We’re thrilled to announce Michael will be signing copies of his new novel: The Treatment, in-store Sat March 21st.
An incredible writer (with Mumbles connections), his first book was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial prize.
Based on the Stephen Lawrence case, THE TREATMENT explores London’s dark history of systemic racism, terrorism, police corruption and violence, dramatising ideas of masculinity, criminality,
lawlessness and identity.
‘Simply the best British novel I’ve read since I don’t know when – this decade? This century?…” David Peace (Red Riding, Damned United)
‘Original, funny and absolutely spot-on’ The Independent
‘A wonderful exercise in novelistic virtuosity, strange and beautiful’ – The Times Literary Supplement
Come and enjoy a literary lunch with the wonderful Joanna Trollope!
Joanna Trollope is the author of many highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including The Rector’s Wife, Marrying the Mistress and Daughters in Law. She was appointed OBE in 1996 and CBE in 2019, a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in 2012, and a trustee of the Royal Literary Fund in 2016.
She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, as well as being a judge of many other literature prizes including chairing the BBC National Short Story Awards for 2017. She has been part of two DCMS panels on public libraries and is a patron of numerous charities, including Meningitis Now and Chawton House Library. In 2014, she updated Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as the opening novel in the Austen Project. Mum & Dad is her twentysecond novel.
Their parents made a choice years ago. Now they’re counting on the children to step in. After so much time, can old wounds heal? Mum & Dad by the Sunday Times bestseller Joanna Trollope is a wise, brilliantly drawn examination of a modern family dilemma.
Ticket includes a glass of wine, a two-course buffet and a copy of Joanna’s new novel: Mum & Dad.
Tickets £32 including two-course buffet, glass of wine, and a copy of Joanna’s new book: Mum & Dad.
Pat Reid was born and brought up in Swansea and now lives on the beautiful Gower Peninsula.
She has been an animal lover all her life and has been involved in many animal rescues over the years.
Travelling in Asia in 2010 and 2011 brought her a new challenge – and a direction that was to change her life. Witnessing the terrible plight of many street dogs first hand was shocking and difficult.
“I felt so helpless in the face of such misery but I promised myself I would do something about it if I ever had the opportunity.”
“Adopting a Street Dog (The Story of Bruna and Me)” tells the very special story of Pat’s first year with Bruna, a street dog from Thailand. This is Pat’s first published work and proceeds from the sale of her book will be donated to Soi Dog Foundation, the amazing charity that brought Pat and Bruna together.
Pat will be chatting and signing copies of the book.
Saturday January 25th. 2-3PM. In-shop. A free event.
Come and join Gower author (and shop supporter) Celia Reynolds for the launch of her debut novel: Finding Henry Applebee.
Published by Harper Collins, and criss-crossing the UK from Oystermouth to Scotland, Finding Henry Applebee is a tender and uplifting story about unlikely friendships, the power of love – and how it’s never too late to change your life.
Celia Reynolds was born and raised in Wales and worked for almost twenty-five years in the film industry in London, and briefly Rome. In 2012, she left her job as European Marketing Director at Twentieth Century Fox to enrol in the Complete Creative Writing Course held at the Groucho Club in London’s West End. Later that year, she was awarded Runner Up prize in the London Writers’ Club/Hush Short Story Competition. After many years away, she is now based on the Gower coast in her native South Wales.
After the resounding success of last year’s event, we though we’d do it all again.
Come and join presenter, chef, skateboarder, and BBC star for the launch of his latest book: Dirty Vegan: Another Bite. Matt will be in conversation, signing and chatting. Vegan menu available on the night and a skate session is included in price. Books will be available.
£6.00 or for an extra £4.00 (£10.00), add a burger. Please let us know any special dietary needs. Please phone Exist Skatepark on 01792 474095 to pre-order food.
Tickets available from Cover To Cover and Exist Skatepark.
Or online here (booking fee applies)
Come and meet Ellie Snowdon – author/illustrator of The Terribly Friendly Fox and Great Bunny Bakes.
Ellie studied Drawing & Applied Arts at UWE (Bristol), followed by an MA in Children’s book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, graduating in 2015. She was twice highly commended for the Macmillan Prize in the same year. Ellie now lives in Mumbles and works from a jumbled wonderland that is her studio.
She is the illustrator behind the Jasmin Green fiction series (published by Nosy Crow) and her first picture book ‘Great Bunny Bakes’ was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. Her second – The Terribly Friendly Fox is being launched by us at this event.
Ellie will be chatting and signing. Come and pick up the perfect children’s Christmas gift!
Come and share an hour or two with some Welsh women and their words. Delyth Jenkins, Jane Fraser and Helen iles read from their recent works and answer questions about their experience of writing about the land they love.
Helen’s family have lived at least four generations in Swansea and Gower. In 2012, she reluctantly uprooted and moved with her new husband to Australia, then to Spain. Hiraeth reflects on the nature of home and community and how we, in a fractured world, might re-connect – to ourselves, to the land and to each other.
In the summer of 2012 Delyth Jenkins walked the 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. She carried her small harp with her, giving a series of impromptu path-side concerts. Structured around the 17 days of the walk, her book – That Would Be Telyn – is an account of her adventures and the people she met and played for along the way.
Jane’s The South Westerlies is an attempt to know place (Gower) through the creation of a collection of short stories. Place is not a cosmetic backdrop, but an affecting agent in the lives of a wide cast of fictional characters. The collection is unified by the tone of the prevalent dank south-westerly wind that blows across the peninsula, the UK’s first designated area of outstanding natural beauty. However, the author chooses to let her gaze fall on the downsides of a much vaunted tourism destination and a place that is too beautiful, perhaps, for its own good.
In this special event, Max Porter, winner of the 2016 Dylan Thomas Prize for his internationally-acclaimed ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’, joins Francesca Rhydderch to discuss and read from his globally anticipated, Booker longlisted novel, Lanny.
Followed by Q&A and book signing.
‘In came the sound of a song, warm on his creaturely breath.
My singing child,
bringing me gifts.
A second or two before I realise it’s not him. Lanny?’
‘It’s hard to express how much I loved Lanny. Books this good don’t come along very often. It’s a novel like no other, an exhilarating, disquieting, joyous read. It will reach into your chest and take hold of your heart. It’s a novel to press into the hands of everyone you know and say, read this.’
Max Porter’s first novel, ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers’, won the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Sunday Times/Peters, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award, and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages. His second novel ‘Lanny’ (Faber, 2019) has been longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. Max lives in Bath with his family.
Come and join Stephen Hedges for the launch of his biography of his father: Bernard Hedges. Bernard played rugby for Pontypridd and Swansea, represented Great Britain at football, and was a widely respected cricketer with Glamorgan between 1950 and 1967.
‘Bernard was a true sportsman’ Don Shepherd
Truly, he was a hero’ Neil Kinnock
‘When it was my turn to face the bowlers, I often chose to be Bernard Hedges’ Sir Gareth Edwards
Bernard lived in Newton, Mumbles for the last 25 years of his life.
Stephen will be chatting and signing copies. Free!