Booka Bookshop are thrilled to present an evening with Welsh rugby icon and former British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton as he talks openly about his career at the highest levels of the game and his new autobiography Open Side.
Sam Warburton propelled himself to international attention in 2011 when named as the youngest ever captain of Wales for the Rugby World Cup. Despite his tender age, Sam’s immense displays for club and country were recognised still further in April 2013, when, at just 24, he was named the Lions’ captain for the extraordinary 2013 tour to Australia. Four years later, after a year `in the wilderness’, Sam was named Lions’ captain yet again for the historic tour to New Zealand, thereby becoming the first ever Lions Captain never to lose a series in the professional era. In leading other men, and in pitting himself against the world’s best, Warburton was forced repeatedly to push himself to the very edge of his physiological and mental limits, the 21 significant operations over that period a painful testament to his sacrifice. With 74 Welsh caps to his name, Sam was forced to retire in July 2018, at just 29 years old.
Never before has a rugby autobiography given such intimate access to the realities of the dressing room, the heroes and villains of the modern game, but also to the unique mindset required to make someone a genuinely great leader of men. Open Side is one of the stand out sports autobiographies of the year.
On the eve of the Rugby Cup 2019, don’t miss this opportunity to see and meet a true sporting great.
Tickets: £20 (Includes a signed copy of Open Side). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)
Gyles Brandreth – raconteur, former MP, One Show reporter, Just A Minute star, and author of the best-selling word-lover’s companion, Have you eaten, Grandma? – has a passion for poetry. His brilliant new book – Dancing by the light of the moon – is both a celebration of the best-loved poems in the English language and a unique guide to the value and power of learning poetry by heart. With the secrets of how to improve your memory (whatever your age) and poetry that’s by turns funny, sad, and moving, Dancing by the light of the moon is a book designed to lift your spirits and change your life.
There can be few more loved characters around than Gyles Brandreth. With his usual mix of funny stories, anecdotes and insights this should be a hugely entertaining evening. We’re delighted to welcome Gyles to Oswestry!
Tickets: £15 (Includes a signed copy of Dancing by the Light of the Moon). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)