1 Alan Titchmarsh

Bestselling novelist Alan Titchmarsh, the presenter of television shows including Ground Force and Gardeners’ World, presents his latest novel, The Scarlet Nightingale. Set in wartime London and occupied France, this is a thrilling story of love, danger and sacrifice. It is the late 1930s when 17-year-old Rosamund Hanbury leaves behind the endless summers of her coastal Devonshire home for London. A family tragedy has meant she must live with her single aunt in the centre of the city.  And when the enigmatic Harry Napier sweeps her off her feet at London’s famous Café de Paris she could almost forget that Britain has declared war. But the Phoney War ends. Harry is posted abroad to a job cloaked in secrecy, London reels from the first bombings of the Blitz and Rosamund is recruited into the Special Forces, sent to work alongside the Resistance on a top secret mission in France. Here, she learns that no one is what they seem: at home or abroad …

Alan Titchmarsh appears at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, at 7pm on Monday September 24. Tickets £8. Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.

2 Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women

Broadcaster Dame Jenni Murray, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, is the author of A History of the World in 21 Women, which celebrates great women from around the world, rescuing some from obscurity and shining a new light on familiar names. She has met and interviewed many of the women featured. Encompassing artists, politicians, activists, reporters and heads of state from the past and present, it celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of women who have had a profound impact on the shaping of our world. She will also talk about the programme’s 64-year history and her most engaging and most terrifying interviewees. This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest 2018.

Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women is at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea at 7.30pm on Monday October 1. Tickets £16Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.

3 Kate Adie: Fighting on the Home Front: the legacy of women in World War I

When the First World War broke out, a generation of men went off to fight. Bestselling author Kate Adie shows how women emerged from the shadow of their domestic lives. Now a visible force in public life, they began to take up essential roles, from transport to policing, munitions to sport, entertainment and even politics. The former BBC chief news correspondent charts the move towards equal rights with men that began a century ago and asks what these women achieved for future generations. This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest 2018.

Kate Adie: Fighting on the Home Front: the legacy of women in World War I is at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, at 2pm on Sunday October 14. Tickets £10. Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.

4 Jo Brand: Born Lippy – How To Do Female

TV star Jo Brand’s new book Born Lippy pours all of her experience of being a woman into a hilarious and touching memoir, taking in the mistakes she has made along the way, and her thoughts about how it is possible for things to be different.  Join her for this intimate evening at Waterstones.

Jo Brand: Born Lippy – How To Do Female is at Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton, at 7.30pm on Monday October 15. Tickets £15 includes a copy of Born Lippy. Phone 01273 206017 or visit waterstones.com.

5 Nick Hewer: My Alphabet – A Life From A to Z

Nick Hewer was one of Lord Sugar’s closest advisers and came to fame on TV’s The Apprentice. He quickly developed a reputation for his wry sense of humour while his astute insights into the foibles and failings of the apprentices won him a cult following. Now, in his first book, he takes us through his life from A for Apprentice (of course) to Z for Zed list. Along the way, he discusses determination and how to get it, offers insights from growing old, reveals his greatest regrets, talks about Tottenham and much else besides.

Nick Hewer: My Alphabet – A Life From A to Z is at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, at 7pm on Tuesday October 30. Tickets £8. Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.

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