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A Literary Lunch with

JOANNA TROLLOPE

At Gusto, Lytham  

Thurs 23rd February 2017

at 1pm (doors at 12.30pm)

Tickets £30 from the Bookshop& Gusto

Tickets include 2 course lunch & drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of City of Friends.

SOLD OUT - this event is now sold out but you can still reserve signed & dedicated copies of

City of Friends if you contact the bookshop.



We are thrilled to welcome the number one bestselling author Joanna Trollope to Lytham for a literary lunch as she talks about her fantastic new novel City of Friends.


We have a limited number of seats for this event - tickets will make a really wonderful Christmas gift for someone special.


She glanced at her phone again. There were appeals from the girls, from her colleagues, a text from Steve reading with uncharacteristic imperiousness, 'Call me.' She couldn't.


She couldn't call anyone ...She leaned forward, gripping the edge of the bench, and stared at the ground. God, she thought, am I losing my mind? Is this what happens when you lose your job? The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known.


For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London? As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home - she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between.


But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits ...


Joanna Trollope OBE, is the highly acclaimed author of The Rector’s Wife, Marrying the Mistress and Daughters in Law. City of Friends is Joanna’s twentieth novel – she has been writing for over thirty years and is well known for her enormously successful contemporary works of fiction.  She has been described as one of the most insightful social chroniclers writing fiction today.


Join us for a delicious two course lunch at Gusto, Lytham, with this inspirational and much loved author – what better way to spend an afternoon!


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

Date: Thursday 23rd February 2017 – 1.00 pm (doors at 12.30pm)

Tickets: £30 includes 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of City of Friends.

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

Known to readers as M R Hall, bestselling crime writer Matthew Hall will be returning to Lytham for a literary lunch to talk about his seventh novel featuring Coroner Jenny Cooper.


Matthew is a novelist, screenwriter, producer and former criminal barrister. A wonderful speaker, his previous events with us have sold out.


A Life to Kill is Matthew Hall's most gripping, moving and timely thriller to date. The last British combat soldiers in Helmand are counting the minutes until their departure for home. For their excited families in Highcliffe, it spells the end of an agonizing six month wait. But in the final hours, disaster strikes.


Nineteen-year-old Private Pete 'Skippy' Lyons is abducted and the patrol sent out to locate him is ambushed. One killed, two injured. One still missing in action ...Their loved ones are left desperate for answers the Army won't provide.


How could Private Lyons have been snatched from a heavily fortified command post? And why are officers trying to disguise what happened during the mission to save him? Their only hope lies with Coroner Jenny Cooper, who must take on the full might of the military to stop the truth being buried along with the boy soldiers. But in a town filled with secrets and rumours, it's not only the Army that has something to hide.


Join us for a delicious two course lunch at Gusto, Lytham, and a fascinating crime writing event.


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

Date: Thursday 23rd March 2017 – 1.00 pm (doors at 12.30pm)

Tickets: £30 includes 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of A Life to Kill.

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

An Evening with

Julia Stagg

Date with Death

Dales Detective Series  

6.30pm Tues 28th March 2017

In the Bookshop

Tickets £5 includes welcome drink, author talk and £5 off Date with Death (£7.99 paperback)

Our favourite writer of fictional french village life - the L'Auberge series -  is back, writing as Julia Chapman with a crime caper set in the Yorkshire Dales. Her new novel is the first in a series, The Dales Detective, with book two out in November.


Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force, and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up the Dales Detective Agency while he fights to clear his name. However, the people of Bruncliffe aren't that welcoming to a man they see as trouble. Delilah Metcalfe, meanwhile, is struggling to keep her business, the Dales Dating Agency, afloat - as well as trying to control her wayward Weimaraner dog, Tolpuddle.


Then when Samson gets his first case, investigating the supposed suicide of a local man, things take an unexpected turn, and soon he discovers a trail of deaths that lead back to the door of Delilah's agency. With suspicion hanging over someone they both care for, the two feuding neighbours soon realise that they need to work together to solve the mystery of the dating deaths. But working together is easier said than done ...


Format: welcome drink, seating for 40 in the bookshop, author talk approx 30 minutes, followed by Q&A and book signing.

An Introduction to

Mindfulness

With Dr Jan Goss - SOLD OUT

Based on the bestseller Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World

6.30pm Thurs 13th April 2017

In the Bookshop  

Tickets £3 includes talk and £3 off Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Local practitioner Dr Jan Goss will be giving an introduction to Mindfulness based on the the bestselling book Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams & Danny Penman.


A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World has become a word-of-mouth bestseller and global phenomenon. It reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to break the cycle of anxiety, stress unhappiness and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness that gets into your bones and allows you to meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.


Mindfulness is based on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). Co-developed by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, MBCT is recommended by the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and is as effective as drugs for preventing depression. But, equally, it works for the rest of us who aren't depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the relentless demands of the modern world.


Jan has practiced meditation for almost 20 years, completed a PhD on Mindfulness and offers courses for private and corporate clients (www.drjangoss.com), This is a great introduction for anyone interested in gaining more understanding of the book and the practice. There will also be an opportunity to sign up to an 8-week course based on the book, at a reduced rate, on the evening.


Format: seating in the bookshop, talk approx 30 minutes, followed by Q&A.

A Literary Lunch with

David Baldacci

The Fix - SOLD OUT -

This event is now sold out but you can preorder a signed copy from the bookshop.

Thurs 4th May 2017 at 1pm (doors at 12.30pm)

At Gusto Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of The Fix

David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, and have been adapted for both feature film and television. Whilst researching his novels, David Baldacci has been inside the buildings of some of the world's leading intelligence agencies, meeting real-life spies and intelligence leaders. Some of his bestselling novels include Absolute Power, The Camel Club and, also featuring Amos Decker, Memory Man. 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. Please book early to avoid disappointment!


Amos Decker, David Baldacci's unique special agent, who suffered a head injury that resulted in giving him the gift of a remarkable memory together with a condition called synaesthesia, takes on another case in The Fix. Walter Dabney is a family man. A loving husband and the father of four grown daughters , he's built a life many would be proud of.


But then the unthinkable happens. Standing outside the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D C, Dabney shoots school teacher Anne Berkshire in cold blood before turning the gun on himself. One of the many witnesses is Amos Decker; a man who forgets nothing and sees what most miss.


Baffled by what appears to be a seemingly senseless and random killing, Decker is thrust into the investigation to determine what drove this family man to pull the trigger. As part of an FBI special task force, Decker and the team delve into the lives of Dabney and Berkshire to find a connection that doesn't seem to exist. What they do find are secrets that stretch back a lifetime and reveal a current plot of impending destruction that will send the world reeling, placing Decker and his team squarely in the crosshairs.


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

Date: Thursday 4th May 2017 – 1.00 pm (doors at 12.30pm)

Tickets: £30 includes 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of The Fix.

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

A Literary Lunch with

Jane Green

The Sunshine Sisters

Wed 14th June 2017 at 1pm (doors at 12.30pm)

At Gusto Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of The Sunshine Sisters

A former feature writer for the Daily Express, Jane Green took a leap of faith when she left in 1996 to freelance and work on her book. Queen of the thoughtful 'beach read', she is now the bestselling author of over seventeen novels - all New York Times bestsellers.


Jane married into a US Banking dynasty when she met and fell in love with the landlord of her new beach cottage three days after her first husband walked out and left her with four young children - her latest bestseller Falling was inspired by their romantic story. Jane now lives in Connecticut with her husband and their blended family of six children. This is a brilliant opportunity to meet Jane in the UK.


It was never easy, being one of Ronni Sunshine’s daughters. Publicly, she is the glamorous, successful, dramatic Hollywood actress. Privately, she is self-absorbed, angry, and a disinterested, narcissistic mother. Now in her seventies, Ronni has had strange symptoms for a while, but has refused to believe her diagnosis: she has ALS, a degenerative motor neuron disease. There is no cure.


Ronni’s three adult daughters – Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy – are largely estranged, both from her, and from each other. All are going through crises of their own. But Ronni is adamant that they must come home, and help her take her own life. As their mother’s illness draws them together to confront old jealousies and secret fears, they discover that blood might be thicker than water after all . . .


Join us for a delicious two course lunch at Gusto, Lytham, and hear Jane tell us about The Sunshine Sisters.


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

Date: Wed 14th June 2017 – 1.00 pm (doors at 12.30pm)

Tickets: £30 includes 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of The Sunshine Sisters.

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

A Literary Crime Lunch with

M R Hall

At Gusto, Lytham  

Thurs 23rd March 2017

at 1pm (doors at 12.30pm)

Tickets £30 from the Bookshop & Gusto

Tickets include 2 course lunch & drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of A Life to Kill.

Join us for one of our great author events in the bookshop or one of our favourite local venues.

Signed books can be pre-ordered.


A Literary Lunch with

Ann Cleeves

The Seagull

Tues 12th Sept 2017 at 1pm (doors at 12.30pm)

At Gusto Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

Tickets include 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of The Seagull.

Ann Cleeves is the creator of two of British crime's favourite characters - portrayed on screen in the TV series

Vera and Shetland. The Seagull is her eighth novel featuring Vera Stanhope and we are delighted to welcome Ann back to Lytham, fresh from her tour of the US, to talk about her latest book.


A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall.


Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two.


This cold case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as 'the Prof', were close friends of Hector, her father. Together, they were 'the Gang of Four', and Hector had been one of the last people to see Marshall alive. Vera must confront her prejudices and unwanted memories to dig out the truth, as the past begins to collide dangerously with the present.


Join us for a delicious two course lunch at Gusto, Lytham, and hear Ann tell us about her bestselling crime novels.


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

Date: Tues 12th Sept 2017 – 1.00 pm (doors at 12.30pm)

Tickets: £30 includes 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of The Sunshine Sisters.

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

A Literary Dinner with

Clare Mulley

The Women Who Flew For Hitler

Tues 4th July 2017 at 7pm (doors at 6.30pm)

At Gusto Lytham

Tickets £40 from the bookshop

Tickets include welcome drink, 2 course dinner and coffee, plus a signed hardback copy of The Women Who Flew For Hitler (£20).

**A great Father’s Day Present **

Clare Mulley, award winning author of The Spy Who Loved, and contributor to BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and The History Channel, will be in Lytham with her fascinating account of  two pioneering Test Pilots in Hitler's Luftwaffe.


Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were talented, courageous and strikingly attractive women who fought convention to make their names in the male-dominated field of flight in 1930s Germany. With the war, both became pioneering test pilots and both were awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich. But they could not have been more different and neither woman had a good word to say for the other. Hanna was middle-class, vivacious and distinctly Aryan, while the darker, more self-effacing Melitta, came from an aristocratic Prussian family. Both were driven by deeply held convictions about honour and patriotism but ultimately while Hanna tried to save Hitler's life, begging him to let her fly him to safety in April 1945, Melitta covertly supported the most famous attempt to assassinate the Führer.


Acclaimed biographer Clare Mulley gets under the skin of these two distinctive and unconventional women, giving a full account of their contrasting yet strangely parallel lives, against a changing backdrop of the 1936 Olympics, the Eastern Front, the Berlin Air Club, and Hitler's bunker. The Women Who Flew for Hitler is the extraordinary true story of two pioneering test pilots, with all the excitement and colour of the best fiction.


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

Date: Tues 4th July 2017 – 7.00 pm (doors at 6.30pm)

Tickets: £40 includes welcome drink, 2 course dinner and coffee, plus a signed hardback copy of The Women Who Flew For Hitler (£20).

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