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.
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
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WOMEN OF WESTMINSTER: The MPs who changed politics
In conversation with Peter Kyle MP
‘Rachel Reeves is perfectly positioned to tell their story, having experienced the slings and arrows of parliamentary prejudice first-hand.’ Cathy Newman
In 1919 Nancy Astor was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton, becoming the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons. Her achievement was all the more remarkable given that women (and even then only some women) had only been entitled to vote for just over a year.
In the past 100 years, 489 women have been elected to Parliament. The achievements of these political pioneers have been remarkable.
In this book, Rachel Reeves brings many forgotten MPs out of the shadows and looks at the many battles fought by the Women of Westminster, from 1919 to 2019. Featuring insightful and honest interviews with leading women, Rachel Reeves MP celebrates the inspirational achievements of women in parliament over the course of the past 100 years.
Rachel Reeves is Labour MP for Leeds West and former Shadow Minister for Work Pensions. Prior to her parliamentary career, she worked as an economist. She is the author of Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon.
7.00 p.m. FRIDAY 12th APRIL 2019
THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE
13 Brunswick Square
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
DAVE BROOM : THE RUM MANUAL
CITY BOOKS present- A Tasting of six Fine Rums
with complementing Chocolate from Montezuma’s
Appreciate this complex spirit, find the style you like and discover how rum can best be enjoyed. Dave will help you to understand rum – how it’s produced (whether from molasses, cane syrup or cane juice) and whether it is dry, sweet, fresh or oaky.
Each rum will be served with expertly matched chocolate, made by Award Winning chocolatiers Montezuma’s in Brighton.
More than 100 different rums are featured and analysed in the manual, from rich, sweet mellow Guyana rums to the vegetal peppery rums of Martinique or Guadeloupe and contemporary spiced rums.
Dave provides a description and graded tasting notes for each brand, allowing you to create the perfect mix every time. Finally, a selection of classic and contemporary cocktails shows just how wonderfully versatile this spirit is.
Award-winning author and spirits expert Dave Broom has written eight books, two of which (Drink! and Rum) won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book of the Year. He has also won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Writer of the Year twice and recently won the extremely prestigious IWSC Communicator of the Year Award. In 2015 Tales of the Cocktail presented Dave with the Best Cocktail & Spirits award, soon to be followed by the Golden Spirit Award in 2016.
AN EARLY EASTER TREAT!
7.00p.m. WEDNESDAY 3rd APRIL 2019
ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE
Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Tickets (£15.00) are available from
CITY BOOKS or
Tel: 01273 464440
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
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