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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.

EVENT – CHRISTOPHER BOON

We are delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of The Passing of The Forms That We Have Loved, the debut novel by Christopher Boon. Join us for an evening of readings and wine, with signed copies of the book available.

The event will be held on Thursday, 16 September 2021 from 6-7:30 here in the shop at City Books.

Tickets are free and registration is provided through Evenbrite, register here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-event-the-passing-of-the-forms-that-we-have-loved-tickets-161760268317

Please be aware that this is a standing event and capacity is limited.

If you would like to pre-order a copy contact us via phone on 01273 725306, or email at info@city-books.co.uk. Copies will be available in the shop during the event, or can be sent to your address – postage and packaging to a UK address is £3.00.

Postage outside the UK will incur different charges, please contact us via phone or email for a quote to your area. We can process an order for you via email for international orders.

 

A young man, dealing with his father’s terminal cancer, retreats into introspection on relationships both old and new as a past mired with failure comes back to haunt him, consuming his present and threatening to derail his future. Exploring themes of loss and repentance, The Passing Of The Forms That We Have Loved questions whether formative acts of indecisiveness can have far reaching repercussions in later years.

SIGNED RICHARD OSMAN – PRE-ORDER

We are delighted to offer pre-orders for signed copies of Richard Osman’s new release ‘The Man Who Died Twice'(£18.99). Due out in hardback on 16th September 2021.

We’re excited to reveal that City Books receives a mention, pre-order a copy to find out why…

Pre-orders are limited so we suggest you order while the case is hot…

Inquiries will add your name to the order list, only a cancelled order will have your name removed. Please let us know as soon as possible after inquiring your details and payment information as we will have a high level of interest.

Contact us via phone on 01273 725306, or email at info@city-books.co.uk. Copies will be available for collection from the shop, or can be sent to your address – postage and packaging to a UK address is £3.00.

Postage outside the UK will incur different charges, please contact us via phone or email for a quote to your area. We can process an order for you via email for international orders.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help.

His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus? But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians.

 

THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE RECORD-BREAKING, MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY RICHARD OSMAN

Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

‘A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly’ VAL MCDERMID

‘So smart and funny. Deplorably good’ IAN RANKIN

‘Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny’ MARIAN KEYES

‘Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny’ MARK BILLINGHAM

‘Pure escapism’ GUARDIAN

 

SIGNED JOANNA GLEN – PRE-ORDER

We are delighted to offer pre-orders for local author, Joanna Glen.

Pre-order a signed or dedicated copy of Joanna Glen’s new novel, All My Mothers (14.99). Due out in hardback on 5th August 2021.

 

Contact us via phone on 01273 725306, or email at info@city-books.co.uk. Copies will be available for collection from the shop, or can be sent to your address – postage and packaging to a UK address is £3.00.

Postage outside the UK will incur different charges, please contact us via phone or email for a quote to your area. We can process an order for you via email for international orders.

Meet Eva Martinez-Green, an only child full of questions about her beginnings.

Between her emotionally absent mother and her physically absent father, there is nobody to answer them. Eva is convinced that all is not as it seems. Why are there no baby pictures of her? Why do her parents avoid all questions about her early years? When her parents’ relationship crumbles, Eva begins a journey to find these answers for herself. Her desire to discover where she belongs leads Eva on a journey spanning decades and continents – and, along the way, she meets women who challenge her idea of what a mother should be, and who will change her life forever…

‘One of those rarest of books: so beautiful I almost couldn’t bear it, and so moving I was reading through tears’ STACEY HALLS

‘Uniquely witty, beautifully observed, intricately woven’ MIRANDA HART

‘Both exquisitely tender and powerfully compelling’ SARAH HAYWOOD

‘Thoughtful, warm and engaging. Unlike anything I’ve read before – divine’ CHRISTINA SWEENEY-BAIRD

‘Honest, heartfelt and hopeful’ MARIANNE CRONIN

‘A love song to women everywhere’ ERICKA WALLER

SIGNED MATT HAIG

Pre-order a signed copy of Matt Haig’s new title, The Comfort Book (£16.99). The Comfort Book will be published on the 6th of July 2021.

Contact us via phone on 01273 725306, or email at info@city-books.co.uk. Copies will be available for collection from the shop, or can be sent to your address – postage and packaging to a UK address is £3.00.

Postage outside the UK will incur different charges, please contact us via phone or email for a quote to your area. We can process an order for you via email for international orders.

Reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive. It is a strange paradox, that many of the clearest, most comforting life lessons are learned while we are at our lowest. But then we never think about food more than when we are hungry and we never think about life rafts more than when we are thrown overboard. The Comfort Book is a collection of consolations learned in hard times and suggestions for making the bad days better.

Drawing on maxims, memoir and the inspirational lives of others, these meditations celebrate the ever-changing wonder of living. This is for when we need the wisdom of a friend or a reminder we can always nurture inner strength and hope, even in our busy world. A book of timeless comfort for modern minds.

SOLD OUT – SIGNED BOB MORTIMER – PRE-ORDER

Pre-order a signed copy of Bob Mortimer’s first autobiography ‘And Away…’ (£20.00) published 16th September 2021.

Contact us via phone on 01273 725306, or email at info@city-books.co.uk. Copies will be available for collection from the shop, or can be sent to your address – postage and packaging to a UK address is £3.00.

Postage outside the UK will incur different charges, please contact us via phone or email for a quote to your area. We can process an order for you via email for international orders.

 

 

Bob Mortimer’s life was trundling along happily until suddenly in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart condition that required immediate surgery and forced him to cancel an upcoming tour. The episode unnerved him, but forced him to reflect on his life so far.

This is the framework for his hilarious and moving memoir, And Away… Although his childhood in Middlesbrough was normal on the surface, it was tinged by the loss of his dad, and his own various misadventures (now infamous from his appearances on Would I Lie to You?), from burning down the family home to starting a short-lived punk band called Dog Dirt. As an adult, he trained as a solicitor and moved to London.

Though he was doing pretty well (the South London Press once crowned him ‘The Cockroach King’ after a successful verdict), a chance encounter in a pub in the 1980s with a young comedian going by the name Vic Reeves set his life on a different track. And now, six years on, the heart condition that once threatened his career has instead led to new success on BBC2’s Gone Fishing. Warm, profound, and irrepressibly funny, And Away… is Bob’s full life story (with a few lies thrown in for good measure.)

 

SIGNED ZARA SLATTERY

Purchase an exclusive signed copy of Zara Slattery’s award-winning debut graphic novel ‘COMA’ (£18.99) published 13th May 2021. The first 50 copies sold will include a free, specially designed bookplate by the author.




Signed copies are available for collection from the shop two weeks before publication, or can be sent to your address – postage and packaging to a UK address is £4.00. Postage outside the UK will incur different charges, please contact us via phone or email for a quote to your area. We can process an order for you via email for international orders. If you would like a dedicated copy just give us a call on 01273 725 306 or email us at info@city-books.co.uk.

A beautifully painted graphic novel and a visual diary, COMA is an astonishing record of one woman’s will to survive a deadly bacterial infection, as her husband and children prepared for the worst. Zara Slattery’s account of life inside a 15-day drug-induced coma, interwoven with pages from her husband’s diary and that of the nurses in the Intensive Care Unit, is above all a love story, and an astonishing graphic novel companion to Michael Rosen’s Many Different Kinds of Love.

‘A hallucinatory masterpiece which tells a tale of tenderness and family love – an incredible work of art, and so important.’ Ian Williams, author of The Bad Doctor
 

‘A wonderful book. Sadness, hope and honesty are your guides.’ Dr Matt Morgan, author of Critical

Coma is published by Myriad, an independent publisher based in Brighton. You can find more of their incredible books here.

SIGNED SHARON DUGGAL

Purchase a signed copy of Sharon Duggal’s latest novel ‘Should We Fall Behind’ (£9.99) published 22nd October 2020.

Signed are available for collection from the shop or can be sent to your address from 22nd October. If you would like a dedicated copy just give us a call on 01273 725 306 or email us at info@city-books.co.uk.

Jimmy Noone walks from one side of a sprawling city to the other, looking for Betwa, a friend he found and lost on the bustling city streets. Jimmy becomes the catalyst for lost lives colliding, exposing stories of tenderness, devotion, displacement and tragedy, and the subtle threads of commonality which intersect them all, making the invisible, visible again.

BOOKSHOP.ORG

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