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A Literary Lunch with

David Baldacci

One Good Deed

The international bestseller

Wed 25th Sept 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Ribby Hall, Lytham

Tickets £37 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of One Good Deed 


Two years ago we welcomed the fantastic David Baldacci to Lytham for a Sold Out event. We are delighted that on one of his rare visits to the UK David has chosen to return to Lytham. If you missed his last event you are in for a treat!


David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. He practiced law in Washington DC until his first novel, Absolute Power, was published in 1996. The feature film adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has now published 37 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. David has also published seven novels for younger readers.


Whilst researching his novels, David Baldacci has been inside the buildings of some of the world's leading intelligence agencies, meeting real-life spies, intelligence leaders and US Presidents.

David is a resident of his native Virginia and this is a rare opportunity to meet him in the UK where our literary lunch is one of only a few UK tour dates. David ranks high as one of our all time most charming, interesting and entertaining speakers - please book early to avoid disappointment!


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

Date: Wed 25th Sept 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £37 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of One Good Deed.

Venue: The Woodland Suite, Ribby Hall Village,

Wrea Green PR4 2PR

A Literary Lunch with

Ann Cleeves *SOLD OUT*

The Long Call

The bestselling creator of VERA and SHETLAND

Fri 13th Sept 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of The Long Call 


We are delighted to be welcoming back to Lytham the brilliant Ann Cleeves, with a new novel which begins the start of a new series. Ann is the creator of the bestselling VERA and SHETLAND books which have both been adapted for TV. This will be Ann’s third visit to Lytham and each time she is more popular than ever.


In North Devon, where the rivers Taw and Torridge converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. The day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family too.


Now he's back, not just to mourn his father at a distance, but to take charge of his first major case in the Two Rivers region; a complex place not quite as idyllic as tourists suppose. A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew's new home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. Finding the killer is Venn's only focus, and his team's investigation will take him straight back into the community he left behind, and the deadly secrets that lurk there.


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

Date: Fri 13th Sept 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £35 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of The Long Call.

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

A Literary Lunch with

Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

The bestselling historian & historical novelist

Mon 10th June 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of Anna of Kleve 


Alison Weir is the UK's most popular and best-selling female historian with over 2.7 million books sold worldwide. Using her amazing knowledge and research Alison has turned to fiction to recreate the Tudor period for readers. Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets is fourth in the Six Tudor Queens series about the wives of Henry VIII, which was launched in 2016 to great critical acclaim. The first three books were all Sunday Times bestsellers and each novel can be read in isolation.


A German Princess with a guilty secret. The King is in love with Anna’s portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride. She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance. But Anna’s past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall.

Everyone knows the King won’t stand for a problem queen.


Alison Weir draws on new evidence to conjure a startling image of Anna as you’ve never seen her before. A charming, spirited woman, she was loved by all who knew her – and even, ultimately, by the King who rejected her. History tells us she was never crowned.

But her story does not end there


Join us for a fascinating lunch in the company of Alison.


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

Date: Mon 10th June 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £35 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of Anna of Kleve

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

A Literary Lunch with

Sophie Kinsella *SOLD OUT*

I Owe You One

A new novel from the internationally bestselling author of the Shopaholic series

Tues 12th February 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of I Owe You One    


We are thrilled to welcome the one and only Sophie Kinsella to Lytham. An internationally bestselling writer, Sophie is the author of many number one bestsellers, including the hugely popular Shopaholic series (made into the blockbuster Confessions of A Shopaholic). Her novel Can You Keep A Secret is currently in production as a new movie. She has also written seven bestselling novels as Madeleine Wickham and several books for children. We are so excited to hear about her fabulous new book - already garnering fantastic previews.


'A shot of pure joy.' JENNY COLGAN

'Left me giddy with laughter. I loved it' JOJO MOYES

'Life doesn't get much better than a new Sophie Kinsella novel' RED


Her irresistible new novel is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything . . .


Fixie Farr can't help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . .. she just has to put things right. It's how she got her nickname, after all. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer's owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU - but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour. That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help - and Fixie turns to Seb.


But things don't go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time. Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs - from small favours to life-changing debts - and Fixie is torn between the past she's used to and the future she deserves. Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants?


Join us for an amazing feel good lunch with Sophie!


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

Date: Tues 12th February 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £35 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of I Owe You One.

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

A Literary Lunch with

Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Blood & Sugar

From the publisher & agent who discovered

CJ Sansom comes a new historical thriller.

Tues 29th January 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £32 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of Blood & Sugar    


‘A page-turner of a crime thriller . . . This is a world conveyed with convincing, terrible clarity’

C J Sansom


June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark. Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .


To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend’s investigation. His enquiries will threaten his political prospects, his family’s happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him. And that is only if he can survive the mortal dangers awaiting him in Deptford.


We devoured our advance copy of this book in one sitting!

We had an early indication that this was going to be good from Laura's Dad - Sir Tony Robinson - and it does not disappoint.


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

Date: Tues 29th Jan 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £32 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of Blood & Sugar.

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

2018 Events


Prue Leith

Sir Michael Parkinson

Deborah Harkness

Sir Jeffrey Archer

Jodi Picoult

Mary Wood

Kate Morton

Val McDermid

Peter Robinson

David Eagles AFC

Sir Antony Beevor

Louise Minchin

Jeffery Deaver

Henry Blofeld

Sally Green

Kate Mosse

John Connolly

Ruth Jones

Tara Westover

Fiona Cummins

Erica James


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 Literary Lunch with

Milly Johnson

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew

The bestselling Queen of Feel Good Fiction

Tues 12th March 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £32 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew 


Milly is now one of the top ten bestselling women’s fiction writers in the UK and we are delighted to be welcoming her to Lytham.


‘Milly's writing is like getting a big hug with just the right amount of bite underneath' JANE FALLON


‘Bursting with warmth and joie de vivre’ JILL MANSELL

‘Warm, optimistic and romantic’ KATIE FFORDE


'Every time you discover a new Milly book, it’s like finding a pot of gold' Heat


Behind every successful man is a woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman. Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John

F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie plays her part

in front of the cameras.

But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there. Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be

alone.

But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won't be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real

future lie?


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

Date: Tues 12th March 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £32 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew.

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

A Literary Lunch with

Robert Goddard

One False Move

The bestselling British thriller writer

Thurs 7th March 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of One False Move.


ONE FALSE MOVE is classic Goddard, a twisting mystery that quickly becomes a heart-stopping thriller...


'propulsive pace with twisty plotting' LEE CHILD


'Splendidly serpentine and immaculately plotted ... British thriller writing at its very best' DAILY MAIL


What value can be put on a human mind?

How Joe Roberts does what he does is a mystery. He has a brain that seems able to outperform a computer. To a games company like Venstrom that promises big profits if his abilities can be properly exploited. So they send Nicole Nevinson to track him down

and make him an offer too good to refuse.

But Venstrom aren’t the only people interested in Joe. His current boss, a shady businessman, is already making serious money out of Joe’s talents and isn’t going to let him go without a fight. And then there are other forces, with still darker intentions, who have their own plans for him.

Almost before she knows it, Nicole’s crossed an invisible line into a world where the game being played has rules she doesn’t understand and where no-one can help her win.

But win she must. Because the battle now isn’t just for Joe’s mind, it’s for Nicole’s life.


We are delighted to be welcoming one of the UK's bestselling and most respected thriller writers to Lytham.


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

Date: Thurs 7th March 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £35 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of One False Move.

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

A Literary Lunch with

Joanne Harris *SOLD OUT*

The Strawberry Thief

The internationally bestselling author of Chocolat

Wed 24th April 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of The Strawberry Thief 


Joanne Harris is the internationally bestselling author of Chocolat, The Lollipop Shoes and over 20 other books. We are thrilled to welcome her to Lytham with her captivating new novel.


Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home.


With Rosette, her 'special' child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend. But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray.


The arrival of Narcisse's relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist's across the square - one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own - all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence - even, perhaps, a murder…


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

Date: Wed 24th April 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £35 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of The Strawberry Thief.

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

A Literary Lunch with rising star

Elizabeth Macneal

The Doll Factory

Debut from the publishers of The Miniaturist

Tues 21st May 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Farina, Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of The Doll Factory


'A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession' - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train.


The Doll Factory 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. The book has been touted by many as one of the debut voices to catch in 2019 and comes to us from the publishers of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist.


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 ..


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

Date: Tues 21st May 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £30 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of The Doll Factory.

Venue: Farina, Clifton St, Lytham FY8 5EW

A Literary Lunch with ITV News Anchor

Tom Bradby *SOLD OUT*

Secret Service

The bestselling novelist & ITV News Anchor

Thurs 23rd May 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of Secret Service


Tom Bradby is a novelist, screenwriter and journalist. As a broadcaster, he is best known as the current Anchor of ITV’s News at Ten, and presenter of all recent overnight election and referendum programmes on ITV. He has been with ITV for almost thirty years and was successively Ireland Correspondent, Political

Correspondent, Asia Correspondent (during which time he was shot and seriously injured whilst covering a riot in Jakarta), Royal Correspondent, UK Editor and Political Editor – a job he held for a decade – before being made the Anchor of News at Ten in 2015. As if that's not enough he's also a bestselling author!


The world is on the brink of crisis. The Cold War is playing out once more on the global stage. The Worlds’ governments will do whatever it takes to stay at the top...

To those who don’t really know her, Kate Henderson’s life must seem perfectly ordinary. But she is in fact a senior MI6 officer, who right now is nursing the political equivalent of a nuclear bomb. Kate’s most recent mission has yielded the startling intelligence that the British Prime Minister has cancer – and that one of the leading candidates to replace him may be a Russian agent of influence.

Up against the clock to uncover the Russian mole, Kate risks everything to get to the truth. But with her reputation to uphold, her family hanging by a thread and a leadership election looming, she is quickly running out of options, and out of time.



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

Date: Thurs 23rd May 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £30 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of Secret Service

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

A Literary Lunch with

Clare Mackintosh

After the End

The Sunday Times Bestseller

Tues 9th July 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of After The End 


Clare Mackintosh is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Clare spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. Her debut novel, I LET YOU GO, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. In 2016 Clare received the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award, and won the Cognac Prix du Polar for International Novel of the Year that autumn.


Her subsequent books I SEE YOU and LET ME LIE were both Sunday Times Number 1 bestsellers and her books are now translated into more than 35 languages. AFTER THE END is her astounding new novel - 


" incredibly uplifting, After the End is the most moving book you'll read this year" - Lisa Jewell


"an absolute tour de force. Everyone should read After the End. Impressive, thoughtful, authentic and moving" - Jill Mansel


"A beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can't stop thinking about it" - Liane Moriarty


Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They’re best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can’t agree. They each want a different future for their son. What if they could have both?


A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.


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

Date: Tues 9th July 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Tickets: £30 includes welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of After the End.

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

A Literary Lunch with

Amanda Owen

Adventures of the

Yorkshire Shepherdess

The bestselling star of OUR YORKSHIRE FARM

Tues 16th July  2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Ribby  Hall, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy of Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess 


Recently featured in hit TV series Our Yorkshire Farm, watched by 2.2 million viewers. Amanda Owen - the Yorkshire Shepherdess - grew up in Huddersfield but was inspired by the James Herriot books to leave her town life behind and head to the countryside. She become a traditional shepherdess on a remote hill farm, Ravenseat, high in the Yorkshire Dales.


Now a mum of nine (ranging in age from 2 to 17) and shepherdess to a flock of a thousand sheep, plus a farmyard packed with an assortment of animals, life for Amanda, her husband Clive and their ‘free range’ children is never dull!


A Sunday Times bestselling author, Amanda’s warm and entertaining books share the daily ups and downs of farming beautiful but tough terrain, offering a unique glimpse into a rural way of life unchanged for generations in this Dales community.


Now Amanda returns with a new book, bringing readers up-to-date with life on the farm. From tackling the long, brutal winter of 2018 to sharing a love of wild swimming with the children, it’s another memorable time for Amanda and the family.


Ravenseat is a tenant farm, so when Amanda spots a nearby farmhouse up for sale it’s the perfect opportunity for the family to put down permanent roots in their beloved Swaledale. A full and eventful renovation project ensues, introducing colourful new characters and more than a few hiccups along the way…


With Amanda’s trademark Yorkshire grit and good humour, this new chapter on life at Ravenseat, where life is truly in tune with nature, will entertain anyone with an interest in farming life, outdoor parenting or who has ever considered a move to the countryside.


Join us for an illustrated look at Amanda's life and a fantastic

feel-good lunch.


Format: Welcome drink & Signed book on arrival, followed by 2 course lunch, author talk and audience Q&A

Date: Tues 16th July 2019 12.30pm (doors from 12 noon)

Tickets: £35 include welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed copy of Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess and author talk

Venue: The Woodland Suite, Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green PR4 2PR

An Evening with

Philippa Gregory

Tidelands

The internationally bestselling author of

The Other Boleyn Girl

Thurs 22nd August 2019 at 7.30 pm (doors 7pm)

At Ribby Hall

Tickets £27 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome Prosecco, talk and a signed copy of Tidelands 


We are honoured to be welcoming the international bestseller Philippa Gregory. The author of many New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling novels, her works include The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen, and she is recognized as an authority on women’s history. Many of her works have been adapted for the screen including The Other Boleyn Girl. Her most recent novel, The Last Tudor, is now in production for a TV series and the series The Spanish Princess is based on her novel The Constant Princess.


England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different . . .

Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament.  The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast.


Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband.  Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.


Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.


Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl. She is now acknowledged as one of the foremost historical novelists and is widely accepted as having popularised Tudor history perhaps more than any other living fiction writer. Join us for a fascinating evening.


Format: Welcome with drink & signed book, author talk with audience Q&A

Date: Thurs 22nd August 2019 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Tickets: £27 include welcome drink, author talk & a signed copy of Tidelands

Venue: The Woodland Suite, Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green PR4 2PR

A Literary Dinner with

Mary Paulson-Ellis

The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing

The bestselling author of The Other Mrs Walker

Thurs 5th Sept 2019 at 7.30 pm (doors 7pm)

At Farina, Lytham

Tickets £34 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy


Mary Paulson-Ellis shot into the bestseller charts with her debut novel, The Other Mrs Walker. Her new novel The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing is truly stunning - beautifully written with characters that leap off the page and a story you just can't put down.


A crumpled pawn ticket. Fifty thousand pounds sewn into the lining of a burial suit. The only clues to the truth...


An old soldier dies alone in his Edinburgh nursing home. No known relatives, and no Will to enact. Just a fortune left unclaimed.


Armed with only the deceased’s name and a crumpled pawn ticket, heir hunter Solomon Farthing, must find the dead man’s closest living relative if he is to get a cut of this much-needed cash.


But in trawling through the deceased’s family tree, Solomon uncovers a mystery that will take him on a journey into the hidden secrets of the past.... back to 1918 and a group of eleven soldiers abandoned in a farmhouse billet in France.



Venue: Farina, Clifton St, Lytham FY8 5EW

A Literary Lunch with

Jessie Burton

The Confession

The bestselling author of The Miniaturist

Mon 16th Sept 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed book


The sensational new novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse.


One winter's afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever.


Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist who withdrew from public life at the peak of her fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie's imposing house in search of a confession . . .


From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, this is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.


Format: Welcome drink & Signed book on arrival, followed by 2 course lunch, author talk and audience Q&A

Date: Mon 16th Sept 2019 12.30pm (doors from 12 noon) 

Tickets: £35 include welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed copy of The Confession and author talk

Venue: Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Rd, Lytham FY8 4EL


A Literary Lunch with

Andy McNab

Whatever It Takes

The bestselling author of Bravo Two Zero

Tues 15th Oct 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed book


From the day he was found in a carrier bag on the steps of Guy's Hospital in London, Andy McNab has led an extraordinary life. As a teenage delinquent, Andy McNab kicked against society. As a young soldier he waged war against the IRA in the streets and fields of South Armagh. As a member of 22 SAS he was at the centre of covert operations for nine years – on five continents. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS.

Since then Andy McNab has become one of the world’s best-selling writers, drawing on his insider knowledge and experience. As well as several non-fiction bestsellers including Bravo Two Zero, the biggest selling British work of military history, he is the author of the best-selling Nick Stone and Tom Buckingham thrillers. He has also written a number of books for children. Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK, works in the film industry advising Hollywood on everything from covert procedure to training civilian actors to act like soldiers and is a spokesperson and fundraiser for both military and literacy charities. We are delighted to be welcoming him to Lytham.


Packed with relentless action and the sort of riveting authenticity only Andy McNab can provide, Whatever it Takes tells the story of one man’s extraordinary pursuit of justice against devastating odds, a story as hard and real and controversial as any of today’s headlines, which will show the world as it really is.


Format: Welcome drink & Signed book on arrival, followed by 2 course lunch, author talk and audience Q&A

Date: Tues 15th Oct 2019 12.30pm (doors from 12 noon) 

Tickets: £35 include welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed copy of Whatever It Takes and author talk

Venue: Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Rd, Lytham FY8 4EL

A Literary Lunch with

Nicci French

The Lying Room

The internationally bestselling thriller writing husband and wife team

Wed 16th Oct 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed book


We are delighted to be welcoming to Lytham for the first time the bestselling writing team of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk and together they have written 21 bestselling novels translated into 31 languages. The Lying Room is their first standalone novel in 10 years.


A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things.

Neve has also made mistakes; some small, some unconsciously done, some large, some deliberate. She is only human after all.

But now one mistake is spiralling out of control. Without ever meaning to do so, Neve has brought those around her into immense danger.

She can’t tell the truth without risking her marriage. So just how far is she prepared to go to protect those she loves?

A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things. Is she also a murderer? 


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

Date: Wed 16th Oct 2019 12.30pm (doors 12 noon) 

Tickets: £35 include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed copy of The Lying Room

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

A Literary Lunch with

Eddie Jones

My Life and Rugby

*SOLD OUT* you can still pre-order signed copies

Explosive autobiography of one of the most respected coaches in sport.

Tues 19th Nov 2019 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham

Tickets £40 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, and a signed copy


Brilliant, honest, combative – Eddie Jones is a gigantic figure in world rugby and a true legend of the game. My Life in Rugby is his explosive autobiography.


Eddie Jones has masterminded a revival in English rugby after the shocking early exit at the home World Cup in 2015. Since taking over he has won the Six Nations Championship back to back, including England’s first grand slam in a generation, their first ever whitewash of Australia, as well as taking them on their longest ever winning streak. Always a forthright and honest voice, Eddie tells the story of England’s remarkable turnaround and also the challenges of managing the biggest rugby nation in the world.


My Life and Rugby draws on his coaching experience of Australia, when he lost in the final to Clive Woodward’s 2003 World Cup-winning team, and coaching Japan to the greatest upset in Rugby World Cup history when they beat South Africa. Eddie also shares leadership lessons that are equally applicable off the pitch, as well as how he has managed success and learnt from failure to now be rated one of the top sports coaches in the world. The story of a rugby legend, told with unflinching honesty, My Life in Rugby is the ultimate rugby book for all fans of the sport.


As Fylde Rugby Club celebrates its 100th year we are delighted to be welcoming Eddie Jones to Lytham for this unmissable event.


Format: Welcome drink & Signed book on arrival, followed by 2 course lunch, author talk and audience Q&A

Date: Tues 19th Nov 2019 12.30pm (doors from 12 noon) 

Tickets: £40 include welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed copy of My Life and Rugby and author talk

Venue: Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Rd, Lytham FY8 4EL


A Literary Lunch with bestseller

Jenny Eclair

Inheritance

Bestselling novelist Jenny Eclair is also the Lytham raised comic writer & performer of TV and Radio.

Friday 4th Oct 2019 at 12.30pm (doors from noon)

at Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham Tickets £35 include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed hardback


Jenny Eclair is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of four critically acclaimed novels. One of the UK’s most popular writer/performers, she was the first woman to win the prestigious Perrier Award and has a huge list of TV and radio credits to her name. Raised in Lytham we're delighted to be welcoming her back with her new novel.


In deepest Cornwall, the mansion Kittiwake has seen many pass through its doors since it was bought by American heiress Peggy Carmichael seventy years ago.


Over the decades, the keys have been handed down through the family, and now it belongs to Bel’s adoptive brother, Lance. It’s where he’ll be celebrating his 50th birthday, and Bel is invited.

But Bel barely feels like she’s holding it together as it is, and in going back to Kittiwake, she will be returning to the place where it all began – where, following the death of a child, a sequence of events was set in motion, the consequences of which are still rippling down through the generations . . .


Poignant, bittersweet and utterly compelling, this is a book about all we inherit from our families – and will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.


Format: Welcome drink & Signed book on arrival, followed by 2 course lunch, author talk and audience Q&A

Date: Fri 4th Oct 2019 12.30pm (doors from 12 noon)

Tickets: £35 include welcome drink, 2 course lunch and a signed hardback and author talk

Venue: Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Rd, Lytham FY8 4EL



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