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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.

EVENT: JARED DIAMOND

  JARED DIAMOND will be discussing  his new book ‘UPHEAVAL’ at BRIGHTON DOME
WEDNESDAY 29th MAY 7.30p.m.
Talk followed by audience Q&A and BOOK SIGNING

Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of the seminal million-copy-bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was named one of Time Magazine’s best non-fiction books of all time, Collapse, a No. 1 international bestseller, and The World Until Yesterday, among other books. A professor of Geography at UCLA and noted polymath, Diamond’s work has been influential in the fields of Anthropology, Biology, Ornithology, Ecology and History.

In his landmark books Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilisations rise and fall. Now, at a time when crises are erupting around the world, he reveals what makes certain nations resilient in the face of tremendous upheavals. In a riveting journey into our recent past, he traces how seven countries have survived defining catastrophes – from the forced opening of Japan to the Soviet invasion of Finland to Chile’s brutal Pinochet regime – through selective change, a process of painful self-appraisal and adaptation.

Exhibiting the awe-inspiring grasp of history, geography, economics and anthropology that marks all Diamond’s work, Upheaval reveals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient in times of crisis. The result is a book epic in scope, but also his most personal yet.

Tickets available from THE DOME. Priority booking for members opens at 10am on Thursday 25th April. General sale opens at 10am on Friday 26th April.

EVENT: JO BRAND

JO BRAND on BORN LIPPY: THURSDAY 20TH JUNE, BRIGHTHELM CENTRE

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman and sometimes it’s time to be a hard woman. This is a book for all those times.

Once upon a (very very) long time ago Jo Brand was what you might describe as ‘a nice little girl.’ Of course, that was before the values of cynicism, misogyny and the societal expectation that Jo would be thin, feminine and demure sent her off down Arsey Avenue.

The plot thickened, when due to a complicated fusion of hormones, horrible family dynamics and a no-good boyfriend they hated, Jo ended up leaving home at 16. Now she’s considerably further along life’s inevitable bloody ‘journey’ – and she’s f***ed up enough times to feel confident she has no wisdom to offer anyone.

BUT THEN Jo calmly explained the effects of sexism on women to a dismissive all-male panel on Have I Got News for You and it turned into a viral phenomenon so maybe she has some advice to offer after all…

Born Lippy is a gathering of all the things Jo wishes she’d known, all the things she’s learnt, and all the things she hopes for the future. A century after women got the vote (albeit married women over the age of 28) it’s time to take stock of exactly what it means to be female today. And if there’s one thing women are entitled to, it’s having a bloody good moan about things big and small – so here goes…

Packed with memorable anecdotes from her life and career, full of jokes and funny stories, coloured by her experiences as a psychiatric nurse, stand-up and working mother of two, this hilarious book aims not only to entertain but also to really help people.

Tickets are £12 and available from Eventbrite and from City Books in Hove. The Brighthelm Centre (North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD) is just a short walk down from Brighton Station.

DOROTHY KOOMSON SIGNED COPY HUB

City Books are proud to be Dorothy Koomson’s Brighton signed copy hub.

To order a signed copy, please email your full name (and full postage address, if you will need your copy posted) along with your request to info@city-books.co.uk

If you are paying remotely we can take PayPal payments or a card payment over the phone – let us know your preference in your email, or if you’ll be collecting your copy from our shop!

PROMOTION: ROBERT MACFARLANE

Robert Macfarlane’s new book UNDERLAND is published on 2nd May. Pre-order from us at the promotional price of £15 (£5 off RRP £20) Give us a ring on 01273 725 306 or email info@city-books.co.uk

In UNDERLAND, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland’s glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet’s past and future.

Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, UNDERLAND is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane’s long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.

TAYLOR JENKINS REID signed copies

TAYLOR JENKINS REID: DAISY JONES & THE SIX
IN CONVERSATION WITH
LAUREN BRAVO

‘I devoured Daisy Jones & the Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Daisy and the band captured my heart.’ Reese Witherspoon

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & the Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity…until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock’n’roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & the Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of six novels. She is a full-time film and television writer in addition to prolific novelist. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog Rabbit.

Lauren Bravo is a writer and editor. She writes about pop culture, fashion, food, travel and feminism, for people like The Pool, Grazia, Refinery29 UK, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and the Guardian. Her first book, What Would the Spice Girls Do? How the girl power generation grew up was published in 2018.

7.00p.m. WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH 2019

THE SPEAKEASY BAR, UPSTAIRS AT THE WICK INN

63 Western Road, Hove

BN3 1JD

Tickets £8.00

are available from

CITY BOOKS

or EVENTBRITE

DAMIAN BARR signed copies

DAMIAN BARR : YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE

The stunning and shocking debut novel from the award-winning author of ‘Maggie & Me’

SET IN SOUTH AFRICA ‘YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE’ EXPLORES

LEGACIES OF ABUSE, REDEMPTION AND THE STRENGTH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
You will be safe

South Africa, 1901, the height of the second Boer War. Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise: they will be safe.

Johannesburg, 2010. Sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog. Worried he’s not turning out right, his ma and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp. Here they ‘make men out of boys’. Guaranteed.

You Will Be Safe Here is a deeply moving novel of connected parts. Inspired by real events, it uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness. 

Damian will be interviewed by author Natalie Haynes.

7.00p.m. THURSDAY 4th APRIL 2019

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS CHURCH

Victoria Road, Brighton BN1 3FS

Tickets (£10.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or Eventbrite