Waterstones Events throughout October!
Another month, another list of Waterstones events to tickle your tastebuds! I say tastebuds because cooking queen, Nigella Lawson is just one of the brilliant names signing this month.
Waterstones are excited to welcome Natasha Pulley. She will be talking about and signing copies of her new book, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street! This is a rescheduled event. All tickets bought for the original event are still valid, please contact the shop for more information.
Thursday 1st October – Cambridge
In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history. When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected slips soon proves that he must be hiding something. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry. As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses.
Join Waterstones as they welcome international supermodel, Cindy Crawford as she signs her book, Becoming. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment, terms and conditions may apply.
Friday 2nd October – London Piccadilly at 1:30pm
International supermodel Cindy Crawford chronicles her life and career, sharing stories and lessons learned, and featuring her most memorable images. Cindy Crawford was the cornerstone of the golden age of the supermodel in the 1990s. She blazed a trail during that decade, seamlessly moving between the runway to unconventional outlets, such as cutting-edge MTV, Super Bowl commercials, and even Playboy magazine. On the eve of her fiftieth birthday, Crawford looks back, photo shoot by photo shoot, on a remarkable career and various life lessons she absorbed.
Meet ‘The king of teen horror’ Darren Shan who is heading to Bournemouth to sign copies of his brand new book in the popular Zom-B series.
Saturday 3rd October – Bournemouth Castlepoint at 10:00am
Saturday 3rd October – Yeovil at 13:30
Sunday 4th October – Worcester at 10:30
Sunday 4th October – Coventry at 13:30
So Many Books, So Little Time ‘You can’t knock this series. Just as you think that you’ve seen it all, in comes Shan with a brand new set of wham! bam! twists and turns and revelations’ thebookbag.co.uk WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN ALL IS LOST? HOW CAN YOU BUILD A FRESH FUTURE ON THE SANDS OF A TWISTED PATH? WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU KNEW WAS A LIE? B SMITH IS ON THE RUN …The penultimate tale in this gory, epic series from Darren Shan – with unmissably horrifying twists!
Historical novelist, Laura Purcell, will be in store signing copies of her latest novel, ‘Mistress of the Court’. Both Laura’s new release and the first in the series ‘Queen of Bedlam’ will be available in store at the signing.
Saturday 3rd October – Lowestoft from 11:00am-1:00pm
Orphaned and trapped in an abusive marriage, Henrietta Howard has little left to lose. She stakes everything on a new life in Hanover with its royal family, the heirs to the British throne. Henrietta’s beauty and intelligence soon win her the friendship of clever Princess Caroline and her mercurial husband, Prince George. But, as time passes, it becomes clear that friendship is the last thing on the hot-blooded young prince’s mind. Dare Henrietta give into his advances and anger her violent husband? Dare she refuse? Whatever George’s shortcomings, Princess Caroline is determined to make the family a success.
Waterstones are thrilled to welcome Professor Green for a signing of his book ‘Lucky’. To avoid disappointment please call, tweet or pop into store to let us know you would like to attend the signing.
Tuesday 6th October – Birmingham New Street from 17:00-18:00
It was never easy for Professor Green. Born into a tough Hackney estate and raised by his grandmother, the rapper was always learning the hard way – whether at school, on the streets of east London or on stage during impromptu freestyle battles. Indeed, life and music have always been intertwined for the young rapper, but it wasn’t until he was 24 that the two were brought into focus by the suicide of his father – and his emotions, ever since, have been reflected in the raw and often passionate lines of his lyrics. In this wonderful autobiography, Professor Green – a.k.a. Stephen Manderson – reflects on his life so far and how his upbringing and encounters – both good and bad – shaped the person and musician he is today. Passionate, raw and totally open, Lucky is the story of a boy’s journey, from life close to the streets, all the while working towards becoming a successful musician, achieving that dream and eventually gaining that success, only to realise it wouldn’t quite solve all of his problems…
Meet owls, take part in a quiz, seek snitches and try your luck with the sorting hat! All tickets for this event will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of the new illustrated Harry Potter. There will be OWLS in the bookshop.
Tuesday 6th October – Oxford at 17:00
Tuesday 6th October – London Oxford Street Plaza from 19:00-21:00
Wednesday 7th October – Aberdeen from 18:00-22:00
Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.
Waterstones are delighted to welcome acclaimed feminist writer, and author of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, The Stone Gods and much more, Jeanette Winterson to Glasgow to sign her new Hogarth Shakespeare title, The Gap of Time, based on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Please contact the store for more information
Wednesday 7th October – Glasgow – Sauchiehall Street at 13:00
‘I saw the strangest sight tonight.’ New Bohemia. America. A storm. A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up – light as a star – and decides to take her home. London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money but he doesn’t know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife. Is the newborn baby even his? New Bohemia. 17 years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love but there’s a lot they don’t know about who they are and where they come from.
Crime Writer James Marrison will be instore signing copies of his debut novel ‘The Drowning Ground’. Set in the Cotwolds and featuring an Argentinian-born DCI. This is a perfect read to grab if your fans of Broadchurch!
Thursday 8th October – Stratford Upon Avon at 11:00
A man is found dead near his home with a pitchfork through his neck. When DCI Guillermo Downes is called to the scene he realizes the victim is well known to him. A decade earlier, Downes made a promise to the families of two missing girls that he would find their daughters. Although cleared of any involvement, the dead man had been a suspect in their disappearance. And as the ripples from his death spread through the local community it happens to offer fresh hope that the detective might finally make good on his promise. But as Downes, tormented by his own troubled past, pursues the case alongside a new partner, Sergeant Graves, it soon becomes clear to them both that there’s a darkness at the heart of the investigation more dreadful than either could ever have imagined. As past and present bind ever more tightly, Downes and Graves are forced to confront a terrible truth that lies just beneath the surface.
Where do your loyalties lie within historical and contemporary fiction? Join Waterstones or an evening of fierce debate with local best-selling authors Joanna Courtney and Tracy Bloom. Tickets £2, refundable against a purchase on the night. All welcome.
Thursday 8th October – Derby from 18:30-20:00
As a young woman in England’s royal court, Edyth, granddaughter of Lady Godiva, dreams of marrying for love. But political matches are rife while King Edward is still without an heir and the future of England is uncertain. When Edyth’s family are exiled to the wild Welsh court, she falls in love with the charismatic King of Wales – but their romance comes at a price and she is catapulted onto the opposing side of a bitter feud with England. Edyth’s only allies are Earl Harold Godwinson and his handfasted wife, Lady Svana. As the years pass, Edyth finds herself elevated to a position beyond even her greatest expectations. She enjoys both power and wealth but as her star rises the lines of love and duty become more blurred than she could ever have imagined. As 1066 dawns, Edyth is asked to make an impossible choice. Her decision is one that has the power to change the future of England forever …
An action packed uperhero-filled activity day for all ages, Batman!! Join us in store for fun and activities including a Riddler Trail, Joker Hunt, colouring in (for adults and children!) and other puzzles. Fun happens all day, but if you wish to enter the costume competition, please be in store at 2.30pm. KAPOW!!
Friday 9th October – Bluewater from 10:00am-21:00
Written by Frank Miller; Art and Cover by Miller and Klaus Janson It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive. This collection is hailed as a comics masterpiece and was responsible for the launch of the Batman movies.
Award-winning actor, writer and producer Steve Coogan will be joining Waterstones to sign his autobiography Easily Distracted. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment, terms and conditions may apply.
Friday 9th October – London Piccadilly at 12:30
Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should ‘be on the telly’. Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and before graduating had been given his first break as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. The late eighties and early nineties saw Coogan developing characters he could perform on the comedy circuit, from Ernest Moss to Paul Calf, and in 1992 he won a Perrier award with John Thomson. It was around the same time, while working with Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber on On The Hour and The Day Today, that Alan Partridge emerged, almost fully formed. Coogan, once a tabloid fixture, is now a respected film actor, writer and producer.
The TOWIE superstar, television personality, model, business woman and fashion designer is coming to Waterstones! She will at Trafford signing copies of her brand new book 100% Me in an event not to be missed! Please be advised – the book must be bought from Waterstones in order to attend the event and proof of purchase is required.
Saturday 10th October – Trafford Centre at 12pm
From the first ever episode of The Only Way is Essex, Amy Childs shot to fame and captured the nation’s hearts. Her unique sense of style, her captivating personality and her unusual ‘Essex’ vocabulary made her a household name overnight, teaching the whole country the meaning of ‘vajazzle’.Since deciding to leave TOWIE, Amy has appeared on a number of reality TV shows and been featured in a huge number of magazines, but, as a qualified beauty therapist, she decided to follow her first passion, the beauty industry.Now, Amy has opened a beauty salon, selling her own range of products, started her own academy for aspiring beauticians and released her own clothing collection, sold by major retailers across Europe. In 100% Me, Amy’s first ever book, she tells us the secrets of her success, the path that brought her here and how she made her dream come true.
We all know actor Nick Frost as the comedy legend he is, and his new autobiography promises to be as revealing as it is outright hilarious. Don’t miss your chance to meet him at this special signing event. The duration of the signing is discretionary, please arrive early to avoid disappointment. If you can’t make it on the day call the shop to arrange a signed copy, although we can’t guarantee these.
Saturday 10th October – Nottingham from 13:00
Saturday 10th October – Liverpool at 18:00
Sunday 11th October – Manchester Deansgate at 14:00
Thursday 22nd October – Leeds at 19:00
Friday 23rd October – Gateshead at 13:00
Saturday 24th October – Edinburgh West End at 13:00
‘No life can really be all black, right? Even during the darkest times, what got me through that bleakness was laughter and time. With enough of both of these things I reckon you could get over just about anything.’ Nick Frost burst onto our screens in a blaze of camo fatigues and weaponry as the Territorial Army obsessed loveable idiot Mike Watt in the hit cult comedy Spaced. Since then, fans around the world have watched him with a fervent devotion as he fought zombies, rescued aliens and salsa’d his way to box office smash after smash. It’s quite a story. But it’s not this story. This story isn’t the romp from movie set to Hollywood party. This is a story of a life like no other. With blistering candour Frost recounts his childhood growing up in Essex in a household full of love and optimism but tragically blighted by alcoholism, illness and sudden life shattering misfortune. Dogged by his own personal demons, Nick tells of the hilarious, jaw dropping and at times heartbreaking experiences that have punctuated his tumultuous life.
Join Waterstones for the launch of Lisa Eldridge’s first book Facepaint. A beautiful book covering the history, impact and future of make-up, and it’s place in women’s history and their world. The renowned make-up artist will sign copies at this special event. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment, and contact the store for further information.
Tuesday 13th October – London Hatchards Piccadilly at 18:00
Make-up, as we know it, has only been commercially available in the last 100 years, but applying decoration to the face and body may be one of the oldest global social practices. Lisa Eldridge, one of the world’s foremost make-up artists–with a very large and loyal public following of her own–has written the first real history of the subject. Face Paint will explore the reasons behind make-up’s use, the actual materials employed and manufactured through the ages, the icons that people emulate and how they achieved their effects, the impact on women’s lives and the present and future of make-up from high profile practitioners artists to cosmetic breakthroughs. Along with the glamorous trappings, this is also about women’s history and the ways in which we can understand their story through the prism of make-up.
In an unmissable event for fans, join Waterstones for an evening with legendary crime author Martina Cole! Martina will be in conversation with local journalist and PR extraordinaire Mel Hewitt. Martina will be chatting about her life, career and new book Get Even, then taking questions from the audience and signing copies of the novel. Tickets are £3 and can be purchased in the shop or by contacting 01302 329142.
Tuesday 13th October – Doncaster Trades Club and Conference Centre, 19 South Mall, Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster, DN1 1LL at 19:00
Wednesday 14th October – Grimsby from 12:30-13:30
Friday 16th October – Sheffield, Meadowhall, The Arcade from 12:00-13:00
Thursday 22nd October – Bluewater at 17:30
Playing grown-ups, the future is theirs for the taking. Sharon Conway and Lenny Scott are childhood sweethearts. Everyone says they are too young, but nothing can keep them apart. Sharon doesn’t question Lenny’s business dealings and it isn’t long before his reputation as a hard man destined for the top means they are living the good life with their sons. It leaves a stain on her heart for ever. But one night Lenny doesn’t come home. It isn’t the first time he has gone AWOL. But it is his last. He is found murdered – beaten to death in an act of brutality that shocks even the police. And Sharon never knows why. Old wounds will surface. Now, twenty years later, Sharon has found out the truth. Such a crime cannot go unpunished. Revenge is long overdue. The time has come to…GET EVEN
Thursday 15th October – Oxford at 19:00
Tickets are £5
Who was the real George Orwell?
Aside from being one of the greatest political essayists in the English language and author of two of the most famous books in twentieth century literature, George Orwell was a man of many fascinating contradictions, someone who liked to go against the grain because he believed that was where the truth usually lay.
Robert Colls takes us through the twists and turns of Orwell’s life and thought, from the precocious public school satirist and the imperial policeman in Burma, through his early years as documentary writer, to his formative experiences as a volunteer soldier in the Spanish Civil War.
Join Waterstones and welcome Frances Brody. Frances Brody is the author of the Kate Shackleton mysteries, as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio and scripts for television. A Death in the Dales is the seventh fantastically quirky crime novel featuring amateur sleuth extraordinaire Kate Shackleton!
Saturday 17th October – York at 13:00
A murder most foul When the landlord of a Yorkshire tavern is killed in plain sight, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the crime, becomes plagued with guilt, believing the wrong man has been convicted. Following her death, it seems that the truth will never be uncovered in the peaceful village of Langcliffe …A village of secrets But it just so happens that Freda’s nephew is courting the renowned amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, who decides to holiday in Langcliffe with her indomitable teenage niece, Harriet. When Harriet strikes up a friendship with a local girl whose young brother is missing, the search leads Kate to uncover another suspicious death, not to mention an illicit affair.
The nations favourite female chef who loves her indulgence! Nigella Lawson’s beautiful new cookbook celebrates variety and balance with a host of new recipes. We’re delighted to be welcoming her to Waterstones to sign copies of Simply Nigella.
Tuesday 20th October – London Canary Wharf at 12:30
Tuesday 20th October – Reading at 17:00
Thursday 22nd October – Liverpool at 12:30
Thursday 22nd October – Manchester Deansgate at 17:30
‘Part of the balance of life lies in understanding that different days require different ways of eating…’ Whatever the occasion, food – in the making and the eating – should always be pleasurable. Simply Nigella taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives, with recipes that are uncomplicated, relaxed and yet always satisfying. From quick and calm suppers (Miso Salmon, Cauliflower & Cashew Nut Curry) to stress-free ideas when catering for a crowd (Chicken Traybake with Bitter Orange & Fennel), or the instant joy of bowlfood for cosy nights on the sofa (Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Prawns), here is food guaranteed to make everyone feel good. Whether you need to create some breathing space at the end of a long week (Asian-Flavoured Short Ribs), indulge in a sweet treat (Lemon Pavlova, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pots) or wake up to a strength-giving breakfast (Toasty Olive Oil Granola), Nigella’s new cookbook is filled with recipes destined to become firm favourites.
Bill Bryson’s The Long Road to Little Dribbling is the humorous account of his journey around modern Britain. It arrives two decades on from Notes from a Small Island, which documented his encounter with the green and kindly island that has become his adopted home. Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson has set out again to observe the changes that have taken place in that time. Bill will be in conversation about his experiences and with actor, screenwriter and director Richard E. Grant in this very special event.
Tickets available from the Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office or online. For further information please contact Waterstones Cambridge on 01223 351 688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are £22.50 and include a copy of the book.
Tuesday 20th October – Cambridge at 19:30
Waterstones are very excited to announce that they will have the wonderfully talented Joe Hill joining them in store for the evening. Joe Hill is the author of Horns, which was recently turned into a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe, as well as the fantastically succesful Locke and Key graphic novels. We hope you will join them for this incredible evening. Tickets are £3
Thursday 22nd October – Birmingham New Street at 19:00
Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache …and a pair of horns growing from his temples. Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more – he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone – raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances – with Ig the only suspect.
Waterstones are thrilled to welcome James Dashner, author of the phenomenally successful Maze Runner and Mortal Doctrine series, to Edinburgh for this special event. Tickets are £5
Friday 23rd October – Edinburgh West End at 19:00
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back …but no one knew what was waiting outside. The earth is a wasteland. Government and order have disintegrated and now Cranks, people driven to insanity by the disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim …and meal. Does Thomas hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?
Frances Quinn wowed the judges with her imaginative showstoppers and extraordinary baking skill to win The Great British Bake Off in 2013. Come and hear her as she discusses Quinntessential Baking and dispenses tips. Tickets are £4
Saturday 24th October – Edinburgh West End at 18:00
Frances’ combination of ideas and ingredients will provide you with straightforward master recipes or ‘building blocks’, and she explains how to apply a little magic to turn them into beautiful bakes. She’ll show you how to take a basic flapjack recipe and create honey bee bites; transform shortbread into a giant jammy dodger; and turn chocolate sponge into hidden bulb cakes. Frances will give you the foundation to create distinctive and different bakes – and it’s easy once you know how. Whether you’re a baking novice or an extraordinaire, you’ll find achievable bakes for all occasions. With striking, graphic design and photography and Frances’ own illustrations sprinkled throughout, this book will capture your imagination and become the classic you turn to for definitive cake recipes, original designs and quintessential baking ideas.
Olly Murs will be in conversation with Heart Breakfast’s Paulina, to discuss his new book, On the Road. Olly’s new book, On the Road, is a very intimate observation of what it was really like behind-the-scenes on his 2015 arena tour. Packed with hundreds of exclusive photos, the book gives a unique glimpse of life backstage and on the road with Olly. Tickets are £22 and include a signed copy of the book
Tuesday 27th October – The Forum, 1A Forum Buildings, Bath, BA1 1UG at 19:00
Call 0844 888 9991 for further details
You guys could be in for a seriously book filled month!
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