Jon Stock & Charlie Corbett: Local Authors Christmas Talk, Wed 15th December 7pm
Date: Wed 15th December
Time: 7 for 7.30pm
Location: Tangley Parish Village Hall, Wildhern Lane, Wildhern, SP11 0JE
In our Local Authors Christmas Talk, Jon Stock (writing as J.S. Monroe) will talk about his latest thriller, THE MAN ON HACKPEN HILL. It isn’t unusual for crop circles to appear overnight on Hackpen Hill. In this part of Wiltshire, where golden wheat fields stretch for miles, the locals have got used to discovering strange mathematical patterns stamped into the earth. But this time, it’s different. Not only because this particular design of dramatic spiralling hexagons has never been seen before. But because of the dead body positioned precisely in the centre of the circle.
DI Silas Hart, of Swindon Police, is at a loss. Only Jim, a scientist at secretive government laboratory Porton Down, knows the chilling truth aboutthe man on Hackpen Hill. And he wants Bella, a trainee journalist on her first ever story, to tell the world. But Silas has other ideas – and a boss intent on a cover up. As Bella and Jim race against time, dark forces conspire against them, leading them to confront the reality of their own past and a world in which nothing is as it seems.
An original, intelligent and twisty thriller set in rural Wiltshire. Can DI Silas Hart uncover the chilling truth before it’s too late.
Jon Stock (J.S. Monroe) read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. His psychological thriller FIND ME became a bestseller in 2017, and, under his real name Jon Stock, he is also the author of five spy thrillers. He lives in Wiltshire, with his wife and children.
Praise for J.S. Monroe:
‘Pacy and propulsive’ Daily Telegraph
‘The most ingenious thriller you will read this year’ M.J. ARLIDGE
‘Cunning, captivating and creepy’ J.P, Delaney
Charlie Corbett, TWELVE BIRDS TO SAVE YOUR LIFE: nature’s lessons in happiness. When Charlie Corbett’s mother died, he turned to nature and wildlife to help anchor him at a time of great uncertainty, anxiety and depression. Through twelve characterful birds, Charlie shows us that there is joy to be found in the very smallest of events. From solitary skylarks to squabbling sparrows, he explores their place in our history and culture, and ultimately shows us just how life-changing his decision was to reconnect with the natural world all around him.
TWELVE BIRDS TO SAVE YOUR LIFE reveals nature’s wonderful ability to ground us and give us perspective on life. The book will also allow readers to identify the birds around them – what they look like, where to find them and what they sound like.
‘A lyrical and life-affirming book that teaches us as much about birds as it does ourselves – a balm for the soul’ RAYNOR WINN, author of THE SALT PATH
‘Totally absorbing and completely engaging on so many levels… Charlie has opened my eyes to the constant joy of the sights and sounds of the birds that surround us. It is a book that really will save lives’ DR RICHARD SHEPHERD
Charlie Corbett is a freelance writer, journalist and public speaker. He comes from a family of livestock and arable farmers and spent his childhood divided between farms on the North Wessex Downs and The Isle of Mull. Having studied history at the University of Edinburgh he turned away from his farming roots and spent the next 20 years reporting on business and finance from cities all over the world. But he remained, at heart, a country boy. He lives today at the foot of the Pewsey Downs in Wiltshire with his wife, two sons, and a field full of skylarks.