Join bestselling spy novelist Mick Herron as he talks about his new book Joe Country, the latest instalment in his highly acclaimed Slough House series starring Jackson Lamb.
If Spook Street is where spies live, Joe Country is where they go to die and as Jackson Lamb’s crew of misfit exiles emerge for the sixth time, it looks likely not all of them will return from the field.
In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process. Meanwhile, in Regent’s Park, Diana Taverner’s tenure as First Desk is running into difficulties. If she’s going to make the Service fit for purpose, she might have to make deals with a familiar old devil …
And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score. This time, they’re heading into joe country…
Kicking off with 2010’s Slow Horses, Mick Herron’s Slough House series has lit a match under the British spy genre. With its world-wary coterie of misfits and starring the cunning Jackson Lamb, Herron is now at the front rank of espionage fiction . We’re delighted to welcome the spymaster to Booka during Independent Bookshop Week!
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Joe Country). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
Do you have a story that you’d like to tell? Have you ever thought of becoming an author? Do you have lots of good ideas that you’d like to craft into something a bit more substantial?
Join award-winning author Edward Docx for an hour of insight, advice, encouragement and ten practical tips on how to turn your thoughts into a professional storyline.
Ed has written four novels. He’s been long listed for the Booker Prize and won the Geoffrey Faber. He reviews contemporary fiction for The Guardian and he’s been teaching the Guardian Masterclass for Fiction for the last seven years. He’s also hosted dozens of Arvon residential writing courses and coached lot’s of private pupils – several of whom are now published.
We’re delighted to be hosting this special event with Ed and his publisher Pan Macmillan to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week. So why not come along and get some practical advice, some top quality inspiration and a fascinating insight into the world of creative writing.
All those attending will receive a paperback copy of Ed’s latest novel Let Go My Hand.
Tickets: £12 (Includes ‘How to Write a Book’ session and a copy of Let Go My Hand) Tickets available from the Bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)
Join number one bestselling author Clare Mackintosh as she talks about her new novel After the End, a gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken.
Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they’re facing the most important decision of their lives – and they don’t agree. As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again. But anything can happen after the end . . .
Combining the depth of emotion that captivated readers of Me Before You, the structural ambition of Life After Life and the impossible choice at the heart of My Sister’s Keeper, Clare Mackintosh’s powerful new novel contains her winning formula of compelling characters and a page-turning plot.
With over two million copies of her books sold worldwide, number one Sunday Times bestseller Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go, I See You and Let Me Lie. We’re delighted to welcome her back to Oswestry to celebrate the publication of After the End – one of the most moving books you’ll read this year!
Tickets: £8 (without book – redeemable against a signed copy of After the End) or £13 (with book – includes a signed copy of After the End). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.
Join David Nicholls, the bestselling author of One Day, as he talks about his new novel Sweet Sorrow, a bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale of ordinary lives.
One life-changing summer. Sixteen-year-old Charlie meets Fran…
Charlie is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. As the summer stretches before him, his exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way around, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread. Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and although it’s unthinkable, Charlie, despite himself, begins to hope.
Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a deeply evocative novel about negotiating the rocky path to adulthood, a hymn to the tragicomedy of family life, a celebration of the deep, reviving power of friendship and the brief, searing explosion of first love.
David Nicholls is one of Britain’s most successful writers with an incomparable talent for making us laugh, cry and wince with recognition. It’s ten years since his novel One Day became an international publishing phenomenon and the iconic love story for a generation. It’s five years since the journey of Us took him to the Man Booker Prize long-list.
A new David Nicholls novel is a major publishing event and something to look forward to. We’re thrilled to be welcoming him to Oswestry as we celebrate the publication of Sweet Sorrow.
Tickets: £10 (without book – redeemable against a signed copy of Sweet Sorrow) or £20 (with book – includes a signed copy of Sweet Sorrow). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.
Love a bit of domestic noir and looking for your next gripping read? Then join us for an evening of criminally good conversation and a glass of wine as Shari Lapena, international bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, talks about her latest electrifying thriller Someone We Know.
It can be hard keeping secrets in a tight-knit neighbourhood. In a tranquil, leafy suburb of ordinary streets – one where everyone is polite and friendly – an anonymous note has been left at some of the houses. `I’m so sorry. My son has been getting into people’s houses. He’s broken into yours.’ Who is this boy, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts. And when a missing local woman is found murdered, the tension reaches breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their secrets? Maybe you don’t know your neighbour as well as you thought you did . . .
Shari Lapena’s debut novel The Couple Next Door was the UK’s bestselling fiction title of 2017. Her two follow ups, A Stranger in the House and An Unwanted Guest, were both Sunday Times Bestsellers.
Shari will be in conversation with fellow crime author Mary Torjussen. We’re delighted to welcome her to Booka when she tours the UK from Canada this July.
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Someone We Know). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
Join us for an evening of novel conversation and contemporary feminist fiction as bestselling authors Jo Baker and Anna Hope discuss their latest novels.
From Jo Baker, bestselling author of ‘Longbourn’ comes a dark, thrilling new novel – ‘The Body Lies’: a work of riveting suspense that grapples with how to live as a woman in the world – or in the pages of a book – when the stakes are dangerously high and the relationship between a creative writing school tutor and a student goes tragically wrong.
‘Expectation’ by Anna Hope is a novel of the highs and lows of friendship – how it can dip, dive and rise again. It is also about finding your way: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel. Most of all, it explores that liminal space between expectation and reality, the place – full of dreams, desires and pain – in which we all live our lives. Anna is the bestselling author ‘Wake’.
Both novels handle issues around feminism, the woman’s experience, societal and moral influences and pressures. For Jo and Anna they also mark a move away from historical fiction to the contemporary landscape. We’re delighted to welcome them to Booka for what should be a great event.
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of either book). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
Join us for an evening in the company of Susannah Stapleton as she tells the remarkable true story of Maud West, Lady Detective.
Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having started sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And – as Susannah Stapleton reveals – she was a most unreliable witness to her own life.
Who was Maud? And what was the reality of being a female private detective in the Golden Age of Crime?
Interweaving tales from Maud West’s own `casebook’ with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself in a quest to uncover the truth.
Susannah Stapleton has written a superb biography of a woman ahead of her time offering a deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of ‘good society’ during the first half of the twentieth century.
Susannah will be in conversation with fellow author James Hannah. We’re delighted to welcome her to Booka.
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Adventures of Maud West). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).