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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.

MICK HOUGHTON

FRIED & JUSTIFIED: Hits, Myths, Break-Ups and Breakdowns in the Record Business 1978-98

Mick Houghton will be discussing his new book Fried & Justified with musician & producer David Balfe and writer & critic Ben Thompson.

7.00 pm MONDAY 15th JULY

THE RIALTO THEATRE BRIGHTON

Fried & Justified is a candid front line account of an illustrious twenty -year gonzo career as a publicist in the record business, featuring an introduction by Bill Drummond and new cover artwork by Jimmy Cauty.

Ramones, Talking Heads, The Undertones, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Felt, Sonic Youth, The Wedding Present, Spiritualized, Elastica. The list of bands and artists Mick Houghton worked with reads like a Who’s Who of some of the greatest, most influential and downright dysfunctional cult groups of the post-punk era and beyond…

The three acts Mick is most closely identified with are Echo & the Bunnymen, Julian Cope (and the Teardrop Explodes) and the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu/KLF, in all their guises. Between them, they played a significant role in shaping the musical landscape of the eighties and nineties, and – as confidant and co-conspirator – Mick was their chorus along the way, carefully navigating the minefield of rivalries and contrasting fortunes.

It is Mick’s indefatigable belief that it was always the music that came first, and it is his knack of attracting so-called difficult and troubled artists that makes Fried & Justified such an amusing, honest and insightful tale.

Tickets are £8 and are available from CITY BOOKS IN HOVE in person or over the phone and online the RIALTO here.

JO BRAND signed copies

JO BRAND on BORN LIPPY

THURSDAY 20TH JUNE, 7pm, 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.

RUTH WARE SIGNED COPIES

Ruth Ware’s new novel The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

When she stumbles across the advert, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she’s made mistakes. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty – at least not of murder.

Which means someone else is.

SIGNED COPY ORDERS

If you would like a signed or dedicated copy of The Turn of the Key, please email info@city-books.co.uk with your full name, dedication request and address (if you will need your book posted.)

Payment can be made via PayPal or over the phone with your card details.

For international orders, please email with your address so we can calculate postage costs.

PAUL MASON signed copies

CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE

How can we preserve our humanity in an age of uncertainty?

In the next century we are going to be asked: on what basis do you, the human race, claim control over intelligent machines? Unless we revive belief in agency, rationalism and universal rights, we are going to find that a very difficult question to answer.

Ranging from economics to Big Data, from neuroscience to the culture wars, Mason draws from his on-the-ground reporting and his own childhood to show how the notion of humanity has become eroded as never before. It’s not simply the fraying of the post-war global order, he believes that there is an all-out attack on values that have underpinned Western societies for hundreds of years.

He argues that we need to conduct a radical defence of the human being. We need to fight for universal rights, for human-centric institutions, and for the right to resist control of our lives by algorithms. We have to rekindle something close to a shared moral philosophy, a collective idea of our human nature, to shape our resistance and our future.

TICKETS £10

TUESDAY 25th JUNE 7.00p.m.

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

LITTLE HIGH STREET

SHOREHAM BY SEA

TEL: 01273 464440

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