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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.







To celebrate the publication of LEFT YOU DEAD, the latest in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series from Peter James, Peter and John Simm will discuss all things Grace.

The event will begin with a conversation about the ‘immensely satisfying’ (the Guardian) ITV adaptation of the Roy Grace books which features a ‘winning performance’ (the Independent) from John Simm as the titular detective.

Tickets cost £20 and include a signed hardback copy of LEFT YOU DEAD.

Books can be collected from CITY BOOKS or posted free of charge U.K. address.

Peter and John will talk about what it was like to bring this much-loved character to life on screen for the first time. Peter will then talk about his new Roy Grace book, LEFT YOU DEAD, which sees Roy take on perhaps his most mysterious case to date, before answering questions from the audience.

A link to the online event will be sent to ticket holders before the event. Please check your spam folder and get in touch by 4.30pm on the day of the event if you have not yet received the link.


Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 17 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 21 million copies to date and been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career – which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. Many of Peter’s novels have been adapted for film, TV and stage. His first two Roy Grace novels, Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead, have been adapted into two feature-length films for ITV starring John Simm.


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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

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.


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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

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.