Waterstones Events for April!

After a couple of quiet Waterstone months, the sun is coming out and so are the authors!


9780007574629Geek Girl: Holly Smale

The misadventures of Harriet Manners, the fact-loving star of Holly Smale’s award-winning Geek Girl series, continues with the fifth book in the series – Head Over Heels.

Join Holly and find out, perhaps sooner than anyone else with pre-release copies available,  exactly why Geek Girl swaps the idealised fairytale princess for a perfectly imperfect girl who picks her own adventure, finds her courage and develops her own sense of self. Get your book ahead of anyone else at this pre-publication event, hosted by Katie Webber (Book Trust, YALC)

PLUS – exclusive Geek Girl goodies, refreshments and instax camera giveaway at each event! What more could a Geek, or a Geek Girl want?

Saturday 2nd April, 14:00 at Brighton
Monday 4th April, 18:00-20:00 at Birmingham High Street
Tuesday 5th April, 18:00 at Liverpool
Wednesday 6th April, 18:30 at London Kensington
Friday 8th April, 14:00 at Truro

Entry is £13 including a copy of the book!


9780992843069Meet Philip Heselton

Poet, author and witch Doreen Valiente, wrote much of the work used by Wiccans and pagans worldwide in their regular practice and has been described by Professor Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol) as “… the greatest single female figure in the modern British history of witchcraft”.

Valiente’s long-awaited biography is finally out and author Philip Heselton will be joining Waterstones in store to sign copies.

Sunday 3rd April, 11:30 at Brighton



9780008156985Meet Derek Landy

Derek Landy will be joining Waterstones to sign copies of his new book, Desolation. Desolation is the latest book in his Demon Road series, and we are incredibly excited to have him in store!

Monday 4th April, 13:00 at Manchester Arndale Centre & 18:00 at Liverpool
Wednesday 6th April, 18:30-20:00 at Birmingham High Street
Thursday 7th April, 13:00 at Bluewater

THE EPIC NEW THRILLER CONTINUES. Book two in the mind-blowing new supernatural thriller from bestselling author DEREK LANDY, creator of international sensation Skulduggery Pleasant. Reeling from their bloody encounter in New York City at the end of Demon Road, Amber and Milo flee north. On their trail are the Hounds of Hell – five demonic bikers who will stop at nothing to drag their quarries back to their unholy master. Amber and Milo’s only hope lies within Desolation Hill – a small town with a big secret; a town with a darkness to it, where evil seeps through the very floorboards. Until, on one night every year, it spills over onto the streets and all hell breaks loose. And that night is coming…


9781848094062Ben Kane at Explore York

Ben Kane will discuss the dramatic events of AD 9, his research into the period and about the battlefield that just might be the site of three Roman legions’ destructions in Germany. Ben will sign copies of his books after the talk. For further details: 01904 552828

Tuesday 5th April, 18:30 at Explore York Library, Library Square, York, YO1 7DS

AD 14: Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three legions in the wilds of Germania. Although the bones of 15,000 soldiers now moulder in the Teutoburg Forest, not all the Romans were slain in the bloody ambush. A CENTURION OUT FOR VENGEANCE – Demoted, battle-scarred and hell-bent on revenge, Centurion Tullus and his legionaries begin their fightback. Ranged against them is the charismatic chieftan Arminius, who is gathering thousands of hostile tribesmen, and determined to crush the Romans for a second time. AN EAGLE RECOVERED – The eagle belonging to Tullus’ old legion is still in enemy hands, but as the Romans’ reprisals take their army deep into German tribal lands, he remains convinced that it is within reach. But Arminius and his warriors are perilously close. As battle begins, Tullus and his comrades know they must fight as never before – just to stay alive…


9780224102155Irvine Welsh – The Blade Artist

Join bestselling Scottish author, Irivine Welsh instore when he will be signing copies of his new book, The Blade Artist which features the infamous Begbie! This is a free event and everyone is most welcome!

Wednesday 6th April, 14:00-15:00 at Waterstones Dundee & 15:30 at Perth
Wednesday 6th April, 19:30 at Albert Halls, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2QL – Further details: 01786 478756

Jim Francis has finally found the perfect life – and is now unrecognisable, even to himself. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. Some say he’s a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary. But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies – and, most alarmingly, his former self – Francis seems to have other ideas. When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband’s violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly.



9781472229328‘The Second Love of my Life’ Launch

Waterstones are thrilled to be hosting the book launch for ‘The Second Love of My Life’, the brilliant debut novel from Victoria Walters – who also happens to work at Waterstones Walton! Join them for nibbles and refreshments as Victoria signs copies of her book on what promises to be a very exciting evening.

Thursday 7th April, 18:00-20:00 at Waterstones Walton on Thames

‘The Second Love of My Life’ is a powerful tale of love, grief and survival. In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something. Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas. But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four. Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer…Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?



9780356503585An Evening with M.R Carey

Acclaimed author and comic book writer, M. R. Carey, will be joining Waterstones to talk about his new book, ‘Fellside’, as well as his international bestseller ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’. This will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. There will be an extra 20% off refreshment in the cafe for ticket holders.For further details: 0161 837 3000

Friday 8th April, 18:30 at Waterstones Manchester Deansgate
Saturday 9th April, 18:30 at Birmingham High Street

A haunting and heart-breaking new thriller from the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. It’s not the kind of place you’d want to end up. But it’s where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life. It’s a place where even the walls whisper. And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess. Will she listen?


9781473619210An Evening with Calgary Avansino

A contributing editor to Vogue, health and wellbeing expert Calgary Avansino joins us to discuss her new book Keep It Real. This really stands out amongst the other healthy lifestyle books out there at the moment by encouraging the whole family to make positive, healthy changes. The £5 ticket is redeemable against a copy of Keep It Real on the night of the event. Further details: 0161 837 3000

Thursday 14th April, 19:00 at Manchester Deansgate

Calgary Avansino is well-known for being at the cutting edge of well-being and lifestyle trends, but her true passion is healthy eating. In Keep It Real she inspires us to eat a plant-based diet, which is one where vegetables and plants feature as much as possible. As Calgary proves so brilliantly in her book, healthy doesn’t have to be hard – it’s just about understanding why healthy eating is so important, being organised and having tricks up your sleeve to help keep you on track. Featuring 100 recipes to inspire you in the kitchen and add goodness to your life, discover Calgary’s delicious healthy dishes including breakfasts, smoothies and snacks, main meals and desserts, as well as ideas for new twists on old favourites.



9781447286301Meet Annie Murray

Solihull favourite Annie Murray will be signing copies of her new book ‘Now the War is Over’

Saturday 16th April, 11:00 at Waterstones Solihull & 14:00 at Redditch

Now the War is Over is a moving story of post-war hardship and the struggles of a reunited family, featuring characters from Annie Murray’s bestselling War Babies. The Second World War has finally come to a close. Birmingham is welcoming home its menfolk, and a new chapter is beginning in Rachel Booker’s life. Her husband has returned, and the family that struggled for survival throughout the uncertain war years is now together. But family life settles into a routine and Rachel, unsatisfied, starts to yearn for more…



9781471116612Meet Cassandra Clare

The internationally bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series will be signing copies of her new novel Lady Midnight, the first book in TheDark Artifices series. In this new trilogy, Cassandra makes a highly anticipated return to the world of the Shadowhunters, this time, set in Los Angeles. Cassandra will be meeting fans and signing copies of Lady Midnight and her books (maximum of three books).

No ticket necessary.
This event is a free event as part of our YA Book Binge festival of events.

Sunday 17th April, 17:00 at Birmingham High Street
Tuesday 19th April, 15:00 at Edinburgh West End

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…


9781405916424Meet Sylvia Day

One with You is Sylvia Day’s long-awaited conclusion to her bestselling Crossfire sequence. Waterstones are delighted to welcome this internationally bestselling writer to sign copies.

Wednesday 20th April, 11:00 at Coventry

The final chapter in the global blockbuster Crossfire quintet Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one. We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws…and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me.

This is just a selection of the many events being hosted across the country through April. You can find these and lots more on the Waterstones Events Page.

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