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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

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