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Our literary events provide an opportunity to listen to some great authors.

During these relaxed evenings you will have the chance to pose questions to the guest and purchase signed first editions at reduced price.

GIN TASTING WITH DAVE BROOM

DAVE BROOM : GIN THE MANUAL

Gin tasting led by award-winning and inspiring author of ‘Gin – The Manual’ 

Dave Broom by Will RobbIn recent years, gin has shed its old-fashioned image and been reborn as a hot and hip spirit. The number of brands grows every
day and bartenders – and consumers – are now beginning to re-examine gin as a quality base spirit for drinks both simple and complex. Now, with more brands available than ever before, it is the time to set out what makes gin special, what its flavours are and how to get the most out of the brands you buy.

With this book as your guide, discover:

How gin is made
What a botanical is and how they impact a gin’s flavour
What the difference between Dutch, London, Scottish, Spanish and American gins is
How you drink them to maximise your pleasure
Whether there is life beyond the gin & tonic (yes!)

The body of the book covers 120 gins which Dave has tested four ways – with tonic, with lemonade, in a
negroni and in a martini – and then scored. In addition, each gin is categorised according to an ingenious flavour camp system, which highlights its core properties and allows you to understand how you can best drink it, and therefore enjoy it.

‘You could not write a more sophisticated book or pack more detail onto each page…it is rocket science impressive’ Huffington Post

7.00pm WEDNESDAY 14th JUNE

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£15.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or

Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tel: 01273 464440       www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk       https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/gin-tasting-with-dave-broom/

Gin Manual

WILL SELF

WILL SELF : PHONE

Booker-shortlisted author Will Self talking about his new novel: Phone

Phone

Hang on to the phone – feel the smoothness of its bevelled screen…! Place your thumb in the soft depression of its belly-button – turn it over andWill Self credit Chris Close 2014
 over… a five hundred-quid worry bead – and all I worry about is losing the bloody thing…!

For the four characters at the heart of Will Self’s brilliantly acute novel, the five hundred-quid worry bead in their pocket may be both a blessing and a curse. Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns; from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos, from the horror of modern war to the end of privacy, Phone is Will Self’s most important and compelling novel to date.

Will Self is the author of many novels and books of non-fiction, including Great Apes, The Book Of Dave, How The Dead Live (shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Of The Year 2002), The Butt (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2008), Umbrella (shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2012), and Shark.

‘Self is the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation’ ~ The Guardian

7.00p.m. FRIDAY 30th JUNE 2017

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or

Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tel: 01273 464440       www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk     https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/will-self/

 

MATT HAIG

MATT HAIG : HOW TO STOP TIME

‘I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.’

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for How to stop Timecenturies. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the
perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love.

Matt Haig is an internationally acclaimed writer of adult and children’s novels, screenplays, non-fiction and journalism. His work has been translated into 30 languages. Reasons to Stay Alive has spent 45 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller list since publication in 2015, while his novel The Humans has sold over 200,000 copies. The Radleys won The TV Book Club ‘book of the series’. As a writer for children and young adults Haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal. His children’s books include A Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas, as well as Father Christmas and Me, which will be published in October.

7.00p.m. THURSDAY 20th JULY 2017

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or

Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tel: 01273 464440       www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk      https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/meet-the-author-matt-haig/

Matt Haig by Ken Railey

PETER WILLCOX signed books

PETER WILLCOX : RAINBOW CAPTAIN

‘Peter Willcox is a hero of our times. He has been at the frontline of non-violent direct action for four decades, and put his body on the line to defend our planet. Our fragile environment needs more people like him.’    Caroline Lucas, MP

Captain Pete Willcox on the Arctic Sunrise.
                                                                       Captain Pete Willcox on the Arctic Sunrise.

Peter Willcox has been a Captain with Greenpeace for over 30 years, making him the most experienced captain in the organization. An activist for nearly his entire life, beginning by marching behind Martin Luther King Jr. with his family at age twelve. Captain Willcox estimates he’s sailed over 300,000 miles in virtually every corner of the globe. 

His new book, Greenpeace Captain,  is an adventure story like no other, covering 40 years of activism and making headlines worldwide.    

Leading crews into battle against whale killers, nuclear testing sites and deep sea drillers, confronting naval ships, being bombed by the French secret service and serving time in a Russian jail for peacefully protesting Russian oil drilling in Antarctica… it’s all in a day’s work for Peter Willcox, one of Greenpeace’s most seasoned campaigners.

*8.00p.m. TUESDAY 14th MARCH 2017

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or

Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tel: 01273 464440       www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk

*Please note later time than usual

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SARAH DUNANT signed copies available

SARAH DUNANT : IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY

Sarah Dunant

1502 and Renaissance Italy is in turmoil. Backed by the money and wily power of his ageing father Pope Alexander VI, Cesare Borgia is soaring like a military comet, carving out a state for the Borgia dynasty. From Florence, a young diplomat, one Niccolo Machiavelli, is sent to shadow him to keep track of the danger. While many tremble in the presence of this brilliant unscrupulous man, Machiavelli is entranced and the relationship he forges with Cesare allows him – and us – to witness history in the making.

Sarah Dunant is the novelist of the Italian renaissance. In ‘In the Name of the Family’, as in ‘Blood and Beauty’, she sweeps away the myths to bring alive the real Borgia family; passionate, brutal, complex and glorious, holding up a mirror to the moment of history that bred them.

7.00p.m. MONDAY 6th MARCH 2017

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or

Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tel: 01273 464440       www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk

For Blood & Beauty ‘A wonderful novel – taking you deep into the world of Renaissance passion and the Renaissance papacy. Part of me was happily lost in the time travel, part of me repeatedly struck by how vividly ancient Rome met modern Rome, and how the city of history came to life’ Mary BeardName of the family

ALAIN DE BOTTON signed books

 

ALAIN DE BOTTON : THE COURSE OF LOVE

With his trademark warmth and wit, Alain de Botton explores the complex landscape of a modern relationship, examining what it might mean to love, to be loved – and to stay in love.alain-de-botton-2009-credit-vincent-starr-use

Rabih and Kirsten meet, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning. Over the years, this ordinary couple will miscommunicate and misunderstand each other, will worry about money, will have first a girl and then a boy. One of them will have an affair, one will think about it. Both will have doubts. This is the real story of love.

This is the love story of Rabih and Kirsten. This is the love story of you. This is the love story that will save your relationship.

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich in 1969. He is the bestselling author of non-fiction such as The Consolations of Philosophy and The Art of Travel, and novels including Essays in Love. He runs The School of Life.

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‘Acute and telling… De Botton is good on the politics of laundry. There’s a lot of truth and humour in his account of marriage’ Observer 

‘The novel that Rabih and Kirsten need to read is the one that De Botton has written. There’s a refreshing honesty in what De Botton has to say. De Botton’s musings are clever, their tone a mixture of irony and sincerity. A testament to his ability to so involved us in the fates of his endearing couple that we resent any interruptions, and hurry along to learn more about the love story that likely mirrors our own and that of so many others we know’ Guardian

‘Genuinely wise… One passage was so spot-on that I read it aloud to my husband.’ Lionel Shriver, The Times

‘Told with great wit and affection… It should be compulsory reading for anyone tying the knot’ Daily Mail

The Course of Love probes with such forensic tenderness the very heart of marriage. I laughed a lot, too’ Deborah Moggach

‘It may even save some marriages’ Evening Standard

7.00p.m. MONDAY 13th FEBRUARY 2017

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or

Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tel: 01273 464440       www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk

‘A complete delight’ Amy Bloom

‘Not just a story about the course of love, it offers a course in love. Sunday Times

‘He’s completely on the money with the minutiae of marital life and every note rings uncomfortably true. Told with great wit and affection… It should be compulsory reading for anyone contemplating tying the knot.’ Daily Mail

‘A compassionate, funny and deeply moving look at what it really means to share a lifetime with someone’ The Lady

‘The novel is well-observed and imbued with a tenderness that feels authentic and uncynical. It may even save some marriages.’ Evening Standard