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An evening with Jordan Wylie

Tuesday 12th November

7pm
Jordan Wylie is a former soldier, bestselling author, extreme adventurer and also one of the stars of Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated shows Hunted and Celebrity Hunted.

Growing up on the largest council estate in the UK, Jordan left school early with no qualifications to his name but took the life-changing decision to join the British Army at 16 years old. 

Jordan has since gone on to successfully complete numerous major charity expeditions, including the highly publicised Running Dangerously, which saw him run through Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, and Barefoot Warrior which involved climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, completely barefoot! He has raised over a million pounds for charity and some of his expeditions have been made into documentaries on Sky TV.

A determined, fearless adventurer and an inspiring man

– Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

Tickets are £3 and inc glass of wine and is redeemable against the cost of a book

Call 0161 747 7442 or email books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk

Meet Maggie Oliver, detective turned whistle blower… turned author

Come and meet the inspirational Maggie Oliver and hear about her new book, her life, and her courageous actions to secure convictions in what is now one of the most notorious grooming cases in the UK.

Thursday 21st November at 7pm

Urmston Library

Maggie will join us for the evening to share her incredible experiences, including her time as a consultant on the BBC award-winning drama Three Girls, where Lesley Sharp played the part of Maggie, and her time on Celebrity Big Brother – Year of the Woman and Loose Women.

She will also be talking about the Maggie Oliver Foundation, which Maggie has set up to help survivors of abuse begin to move on with their lives.

Tickets cost £3.00; this includes a glass of wine and can be redeemed against the purchase of a book on the evening.

To book tickets call 0161 747 7442, email books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk, or visit eventbrite

Life After Life – by guest reviewer Kate Vickers

Life after life is a beautifully wrought, unique novel that blends the concept of continuous reincarnation into an outstanding work of historical fiction. The reader experiences the tumultuous period of two world wars through Ursula, a heroine buffeted through multiple lives, the course of which vary wildly with each incarnation.

Each reimagining of her life highlights how we are all victims of circumstance and that destinies can change with just one altered decision. It also allows Atkinson to examine events and characters from multiple angles, vividly recreating a world now lost and depicting the raw, human devastation experienced by civilians on both British and German sides.

Although the book opens with the attempted assassination of Hitler, it immediately jumps to Ursula’s birth, setting a tone of displacement that runs throughout the book as her lives take stunted, weaving paths through a maze of life events.  Ursula herself is a somewhat lonely figure, forever at the mercy of the twists and turns of her lives, and the collusion of an unknown force disguised as happenstance. As such, it is hard to get a handle on what she wants, and what really drives her, as she and the reader are awash with the endless possibilities of her numerous lives.

The only constant throughout is the love and dedication of her family; a rich assembly of characters each with their set of nuances and hidden depths that can be uniquely probed through the varied destinies they are entwined within. As the story progresses, Ursula’s prophesied destiny becomes remote and in a sense unnecessary as the heart of the story is not a heroic assassination, but her love for her family and the arcadia within which they reside.

A feeling of nostalgia resonates throughout as it documents the passing of a world now gone, a time that can now only be looked upon through the lens of history. Kate Atkinson brings that world back to life, creating an intimacy and immediacy to the war and those caught within it whilst at the same time allowing the reader’s soul to soar at the prospect of the fairytale moment that could have prevented it all.

Review by Kate Vickers

An evening of crime


Marnie RichesTightrope is the first outing for flawed but fabulous PI, Bev Saunders, who takes on a corrupt politician although she becomes the one being hunted.
I stayed up super-late last night racing to the end, hardly daring to breathe‘ Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife.
Come and meet the award-winning, best-selling Marnie here for a double act of crime!


Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He started his career penning episodes of the British drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of film, audio drama and children’s animation. 
The Sunday Times bestseller will be here to talk about his latest nail-shredding thriller, Stolen – a must for all fans of Happy Valley and M.J. Arlidge.

The Song of Peterloo

The heartbreaking historical tale of courage in the face of tragedy

Come and meet local author Carolyn O’Brien as she talks about the inspiration for her powerful new novel.

The Song of Peterloo tells the dramatic story of Manchester mill-worker, Nancy Kay. Desperate to provide for her ailing mother and sensitive son, Nancy is drawn into the agitation for reform. But as she risks everything to attend a great assembly on St Peter’s Field, Nancy is unaware the day will go down in history not as triumph, but as tragedy; the Peterloo massacre.

Carolyn will be here on Thursday 19th September at 7pm.

Tickets cost £3.00 – this includes a glass of wine and is redeemable against the cost of a book on the evening.