Rossiter Books Events 2013

Author events plans for 2013 are well under way at Rossiter Books with several people lined up to visit them already. Their aim is to invite as many authors as possible to Ross on Wye and Monmouth as possible.

Not Dead Yet by Peter James Tuesday 29th January at 7pm, The Shire Hall, Monmouth

Tickets £5 (£3 redeemable against book)

Best-selling thriller writer Peter James will be talking about his fantastic book Not Dead Yet, the eighth novel in the award-winning Detective Superintendent Roy Grace crime series.

Deadly obsession is only the beginning…

For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him. For rock superstar Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination. For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city’s greatest love story, is incalculable. For DS Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes…

The Chosen Dead by M. R. Hall

Thursday 31st January at 7pm, The Shire Hall, Monmouth
Ticket £5 (£3 redeemable on book)

We are delighted to welcome back M. R. Hall, this time for the launch party of his latest novel -The Chosen Dead.

When Bristol Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates the fatal plunge of a man from a motorway bridge, she little suspects that it has any connection with the sudden death of a friend’s thirteen year old daughter from a deadly strain of meningitis. But as Jenny pieces together the dead man’s last days, she’s drawn into a mystery whose dark ripples stretch across continents and back through decades.

M. R. Hall is a screen writer and novelist, nominated for the prestigious Crime Writer’s Association

Calon by Owen Sheers

Wednesday 6th February at 7pm, The Shire Hall, Monmouth
Tickets £5 (£3 redeemable against the book)

Owen Sheers is currently the Welsh Rugby Union Artist in Residence and he has spent 2012 spending time at the heart of Welsh rugby, getting under the skin of the players and coaches to find out what it means to be a rugby player today.

At the 2011 Rugby World Cup a young Welsh side captained by the 22-year-old Sam Warburton, captured the imagination of the rugby-watching world. Exhibiting the grit and brilliance of generations past, an ill-fated semi-final ended in heartbreak. But a fledgling squad playing with the familiarity of brothers had sent out an electrifying message of hope: could this be a third golden generation of Welsh rugby?

What does rugby mean to Wales? Where does the heart of Welsh rugby lie? In Calon, Owen Sheers takes a personal journey into a sport that defines a nation. Drawing on interviews and unprecedented access with players and WRU coaching staff, Calon presents an intimate portrait of a national team in the very best tradition of literary sports writing.

The Soldier’s Wife by Joanna Trollope

Wednesday 13th February, 7pm, The Shire Hall in Monmouth.

Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees those reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope, if he can’t? How much, indeed, can Alexa, Dan’s wife, sacrifice her own needs and fulfillment to serve his commitment to a way of life that demands everything not just of him, but of her and the children as well? This novel takes a keen look at the home lives of the modern Army. What happens, these days, when love and a vocation collide, head on?

The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

Tuesday 19th February at 7pm, The Phoenix Theatre, Ross-on-Wye

Ticket £5 (£3 redeemable against book)

Jasper Fforde will be talking about the latest book in his Thursday Next series.

Thursday Next is a detective who works for Jurisfiction, the policing agency that works inside fiction. The books are set in an odd alternative world, and blends SF, Fantasy, Literature, Horror, and a bit of romance.

In The Woman who Dies a Lot Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you’d expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple.

Life-after-life-coverLife After Life by Kate Atkinson

Thursday 21st March at 7pm, The Shire Hall, Monmouth

Ticket £5  (£3 Redeemable against book)


During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.

Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach Tuesday 9th April at 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-WyeTickets £3 (Redeemable against the book)Deborah Moggach is the bestselling author of seventeen successful novels including Tulip Fever and These Foolish Things which was adapted for the screen as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, one of 2012′s best-loved films.Her latest novel is Heartbreak Hotel, a hilarious comedy set in the Welsh countryside.When retired actor Russell “Buffy” Buffery inherits a guesthouse in Wales from an old friend, he decides to rise to the challenge. He rather likes the idea of being an innkeeper and besides, London has lost its charm. Moving out of his damp, cramped flat to the rambling B&B in Knockton, Buffy soon realizes that he’s taken on more than he bargained for and – if he’s going to make any sort of profit – he’ll have to do a bit more than plonk a bucket under the leak in the roof and hope the guests turn up.
After hearing yet another lovelorn guest pour her heart out over a glass or three of wine, Buffy has an idea. What if his guesthouse offered something more than a warm, welcoming host and a never-ending supply of booze? What if it offered help and advice to the newly-single? After all, he’s survived three marriages and many children himself, so he must have learned a thing or two along the way. With that in mind, Buffy founds a school for the broken-hearted. Mechanics, Cookery, Household Finances, Talking to Women – anything that might help a recent divorcee find his or her feet.

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