A venue fit for a king! It was a fantastic evening, they had arranged it all perfectly. I am gobsmacked and over the moon all at once!
— H.M. Castor, Author

Wednesday 6th March, 7pm at Warwick Books

Caroline Lea ‘The Glass Woman’

Tickets £5 including refreshments

Booking essential at Warwick Books 01926 499939 or info@warwickbooks.net 

1686, ICELAND. AN ISOLATED, WINDSWEPT LAND HAUNTED BY WITCH TRIALS AND STEEPED IN THE ANCIENT SAGAS. Betrothed unexpectedly to Jón Eiríksson, Rósa is sent to join her new husband in the remote village of Stykkishólmur. Here, the villagers are wary of outsiders.

But Rósa harbours her own suspicions. Her husband buried his first wife alone in the dead of night. He will not talk of it. Instead he gives her a small glass figurine. She does not know what it signifies.

The villagers mistrust them both. Dark threats are whispered. There is an evil here - Rósa can feel it. Is it her husband, the villagers - or the land itself?

Alone and far from home, Rósa sees the darkness coming. She fears she will be its next victim

Caroline Lea was born and grew up in Jersey.  She gained a First in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick University and then realised that she would need to find a job in order to fund her writing.  She chose teaching, taught English and drama, and was Head of English at a Birmingham boys’ grammar school.

She now works from home, trying to find the time to write, in between meeting the demands of two, small autocratic boys.  While she has ditched her last four attempts at fiction, she has had poetry published in The Phoenix Anthology and An Aston Anthology, which she also co-edited.  She is currently working on her first novel, which is set in Jersey during World War Two, when the island was invaded and occupied by German forces.  The novel is very much a study of people under pressure and the choices we make when we seem to have no choice at all.  Through the voices of four very different individuals, it examines the ways in which the people and the island are forever changed by the foreign invasion.


WHEN THE SKY FELL APART was published by Text Publishing House in February 2016 and the paperback is due in Spring 2017.

Her new novel THE GLASS WOMAN was pre-empted by Michael Joseph and published in 2019.

Thursday 7th March, 7pm at Warwick Books

Reparation by Gaby Koppel

Tickets £5 including refreshments

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1997. Elizabeth’s eccentric, often inebriated émigré mother Aranca is approaching retirement in straitened circumstances. Her novel solution is to seek compensation from the Hungarian Government for what she suffered during the war.

In the wake of her father's sudden death and her mother's increasing obsession with wartime Hungary, Elizabeth is struggling to keep her job and her relationship afloat.

Then she gets a phone call to say that her mother has been arrested in Budapest and Elizabeth is forced to confront the nature of motherhood, love and loss as she puts together the clues to Aranca's past.

Can either woman escape their past and the historic events that have shaped their destiny?

REPARATION  is a powerful and ambitious novel that was inspired by Gaby’s own relationship with her mother and also her experience of growing up as a second generation holocaust survivor (and refugee) and having to bear the emotional burden of her parents’ experiences. She explores themes including inherited trauma, family dysfunction during and after the holocaust, the mother/ daughter relationship and emotional forgiveness

Thursday 21st March, 7pm Warwick Books

Plato's Republic : A Ladybird Expert Book by Angie Hobbs

Tickets £5 including refreshments

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Why do humans form societies and what is needed for them to thrive?
- How can women's potential be actualized?
- How can we protect ourselves from demagogues and tyrants?

IMMERSE yourself in the strikingly relevant questions of Plato's influential dialogue, exploring the age old dilemma: Why should I be just? What is a just society, and how can it be created?

Angie Hobbs is Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Her chief interests are in ethics, political theory and ancient philosophy and she has published widely in these areas, including Plato and the Hero (C.U.P.).  She contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes, newspaper articles and philosophy websites, and speaks around the world, including at the World Economic Forum, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Scottish Parliament. She has been the guest on Desert Island Discs, Private Passions and Test Match Special.  She is currently a judge for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize and a member of the World Economic Forum Council for Values, Ethics and Innovation.

 

Tuesday 16th April, free lunchtime signing at Warwick Books

 Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Come and meet author Jess Kidd who'll be dropping in to sign her latest book published during lunchtime. We love Jess's last two books 'Himself' and 'The Hoarder' and are excited to have the opportunity to get stock signed for our customers. Please contact us if you'd like any signed books and if you can drop into the shop to meet and chat to Jess yourself.

**Pre Order Signed Copies of Things in Jars £10**



Tuesday 21st May, 7pm at Warwick Books

The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen 

Tickets £5 including refreshments

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Inside East London's Dead Letters Depot, William Woolf unites lost mail with its intended recipient. White mice, a miniature grandfather clock and a full suit of armour are among the more unusual items lost then found thanks to William's detective work. But when he discovers a series of letters addressed only to 'My Great Love', everything changes. Written by Winter to a soul mate she hasn't yet met, her heartfelt words stir William in ways he has long forgotten. Could they be destined for him? But what about his troubled marriage? William must follow the clues in Winter's letters to solve the mystery of his own heart.

Helen Cullen is an Irish writer living in London. She worked at RTE (Ireland’s national broadcaster) for seven years before moving to London in 2010. In the UK, Helen established a career as an events and engagement specialist before joining the Google UK marketing team in 2015. Her debut novel, ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ was published by Penguin in July 2018 in the UK, Ireland, Australia and South Africa. It will be published in America by Harper Collins in June 2019 and has sold in translation to numerous foreign markets including Italy, Germany, Russia, Greece and Israel where it hit the bestseller charts in August. The TV option for the book has also been acquired by Mainstreet Pictures. 

The first draft of this novel was written while completing the Guardian/UEA novel writing programme under the mentorship of Michèle Roberts. Helen holds an M.A. Theatre Studies from UCD and is currently completing an M.A. English Literature at Brunel University. Helen was nominated as Best Newcomer in the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018. Helen is now writing full-time and working on her second novel. She is also a contributor to the Irish Times newspaper and Sunday Times Magazine.

We are delighted to host a rich series of literary events in and around Warwick. These include our popular 'Meet the author' events. The talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions, and then there is an opportunity to meet the speaker and have a book signed. Previous authors Melvyn Bragg, Jodi Picoult, Kate Williams, Professor Edith Hall and Dr Elizabeth Goldring. These events take place across Warwick including the beautiful Lord Leycester Hospital. We also support Warwick Words Festival. Read about our previous events in our blog.

Refreshments provided by local independent businesses are served at all of our events!

Huge thanks for a fab event yesterday!
— Warwickshire Schools Library Service