21 Oct 11:00
Get a signed copy of the romantic tale by Susan Hughes. Her life is full of family and friends, walking her darling dog, trying to keep fit, learning her piano lessons and trying to have a few alcohol-free days a week.
The romantic novel has Amber, Vicky and Melanie, three young, fun-loving girls. They're inseparable, both in and out of work. The wildest of the three, Melanie's life revolves around sex with casual partners. That is, until the owner of a popular local wine bar comes along. Vicky is single and happy to be so, while Amber's love life is turbulent—to say the least. After being engaged to her partner, Phil, for just one day, she discovers, at their engagement party, that he's been doing the dirty on her. She's heartbroken and decides that men are firmly off the agenda for a long time. That is until a series of mishaps bring her closer to her hunky new boss, Tom Tranter. Amber does everything in her power to deny their obviously mutual attraction, but her colleagues are determined to seal their fate.
21 Oct 17:30
Scotland born and educated Moira Andrew’s first love was writing poetry for adults and currently living in Somerset she devotes herself to this. She was a lecturer in education at a College and part-time tutor in Creative Writing at a University. Now a full-time writer and poet-in-schools, Moira has been writing and publishing poetry since the 1980s. Much of her work has been for children and teachers.
Moira Andrew's poems are funny, quirky and fresh. They offer shrewd observations of older generations with profound insight into the strangest regions of our own lives. There are poems which paint landscapes of intense colour and fierce heat, brought together in "Breakfast with Swallows". Having an unusual gift of being able to write about everyday life and making it special. Listeners’ faces light up with recognition when she touches on something that illuminates their own experiences. But she goes well beyond the everyday when she writes about her love of birds, flowers and the nature that surrounds us.
What’s better than being at a book shop and being joined by the author herself as she reads and signs the book which itself is a feast.
24 Oct 18:30
Who doesn’t like a hot cup of tea with a book talk going on and by the end of it the author signs it for you as well. Sounds like a dream evening right? Well, join for a serene experience at evening talk in Conservatory Tearoom.
Harry J Tomkinson is a historic author working with the Missing Princes Project & Phillippa Langley. His talk will be about the Princes in the Tower myths & facts and the links with the Grey family. He will also give a reading from his new book "Treachery at Bosworth Field 1485", his books will be available to buy on the night as well.
Born in Staffordshire and spending some time growing up in West Yorkshire, the author had a very varied and interesting childhood. He had always had a keen interest in theatre and film and on leaving school worked for Moss Empires then went on to work for The J Arthur Rank Organization. He is a very enthusiastic and passionate historian and a dedicated Richardian of many years standing and has a book about the matter now.
25 Oct 14:00
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK's most common life-threatening diseases, affecting over 10,000 people. There's currently no cure. Not all that long ago, a CF diagnosis meant an early death. Tim Wotton is one such sufferer, who was told from an early age that he would not live beyond his 17th birthday. One of the oldest survivors of this crippling disease, How Have I Cheated Death? is a diary of his 39th year, a countdown to the illusive 40.
Join John at the Wantage Betjeman Literary Festival. Hear John talk of life living with CF and his book 'How Have I Cheated Death?'.
To find out more about the event and how you can get tickets, click here.
26 Oct 18:00
Join Brian bird at the Waterstones as he signs the books to the readers and visitors at the book retailer.
Brian Bird has spent most of his working life as an electrical test engineer, before deciding to become an author. He came up with the story of Haley-Ann the Alien whilst up a ladder and started to type the book on his mobile phone. He is married with two children and for many years has written funny rhymes for his own children's entertainment, before deciding to write stories for others to enjoy.
Do you believe in UFOs and Haley-Anns? From far beyond, in deepest space, Haley-Ann the alien, lived in a lonely place. This gave her an idea to go in search of a friend. Upon finding planet Earth, she decides to descend. Humphrey appears just as the morning sun rises, who soon discovers that Haley-Ann is full of surprises!
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