EVENTS

We run a vibrant series of high profile author events in favourite local venues ~ including our bestselling Literary Lunches. These are jolly social occasions and Tickets make great presents. For advance notice sign up to our Newsletter on the Home page.

If you would like a Signed Book from an Event please visit the Signed Books page to pre-order or pop into the bookshop.

A Literary Lunch with creator of ITV’s Roy Grace

Peter James –

Picture You Dead

Mon 26th Sept 2022

at Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham 12.30pm  (doors 12 noon)
Tickets £35 from the bookshop 
include welcome drink, 1 course lunch, author talk and signed Hardback

We are delighted to be welcoming Peter James to Lytham for the first time.
Peter James is a UK No.1 bestselling author, best known for his Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, now a hit ITV drama starring John Simm as the troubled Brighton copper.

Much loved by crime and thriller fans for his fast-paced page-turners full of unexpected plot twists, sinister characters, and accurate portrayal of modern day policing, he has won over 40 awards for his work.

To date, Peter has written an impressive total of 19 Sunday Times No. 1s, sold over 21 million copies worldwide and been translated into 38 languages. His latest novel features Roy Grace –

Harry and Freya, an ordinary couple, dreamed for years of finding something priceless buried amongst the tat in a car boot sale. It was a dream they knew in their hearts would never come true – until the day it did…

They buy the drab portrait for a few pounds, for its beautiful frame, planning to cut the painting out. Then studying it back at home there seems to be another picture beneath, of a stunning landscape. Could it be a long-lost masterpiece from 1770? If genuine, it could be worth millions.

One collector is certain it is genuine. Someone who uses any method he can to get want he wants and will stop at nothing. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace finds himself plunged into an unfamiliar and rarefied world of fine art. Outwardly it appears respectable, gentlemanly, above reproach. But beneath the veneer, he rapidly finds that greed, deception and violence walk hand-in-hand.

Harry and Freya Kipling are about to discover that their dream is turning into their worst nightmare.

Join us to hear Peter James talk about his latest book and receive a signed copy of Picture You Dead.

Format: Welcome drink & Signed book on arrival, followed by lunch, author talk and audience Q&A
Venue: Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Rd, Lytham FY8 4EL

Tickets: £35 from the bookshop at 87c Clifton St, Lytham FY8 5ER, or by telephone 01253 796 958
Seating: Our lunches are jolly social occasions – seating is pre-planned and you will be seated with the other members in your party on shared tables – if you are coming alone, we will make sure we seat you with other solo diners.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

The bookshop will celebrate its 20th Birthday this November – in those years we have run lots of fantastic events … so a huge thankyou to everyone for coming and making them so successful! Here are some of our recent previous events:

A Literary Lunch with BBC’s REPAIR SHOP

Jay Blades –

Making It

Wed 11th May 2022

at Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham 12.30pm  (doors 12 noon)
Tickets £26 from the bookshop 
include welcome drink, 1 course lunch, author talk and signed paperback

We are thrilled to welcome Jay Blades MBE, the beloved star of hit BBC One show The Repair Shop and of the inspirational BBC 2 documentary Learning to Read at 51. Making It is his inspiring memoir about beating the odds and turning things around even when it all seems hopeless.

‘We had our hardships, and there were times that we didn’t have a lot of food and didn’t have a lot of money. But that didn’t stop me having the time of my life.’ In this book, Jay Blades shares the details of his life, from his childhood growing up sheltered and innocent on a council estate in Hackney, to his adolescence when he was introduced to violent racism at secondary school, to being brutalized by police as a teen, to finally becoming the presenter of the hit primetime show The Repair Shop.

Jay reflects on strength, weakness and what it means to be a man. He questions the boundaries society places on male vulnerability and how letting himself be nurtured helped him flourish into the person he is today. An expert at giving a second life to cherished items, Jay’s positivity, pragmatism and kindness shine through these pages and show that with care and love, anything can be mended.

Join us for lunch and hear Jay Blades talk about his new book and receive a signed copy of Making It.

Format: Welcome drink & Signed book on arrival, followed by lunch, author talk and audience Q&A
Venue: Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Rd, Lytham FY8 4EL
Tickets: £26 from the bookshop at 87c Clifton St, Lytham FY8 5ER, or by telephone 01253 796 958

Seating: Our lunches are jolly social occasions – seating is pre-planned and you will be seated with the other members in your party on shared tables – if you are coming alone, we will make sure we seat you with other solo diners.

Come and meet the new No 1: 

A Literary Lunch with

Tom Pemberton –

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Friday 29th April 2022

at Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham 12.30pm  (doors 12 noon)
Tickets £35 from the bookshop 
include welcome drink, 1 course lunch, author talk and signed hardback

Tom Pemberton’s debut has just become our No 1 bestselling book in 20 years of bookselling! He makes it to the top spot past tough competition from the likes of Jeffrey Archer, Amanda Owen, David Baldacci …. and even Harry Potter! Come meet our new No 1!

Local lad Tom Pemberton has a hit Youtube channel (TomPembertonFarmLife) and just presented BBC 3’s The Fast and The Farmer-ish. His new book is a delightful account of a year on the farm – which we all know locally as ‘Pemberton’s’ with its fantastic ‘Pemberton’s Farm Shop’.

For six generations, the Pemberton family have farmed at Birks Farm in our beautiful town of Lytham on Lancashire’s Fylde Coast, working at the heart of the area since the 1830s and supplying dairy produce to the local community ever since. Things don’t always go to plan, especially when you’re the farmer’s son, but every day’s a learning day and Tom approaches work as he does life in general: stay positive and don’t take yourself too seriously.

Make Hay While the Sun Shines takes us behind the farm gate and follows a year on the farm: from calving cows to maintaining machinery, from mucking out to planning and building a brand-new cow shed. Tom gives us a unique insight into everyday life on a busy dairy farm with all its highs, lows and hard graft.

Full of heart, amusing anecdotes and unforgettable characters like Tom’s dad, Andy – aka the Ginger Warrior – this is Tom’s story of determination, adventure and how to keep a smile on your face even when you’re knee deep in cow poo.

This is perfect for anyone who enjoys seeing ‘behind the scenes’ farm life!

Join us for lunch and hear Tom Pemberton talk about his new book and receive a signed copy of Make Hay While the Sun Shines.

Format: Welcome drink & Signed book on arrival, followed by lunch, author talk and audience Q&A
Venue: Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Rd, Lytham FY8 4EL
Tickets: £35 from the bookshop at 87c Clifton St, Lytham FY8 5ER, or by telephone 01253 796 958

Seating: Our lunches are jolly social occasions – seating is pre-planned and you will be seated with the other members in your party on shared tables – if you are coming alone, we will make sure we seat you with other solo diners.

A Literary Lunch with

Sophie Hannah

The Couple At The Table

Thursday 27th January 2022

at Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham 12.30pm  (doors 12 noon)

 

A Literary Lunch with

Amanda Owen 

Celebrating the Seasons with the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Friday 19th November 2021

at Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham 12.30pm (doors 12 noon)

Highlights from our previous Events:

Eddie Jones

Breakfast and Lunch Events at Fylde Rugby Club with the wonderful Eddie Jones

Amanda Owen

Lunch at Ribby Hall with fantastic Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen

Val McDermid

Drinks with fantastic Val McDermid at Clifton Arms Hotel

Sir Michael Parkinson

An afternoon with Sir Michael Parkinson at Lowther Gardens Theatre

Ruth Jones

Fizz with Ruth Jones at Clifton Arms Hotel

Adam Kay

Literary Lunch with debut Adam Kay at Spago

Ann Cleeves

Lunch with fabulous Ann Cleeves at Spago

Lucy Foley

Lunch with Lucy Foley at Fylde Rugby Club

Elizabeth MacNeal

Lunch with Elizabeth MacNeal debut The Doll Factory at Farina

David Baldacci

Lunch with bestseller David Baldacci at Ribby Hall

Sophie Kinsella

Lunch with Sophie Kinsella at Gusto

Milly Johnson

Lunch with Milly Johnson at Gusto

Plackitt & Booth Booksellers