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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.

HENRY NORMAL

HENRY NORMAL : A NORMAL FAMILY

EVERYDAY ADVENTURES WITH OUR AUTISTIC SON

Normal Family HB jacket

JOHNNY is nineteen. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic– he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last nineteen years this is what his father, TV producer and comedy writer Henry Normal and his wife Angela have been trying to come to terms with.

Henry Normal is an English poet, writer, broadcaster and film and television producer. He has written two award-winning Radio 4 shows A Normal Life and A Normal Family.

He co-wrote The Royle Family with Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, and set up Baby Cow Productions with Steve Coogan.

Henry Normal at his Brighton home, East Sussex, UK Picture by Jim Holden
Henry Normal at his Brighton home.
Picture by Jim Holden

Henry and Angela take alternate chapters to tell the story of the hope, the despair and the messy, honest, sometimes very funny day to day world it brings – as well as being an uplifting, warm, tender and optimistic book about an unconditional, unconventional love between a father, a mother and a son.

Angela Pell is a writer for film and TV whose credits include Snow Cake  and the upcoming adaptation of Naoki Higashida and David Mitchell’s The Reason I Jump.

 

7.00p.m. WEDNESDAY 13th June 2018

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

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

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS or

https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/whats-on/      

Tel: 01273 46444

KATE MOSSE

 

KATE MOSSE : THE BURNING CHAMBERS

The First novel in a series brings sixteenth-century Languedoc vividly to life.

Kate Mosse’s The Burning Chambers’ is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets, of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties.

The Burning Chambers’ is the first in a sequence of novels set against the backdrop of three hundred years of history, from sixteenth century France to nineteenth-century Southern Africa. The characters and their families, unless otherwise specified, are imagined, though inspired by the sort of people who might have lived. Ordinary women and men, struggling to live, love and survive against a backdrop of religious war and displacement.”

Burning ChambersCarcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: She knows that you live. But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes the course of her life forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou’s help if he is to get out of La Cité alive. As the religious divide deepens in the Midi, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further. Meanwhile, as a long-hidden document threatens to be found, the mistress of Puivert is obsessed with uncovering its secret and strengthening her power.Kate Mosse5706 low res Ruth Crafer (2)

 

Kate Mosse is is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and  was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2013. She is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages. Her fiction includes the novels ‘Labyrinth’ , ‘Sepulchre’, ‘The Winter Ghosts’, ‘Citadel’ , and ‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’, as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, ‘The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales’.

 

7.00p.m. THURSDAY 7th June 2018

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

The Drive, Hove BN3 3QE

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS or

Eventbrite

All Saints is conveniently located on the corner of The Drive and Eaton Road and is served by many buses including nos 2, 2a, 5, 5a, 5b, 7, 21, 21a. Hove Station is a 5 – 10 minute walk away.

MATT HAIG

MATT HAIG : NOTES FROM A NERVOUS PLANET

Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.

Notes Nervous

The world is messing with our minds.

 

How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?

 

After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig and he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him.

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected and yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.Matt Haig by Ken Railey

Matt Haig is the author of Reasons to Stay Alive and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. As a writer for children and young adults, he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages.

7.00p.m. TUESDAY 10th JULY 2018

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

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

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS or

https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/whats-on/      

Tel: 01273 46444

 

LAURA BATES Signed Copies!

Laura Bates will be interviewed by journalist Hannah Beckerman about her new book, MISOGYNATION. 9781471169243

Laura Bates, pioneering feminist, activist and bestselling author, has given voice to hundreds of thousands of women through her international Everyday Sexism Project. Drawing attention to both hidden and blatant sexist acts and attitudes, Laura has exposed the startling truth behind misogyny in our society: systemic, ingrained and ignored. From Weinstein to Westminster, a torrent of allegations of sexual harassment and assault have left us reeling. 100 years since some women were first given the right to vote, we are still struggling to get to grips with the true extent of gender inequality that continues to flourish in our society. In this collection of essays, originally published in the Guardian, Laura Bates uncovers the sexism that exists in our relationships, our workplaces, our media, in our homes and on our streets, but which is also firmly rooted in our lifelong assumptions and in the actions and attitudes we explain away, defend and accept. Often dismissed as one-offs, veiled as ‘banter’ or described as ‘isolated incidents’, MISOGYNATION joins the dots to reveal the true scale of discrimination and prejudice women face. These essays grew out of a need to bear witness and to show the true scale of sexism. MISOGYNATION shows it for the epidemic that it is.

Laura Bates is a feminist writer, published in Time, xoJane.com, The Guardian, The Independent, and Laura Batesregularly asked for comment by VICE, The Atlantic, and others. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project—a crowd-sourced collection of stories from women around the world about their experiences with gender inequality. She was named one of Huffington Post’s Most Inspirational Women of 2012 and shortlisted for the 2013 Shorty Award in activism.

7.00p.m. TUESDAY 27th FEBRUARY 2018

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

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

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS or

https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/whats-on/      

Tel: 01273 46444

MOHSIN HAMID Signed Copies!

Exit West is an extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.ExitWest
This is Nadia. She is fiercely independent with an excellent sense of humour and a love of smoking alone on her balcony late at night.
This is Saeed. He is sweet and shy and kind to strangers. He also has a balcony but he uses his for stargazing.
This is their love story: a love story, but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow. Saeed and Nadia are falling in love, and their city is falling apart. Here is a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it.
Exit West is a heartfelt and radical act of hope – a novel to restore your faith in humanity and in the power of imagination.

Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for the New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize), Moth SmokeHow to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Discontents Mohsin Hamid (c) Laurent Denimaland Its Civilizations. Born and raised mostly in Lahore, he has since also lived in London and New York.

7.00p.m. WEDNESDAY 31st JANUARY 2018

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

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

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS or

https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/whats-on/      

Tel: 01273 46444