Books Showoff, 13th December, Waterstones Tottenham Court Road

Our pre-Christmas Books Showoff in the lovely basement of Waterstones Tottenham Court Road is in absolutely no way a ploy to get you drunk and buying everything in sight for your loved ones (or loathed ones, depending on which part of the PopSci section you’re browsing). Nope. Never even crossed our minds.

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(Steve reading a book)

Joining your compere Steve Cross for a night of literary laughs and none-too-subtle plugs for their own works of genius are:

Rebecca Rideal – Historian Rebecca Rideal is the author of last summer’s top holiday beach read, 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire.

Simon Watt – Simon is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter, perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants and the Channel 4 special The Elephant: Life After Death.

Helen Pilcher – Helen’s Bring Back the King is the book for you if you’ve ever fancied having a pet dinosaur (just us?). The science writer and comedian will explain the pitfalls and practicalities of de-extinction (it’s an actual thing) and ponders whether or not Elvis could be resurrected from the DNA inside a pickled wart. Are you clonesome tonight?

Ann Morgan – Literary explorer Ann Morgan read a book from every country in the world in 2012 and continues to blog about her reading adventures. Her debut novel, Beside Myself, is the story of twins who swap places in a childhood game and get trapped in the wrong lives. The perfect dark family tale for when relatives get on your nerves over the festive season.

Joanne Paul – Joanne is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex. Her book, Thomas More, seeks to examine this controversial figure as a thinker and writer, uncovering his central beliefs and arguments.

Jonathan L. Howard – Jonathan is the author of the Johannes Cabal, Carter & Lovecraft, and Russalka Chronicles series of books. The Johannes Cabal series consists of Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, Johannes Cabal the Detective, The Fear Institute, The Brothers Cabal, and published in September this year, The Fall of the House of Cabal. The series currently enjoys “cult” status, but the author would prefer “bestselling.”

Sarah Bee – Sarah wrote a book called The Yes. It’s about a Yes in a land of Nos.

Plus more from Helen Keen

Get your five quid tickets from the Waterstones website

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