Great North West Read events

The Sharon Bolton Great North West Read Library Tour

Sharon BoltonWe're delighted that Sharon Bolton, author of the Great North West Read "The Craftsman" will be visiting us on the following dates:

Wednesday 21 November

Thursday 22 November

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Witch Finder's Sister UnderdownSaturday 20 October 4pm - Beth Underdown "Witch-finder's sister".Rochdale-born author, Beth Underdown, talks about her page-turning historical thriller, The Witchfinder’s Sister, a Richard and Judy Book Club choice and winner of the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown Award 2017. "When Alice Hopkins’ husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women’s names."

Matt HiltonKathryn Hughes, author of the Key, the Secret and the Letter will be speaking at Weaverham Library on Tuesday 30 October.

Matt Hilton will be talking about his latest books including the latest Joe Hunter thriller Marked for Death, as well as his brand new series twisting crime and supernatural fiction together to introduce Detective Inspector Kerry Darke, at Carlisle Library on Thursday 1 November,

Patricia DixonTuesday 6 November1.30pm – 3pm: Stalybridge Library - Patricia Dixon. Author of six titles, À Bientôt, Three Mothers, The Christmas Cottage, A Perfect Summer Wedding, Return Journeys. Over My Shoulder

David NolanMulti award-winning author, television producer and crime reporter David Nolan will be at Marple Library on Friday 2 November. He has written a dozen books, including Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, the true story of the largest historic abuse case ever mounted by Greater Manchester Police.He will be introducing us to his first novel, a crime thriller set against the backdrop of the Strangeways prison riot in 1990.

David HolmesTuesday 13 November 6.30 - 7.30: Dukinfield Library - Dr David A Holmes: Most Evil: In this talk Psychologist Dr David A Holmes (author of  'Abnormal Clinical & Forensic Psychology') will give a glimpse into the black abyss of true evil and the rare individuals who live there. He will examine what makes a real-world monster different from the majority of us, discover what it is that makes them so mortally dangerous and drives them to inflict such horrors on their innocent victims.

Kate EllisWednesday 14 November, 6pm to 7.30pm:  Halton Lea Library: Death at the Dig: An evening of murder mystery with author Kate Ellis: Crime writer Kate Ellis (left) presents a 1920s murder mystery in which the audience must play detective to discover who murdered distinguished archaeologist Professor Digson.

Why was it the body in the library? "A Body in the Library has become a cliché not because a library is such a suitable place to deposit a murdered body but because it deemed to be so unsuitable. Violence occurring in the quiet, studious library feels wrong - a sort of desecration. Avid readers are particularly shocked! How did the cliché develop? Find out more about this unlikely setting for the most brutal of acts." Friday 16 November, 11am at Mossley Library.

Tuesday 20 November 6 - 7.30 Ashton Central Library - Murder Mystery Talk:  Kate Ellis is the author of two thrilling crime series and has sold more than half a million books worldwide. She has also written two historical crime novels and many short stories.  Her books in the Wesley Peterson series, contain an intriguing blend of mystery and history. Her latest Wesley Peterson title is The Mechanical Devil. Kate is an entertaining and engaging speaker – don’t miss her! 

Save me mandasue hellerMandasue Heller, author of the top ten bestseller Run, knows the world she writes. Born in Warrington, Mandasue Heller moved to Manchester in the 1980s, where she found the inspiration for her novels. She spent ten years living in the infamous Hulme Crescents. Broadcaster and journalist Daniel. J. McLaughlin will be leading the conversation and encouraging the audience to ask questions. Copies of Mandasue's latest novels for signing will be available to buy. Thursday 15 November 7pm at Swinton Library

Sarah Dunnakey, author of the Companion and the person behind the questions at numerous television shows including Mastermind and Pointless will be speaking at Northwich Library on 22 November 7pm, £5. Tickets available at the library.

Stephen Booth

Tuesday 27 November 13:30 - 15:00 Droylsden Library - Stephen Booth Award winning author Stephen Booth is a former newspaper journalist and the author of eighteen novels in the best-selling Cooper and Fry series, all set in the beautiful Peak District and featuring two Derbyshire police detectives, DI Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry. Stephen has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Dagger in the Library Award from the UK Crime Writers’ Association. His novels have been published in 16 languages and sold worldwide. His most recent title is Fall Down Dead. .

Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby Investigation: A Parody Tribute Murder Mystery - Wednesday 5 December at Swinton Library, "After Dark presents The Great Gatsby Investigation: A Parody Tribute Murder Mystery.

A little party never killed anybody. Or did it? It's the swinging twenties and The Gatsby Manor is the perfect place for some for a night of jubilations and celebrations.Things take a turn for the worse when a guest ends up dead on their birthday. Who were they blackmailing and which cocktail spelt the end for this party goer?"

Alan Cleaver Corpse RoadsAlan Cleaver, author of "The Corpse Roads of Cumbria". Criss-crossing the Cumbrian landscape are many trods, paths, lonnings and other ancient trackways. Included among these are several corpse roads. The enigmatic name hints at their curious origins. These paths were used until the 18th Century to transport the dead from the remote villages to the 'mother' church for burial. Eventually villagers petitioned for their own churches and burial rights but the corpse roads remained.

  • Carlisle Library:  Tuesday Nov 6 at 2pm
  • Penrith Library: Tuesday Nov 13 at 2pm
  • Egremont Library: Monday Nov 19 at 1.30pm
  • Grange over Sands Library: Tues Nov 20 at 2pm
  • Barrow Library: Monday Nov 26 at 2pm
  • Workington Library: 2pm Tuesday Nov 27

Art of the thrill silhouettesHighly Suspect murder mystery "The Art of the Thrill".

Four of the world’s leading thriller writers continue their international book tour, inviting audiences to experience a unmissable masterclass on the Art of the Thrill. Expect twists, turns, shocks and surprises galore.

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