Events in Blackwell's

Brian Gould on his new book, Myths, Politicians and Money, on Wednesday 18th September, 6pm for 6.30pm

The People’s Pledge and Blackwell’s are pleased to host an event with Bryan Gould former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury who will talk about his new book Myths, Politicians and Money with a focus on why politicians have distorted economic policy against the interests of ordinary people and what this ultimately means for Europe.

It is now nearly 40 years since the British people were asked what they thought of the particular arrangements represented by the then Treaty of Rome.  That referendum was conducted without the benefit of much by way of actual experience of what those arrangements meant, in a context when the main opinion formers were united in their commitment to what they described as “Europe”, and before the many and major changes introduced by the drivers of a “United States of Europe” had taken effect.  We can now see that a project imposed by a small elite has not only failed to capture the allegiance of the people of Britain but has posed a major threat to the well being of Europe as a whole.  This is perhaps the most significant of all the political and economic failures we have suffered by allowing our fortunes to be dictated by those who have subverted our democracy to serve their own selfish ends.

The event will be chaired by Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton, with prominent conservative economist Ruth Lea joining the panel to offer her opinion to the debate. The event is free, but please email to reserve your place.

Nicola Upson on her new Josephine Tey mystery, The Death of Lucy Kyte on Thursday 26th, 6.30pm

The Death of Lucy Kyte is Nicola Upson's fifth novel in her bestselling series featuring Josephine Tey.

When bestselling crime author Josephine Tey inherited a remote Suffolk cottage from her godmother, it came full of secrets. There were the infamous Red Barn murders, committed in the grounds a century before, and still casting a shadow over the village. And there was Lucy Kyte, the mysterious beneficiary of her godmother's will, who no-one in the close-knit village would admit to knowing. As Josephine settles into the strange little house and attempts to make friends with the frightened locals, she knows that there is something dark that has a tight hold on the heart of this small community. Is it just the sinister ghosts of the Red Barn murders, or is there something very much alive that she needs to beware of? Trapped in this isolated community and surrounded by shadows of obsession, abuse and deceit, can Josephine untangle history from present danger and prevent a deadly cycle beginning once again?

This event is free, but please book a place by emailing

The Kitschies Present......Secret Histories on Monday October 28th, 6.30pm

The past holds many mysteries... Three of the most intriguing voices in fantastic fiction join forces for one night to discuss their work, the boundaries between truth and fiction and our world - just not as we know it...

Space is limited, as are our secretive goodie bags, so please book quickly!

Tickets cost £3 and can be booked here. Your ticket is good for a £2 discount on selected books on the night. Please print your ticket and bring it with you on the evening.