Author Promotes New Book at Nantwich Bookshop

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

Author Tracy Whitwell promoted her new book – ‘The Accidental Medium’ – at Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge on the evening of Wednesday 20th July 2022.

Tracy Whitwell ‘The Accidental Medium’ (photograph: Jonathan White)

Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge staff member Kathryn Rush introduced Tracy to the audience. Tracy was born, brought up and educated in the north-east of England. She wrote plays and short stories from an early age, then in the nineties moved to London where she became a busy actress on stage and screen. After having her son, she wound down the acting to concentrate on writing full time. Many projects followed until she finally found the courage to write her first novel, The Accidental Medium.

Tracy Whitwell addresses her audience (photograph: Jonathan White)

Synopsis for ‘The Accidental Medium’: Meet Tanz, the accidental medium who, with the help of the dead, is about to become an unwilling crime-solver… Tanz is a wine-loving, straight-talking, once-successful TV actress from Gateshead, whose career has shrivelled like an antique walnut. She is still grieving for her friend Frank, who died in a car crash three years ago, and she has to find a normal job in London to fund her cocktail habit. When she starts work in a ‘new age’ shop, Tanz suddenly discovers that the voices she’s hearing in her head are not just her imagination working overtime, but are in fact messages from beyond the grave. Alarmed, she confronts her little mam and discovers she is from a long line of psychic mediums. Despite an exciting new avenue of life opening up to Tanz, darkness isn’t far away — all too soon there’s murder in the air. 

Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge prior to the event (photograph: Jonathan White)

The ticket price included a signed copy of Tracy’s book and an extensive range of snacks.

l-r Tracy Whitwell and Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge staff member Kathryn Rush (photograph: Jonathan White)

Denise Lawson, Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, said: “Tracy is one of the funniest authors we’ve had and had the audience in stitches. A wonderful evening was had by all!”

Future events at Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge include:

  • Tuesday 30th August – Jim Clarkson and his nephew James presenting their novel ‘Unearthed’. Beautifully illustrated throughout by the younger James and set in and around Nantwich ‘Unearthed’ tells of the day the Earth flipped upside down, everything not inside or attached to the ground flies and who knows what will tip out of it? Doors open at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. Tickets = £7.50 which includes delicious finger snacks and a £2.50 discount upon book purchase. Cash bar available. 
  • Wednesday 7th September – forensic scientist Dr Taj Nathan will be presenting his work ‘Dangerous Minds’ – a forensic psychiatrist’s quest to understand violence. What drives someone to commit murder? Can we predict whether a child will grow into a violent adult, and what can we do to prevent it? ‘An eye-opening journey into dangerous minds that explores what drives people to commit dangerous acts… Thoughtful and engrossing – The Times. Doors open at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. Tickets = £10 which includes a copy of the book and delicious finger snacks. Cash bar available.
  • Monday 26th September – sees the return of Yvette Fielding with her follow up Ghost Hunter novel ‘The Ripper of Whitechapel’. Yvette’s launch last year sold out very quickly, so early booking is recommended as seating is limited. Doors open at 6.00pm for a 6.30 start. Tickets are £10 which includes a copy of the book and delicious finger snacks. Cash bar available. 
  • Wednesday 28th September – Paul Thompson and his biography (with John Watterson) of Jake Thackray – ‘Beware of the Bull’. Admired by Neil Gaiman, Jarvis Cocker, Jon Richardson and Arctic Monkeys, amongst others, Jake is increasingly recognised as one of the greatest and most original songwriters of the twentieth century; a unique talent and master storyteller, whose songs are full of wit, poetry, irreverence and humanity. Doors open at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. Tickets are £7.50 which includes delicious finger snacks and a £2.50 discount upon book purchase. Cash bar available. 

For further information relating to Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge please visit them at 46 High Street in Nantwich, or contact via phone: 01270 611665,
email: steve@nantwichbookshop.co.uk ,
website: https://www.nantwichbookshop.co.uk/ or
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NantwichBookshop .

Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge opening times: Monday to Saturday (9am to 4:30pm, last food orders at 4pm), Sunday (10am to 4pm, last food orders 3pm).

The Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge’s premises were built soon after the Fire of Nantwich (1583) and are an excellent example of the architecture from this period. Seen from the front there is a distinct ‘sinking’ to the centre of the building. This is also prominent internally on the 2nd floor. The cause is supposedly due to half the building having been constructed (1584) over Castle Street’s cobblestones and the other half over the then filled, dry moat of the castle (mini piles and a steel frame have been utilised to stabilise the building).