Wednesday 8th July 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3
lanterne rouge: French / noun
1. The red lantern that hangs on the rear of a train
2. The competitor who finishes last in the Tour de France
The idea of racing to come last goes against most common notions of sportsmanship, but in his book Lanterne Rouge Max Leonard tells the stories behind the men who made it their mission to finish last at the Tour de France.
Monday 13th July 7pm, Shire Hall Monmouth – Ticket £5
History and Mystery – From Joan of Arc to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference
Master of the clever twist, Robert Goddard has been exciting fans ever since Into The Blue launched his long and successful career. His latest book, The Ends of the Earth, is the conclusion of his thrilling James Maxted trilogy. An accomplished and highly entertaining speaker, Robert will be joined on stage by Manda Scott, author of No Good Deed, and the Rome and Boudica series. Manda’s writing brings historical figures back to life, reimagined and rebooted for the twenty-first century. Into The Fire is a return to her thriller roots, and links arson attacks in modern-day France with the story of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War.
Monday 13th July 9.30pm, Phoenix Theatre, Ross-on-Wye
Film only £5
1 seat plus 1 copy of Go Set a Watchman £20
2 seats plus 1 copy Go Set a Watchman £25
We have joined forces with the Phoenix Theatre in Ross to celebrate an historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel by Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird which was published in 1960 and made into a film starring Gregory Peck in 1962. Watch the Oscar winning film at this special late night show and be amongst the first people to get a copy of the new novel, Go Set a Watchman, upon worldwide release at midnight. Read more
Thursday 23rd July 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3
Last year H is for Hawk this year Common Ground – don’t miss out on Rob Cowen’s talk about this superb new book. ‘Sensitive, thoughtful and poetic. Rob Cowen rakes over a scrap of land with forensic care, leading us into a whole new way of looking at the world.’ Michael Palin
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
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
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 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.