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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 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.

We loved The Miniaturist and are happy to have Jessie back for a signing of her second novel The Muse.

If you would like a signed copy Jessie will be visiting the shop in the morning - just let us know the dedication you would like or pop in to say hi!

Jessie Burton - THE MUSE

bestselling author of THE MINIATURIST

signing Tues 12th July 2016 in the bookshop

We are proud supporters of the outdoor theatre season at Lytham Hall and are happy to sell tickets for them for all this year's shows again.

​You can now get £3 off your tickets by buying directly from the shop!








Ticket Prices with our voucher are

Adult £10

Seniors & Students £7

Schoolchildren £3.50

Lytham Hall Outdoor Theatre 2016

Box Office at Plackitt & Booth!

Special £3 voucher

The eighth story, 19 years later. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places..

Preorder your copy and get it first thing on Sunday morning!


JK Rowling

Early opening 10am Sun 31st July 2016 Special price £15 (rrp £20)

Preorders taken now


Professor Gary Sheffield

World War One Lectures Series at

Kirkham Grammar School

7.30pm Wednesday 5th October 2016

Lecture Tickets £7.50

from School or Bookshop

We are delighted to be the booksellers for Kirkham Grammar School's Lecture.

Professor Gary Sheffield is one of Britain's foremost historians of the First World War and Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. We will be selling Professor Sheffield's book on the night and there will be the opportunity to have your book signed.

Douglas Haig is the single most controversial general in British history. In 1918, after his armies had played a major role in the First World War, he was feted as a saviour. But within twenty years his reputation was in ruins, and it has never recovered. Drawing on previously unknown private letters and new scholarship, eminent First World War historian Gary Sheffield reassesses Haig's reputation, assessing his critical role in preparing the army for war.

'Well written and persuasive ...objective and well-rounded...this scholarly rehabilitation should be the standard biography', Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday

'A true judgment of him must lie somewhere between hero and zero, and in this detailed biography Gary Sheffield shows himself well qualified to make it ...a balanced portrait' The Sunday Times


With special guest author

Mary Wood

10% of all our stock

With mince pies & wine

5.30pm - 8.30pm Thursday 1st Dec 2016

Come and join us for wine & mince pies as we host a special Late Night Opening in the run up to Christmas - we will be offering a 10% discount on all our books, toys, journals, diaries, pens and jewellery. Signed books, giant giraffes, Micro-scooters and beautiful AlexMonroe bee necklaces all make fantastic gifts and this is a great night to shop!

We will also be welcoming local author Mary Wood who will be signing copies of her new book In Their Mother's Footsteps - a moving saga set at the eve of the Second World War. Mary will be saying a few words about her new book at 6.30pm.

Born one of fifteen children, to a middle-class mother and an East End barrow boy, Mary Wood's childhood was full of love but beset by poverty. In 1989 Mary was inspired to pen her first novel; this is her eighth book and she is now a full-time novelist.

A family divided. Will war bring them together again? Mary’s eighth novel is a poignant and hard-hitting page-turner chronicling the lives of working women.

A Literary Lunch with


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


With Dr Jan Goss

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 for 40 in the bookshop, practitioner talk approx 30 minutes, followed by Q&A.

A Literary Lunch with

David Baldacci

The Fix

At Gusto Lytham

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