We’re always touched by how much time our guests give to their audiences for book signings. Every event is accompanied by a patient line of passionate fans, and each one of them goes away with more than just a signed book after a conversation with our featured writer.

But some conversations are more curious than others! We’ve put together a few of our favourite signed copies from all sorts of authors – why not share your own with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?

Psychogeography, Will Self
“For Ben. Who might pass the Turing Test.”


Hotel World, Ali Smith
“For Teresa with mistaken spelling – really for Theresa – to both of you!”
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Behold, America, Sarah Churchwell
“To Andrew. In solidarity! Keep the fight alive!”
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A Book For Her, Bridget Christie
“Dear Theresa. Thanks so much for ‘hosting’ me. Hope you enjoy this! Love Bridget”
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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Joanna Cannon
“Mrs Creasy disappeared on a Monday…”
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How to be Both, Ali Smith
“Theresa, THANK YOU for looking after me in Nottingham”

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Don’t forget to share your favourite signed copies and the stories that go with them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Derby Book Festival

29 May – 6 June 2020

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Derby Book Festival is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales Number 1159763