Book signing by Sunday Times Bestseller in aid of us!

Book signing by Sunday Times Bestseller in aid of us!

We’re inviting book lovers to meet celebrated author Sophie Irwin during a charity book signing event in September (2023).

Sophie will be signing copies of her book, ‘A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting’, at events at two city libraries in aid of us.


Sophie says: “I am thrilled to be hosting a book signing event for my debut novel ‘A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting,’ which reached number three in The Sunday Times Bestsellers list. On Tuesday, September 5, I’ll be in Southampton at Woolston Library, 2.30-3.30pm, and then at the Central Library, 7.30-8.30pm.

“I hope lots of people come along. I will be hosting a short talk during both events about the book and people can ask any questions they might have too.

October Books

“I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to October Books for supplying the books for both events. We will be collecting donations and we hope people will be able to spare a little something for Communicare, which is such a great charity.

“I am also delighted that the release of my new book ‘A Lady’s Guide to Scandal’ will be on the same day as ‘A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting’ paperback edition is published, so I will have both books at these events.”

Debut novel

October Books will be supplying books for the signing events, both hardback and paperback editions, and people will be able to purchase one on the day to be signed.

‘A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting’ is Sophie’s debut novel and follows the adventures of unconventional heroine, Kitty Talbot, who throws herself into the London season to find a wealthy husband. But the last thing she expects is to find love…

Studying historical fiction

Sophie grew up in Dorset before moving to south London. She has spent years immersed in studying historical fiction, from a dissertation on how Georgette Heyer helped win World War Two, to time spent in dusty stacks and old tomes losing herself in Regency London researching this book.

Annie Clewlow, our Manager, says: “We are delighted that Sophie has agreed to host a book signing event and help raise money for us.

Second book

“She has written a fantastic book and we are really looking forward to these events and also hearing about, and having the chance to buy, her second book too. The money raised on the night will go towards the work we do helping the vulnerable and lonely in Southampton.”

Both events are free, but booking is essential using the links below (or call 023 8083 3007 during library opening times. You’ll be put through to the call centre – ask for Central or Woolston library and book a place with the staff at that branch):

Woolston Library

Central Library