Ghost-Hunter Launches New Children’s Story Book in Nantwich

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

Yvette Fielding launched her new ghost story book – ‘The Ripper of Whitechapel’ – at a sold-out event at Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge on the evening of Monday 26th September 2022.

Yvette Fielding signs copies of her book at Nantwich Bookshop (photograph: Jonathan White)

Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge staff member Kathryn Rush introduced Yvette and interviewed her about her new book which is the second in her The Ghost Hunter Chronicles series for readers aged 11 years and over.

Yvette Fielding’s new book ‘The Ripper of Whitechapel’ (photograph: Jonathan White)

Yvette also read a spookily scary passage from her new book to the fifty people present at the event, with some visitors travelling from as far as the Wirral, Norfolk and Hertfordshire. 

Yvette Fielding (right) with Nantwich Bookshop’s Kathryn Rush (photograph: Jonathan White)

In ‘The Ripper of Whitechapel’, when the ghosts of two young children start to haunt a local school, trainee ghost hunters Eve, Clovis and Tom are invited to help investigate the case. But before long they realise there is more to this haunting than they first realised. Could it be that the ghost children are victims of Jack the Ripper? And is the evil Ripper of Whitechapel about to unleash a new campaign of terror from beyond the grave?

There’s still plenty to come from Eve, Clovis, and Tom as Yvette has already written the series’ third instalment.

There was also an opportunity for attendees to ask Yvette questions about her career.

Yvette was the youngest ever Blue Peter presenter at age 18, and she went on to host and produce Ghosthunting With… and Most Haunted to become television’s ‘first lady’ of the paranormal. 

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

Denise Lawson, Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, said: “It was wonderful to welcome Yvette back for the second instalment of ‘The Ghost Hunter Chronicles series’. We were all glued to our seats listening to her talk about this book and having our appetite whetted for the third book, due out next year. A special appearance from ‘Watson’ her ghost-hunting Bulldog was very welcome too, and ever supportive Karl making sure Yvette’s fans who couldn’t come got to share in the evening. We have signed copies of ‘The Ripper of Whitechapel’ for sale.”

Future Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge events include:

  • Thursday 13th October (doors open at 6pm for a 6:45pm start) – venue in Nantwich to be confirmed. Former Irish professional road racing cyclist, Dan Martin, will be discussing his autobiography and life in cycling. Tickets are £20 which includes a copy of ‘Chased by Pandas’. Cash bar available.
  • Tuesday 18th October (doors open at 6pm for a 6:45pm start) – venue in Nantwich to be confirmed. Sky Sports commentator and pundit Geoff Shreeves will be recalling his career and tales from the Premier League touchline. Tickets are £20 which includes a copy of ‘Cheers Geoff!’. Cash bar available.
  • Tuesday 25th October – between 12.30 and 2.30pm. Former Test cricketer Geoffrey Boycott will be at the Nantwich Bookshop at lunchtime to sign copies of his book ‘Being Geoffrey Boycott’ which will be available to buy.
  • Friday 28th October (doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start). Former Chief Superintendent Steve Wilkins will be talking about his co-authored book ‘The Pembrokeshire Murders’ which tells the full story Operation Ottawa and the painstaking investigation which resulted in the conviction of the serial killer, John William Cooper. Operation Ottawa has been identified as one of the finest investigations in the history of British Policing and is the blueprint for subsequent cold case investigations. In 2021 the case was the subject of a 3 part ITV crime drama. Tickets are £10 which includes a copy of the book and delicious finger snacks. 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).