opportunity to meet and chat with Sir Antony followed by author talk, with audience Q&A and book signing.

Date: Tues 19th June 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £40 includes welcome drink, afternoon tea and a signed hardback copy of ARNHEM

Venue: The Clifton Arms Hotel, 4 West Beach, Lytham FY8 5QJ

Literary Lunch with BBC Breakfast’s

Louise Minchin

Dare to Tri

Wed 13th June 2018 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop.

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 courses and signed copy of Dare to Tri.


Dare to Tri is the amazing story of TV presenter Louise Minchin’s journey from the BBC Breakfast sofa to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships.

 

What started out as a fun BBC Breakfast cycling stunt in 2012 culminated in Louise Minchin wearing the colours of Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championship in 2015 – this is the story of how a newly discovered sport became a passion and then an obsession.

Dare to Tri charts Louise Minchin’s incredible journey as she rediscovers competitive sport after 30 years and takes her first tentative steps as a triathlete. As her performances improve, there’s a realisation that representing the Great British team in her age group is a possibility and the book tells of her plucky attempt to achieve this almost-unthinkable goal.


It is an adventure not without its challenges as Louise has to overcome personal nerves, a brutal training regime, the odd bike crash and the occasional drama. Along the way Louise rediscovers the forgotten joys of sport and receives surprising rewards in the form of new-found respect from her teenage daughters and the realisation of the important role mothers play in inspiring girls to continue to enjoy sport.


Join us for a fantastic inspiring lunch with one of the UK’s best known news presenters and television broadcasters. 


Format: Lunch with an opportunity to meet and chat with Louise followed by author talk, with audience Q&A and book signing.

Date: Wed 13th June 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £30 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed copy of Dare to Tri

Venue: Gusto, 5 Dicconson Terrace, Lytham FY8 5JY