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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.

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

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Tel: 01273 464440

 

ROBIN INCE

ROBIN INCE : I’M A JOKE AND SO ARE YOU

A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human 

YOU'RE A JOKE

 

As a connoisseur of comedy, Robin Ince, stand-up comedian and presenter of  Radio Four’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, has spent decades mining our eccentricities to create gags – and watching other strange individuals do the same. And for years he has sought – sometimes in vain – to understand the world around us. In this book, he unites these pursuits to examine the human condition through the prism of humour.

Why do we make the choices we do in life? Where does anxiety come from? Where does imagination come from? Why are we like we are? Do our parents f*&k us up? Informed by personal insights from his own life as well as interviews with a bevy of A-list comedians, neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors – this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind.

 

 7.00p.m. TUESDAY 23rd OCTOBER 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 464440

QI EVENING

QI : 2024 FACTS TO STOP YOU IN YOUR TRACKSA Quite Interesting Evening

A bumper final edition of the most surprising, amazing, and hilarious facts on the planet from the clever-clogs at QI.

 Don’t miss this eye-popping, gob-smacking, jaw-dropping (and quite-interesting) event.QI 2024

The cult TV show QI is now revving up for its 19th year on BBC2. In the past 11 years, their spin-off books have sold over 3.5 million copies. The latest, seventh book in the series – 2,024 QI Facts To Stop You In Your Tracks – brings the grand total of QI facts up to a staggering 10,000.

Join the three writers, James Harkin (star of worldwide hit podcast No Such Thing As A Fish) Anne Miller (producer R4’s The Museum of Curiosity) and John Lloyd (Blackadder, Spitting Image, Not The Nine O’Clock News) for an evening of astonishing info and merry laughter.

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‘A fantastic collection of pithy conversation-starting facts.’ (Charlie Higson)

‘Intriguing, hilarious and downright surprising little nuggets of information.’ (Mirror)

‘Fascinating … The answers to the questions you never even thought to ask.’ (Mail)

7.00p.m. THURSDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 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 464440

NDABA MANDELA Signed copies

NDABA MANDELA : GOING TO THE MOUNTAIN:LIFE LESSONS FROM MY GRANDFATHER

 Nelson Mandela’s life through the eyes of a child who was raised by him

‘Going to the Mountain’ is the story of Ndaba Mandela’s unforgettable time growing up with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen: his grandfather, Nelson Mandela.

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In a story that has never been told, ‘Going to the Mountain’ tells the tale of how Nelson Mandela steered his grandson Ndaba from his reckless youth (skipping school, fighting in gangs) to his maturation into a fully realised and principled adulthood. Often as a single parent in his years after imprisonment and through his landmark presidency of South Africa. On a scale both intimate and epic, the book details the gripping arc of Ndaba’s own extraordinary journey, which mirrors that of South Africa’s, from the segregated Soweto ghettos into which he was born, to the presidential mansion in which he grew up, and the challenged times in which he lives now.

Embedded deeply throughout are the rich tribal wisdom and folktales of Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa tribe, which he adored sharing with his grandson–and which influenced both men throughout their lives and helped change the world. Going to the Mountain vividly illustrates the important life lessons Nelson taught his grandson about freedom, forgiveness, leadership, education and self-discipline, strength of body and spirit, integrity and responsibility, respect for oneself and others, resistance in the right ways, times and places, passion for life and purpose, and peace. People have asked Ndaba for years to write his remarkable story in a book..

Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, is in Toronto to share his grandfather's story of hope and youth empowerment at a gala event, June 30th.

Now, with the approach of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday in July 2018, and global momentum building around the occasion and his foundation’s efforts, Ndaba is being embraced by an extraordinary network of supporters–and he feels ready. It is, at day’s end, a message of unlocking the power within each of us–the cautionary tale of a life that could go one way or the other, depending upon the intervention of a caring soul; and the ability, and awesome power, of an individual life to serve as a catalyst for change.                                                                                                                    

                                                           

7.00p.m. TUESDAY 3rd 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 464440

OLIVIA LAING & ELIZABETH DAY Signed copies!

OLIVIA LAING : CRUDO 

In Conversation with Elizabeth Day

In her first work of fiction, Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and emphatically raw account of love in the apocalypse.

Olivia laingA ‘Goodbye to Berlin’ for the twenty-first century, ‘Crudo’ charts in real time what it was like to live and love in the horrifying summer of 2017, from the perspective of a commitment-phobic peripatetic artist who may or may not be Kathy Acker.

Kathy is a writer. Kathy is getting married. It’s the summer of 2017 and the whole world is falling CRUDOapart. She spends the first summer of her forties trying to adjust to making a lifelong commitment as Trump is tweeting the world into nuclear war. But it’s not only Kathy who’s changing. Political, social and natural landscapes are all in peril. Fascism is on the rise, truth is dead and the planet is hotting up. Is it really worth learning to love when the end of the world is nigh? And how do you make art, let alone a life, when one rogue tweet could end it all? Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and emphatically raw account of love in the apocalypse.

Olivia Laing is the author of three acclaimed works of non-fiction. ‘To the River’ was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. ‘The Trip to Echo Spring’ was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize. The Lonely City won the British Library Writer’s Award, was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. She writes on art and culture for many publications, including the Guardian, New Statesman and New York Times.

Elizabeth Day is the author of ‘The Party’ A gripping story of betrayal, privilege and elizabeth day 1hypocrisy, set in the unassailable heart of the British establishment. An Observer Book of the Year, it is also a Richard & Judy Book Club pick for 2018.

She is also the author of ‘Scissors, Paper, Stone’, which won a Betty Trask Award, and ‘Home Fires’. Elizabeth is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph and is now a feature writer for the Observer.

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RUTH WARE Order Signed Copies

RUTH WARE :’THE DEATH OF MRS WESTAWAY’

The brand new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times and N.Y. Times bestselling author of ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’

Death of Mrs

 

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When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some

£12.99 when collecting from City Books  £15.00 including postage to UK addresses. 

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Ruth Ware

 

HENRY NORMAL Signed Copies

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 464440

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JOHN NICHOL : SPITFIRE

Spitfire HB Jacket coverThe iconic Spitfire found fame during the darkest early days of World War II and was an an inspiring sight in the skies over the south coast. But what happened to the formidable fighter and its crews beyond the Battle of Britain, and why is it still so loved today? 

Spanning the full global reach of the Spitfire’s deployment during WWII, from Malta to North Africa and the Far East, then over the D-Day beaches, here are edge-of-the-seat stories and heart-stopping first-hand accounts of battling pilots, some forced to bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers, and of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. A hair-raising, nail-biting and moving history of the Spitfire populated by a cast of redoubtable, heroic characters that make you want to stand up and cheer.