01273 725306

Events

events poster

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.

MARK HADDON Cancelled due to Family Illness

Unfortunately cancelled due to family illness.

Please obtain refund from place of purchase

MARK HADDON : THE PIER FALLS

Author of ‘The Curious Incident with the Dog in the Night-Time’


Haddon Mark Rory Carnegie --- RIGHTS INFO ON BIBLIO---The Pier Falls
is the first collection of stories from one of the UK’s most loved and celebrated writers. Foreboding, violent and surprising, this highly- acclaimed collection explores darker territory than his previous fiction. A seaside pier collapses. A thirty-stone man is confined to his living room. An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. Demonstrating that he is a master of the short form, Mark Haddon showcases stories of urban realism, science fiction, classical myth and more. Superb, gripping and vividly unsettling, The Pier Falls is about what lies beyond our control; it is ‘a virtuoso piece of writing’ Observer. Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. The title story of this collection was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and ‘Bunny’ was runner up in the BBC National Short Story Award. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, was published in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published in 2005, his play Polar Bears was staged at the Donmar Warehouse in 2010 and his last novel, The Red House, was published in 2012.

Pier Falls pb

7.00p.m. MONDAY 27th MARCH 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

‘Brilliant collection…Seamless prose…It feels as though Haddon is leading you into the deepest underworld of human endeavour and behaviour, yet holding your hand gently as he guides you into the labyrinth. Outstanding’ Imogen Lycett Green

GIN TASTING WITH DAVE BROOM

DAVE BROOM : GIN THE MANUAL

Gin tasting led by award-winning and inspiring author of ‘Gin – The Manual’ 

Dave Broom by Will RobbIn recent years, gin has shed its old-fashioned image and been reborn as a hot and hip spirit. The number of brands grows every
day and bartenders – and consumers – are now beginning to re-examine gin as a quality base spirit for drinks both simple and complex. Now, with more brands available than ever before, it is the time to set out what makes gin special, what its flavours are and how to get the most out of the brands you buy.

With this book as your guide, discover:

How gin is made
What a botanical is and how they impact a gin’s flavour
What the difference between Dutch, London, Scottish, Spanish and American gins is
How you drink them to maximise your pleasure
Whether there is life beyond the gin & tonic (yes!)

The body of the book covers 120 gins which Dave has tested four ways – with tonic, with lemonade, in a
negroni and in a martini – and then scored. In addition, each gin is categorised according to an ingenious flavour camp system, which highlights its core properties and allows you to understand how you can best drink it, and therefore enjoy it.

‘You could not write a more sophisticated book or pack more detail onto each page…it is rocket science impressive’ Huffington Post

7.00pm WEDNESDAY 14th JUNE

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

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

Tickets (£15.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or

Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tel: 01273 464440       www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk

Gin Manual

MATT HAIG

MATT HAIG NEW NOVEL
Details to follow..

7.00p.m. TUESDAY 20th JULY 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

PETER WILLCOX signed books

PETER WILLCOX : RAINBOW CAPTAIN

‘Peter Willcox is a hero of our times. He has been at the frontline of non-violent direct action for four decades, and put his body on the line to defend our planet. Our fragile environment needs more people like him.’    Caroline Lucas, MP

Captain Pete Willcox on the Arctic Sunrise.
                                                                       Captain Pete Willcox on the Arctic Sunrise.

Peter Willcox has been a Captain with Greenpeace for over 30 years, making him the most experienced captain in the organization. An activist for nearly his entire life, beginning by marching behind Martin Luther King Jr. with his family at age twelve. Captain Willcox estimates he’s sailed over 300,000 miles in virtually every corner of the globe. 

His new book, Greenpeace Captain,  is an adventure story like no other, covering 40 years of activism and making headlines worldwide.    

Leading crews into battle against whale killers, nuclear testing sites and deep sea drillers, confronting naval ships, being bombed by the French secret service and serving time in a Russian jail for peacefully protesting Russian oil drilling in Antarctica… it’s all in a day’s work for Peter Willcox, one of Greenpeace’s most seasoned campaigners.

*8.00p.m. TUESDAY 14th MARCH 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

*Please note later time than usual

greenpeace captain cover

SARAH DUNANT signed copies available

SARAH DUNANT : IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY

Sarah Dunant

1502 and Renaissance Italy is in turmoil. Backed by the money and wily power of his ageing father Pope Alexander VI, Cesare Borgia is soaring like a military comet, carving out a state for the Borgia dynasty. From Florence, a young diplomat, one Niccolo Machiavelli, is sent to shadow him to keep track of the danger. While many tremble in the presence of this brilliant unscrupulous man, Machiavelli is entranced and the relationship he forges with Cesare allows him – and us – to witness history in the making.

Sarah Dunant is the novelist of the Italian renaissance. In ‘In the Name of the Family’, as in ‘Blood and Beauty’, she sweeps away the myths to bring alive the real Borgia family; passionate, brutal, complex and glorious, holding up a mirror to the moment of history that bred them.

7.00p.m. MONDAY 6th MARCH 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

For Blood & Beauty ‘A wonderful novel – taking you deep into the world of Renaissance passion and the Renaissance papacy. Part of me was happily lost in the time travel, part of me repeatedly struck by how vividly ancient Rome met modern Rome, and how the city of history came to life’ Mary BeardName of the family

ALAIN DE BOTTON signed books

 

ALAIN DE BOTTON : THE COURSE OF LOVE

With his trademark warmth and wit, Alain de Botton explores the complex landscape of a modern relationship, examining what it might mean to love, to be loved – and to stay in love.alain-de-botton-2009-credit-vincent-starr-use

Rabih and Kirsten meet, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning. Over the years, this ordinary couple will miscommunicate and misunderstand each other, will worry about money, will have first a girl and then a boy. One of them will have an affair, one will think about it. Both will have doubts. This is the real story of love.

This is the love story of Rabih and Kirsten. This is the love story of you. This is the love story that will save your relationship.

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich in 1969. He is the bestselling author of non-fiction such as The Consolations of Philosophy and The Art of Travel, and novels including Essays in Love. He runs The School of Life.

course-of-love-pb-jacket

‘Acute and telling… De Botton is good on the politics of laundry. There’s a lot of truth and humour in his account of marriage’ Observer 

‘The novel that Rabih and Kirsten need to read is the one that De Botton has written. There’s a refreshing honesty in what De Botton has to say. De Botton’s musings are clever, their tone a mixture of irony and sincerity. A testament to his ability to so involved us in the fates of his endearing couple that we resent any interruptions, and hurry along to learn more about the love story that likely mirrors our own and that of so many others we know’ Guardian

‘Genuinely wise… One passage was so spot-on that I read it aloud to my husband.’ Lionel Shriver, The Times

‘Told with great wit and affection… It should be compulsory reading for anyone tying the knot’ Daily Mail

The Course of Love probes with such forensic tenderness the very heart of marriage. I laughed a lot, too’ Deborah Moggach

‘It may even save some marriages’ Evening Standard

7.00p.m. MONDAY 13th FEBRUARY 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 complete delight’ Amy Bloom

‘Not just a story about the course of love, it offers a course in love. Sunday Times

‘He’s completely on the money with the minutiae of marital life and every note rings uncomfortably true. Told with great wit and affection… It should be compulsory reading for anyone contemplating tying the knot.’ Daily Mail

‘A compassionate, funny and deeply moving look at what it really means to share a lifetime with someone’ The Lady

‘The novel is well-observed and imbued with a tenderness that feels authentic and uncynical. It may even save some marriages.’ Evening Standard

LUKE HARDING signed books

LUKE HARDING : A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON

The definitive story of the murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s war with the West

Luke Harding is an award winning foreign correspondent with The Guardian and a best-selling author. His latest book ‘A Very Expensive Poison’ a-very-expensive-poison
lukeharding-2reads like a political thriller. It is the definitive inside story of the life and death of Alexander Litvinenko. Harding traces the journey of the nuclear poison across London, from hotel room to nightclub, assassin to victim; it is a deadly trail that seemingly leads back to the Russian state itself. This is a shocking real life revenge tragedy, with corruption and subterfuge at every turn. There are walk on parts for the Russian mafia, the KGB, MI6 agents, British Police and dissidents. At the heart of this though, is an individual and his family torn apart by a ruthless crime.

Luke Harding is also the author of international bestsellers ‘The Snowden Files’ and ‘Wikileaks’ During his time as Moscow bureau chief, the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the Cold War. His previous books have been made into films; ‘The Fifth Estate’ and ‘Snowden’.

7.00p.m. THURSDAY 16th FEBRUARY 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

QI: 1342 Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted,, past -signed books available

QI: 1342 FACTS TO LEAVE YOU FLABBERGASTED

With QI Elves James Harkin & Anne Miller

THIS SPECIAL EVENING WILL INCLUDE TALK, Q&A, QUIZ & BOOKS SIGNING

It is 10 years since the first QI book, The Book Of General Ignorance, was published and topped the bestseller list. Since then, drum roll please, over 3.3 million QI books have been sold. Now the next sock-blasting, jaw-dropping, side-swiping QI book ‘1342 Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted’ is to be released this autumn, and we’ve a special launch night to celebrate featuring QI Elves Anne Miller & James Harkin. A quiz will follow.

Trees sleep at night.qi

Google searches for ‘how to put on a condom’ peak at 10.28pm.

There is no word for time in any Aboriginal language.

Scotland has 421 words for snow.

Emoji is the fastest growing language in history.

Astronauts wear belts to stop their trousers falling up.

The name Donald means ‘ruler of the world’.

Tanks are exempt from London’s congestion charge.

Selfies kill more people than sharks.

Two-thirds of deaths in the world go unrecorded.

On each anniversary of its landing on Mars, the Curiosity rover hums ‘Happy Birthday’ to itself.

Nostalgia was classified as a disease by the Royal College Of Physicians until 1899.

1 in 3 children pretend to believe in Santa Claus to keep their parents happy.

Black coffee drinkers are more likely to be psychopaths.

A group of unicorns is called a blessing.

ANNE MILLER: is a scriptwriter and researcher for QI who can usually be found buried beneath a pile of books. The first QI episode she wrote was
entitled ‘Literature’ and she writes a literary column for Standard Issue magazine. She is the Head Researcher of BBC Radio 4’s The Museum Of
Curiosity, reached the semi-finals of BBC2’s fiendishly difficult quiz Only Connect, has two Blue Peter badges and really likes puffins.

JAMES HARKIN, QI’s Head Elf, has in the course of his Quite Interesting duties sung karaoke with Bhutanese monks, danced with the world’s most advanced humanoid robot and learned how to tear a telephone directory in half. He presents the QI Elves’ podcast No Such Thing As A Fish as well as the BBC 2 spinoff No Such Thing As The News. He also produces QI’s BBC Radio 4 show The Museum of Curiosity.


7.00p.m. TUESDAY 6th DECEMBER

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

qi

DAVID OLUSOGA.. past -signed books available

DAVID OLUSOGA : BLACK AND BRITISHAN UNTOLD STORY

A vital re-examination of a shared history, published to accompany the landmark BBC2 series.

In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and black-and-britishcontemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to the Afro-Romans who arrived in the British Isles in the third century AD.

It reveals how Black British history is as global as the empire. It explores how much of the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery. It shows that Black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of the First World War. Black British history can be read in stately homes, street names, statues and memorials across Britain and is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation. It is the story of those periods in our past when the rights, status and humanity of black people were among the big issues of the day, issues that helped shape the whole country and the empire. Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.


David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and BAFTA award-winning presenter and filmmaker. His previous books include The Kaiser’s Holocaust and The World’s War. He was also a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Black British History.

WEDNESDAY 30th NOVEMBER 7.00p.m.

SALLIS BENNY THEATRE, GRAND PARADE, BRIGHTON BN2 0JY

Tickets (£8.00)*

CITY BOOKS

23 WESTERN ROAD, HOVE

BN3 1AF

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

*£4 with student id

or

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-british-david-olusoga-tickets-29247944389

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD.. past

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD : GET A LIFE

Chaired by Caroline Lucas

viv-westwoodThe beauty of Vivienne Westwood’s diary is that it is so fresh and unpredictable. It is generously illustrated with her own selection of images and is irresistible. Reading Vivienne’s thoughts, in her own words, is as fascinating and provocative as you would expect from Britain’s punk dame – a woman who always says exactly what she believes. And what a life! One week, you might find Vivienne up the Amazon, highlighting tribal communities’ struggles to maintain the rainforest; another might see her visiting Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy, or driving up to David Cameron’s house in the Cotswolds in a full-on tank.

Copies of ‘Get a Life’  on sale on the night

7.30 p.m. FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER

BRIGHTON DOME CONCERT HALL

Tickets £13.50 from:

Brighton Dome Tickets
29 New Road  BN1 1UG

01273 709709     brightondome.org

[Facebook] /brightondome

[Twitter] /brightdome

 

or

CITY BOOKS

23 Western Rd. Hove BN3 1AF

Tel 01273 725306

email info@ city-books.co.uk www.city-books.co.uk

FW16 LONDON FASHION WEEK
FW16 LONDON FASHION WEEK