tom smith, sports book festival

Nantwich Town Council, Nantwich Bookshop and Max Books have teamed up to launch the first Nantwich Sports Book Festival.

A number of venues in the town are inviting prominent sports personalities and authors to discuss their latest book releases between May 4-7.

The festival kicks off at Nantwich Bookshop on May 4 with Sherlock Holmes and The Birth of The Ashes, by Arunabha Sengupta.

This has a wonderful local connection – A.N. Hornby is buried at Acton Church, Nantwich.

He was captain of England during the Test match featured in this book. Tickets are £10.

The Racer, Nantwich Sports Book FestivalDavid Millar will offer a unique insight into the mind of a professional cyclist in his talk, What is it really like to be a racer?

The book (pictured, right) focuses on his his last year before retirement, and the talk is on Thursday May 5 at Crewe Vagrants Sports Club, Willaston.

Hear his tales and meet the man himself, tickets are £10.

The contrast between Tom Smith’s 2014 and 2015 seasons could not have been starker.

From highs in 2014, to when it all went horribly wrong…

On Friday May 6 from 7pm, Tom Smith (pictured, top) and some of the Lancashire team will be at The Studio, in Nantwich.

Tickets are £5, allows £5 discount against book purchase.

To finish the season, Duncan Hamilton, author of For the Glory – The Story of Eric Liddell, will be at Nantwich Methodist, Hospital Street, on Saturday May 7.

for the glory - nantwich sports book festivalThis is the story of a true hero. For the Glory (pictured, right) takes the reader from Liddell the fastest man on the planet, through Liddell the man with a higher purpose, to Liddell when he had to be stronger than all around him.

Tickets are £5. Ticket allows £5 discount against book purchase. Refreshments available.

Steve Lawson, who runs Nantwich Bookshop, said: “We are delighted to have secured a wonderful mix of writers and subjects for our inaugural festival and look forward to building upon this for next year’s event.”

Tickets available from Nantwich Civic Hall and Nantwich Bookshop, or by calling 01270 628633 or online at

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