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'Coles Book Club' event - Thursday 25th May @ 7.00pm - Tom Jeffreys - 'Signal Failure: London to Birmingham - HS2 on Foot'

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'Coles Book Club' event - Thursday 25th May @ 7.00pm - Tom Jeffreys - 'Signal Failure: London to Birmingham - HS2 on Foot'
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'Coles Book Club' event - Thursday 25th May 2017 @ 7.00pm


'Coles Book Club' event - Thursday 25th May @ 7.00pm - Tom Jeffreys - Signal Failure

This is our next  'Coles Book Club' event, an opportunity to meet the author of the book you've just read.

We are offering our customers a copy of 'Signal Failure' by Tom Jeffreys and the chance to come along to the 'Coles Book Club' for an evening with the author - it's an opportunity to discuss the book with other readers, ask the author questions about the book, have a glass of wine and a general natter about books - just like a book club. We'll even supply you with free reading notes along with the book to spark off the discussion.

Buy the 'Book Club' book for the discounted price of £8 either here online, or in the shop in Bicester. Enjoy reading it and then come along to the bookshop on 25th May and meet the author Tom Jeffreys for an evening of discussion. And of course, get your book signed by Tom on the evening - the book you buy from Coles is your ticket for the evening.

A little about the book: 'Signal Failure - London to Birmingham: HS2 on Foot' 

One November morning, Tom Jeffreys set off from Euston Station with a gnarled old walking stick in his hand and an overloaded rucksack. His aim was to walk the 119 miles from London to Birmingham along the proposed route of HS2. Needless to say, he failed.

Over the course of ten days of walking, Jeffreys meets conservationists and museum directors, fiery farmers and suicidal retirees. From a rapidly changing London, through interminable suburbia, and out into the English countryside, Jeffreys goes wild camping in Perivale, flees murderous horses in Oxfordshire, and gets lost in a landfill site in Buckinghamshire. Signal Failure weaves together poetry and politics, history, philosophy and personal observation to form an extended exploration of people and place, nature, society, and the future.

In part, Signal Failure is the story of the author’s multiple shortcomings – his inability to understand the city he lives in, to forge a meaningful relationship with his home-county hometown, to emulate those great nature writers he admires so much, to put up a tent or read a map.

It is also a wide-ranging critique of humanity’s most urgent failures: of capitalism, of community, of the city and the suburbs, of architecture and agriculture, of bureaucratic democracy, and, in the end, of our age-old failure to find our place in the world we live in.

"The abiding mystery evoked in Tom Jeffreys' walk along the proposed route of the HS2 is whose idea was it anyway?  Jeffreys' journey takes him past boarded-up hospitals, abandoned railway lines, pubs which claim to sell food but don’t, and over the hedge chats with a sad and often angry population adrift in a world lacking any trustworthy political compass points. Tom Jeffreys is a worthy member of J.B.Priestley’s good companions, and Signal Failure an engaging and affectionate update on that earlier writer’s seminal English Journey" – Ken Worpole, author of The New English Landscape

The Author tells us a little about himself: I currently write primarily about contemporary art, and am particularly interested in work that crosses over into the sciences or explores our relationship with the environment. I also write about a range of other subjects, including: food, architecture, cricket, books, walking, fashion and sherry.

While living in Finland between 2014 and 2016, I was the Helsinki correspondent for Monocle magazine and wrote a monthly column for Apollo. My work has also been published in, among others: Frieze, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, World of Interiors, Vice, Country Walking, Cricinfo, The Nightwatchman, and Mr and Mrs Smith.

If you want to buy your book/ticket online, then please add this event to your cart and checkout. You'll need to select 'Click & Collect' in the delivery options, and then we'll hold both the book and your reading notes for you in the shop for whenever you want to pick them up.


We'll despatch your order as quickly as we can. If a product is out of stock we will contact you to discuss the likely delivery time or an alternative product.

UK Delivery

Orders for delivery in the UK are despatched by Courier and will normally be delivered to you within a few days of placing your order (UK deliveries by Courier normally arrive the day after we despatch). Signed Books are shipped in specially made book mailing cartons, with the books themselves wrapped in paper and bubble wrap to protect them. Because we use courier and signed for delivery services, please use an address at which your parcel can be signed for during the normal working day.

First Item @ £3.75 (sometimes a shipping supplement may be added for particularly heavy books or specific postcodes*)
2 Items & Over @ £5.00 in total

*There are a number of Postcodes in the UK for which we will need to charge a shipping supplement, this will be calculated automatically during the checkout process. There are also a very small number of Postcode areas not covered by our delivery service, for these we will contact customers to agree a suitable and economic method of shipping. There may also be additional time required for delivery to some areas of the United Kingdom. View a complete table of Postcode Surcharges. Where possible, we will ship single book orders (under 1kg) by Royal Mail to all UK postcodes and a refund shipping accordingly back to the £3.75 rate shown above. Multiple book orders and books over 1kg are shipped via APC Overnight, regardless of Postcode.

Overseas Delivery

Shipments to other EU countries:
First Book @ £15.00 (sometimes a shipping supplement will be added for particularly heavy books)
2 Books & over @ £30.00 in total

Shipments to the USA & Canada:
First Book @ £30.00
2 Books & over @ £50.00 in total

Shipments to the Rest of the World:
First Book @ £45.00
2 Books & over @ £60.00 in total

All overseas orders are shipped using a 'signed for' courier service - please provide an address at which your parcel can be signed for on receipt. We use the same packaging materials for our overseas deliveries as we do those in the UK.

It was the most impressive packaging that I have EVER SEEN!!! An ocd person's dream...

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