© PLACKITT & BOOTH BOOKSELLERS LTD

PLACKITT & BOOTH BOOKSELLERS

Home Events About Us Signed Books Jewellery Toys

Open 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Saturday

10am - 4pm Sunday

Tel: 01253 796 958 @PlackittBooth

“A good-looking bookshop” Bill Bryson The Road to Little Dribbling

Join us for one of our great author events in the bookshop or one of our favourite local venues ~ Tickets make great presents!

To book tickets call 01253 796 958, pop in, email or message us. Signed books can be pre-ordered if an event is Sold Out.

For advance notice of our events subscribe to our Newsletter on the Home page. You can see our

 PREVIOUS EVENTS HERE.


A Literary Lunch with

John Bercow

Unspeakable: The Autobiography

Memoir from Ex-Speaker of the House of Commons

Tues 18h Feb 2020 at 12.30 pm (doors 12 noon)

At Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham

Tickets £37  from the bookshop

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


When John Bercow retired as Speaker of the House of Commons on 31st October, he had become one of the most recognisable and iconoclastic figures in British politics, and had created a vacancy of huge importance.


As Speaker since 2009 he had a ringside seat during one of the most tumultuous periods in modern British history, presiding over the Commons while it had to contend with key issues such as austerity in the light of the financial crisis; the coalition government between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats; and of course the most intractable problem of all - how to deliver on the 2016 referendum decision that Britain should leave the EU.


His memoir has been hailed as both "grippingly candid"  and "forthright and incisive". Bercow gives his verdict on prominent figures including Tony Blair, David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson, and recounts his life from childhood to Parliament to the Speakership.


John Bercow is a not-to-be missed speaker, whatever your political persuasion!


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

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

A Literary Lunch with

Sophie Hannah

Haven’t They Grown

Bestselling Queen of psychological crime

Fri 31st Jan 2020 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

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


An internationally bestselling crime fiction writer, translated into 49 languages and published in 51 countries, we are delighted to be welcoming Sophie to Lytham for the first time. Sophie is also the author of the bestselling Poirot continuation mysteries and her novels were adapted for TV series Case Sensitive.


All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under 14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home.

Just because she knows that her ex-best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn't mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn't seen Flora Braid for twelve years.

But she can't resist. She parks outside Flora's house and watches from across the road as Flora and her children, Thomas and Emily, step out of the car. Except…


There's something terribly wrong.

Flora looks the same, only older just as Beth would have expected. It's the children that are the problem. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. Why haven't they grown?


Sophie has published 2 short story collections and 5 collections of poetry. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A Level and degree level across the UK.  She has recently helped to create a Masters Degree in Crime & Thriller Writing at the University of Cambridge for which she is the main teacher and Course Director.

Join us for a fascinating lunch.


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

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

A Literary Lunch with

Prue Leith &

Peta Leith

The Vegetarian Kitchen

Definitive Vegatarian Cookbook

Tues 25th Feb 2020 at 12.30 pm (doors 12 noon)

At Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham

Tickets £40 from the bookshop

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


The Vegetarian Kitchen: the Definitive Vegetarian Cookbook is the only vegetarian cookbook you’ll ever need.

Prue Leith has been at the top of the British food scene for nearly 60 years. She has seen huge success not only as founder of the renowned Leiths School of Food and Wine, but also as a Michelin-starred chef, caterer, restaurateur, teacher, TV cook, food journalist, novelist, and cookery book author. She’s also been a leading figure in campaigns to improve food in schools, hospitals and in the home. Well known as a judge on The Great British Menu, now she is a judge on the nation’s favourite TV programme, The Great British Bake Off.

Peta Leith has worked in the food industry for ten years, first training at The French Culinary Institute before becoming a baker at Violet Cakes in London. She worked as Pastry Sous Chef at The Ivy restaurant in London for nearly eight years. This is her first cookbook.


We are delighted to be welcoming Prue back to Lytham - her last visit was so successful that we ran 2 SOLD OUT lunches!


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

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

A Literary Lunch with

Lucy Foley

The Guest List

NO 1 bestselling author of The Hunting Party

Wed 26th Feb 2020 at 12.30 pm (doors 12 noon)

At Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

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


Lucy Foley is the bestselling author of last year's smash

No 1 bestseller The Hunting Party, which was Lucy's fourth book. The Guest List is even better - a gripping, twisty murder mystery thriller.


‘Lucy Foley is really very clever’ Anthony Horowitz

A classic whodunnit’ Kate Mosse

Sharp and atmospheric and addictive’ Louise Candlish


 On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.

Old friends. Past grudges.

Happy families. Hidden jealousies.

Thirteen guests.

One body....


The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped. All have a secret. All have a motive.

One guest won’t leave this wedding alive . .


Join us for a great lunch with Lucy.


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

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

A Literary Lunch with

Joanna Trollope - Mum & Dad

*Cancelled*


New book from the world wide bestselling novelist

Wed 18th March 2020 at 12.30 pm (doors 12 noon)

At Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

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


We are delighted to welcome back to Lytham the Sunday Times number one bestseller Joanna Trollope. In her new novel, she explores the issues at the heart of a modern family with her trademark wit and warmth, in Mum & Dad.


'What a mess, she thought now . .

. what a bloody, unholy mess the whole family has got itself into.'It's been twenty-five years since Gus and Monica left England to start a new life in Spain, building a vineyard and wine business from the ground up. However, when Gus suffers a stroke and their idyllic Mediterranean life is thrown into upheaval, it's left to their three grown-up children in London to step in .


. . Sebastian is busy running his company with his wife, Anna, who's never quite seen eye-to-eye with her mother-in-law.


Katie, a successful solicitor in the City, is distracted by the problems with her long-term partner, Nic, and the secretive lives of their three daughters. And Jake, ever the easy-going optimist, is determined to convince his new wife, Bella, that moving to Spain with their eighteen-month-old would be a good idea. As the children descend on the vineyard, it becomes clear that each has their own idea of how best to handle their mum and dad, as well as the family business.


But as long-simmering resentments rise to the surface and tensions reach breaking point, can the family ties prove strong enough to keep them together?


'Trollope writes about family relationships with intelligence and clear-eyed sympathy' - The Times


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

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

Set Menu: Poached Salmon, avocado puree, crispy capers, black olives with dill dressing. Main: Pan fried chicken breast, seasonal vegetables, parmentier potatoes, bordelaise sauce.

Vegetarian: Salted Watermelon salad, crumbled feta, roast almond flakes, cucumber, mint leaves with chilli oil. Main: Gnocci, mushroom & soy bean sauce, green vegetables, rocket and straw potatoes.

A Literary Lunch with

Matthew Hall *Cancelled*

The Black Art of Killing

BAFTA winning creator of BBC’s Keeping Faith

Thurs 26th March 2020 at 12.30 pm (doors 12 noon)

At Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham

Tickets £35 from the bookshop

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


We are lucky enough to have had Matthew in Lytham twice before - with his Coroner (Jenny Cooper) novels - now made into an eight part series by CBC and aired in the States in 2019 to over 1 million viewers per episode.  

Matthew is an ex-barrister who is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter, and the creator and writer of KEEPING FAITH - the most watched non-network show on the BBC iPlayer and for which Matthew won a BAFTA.

We are delighted to be welcoming Matthew back with his new novel The Black Art of Killing, an action packed thriller.


Dr Leo Black is one of Oxford University's rising stars. His lectures play to a packed audience of adoring students. He seems destined for tenure amongst the gleaming spires. But Worcester College has never employed a man like Leo Black before. For twenty years Leo served the SAS with distinction.


When the friend he served alongside is killed in Paris, the world Leo has tried to put behind him begins to reel him back in. When Leo's former Commanding Officer reveals that Paris represented far more than just a single, isolated tragedy, Leo reluctantly agrees to help, whatever the cost to his new life. As Leo gets closer to the startling truth about his friend's death, he also faces an uncomfortable recognition that, while he might be a promising academic, he is a truly exceptional soldier ...


Don't miss this opportunity to meet Matthew and hear him talk about his new book....and we hope Keeping Faith!


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

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

Set Menu: Ham Hock Terrine with pickled vegetables and mustard emulsion. Main: Pressed Shin of Beef, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, mini Yorkshire Puddings with red wine sauce.

Vegetarian: Leek & potato soup. Main: Vegetarian Shepherds Pie, vegetable croquette, seasonal vegetables, rosemary & redcurrant jus.

A Literary Lunch with

Sharon Bolton

The Split

Sunday Times bestselling thriller writer

Tues 28th April 2020 at 12.30 pm (doors noon)

At Gusto, Lytham

Tickets £30 from the bookshop

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


Sharon Bolton is the Sunday Times bestselling and award winning writer of fast paced thrillers. Her book Sacrifice was adapted in 2016, into a motion picture starring Radha Mitchell and Rupert Graves. We are delighted to be welcoming Sharon with her sixteenth book - an explosive new thriller about a woman on the run.


Two years ago Felicity Lloyd desperately signed up for an extended research trip working on the remote island of South Georgia. It was her only way to escape. And now he's coming for her.


Freddie Lloyd has just got out of prison for murder and is on his way to where Felicity is hiding. This time, he won't stop until he finds her, because no matter how far you run, some secrets will always catch up with you..


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

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

A Literary Lunch with

Milly Johnson

My One True North

The Queen of Feel-Good Fiction is back

Tues 10th March

at Gusto, Lytham 12.30pm (doors from 12 noon)

Tickets £32 include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed book


Sunday Times bestselling author, Milly Johnson is back with another great warm hearted novel. We had a great time with Milly last year and are looking forward to another fun lunch.

 

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

'Bursting with warmth and joie de vivre' JILL MANSELL

'Warm, optimistic and romantic' KATIE FFORDE


Laurie and Pete should never have met. But fate has pushed them together for a reason.

Six months ago, on the same night, Laurie and Pete both lost their partners. Struggling to manage the grief, they join the same counselling group - and meet each other. From their sadness, Pete and Laurie find happiness growing and they sense a fresh new beginning.


Except, the more they talk, the more they begin to spot the strange parallels in their stories. Then Pete discovers a truth that changes everything. But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart.


My One True North is a story of friendship and what love means, of secrets uncovered, teashops on corners and the northern lights.



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

Venue: Gusto, Lytham FY8 5JY

A Literary Lunch with

Victoria Hislop *Sold Out*

Those Who Are Loved

International bestselling author of The Island

Thurs 30th April 12.30pm (doors from 12 noon)

At Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham

Tickets £27 include welcome drink, 2 course lunch, author talk and a signed book


What a privilge to have our third visit from literary mega-star Victoria Hislop! Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, and in the number one bestseller The Return she wrote about the painful secrets of its civil war. In The Thread, Victoria returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki and its people across the twentieth century. Her books have now been translated into more than thirty-five languages and Victoria divides her time between England and Greece.


Returning to Greece again with her eighth novel, the poignant and powerful Those Who Are Loved, she explores a tempestuous period of modern Greek history through the eyes of a complex and compelling heroine.


‘Hislop has done her research and handles the great sweep of complex Greek history with skill and confidence’ Daily Mail


‘A searing and powerful story full of passion, showing how one woman’s ideals and beliefs shape everything that she becomes. It’s both a beautifully woven love story and a spellbinding, heart-breaking depiction of a country torn apart by hatred’ Daily Express


‘A glorious Greek setting and rich historical detail form the backdrop of this captivating and poignant story’ Woman & Home


‘Anyone who reads Victoria Hislop’s novels falls in love with Greece ... A moving read that sweeps you through time’ S Magazine


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

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

Set Menu: Chicken Terrine, Mango mayo & salsa with herb oil. Main: Grilled Seabass, ratatouille, green beans, roast baby potatoes with sea salt & rosemary.

Vegetarian: Heritage Tomato Bruschetta, fresh basil, balsamic syrup and chilli oil. Main: Pan fried Halloumi, citrus & caper dressing, olives, cucumber, sun blushed tomatoes, and salad leaves.