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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.

JOHN CONNOLLY

JOHN CONNOLLY : he

Talk, Reading and Screening of a Laurel & Hardy film.

HE

Bestselling author John Connolly talking about his new novel ‘he’. It is a unique look at the life of Stan Laurel and the Golden Age of Hollywood …and the artistic compromises brought on by success.

An extraordinary re-imagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake . . . and whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.

‘he’ is an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel &Hardy.

 

John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries. His debut ‘Every Dead Thing’ swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers.

Rewarding and uplifting. Connolly has stepped outside the crime genre to publish a literary novel of real merit.’  nudebooks.com

 

7.00p.m. MONDAY 4th SEPTEMBER 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 N WILSON

A. N. WILSON – DARWIN: VICTORIAN MYTHMAKER

A reappraisal of Charles Darwin. Wilson  uses his acclaimed understanding of the Victorian era to bear on the most controversial scientist of modern times.

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Charles Darwin is much more than the account of a charming, shy, rich naturalist who lived in the reign of Queen Victoria and had many remarkable insights. It is, in part, the story of the intellectual life of the West over the last two centuries. Darwin was himself the product of his times, and as he acknowledged, he formed his biological theory not just on the basis of biology but by the study of the work of social economists. Likewise, ever since 1859, men and women have had reasons, for believing or rejecting Darwin’s theories, which do not pertain simply to the theories themselves.

Darwin made claims about who we, the human race, actually are. To this extent, he was the creator of a myth as powerful as that of the Bible.

Andrew Norman Wilson was educated at Rugby School and later attended New College, Oxford (B.A., 1972; M.A., 1976). Initially drawn to the teaching profession and priesthood, Wilson settled upon a life of writing, and published his first novel, The AN Wilson credit SAM YARDLEY 2017Sweets of Pimlico in 1977. He has since published over 40 works of fiction and non-fiction. He is a regular voice on BBC radio, and an occasional columnist for the Daily MailTelegraphLondon Evening StandardFinancial Times, the Times Literary SupplementNew StatesmanThe Spectator and The ObserverA Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and an award-winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, Wilson holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism.

7.00p.m. THURSDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS

(aka The Cathedral of the Backstreets)

Victoria Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3BD

Tickets (£10)

available from CITY BOOKS

23 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AF

Tel 01273 725306     info@city-books.co.uk

or Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-n-wilson-charles-darwin-victorian-mythmaker-tickets-36716794922?aff=es2

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JEREMY VINE

JEREMY VINE : WHAT I LEARNT

 

Jeremy’s hilarious memoir of lessons learnt from his Radio 2 show, which attracts more than seven million listeners.Jeremy Vine Cover

 

 

In a book punctuated by vivid anecdotes, Jeremy explains what it’s like to hear, totally unvarnished and unspun, the voices of so-called ordinary people…. and why they are not so ordinary after all.

 

In the age of Brexit and Trump, is the world now being run by Radio 2 listeners? If you listen to Radio 4, then Brexit was a shock, but If you are a Radio 2 listener it would not have come as a big surprise.

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7.00p.m. MONDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 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  

JULIE SUMMERS

 

JULIE SUMMERS : THE SECOND WORLD WAR REMEMBERED

Jambusters

Julie Summers is a bestselling historian of the Second World War.

‘Jambusters’ tells the fascinating story of how the Women’s Institute pulled Britain through the war with pots of jam and a spirit of make-do-and-mend. Through archive material and interviews with many WI members, Julie Summers takes us behind the scenes, revealing their nitty-gritty approach to the daily problems presented by the conflict.

Julie has also written:

‘When the Children Came Home’– stories of wartime evacuees’

‘Fashion on a Ration’– elegance and style during the war

Stranger in the House: Women’s Stories of Men Returning from the Second World War’

and ‘The Colonel of Tamarkan’- the real story of Philip Toosey and the bridge on the River Kwai


3.00p.m. WEDNESDAY 4th OCTOBER

BRIGHTHELM CENTRE

North Road Brighton BN1 1YD-Corner with Queen’s Road

Tickets (£6.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

23 Western Road, Hove Tel 01273 725306 info@city-books.co.uk              or Eventbrite

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MATT LUCAS

The hilarious, heart-warming and tear-jerking memoir from one of Britain’s best-loved comedians and actors

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‘The thing is, this is a bit different to most memoirs you may have read, because it comes in the form of an A–Z. For instance, B is for Baldy! – which is what people used to shout at me in the playground (not much fun), G is for Gay (because I’m an actual real life gay) and T is for TARDIS (because I’m a companion in Doctor Who now). You get the sort of thing’ Matt Lucas

An award-winning comedian, actor and writer, Matt Lucas is one of the nation’s most recognisable stars. He started his comedy career in the early nineties, working with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer on The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Shooting Stars, where he played giant baby George Dawes, but discovered major success with co-star David Walliams in Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, for which they won three BAFTAs, three NTAs and two International Emmy Awards. Matt received much praise for his work onstage in Les Misérablesand has since gone on to feature in many successful films and TV shows including: Alice in WonderlandBridesmaids, Paddington, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and now Doctor Who.

BRIGHTON DOME CONCERT HALL 8 p.m. FRIDAY 6th OCTOBER

Tickets (£13.50) available from Dome Box Office https://brightondome.org/event/14369/matt_lucas_little_me/

Tickets include voucher for purchase of ‘Little Me’ for £13.50 (rrp £20)

DAVID EAGLEMAN & ANTHONY BRANDT

DAVID EAGLEMAN & ANTHONY BRANDT : THE RUNAWAY SPECIES 

How Human Creativity Remakes The WorldRunaway Species

Our relentless drive to create makes us unique among living creatures. What is special about the human brain that enables us to innovate? Why don’t cows choreograph dances? Why don’t squirrels build elevators to their treetops? Why don’t alligators invent speedboats? Weaving together the arts and sciences, neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explore the need for novelty, the simulation of possible futures, and the social components that drive the inventiveness of our species. Taking us on a tour of human creativity from Picasso to concept cars to umbrellas to lunar travel, Brandt and Eagleman explore the cognitive software that generates new ideas, and illuminate the key facets of a creative mentality. Through understanding our ability to innovate – our most profound, mysterious, and deeply human capacity – we can meet the challenge of remaking our constantly shifting world.

7.00 p.m. Thursday 12th October

SALLIS BENNEY THEATRE

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON

GRAND PARADE, BRIGHTON

tickets (£8.00) available from:

CITY BOOKS

23 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AF

Tel 01273 725306     info@city-books.co.uk

or Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-eagleman-anthony-brandt-the-runaway-species-tickets-36717125912?aff=es2

David Eagleman

Anthony Brandt

PEGGY SEEGER

PEGGY SEEGER : FIRST TIME EVER

                                                                            A MemoirFirst Time Ever

Peggy Seeger is one of folk music’s most influential artists and songwriters. Born in New York City in 1935, she enjoyed a childhood steeped in music and left-wing politics – they remain her lifeblood.

After college, she travelled to Russia and China – against US advice – before arriving in London, where she met the man with whom she would raise three children and share the next thirty-three years: Ewan MacColl. Together, they helped lay the foundations of the British folk revival, through the influential Critics Group and the landmark BBC Radio Ballads series. And as Ewan’s muse, she inspired one of the twentieth century’s most popular love songs, ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’.

With a clear eye and generous spirit, Peggy writes of a rollercoaster life – of birth and abortion, sex and infidelity, devotion and betrayal – in a luminous, beautifully realised account.

7.00p.m. WEDNESDAY 18th OCTOBER 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  

YOTAM OTTOLENGHI

YOTAM OTTOLENGHI : SWEET

Yotam in conversation with long-time friend and co-author Helen Goh

OTTOLENGHI

Renowned for fresh evocative ingredients and bold inventive flavour, Yotam Ottolenghi has absolutely changed the way we eat and cook in this country. From Middle Eastern food to the very best Vegetarian recipes and world famous cakes and desserts, the Ottolenghi cookbooks have become national favourites. Sweet is a return to Yotam’s roots as a pastry chef and offers a mouthwatering array of recipes for hand-crafted sweet treats, freshly made with love, flair, real ingredients and lots of attention to detail. This is the quintessential Ottolenghi flavour formula brought to baking. Come and celebrate the sweet things in life.

Yotam and Helen will also be assembling a pudding from Sweet and at the end this will be auctioned for charity!

7.00pm MONDAY 23 OCTOBER

REGENCY SUITE

HILTON BRIGHTON METROPOLE

King’s Rd, Brighton BN1 2FU

Tickets (£12.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or EVENTBRITE

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yotam-ottolenghi-in-conversation-with-co-author-helen-goh-tickets-36541396300

 

STEPHEN MCGANN

STEPHEN MCGANN : FLESH AND BLOOD: A HISTORY OF MY FAMILY IN SEVEN MALADIES

A personal history of his family over a century and a half as told through the medical ailments they suffered

Stephen McGann is Doctor Turner in the BBC hit-drama series Call the Midwife. He is also a public speaker and communicator of science, having graduated from Imperial College London with a master’s degree in the Communication of Science.

Stephen McGann’s family survived famine-ravaged Ireland in the 1850s. His ancestors settled in poverty-rife Flesh & BloodVictorian Liverpool, working to survive and thrive. Some of them became soldiers serving on the Western Front. One would be the last man to step off the SS Titanic as it sank beneath the icy waves and would testify at the inquest. This is their story.

Flesh and Blood is the story of the McGann family as told through seven maladies – diseases, wounds or ailments that have afflicted Steve’s relatives over the last century and a half, and which have helped mould him into what he now perceives himself to be. It’s the story of how health, or the lack of it, fuels our collective will and informs our personal narrative. Health is the motivational antagonist in the drama of our life story – circumscribing the extent of our actions, the quality of our character and the breadth of our ambition. Our maladies are the scribes that write the restless and mutating genome of our self-identity.

Flesh and Blood combines McGann’s passion for genealogy with an academic interest in the social dimensions of medicine – and fuses these with a lifelong exploration of drama as a way to understand what motivates human beings to do the things they do. He looks back at scenes from his own life that were moulded by medical malady, and trace the crooked roots of each affliction through the lives of his  ancestors, whose grim maladies punctuate the public documents or military records of my family tree. In this way he asks a simple, searching question: how have these maladies helped to shape the story of the person he is today?

Flesh and Blood is living drama extracted like buried treasure from old documents and the hand-me-down stories of his relatives. I couldn’t put it down’ Jenny Agutter

7.00p.m. TUESDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2017

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

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

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or

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A. C. GRAYLING

A. C. GRAYLING : DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS

Winston Churchill described democracy as ‘the least bad of all systems.’ So it is, when it works. But it has been made to fail – notice those words: ‘made to fail’ – in at least two of its leading examples in today’s world, the US and the UK. This talk is about how democracy has been made to fail. And it is about how to put it right.

A C GraylingA. C. Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy, and the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He is a columnist for Prospect magazine, and was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian and Times. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3, 2 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2015 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

7.00p.m. Monday 6th November

SALLIS BENNEY THEATRE

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON

GRAND PARADE, BRIGHTON

Tickets (£8.00) available from:

CITY BOOKS

23 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AF

Tel 01273 725306     info@city-books.co.uk

or Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ac-grayling-democracy-and-its-crisis-tickets-36717496019?aff=es2