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Book Lovers: A Guide to Local Authors

What Merseyside authors are up to in October.

Liverpool has a long and rich cultural history, and the written word is no small part of that. The city has spawned many great authors and over the past couple of years there’s been a surge in fresh exciting new talent emerging. Thanks to bookshops like the new Write Blend in Waterloo, the ever dependable Waterstones in Liverpool ONE, plus libraries around Merseyside, we’ve got plenty of opportunities to not only buy local authors’ books but hear them talk about their work too. These are my top local author events on Merseyside over the next month:


Definitions, Clare Coombes: Book Reading and Signing

Definitions book cover (1)

Clare Coombes’ debut novel Definitions came out earlier this year. Gina Ellison is kidnapped – but no one believes it, apart from her younger sister Charley.  The story of a strong sisterly bond, Definitions throws up questions about how much we hide from the people we love.

Coombes will be giving a talk, reading from Definitions and signing copies of the book at Write Blend in 124 South Road, Waterloo  L22 0ND on Thursday 1st October 2015, at 7.30pm. The event is free but space is limited, so to confirm a place, please contact them on Facebook Write Blend or via or call 0151 928 1303.


Amanda Brooke Author Talk

Amanda Brooke book launch

The fabulous Amanda Brooke is giving a talk at Wirral Bookfest on Monday 12th October, her new novel The Missing Husband is out now.  In The Missing Husband Jo is five months pregnant with the baby she’s yearned for when her husband David goes away on a work trip – and never comes back.  Jo is desperate to find out where he’s gone, and why.

Bromborough Library, 7pm 12th October. Free (booking required – email or call 0151 334 1650).


Luca Veste book launch.


Bloodstream, Veste’s third DI David Murphy and Detective Sergeant Laura Rossi novel, is released on 22nd October. The first two novels in the series, Dead Gone and The Dying Place, are addictive reads, both; great crime fiction. The launch of Bloodstream is an evening of conversation with Luca Veste and Eva Dolan (author of critically acclaimed novels Long Way Home and Tell No Tales). The 22nd Oct launch includes a Q & A and book signing. 6.30pm start. Tickets are £3 (or £2 for loyalty card holders) and available from Waterstones Liverpool One shop, or by phone (0151 709 9820).
Luca Veste will also be taking part in Wirral Bookfest’s Crime panel with   David Jackson (Pariah, The Helper, Cry Baby) and A.D. Garrett aka CWA Dagger award-winning novelist Margaret Murphy at Heswall Library on 13 October 2015 at 7:00pm. Free entry, but a ticket is required (Telephone:  0151 606 266 or email


RF Hunt Author Talk

RF Hunt Single Feather (1)

Ruth Hunt’s novel The Single Feather is a ground breaking book. Her protagonist Rachel is paraplegic, with none of the usual clichés associated with disabled characters in fiction. Rachel moves to a new town, escaping her past; but can she really do that, and start again? An honest portrayal of exactly what it’s like to be disabled in Britain today, an excellent read. The author will be talking about The Single Feather, writing and how to get published at Formby Library, 29th October 11am.

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