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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

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 rising star

Elizabeth Macneal

The Doll Factory

The new voice 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

Joanne Harris

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