Past Events at Winstones
(Winter) Sun, Sea & Books - The Sidmouth Literary Festival present:
An Evening with Salley Vickers
at Sidholme Hotel Music Room
Friday 9th December
Meet Jo Pavey Saturday 19th November 4.30.
Winstone's are proud to bring Devon's own Olympian Supermum Jo Pavey to switch on Sidmouth's Christmas Lights.
Jo represented Great Britain in a record-breaking fifth Olympic Games at Rio 2016. In 2014, at the age of forty and just months after having a baby, she won gold in the European Championships over 10,000m and bronze in the Commonwealth Games over 5,000m. Jo has won a host of other accolades, and came third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014.
Jo will be signing her autobiography at the bookshop at 4.30 then will be switching on the Christmas lights at 5.30 in the Market Square.
As well as running author events in the shop you will find us out and about as the bookseller for events around Sidmouth. This year again we are proud to be the official bookseller for the Meet the Author programme at Kennaway House.
Meet Sir Tony Robinson - No Cunning Plan - My Story Thursday 20th October 6.30
Winstones are very excited to announce a visit from author, actor and national treasure Sir Tony Robinson on the publication of his autobiography No Cunning Plan - My Story.
This will be a signing event, please call if you would like to reserve a book.
Meet Clare Balding -The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop
Wednesday 5th October 3.30pm
Clare Balding is well known as an award winning broadcaster and number one selling author. Now she brings her talents to her first book for children, The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop.
Charlie Bass is a horse-mad 10 year old who dreams of owning her own pony. When she accidentally buys a racehorse, she is thrilled.
Nobel Warrior won't gallop though or even leave the stable without his friend Percy the naughty Palomino pony.
Can Charlie prove they can become champions, save the family farm from repossession and will Percy ever stop farting?
Find out in this classic, funny animal story perfect for fans of Dick King-Smith and Gerald Durrell.
Dr Jane Hawking - Silent Music -Kennaway House - 20th September
Author of the memoir Travelling to Infinity which became an Oscar winning film in 2015, Jane was the first wife of Professor Stephen Hawking.
Join us on the publication of her debut novel Silent Music, a timeless portrait of post-war Britain, a coming of age story about the unpredictable nature of human behaviour and about taking control of one's destiny.
Jane Corry - My Husband’s Wife. Book Launch Tuesday 30th Aug
Join us to celebrate the launch of Sidmouth based author Jane Corry’s brilliant new book My Husband’s Wife.
Jane will also be on hand to offer tips on writing
Human Cargo - book signing with songs!-3rd August
Join author Matthew Crampton and The London Lubbers for a special Sidmouth event to mark the new book HUMANCARGO: Stories and Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation.
Using story and folk song, Human Cargo explores the lives of migrants in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Cerys Matthews calls the book ‘an elegant, vital insight into human suffering and survival’.
We’ll fill Winstone’s with shanties and folk song. Come see the book, meet the author and have a sing. Read more, and hear Matthew talking about Human Cargo on the BBC, at humancargo.co.uk.
An evening with Dave Hamilton - Wild Ruins Friday 23rd October
Wild Ruins, the latest adventure book from Wild Things Publishing is the first extensive travel guide to the follies and ruined buildings of Great Britain. It covers some of the more well-known sites of these islands along with many more weird, wonderful and until now, quite hidden ruined buildings of Britain.
Author Dave Hamilton travelled over 10,000 miles to sites from the Cape of Cornwall up to Dunnet Head. Extensive research uncovered stories of warring clans, double-crossing family members, murders and misfortunes. He will be dropping into Bath to both recount some of the adventures he had whilst writing the book and tell lesser known tales the ruins had to tell. The evening is also a chance to ask the author his suggestions for the best places in Britain to forage for food, take the kids on a day out, have picnics, tell ghost stories and enjoy the diverse landscape this country has to offer.
The Devon Book Club Saturday 12th September
Jane Bidder, Lyn Ferrand, Graham Hurley, Belinda Seaward, R.L. Weeks.
JOIN us and FIVE AUTHORS for Coffee, Cake and good company. We’d love to meet you.
Book recommendations - Meet local authors - Friendship & Online Book chat - No set books - Building Devon’s Culture - In partnership with Devon Libraries.
Find out more at www.goodreads.com or Facebook
Andrew Lycett at Kennaway House Friday 5th June
Andrew was born in Lincolnshire but spent his first eight years living in Tanganyika. After graduating from Oxford, he travelled in, and began writing about, India. In the mid-70s he returned to Africa and later spent some time in the Middle East, working in both areas as a foreign correspondent, mainly for The Times and Sunday Times.
As a result of regular trips to Libya, he wrote his first book; with the late David Blundy, Qaddafi and the Libyan Revolution. Since the mid-1990s he has concentrated mainly on writing biographies and non-fiction. His Ian Fleming, published in 1995, is the definitive life of James Bond’s creator. Biographies of Rudyard Kipling, Dylan Thomas, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and, most recently, Wilkie Collins followed.
Andrew’s journalistic output includes feature articles, book reviews and radio broadcasts and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Tickets to hear Andrew talk are £10, to include a glass of wine (Friends' discount) available from the Kennaway House office mornings call 01395 515551 or from Winstones.
Lucy Hounsom - Starborn Saturday 30th May
Winstone's are proud to introduce Sidmouth’s new fantasy author and rising star, Lucy Hounsom, picked by the Guardian as one of the new generation of female fantasy authors to read.
A young girl’s choices – and mistakes- will shape the fate of thousands in a world of violence, power and madness.
An epic fantasy novel perfect for fans of Trudi Canavan, David Eddings and Karen Miller. Starborn is a beautiful hardback at the price of £12.99.
Laura Madeleine - The Confectioner's Tale Saturday 30th May
We were also joined by Lucy Hounsom's sister, romantic novelist Laura Madeleine.
Laura’s novel is the Paris set The Confectioners Tale. After a childhood spent acting professionally and training at a theatre school, Laura Madeleine changed her mind, and went to study English Literature at She now writes fiction, as well as recipes, and was formerly the resident cake baker for Domestic Sluttery.
At the famous Patisserie Clermont in Paris, 1909, a chance encounter with the owner’s daughter has given one young man a glimpse into a life he never knew existed: of sweet cream and melted chocolate, golden caramel and powdered sugar, of pastry light as air.
A captivating and emotional novel about a strong woman struggling to find her own way in the world when others wish to see her fail.
Described as the Katie Flynn of Devon, Linda Finlay’s new novel is perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Dilly Court. Her previous book the Branscombe and Beer set Royal Lacemaker is Winstone Sidmouth's best selling book.
East Devon 1848. Rowan Clode was eight years old when her mother died. Now she treasures the only things she has left of her – an antique mirror and a red ribbon, worn around her wrist.
Rowan, her father and her younger brother remain a close-knit family. But when scheming Fanny Foreshaw wins her father’s heart she forces Rowan from her home and turns those she loves against her.
By a stroke of luck, Rowan finds a position as a milliner’s apprentice and even begins to fall in love, but the demons from her past are set to resurface…
Katie Fforde at Kennaway House Friday 15th May
She first became a writer because her mother gave her a writing kit. “I’d been talking about wanting to write for years, but thought because I had three children, a dog, two cats and a husband who was away at sea a lot of the time, I wouldn’t have time to write.”
The kit, including dictionaries, thesaurus and Tipp-Ex, pushed her into writing and she is described as the modern-day Austen with her latest novel, A Vintage Wedding, published in February. In a small Cotswold country town, Beth, Lindy and Rachel are looking for new beginnings. They set up a business, organising stylish, affordable vintage weddings, little knowing that their own romances lie waiting, just around the corner…
Christine Lee - The Midwife's Sister. Saturday 25th April
‘Our childhood came to an end when our parents parted and from then on Jennifer was placed in the impossible position of having to be a parent to me, her sister. I shall always be grateful for her protection ...'
Millions have fallen in love with Jennifer Worth and her experiences in the East End as chronicled in Call the Midwife but little is known about her life outside this period. Now, in this moving and evocative memoir, Jennifer's sister, Christine, takes us from their early idyllic years to the cruelty and neglect they suffered after their parents divorced, from Jennifer being forced to leave home at fourteen to their training as nurses. After leaving nursing Jennifer took up a career in music, her first love, and Christine became a sculptor, but through marriages and children, joy and heartbreak, their lives remained intertwined. Absorbing and emotional, The Midwife's Sister is testimony to an enduring bond between two extraordinary women.
David Carpenter - Magna Carta Then and Now
David Carpenter is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at King’s college & honorary Professor at University College London.
He has just published a ground-breaking account of Magna Carta in the Penguin Classics series to celebrate its 800th anniversary.
In this talk he explained some of the new exciting discoveries made about Magna Carta and explores its meaning for contemporaries in 1215 and its later legacy.
Kate Adie Friday at Kennaway House 24th April
Kate became the BBC`s chief news correspondent in 1989, and has reported from war zones around the world. Her career took off when she was the first at the scene when the Special Air Service stormed the embassy during the London Iranian Embassy siege in 1980.
After a break of two years when she was Court Correspondent, Kate went on to cover most of the major international crises of the following decade - The Falklands, Libya, Tiananmen Square, The Gulf War and the former Yugoslavia. She has won numerous awards, including three Royal Television Society awards, the Bafta Richard Dimbleby Award, and the Broadcasting Press Guild`s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. She was made an OBE in 1993.
Kate Adie presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of four bestselling books, including her autobiography The Kindness of Strangers and most recently Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in WWI.
Comedian and born and bred townie, Tony Hawks is not afraid of a challenge - or indeed a good bet. He's hitchhiked round Ireland with a fridge and taken on the Moldovan football team at tennis, one by one. Now the time has come for his greatest gamble yet - turning his back on comfortable city life to move to the wilds of the West Country.
With his partner Fran in tow and their first child on the way, he embraces the rituals of village life with often absurd and hilarious results, introducing us to an ensemble of eclectic characters along the way. One minute he's taking part in a calamitous tractor run, the next he's chairing a village meeting, but of course he still finds time for one last solo adventure before fatherhood arrives - cycling coast to coast with a mini pig called Titch.
Award-winning author Jason Goodwin came to Kennaway House for Meet the Author on March 17th to talk about his latest book, The Baklava Club.
His much-loved Inspector Yashim returns to solve one final mystery – his most thrilling and colourful case yet. In nineteenth-century Istanbul, a Polish prince has been kidnapped. His assassination has been bungled and his captors have taken him to an unused farmhouse. Little do they realize that their revolutionary cell has been penetrated by their enemies, who use the code name La Piuma (the Feather).
Jason has received huge critical acclaim for his 'Yashim' series, the first Yashim instalment The Janissary Tree, won the 2007 Edgar Allen Poe Award and became an international bestseller.
He is also the author of Lords of the Horizon: A History of The Ottoman Empire, described by Time Out as “Perhaps the most readable history ever written on anything".
On Sidmouth Late Night Shopping, we were joined by local author Janet McCann.
In a recent article in the Sidmouth Herald Janet explained how she and her brother Hugh were inspired to construct the book of 365 from their love of facts.
The Book of 365 offers an entertaining and thought-provoking mini-essay on the world around us for every day of the year, each taking a number between 1 and 365 as its starting point, encompassing science, history, art, literature, medicine, and popular culture, and covering topics as diverse as modern music and meteorites, archaeology and chilli sauce, un-birthdays and radio valve technology. Perfect for fans of QI and Pointless and an ideal Christmas gift for fans of mind-boggling facts.
And they do guarantee there will be no maths involved…
Linda Finlay - The Royal Lacemaker
A Queen and a peasant - this stunning new saga is the story of a young woman who must find a way to support her family and stay true to herself in the face of adversity. Just seventeen years old, Lily Rose scratches out a meagre living making lace in Devon, responsible for her siblings following the death of their parents. But opportunity beckons. Hundreds of miles away, in London, Queen Victoria is preparing for her wedding. She will wear the most exquisite wedding dress in history, bearing the famous Honiton lace. When Lily is selected as one of the few to work on this top-secret commission it is the answer to her prayers. Lily quickly makes an impression, both as an expert lacemaker and a natural leader of the women working day and night. But there are others who want to see Lily fail, including Squire Clinsden who issues her with a terrible ultimatum - work for him, and be subject to his unwanted advances, or put her loved ones at risk. Torn between her duty and her dreams of a better life, Lily must battle the odds to ensure her family's survival. This wonderful debut saga novel is perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Katie Flynn.
As an Image Consultant, Linda has always had an avid interest in people. Helping them to regain their confidence after they've undergone life changing surgery is one of the most satisfying areas of her work. Linda has always loved writing stories and has been published in various magazines and annuals. Moving to the spectacular Devon coast and learning about its local history inspired her to write her first novel, The Royal Lacemaker. She loves beachcombing, finding it the perfect excuse to indulge in a spot of people watching.
This wonderful debut novel is set in East Devon and perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Katie Flynn.
It quickly became one of our bestselling books in Sidmouth and is soon to be followed up with The Girl with The Red Ribbon.
Bestselling author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops.
Every bookshop has a story. There are bookshops in barns, boats, disused factories and railway stations. From the oldest bookshop in the world to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book explores the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places and looks at more than three hundred bookshops over six continents.
The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops around the world and the official book of the 2014 Books Are My Bag campaign.