Wednesday 12th August 7pm, Rossiter Books, Monmouth – Ticket £3
Newport based author Steve Howell will talk about Over The Line, the hard-hitting story of an Olympic athlete who becomes embroiled in a police investigation into the drug-related death of an old school friend.
‘Had me gasping with its surprises from the first page.’ – Jamie Baulch, Olympic silver medallist
A story about trust and human emotions the book has been getting brilliant reviews since publication. In addition to fiction, Steve writes a business column for the Western Mail and occasional pieces for other publications. Over The Line is his first novel. It draws from his experience as a parent, journalist and athlete and from first-hand knowledge of steroid abuse for body-building in south Wales.
Friday 28th August at 11am, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3
Nicola Davies will read from her new books, explore the worlds of microbes, snakes and leopards – and lead other nature-loving fun for children of all ages. Read more
Wednesday 9th September 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3
Jackie Morris will return in September to talk about her latest book, the remarkable story of Ffion Rees and the peregrine falcon she rescued from the sea off the coast of west Wales. Queen of the Sky tells of the risks, triumphs and above all the trust which developed between the pair and which formed the basis of the falcon’s path to back to health and back to the freedom of the wild.
“Queen of the Sky is a love letter to all things wild, but also to friendship and to the courage that admits that to attempt to own the wild is to destroy it. Yet wildness is captured and held for the reader to possess in Jackie Morris’ photographs and paintings.” Robin Hobb
Friday 11th September 7.30pm, Blake Theatre, Monmouth – Ticket £6
In rugby, there are the Flash Harrys and the Glory Boys: the fly-halves who run, kick and dazzle; the scrum-halves who nip and dart; the wingers who step and glide. These are the players who get the crowd on their feet, who set stadiums abuzz. But they only get to do these things because other, less glorified figures do all of the donkey work. Adam Jones is one such figure. And for a decade he was one of the world’s best. Hear his story and buy a signed copy of his autobiography, Bomb, at this exciting event. Read more
Wednesday 16th September at 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3
Jack Thurston, best-selling author of Lost Lanes and presenter of the Bike Show, takes you on a free-wheeling tour of the lost lanes and forgotten byways of wild Wales and the border counties of England. Travelling at a leisurely pace, he explores the countryside, taking in enchanted woodlands valleys, wild seashores, shimmering mountain lakes and ancient ways. Read more
Saturday 26th September 7.30pm, Blake Theatre – Ticket £12 – £14
(no discount on the book at this event)
We are delighted to be supporting the Blake Theatre as booksellers at David Starkey’s talk about the Magna Carta. In his new book, published to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, the UK’s leading constitutional historian, known for his forthright views explores the Magna Carta and its influence on Britain today.
Informative, entertaining and controversial, Magna Carta: The True Story Behind the Charter challenges centuries of myth-making to demonstrate how important it is we understand the true significance of that day beside the Thames, eight hundred years ago.
Saturday 3rd October 7pm, Shire Hall, Monmouth – Ticket £5
The Man Booker-winning author, Pat Barker, will talk about the powerful, assured and challenging conclusion to her acclaimed Life Class trilogy.
Tuesday 13th October 7pm, Venue TBC – Ticket £TBC
Save the date for another evening with Eddie Butler when he will unveil the sequel to his bestselling debut novel, The Head of Gonzo Davies. Full details and tickets will be available soon.
Wednesday 28th October 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3
Heather Hurley has worked closely with members of the HEAS History Project team, gathering together and writing a comprehensive history of the Society in a book which also tells of the evolving nature of agriculture, social changes, the shifting fortunes of local markets, and accounts of the men and women from the local farming community. Read more
Wednesday 11th November at 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3
Local author John Kinross will talk about his new fully illustrated book, revealing the fascinating history behind the castles of our local area which is characterised by rural beauty and agricultural charm, and is home to some extraordinary relics. From the majestic Goodrich Castle, which boasts one of the most intact sets of medieval domestic buildings surviving today, to the gorgeous red sandstone fort at Shrewsbury, protected by the River Severn, each site tells a different tale.
Tuesday 3rd November 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3
Robert Penn, patron of the Small Woods Association and Media Associate at the Sylva Foundation, will talk about his new book The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees. Rob cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it; after all, ash is the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history.