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Saturday 1st December, 12:30pm, ACADEMY OF ARTS, LIVERPOOL
Come and meet Liverpudlian author June Francis who will be celebrating the launch of her new book The Pawnbroker’s Niece, a romantic saga set in the Great Depression, at the Liverpool Academy of Arts, 32 Seel Street, L1 4BE. It’s free entry so join her for tea and biscuits while she signs copies of her latest book.
The Murder Squad is a group of award-winning crime writers. They include Ann Cleeves ( of the Vera novels), Cath Staincliffe (who created Blue Murder), Margaret Murphy, Kate Ellis and Allison & Busby’s very own Martin Edwards. There will be a talk, followed by Q & A and a book signing of their own novels as well as their recent Crime Anthology of short stories, ‘Best Eaten Cold’. An event not to be missed. The event starts at 2pm at Waterstones Southport, 367 Lord Street, PR8 1NH. For more information contact the bookshop on 0843 290 8599
Saturday 1st December, 2:30pm, FORMBY BOOKS, LIVERPOOL
Come and meet Liverpudlian author June Francis who will be celebrating the launch of her new book The Pawnbroker’s Niece, a romantic saga set in the Great Depression, at Formby Books, Derbyshires, 22-24, Chapel Lane, Formby, Merseyside, L37 4DU. It’s free entry so stock up on your Christmas gifts and get a signed copy of her latest book.
SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER, 3.00 – 4.30pm NO ALIBIS BOOKSTORE, BELFAST
Come and celebrate the launch of Killing the Emperors, the new satirical crime novel by award-winning novelist and journalist Ruth Dudley Edwards, which attacks the world of conceptual art. Meet the author as well as Jim McDowell, Northern Editor at Sunday World, who will be addressing the guests at No Alibis Bookstore, 83 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JU, and get your book signed! For more information, contact the bookstore on 028 9031 9607. Event is open to the public but please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 4 December, 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Enjoy a champagne reception and delicious three-course lunch in the company of three bestselling authors. Hosted by The Lady, the luncheon will take place in the elegant and historic Cavalry and Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 7PX, and feature guest speakers Jaqueline Winspear (author of the acclaimed Maisie Dobbs series, including A Lesson in Secrets), Anne Zouroudi and Kathy Lett. Tickets cost £85 and include free signed copies of each author’s featured book. For more information and to book tickets click here.
Blood, Butterflies & Beasts, Tuesday 4th December, 6.30pm – 7:30pm, £2 entry, KEW LIBRARY
Come and meet, crime writer D E Meredith who will be talking about Devoured, the first book in a brand new Victorian crime series, at Kew Library, 106 North Road, Kew TW9 4HJ. Set in London, the series features one of the first forensic detectives and his trusty morgue assistant, during the fascinating time when forensic science was only just beginning. Get a book signed for a perfect Christmas gift! For more information contact the library on 0208 734 3352 or book online here. Ticket price includes refreshments.
Wednesday 12th December, 10.00am – 11.00am CHESHAM LIBRARY
Come and meet author Catherine Law who will be joining the library’s regular coffee morning and be talking about and signing copies of her new book The September Garden, at Chesham Library, Elgiva Lane, Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 2JD. For more information call the library on 0845 230 3232.
Wednesday 12th December, 7.00pm – 8.00pm, £2, TEDDINGTON LIBRARY
Come and meet, crime writer D E Meredith who will be giving a fascinating talk entitled Blood, Butterflies and Beasts about 19th Century science, forensics, evolution and the Victorian imagination! It all ties in with her novel Devoured, the first book in a brand new crime series set in Victorian London, which features one of the first forensic detectives during the fascinating time when forensic science was only just beginning. The talk will take place at Teddington Library, Waldegrave Road, Teddington TW11 8NY. Get a book signed for a perfect Christmas gift! For more information contact the library on 020 8734 3304 or book your tickets online here. Ticket price includes refreshments.
Thursday 13th December, 6:30pm HEFFERS, CAMBRIDGE
The Mystery People invite you to Christmas Chrime event and a chance to meet Ruth Dudley Edwards, author of the satirical crime novel Killing the Emperor, and nine other crime writers, including Alison Bruce, Jayne-Marie Barker, Kate Rhodes, Peter Tickler, Stephen Booth, Mark Edwards, Elly Griffiths, Michelle Springs and L C Tyler at Heffers, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TY. Come and enjoy a glass of wine, mincepies and a goodybag and stock up with a mystery for Christmas as the authors will be signing their books. Tickets £4 redeemable against a crime fiction book bought on the evening plus a goody bag. For details Contact Richard Reynolds on 01223 463200 or pop into the bookshop.
Monday 24 December – Friday 28 December, 9.45am (repeated 12.30am following day) BBC RADIO 4, BOOK OF THE WEEK
The delightful memoir, Three Houses, by Angela Thirkell has been picked for BBC Radio 4′s Christmas Book of the Week. The abridged version will be read by actress Sian Thomas over the course of the Christmas week from 24 – 28 December, every morning at 9.45am. Each episode will be repeated at half-past midnight the following day (ie. the last episode will be repeated at 12.30am on 29 December). For the full broadcast details click here…