Authors' Corner

Authors' Corner has been a major fixture and highlight of the Dragon Sale for many years. It functions as a sort of 'mini-literary festival', with the chance to meet authors and get signed copies of their latest books, which can make special and personal Christmas presents for family and friends.

All Authors’ Corner operations are underpinned by The Dragon Sale’s ethos of philanthropy. Authors do not get a cut of Authors’ Corner sales but are paid a royalty by their publishers based on the number of books purchased. Publishers supply books to The Dragon Sale on very favourable terms and also cover all delivery costs. This leaves a very high margin in each book sale – at least 50% of the cover price - to go directly to the charities our children choose. We hope you feel inspired by all the wonderful writers you meet at the signing tables in Authors’ Corner this year and feel comforted knowing how much of your money is going to good causes. We look forward to seeing you.  

Authors' Corner 2018

This year, we have a wonderful selection of Authors signing books in three different areas of the sale: LAB A, LAB B and the Rink (click to see location map). The authors are listed below by name, with the books they are signing. 

John Simpson

...needs no introduction as the most distinguished foreign correspondent of our time. World Affairs Editor at the BBC he has reported from more than 120 countries, including thirty war zones, and interviewed many world leaders. An experienced and acclaimed author, this year he has published his third novel. We are honoured to welcome John to Authors’ Corner where he will be signing copies of Moscow, Midnight, described as ‘An engaging yarn with a strong, sometimes mischievous autobiographical element’ (The Sunday Times).

Robert Hardman a leading producer, television commentator and writer on the monarchy and one of Britain's most accomplished journalists. He will be signing copies of Queen of the World, a landmark biography of the Queen full of new discoveries, fresh drama, intrigue, romance, exotic and often dangerous situations, heroes, rogues, pomp and glamour. ‘Dazzling, poignant and full of delicious surprises; the true story of how Elizabeth II took on the world – and won. The Crown is fictional. Here is the real thing.’ - Andrew Roberts.

Charles Cumming a writer of spy novels extraordinaire, described as the ‘true heir to Le Carré and Fleming’ - Tony Parsons. He has previously published eight novels to great acclaim, on the murky waters of international espionage. His new book The Man Between takes us into a world of danger as the protagonist finds himself in Morocco on the trail of a mysterious female fugitive. Ian Rankin says ‘I read it in one breathless sitting’ – a must-have!

Richard van Emden back for his second visit to Authors’ Corner, in this the most intensely emotional year of the WWI Centenary commemorations. A renowned author of military history and TV historian, Richard has this year published 1918: The Decisive Year in Soldier’s Own Words and Photographs, which was the Sunday Times’s featured book on Armistice Day. A poignant and fascinating book to mark this seminal anniversary.

On Courage a very special book, which has its origins here at the Dragon. It contains twenty-eight moving and inspirational stories of valour displayed by recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross, written by leading historians and authors Tom Bromley, Saul David, Paul Garlington, James Holland and Dr Spencer Jones and each introduced by a public figure. Authors’ Corner is very privileged that three of them will be signing copies; the actor and broadcaster Alexander Armstrong, the writer Jo Kavenna and the actor Tom Ward.

Caspar Craven

...has been an entrepreneur since age 14, a successful businessman and now a keynote speaker. But his toughest challenge by far was building his family team to sail around the world with his wife and three young children. Where the Magic Happens is the inspirational story of their momentous two-year round the world sailing trip; a story of teamwork within a family and a funny, heart-warming tale. Expand your horizons with Caspar and this brilliant book.

Dominick Donald a novelist who has served in the Army, is an international security expert and has written defence leaders and opinion pieces for The Times. We are delighted to welcome Dominick to Authors’ Corner where he will be signing copies of Breathe, an atmospheric thriller set in 1950s London where a killer lurks in the worst fog the city has ever seen. It has been described as ‘an outstanding debut’ (The Sunday Times) and ‘gripping’ (The Guardian); the perfect novel for cold winter nights!

Amber Hatch a writer and parenting guru. She is an accomplished practitioner of Buddhist meditation and has blended her mindfulness practice with parenting. She will be signing Mindfulness for Parents which provides a personal and practical guide to the challenges and opportunities of meditating alongside family life, as well as The Art of Silence and her two guided mindful colouring books.

Yutaka Yazawa visiting Authors’ Corner all the way from Japan, to sign copies of his first book How to Live Japanese. This beautiful book is the ultimate insider’s guide to help you gain inspiration and insight into the very best of Japanese design, cookery, philosophy, and culture. The Japanese way of life is all about finding balance and harmony; come and meet Yutaka to find out more and get your copy of this fabulous Christmas gift.

Louise Walker the doyenne of Aga cookery. She has published a remarkable series of titles that have been a source of inspiration and reassurance for Aga owners all over the world. We are delighted to welcome Louise to Authors’ Corner where she will be signing The Traditional Aga Cook Book. From soups to sauces and breads to bakes and everything in between, it provides an essential Aga companion, packed full of delicious recipes and her invaluable top tips for how to get the best out of your Aga. An excellent Christmas present for friends and relatives alike.

Rachel Botsman a globally renowned trust expert helping people navigate the digital age and make better trust decisions in our work and lives. Her fascination with the topic has led her to become a speaker of international repute and lecturer at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Rachel will be signing her latest book, Who Can You Trust?, which explores how the rise of the sharing economy, digital currencies and artificial intelligence have transformed whom and how we trust.

Imogen Edwards-Jones a journalist and bestselling novelist. After studying Russian at university she travelled extensively within the old Soviet Union, studying further in Kiev and is an honorary Cossack. This will be Imogen’s first visit to Authors’ Corner where she will be signing The Witches of St Petersburg, a sumptuous historical novel set in 19th century Russia, brimming with black magic and intrigue in the Russian imperial court.

Elizabeth Longrigg

...has lived for many years in Oxford where she raised her five children. She has taught English Literature in several Oxford colleges and her former students include Philip Pullman, Tina Brown and Val McDermid. Now in her eighties she has published a comic novel, The Oxford Pot, which tells the story of a penniless heroine who tries to sell a very particular type of pot in Oxford’s open-air market, with unexpected consequences!

Ben Miller an actor and writer, well known for his comedy partnership with Alexander Armstrong. He is currently starring as Rowan Atkinson’s sidekick Bough in Johnny English Strikes Back. Authors’ Corner is thrilled that Ben will be signing his children’s book The Night I Met Father Christmas, an enchanting tale brimming with the magic of Christmas. A not to be missed opportunity to get your signed copy of this very special book.

Matt Brown an author and a broadcaster who has presented on some of the UK’s most popular TV shows like Nickelodeon and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!  He will also be familiar to Oxfordshire as a former presenter of the Heart fm Breakfast Show. Matt lives with his family with two sausage dogs and three chickens.  He was recently voted ‘the greatest writer ever in the history of the world’ by Stockport Grammar School, knocking Shakespeare into second place. He will be signing copies of his latest book Aliens Invaded my Talent Show and the Compton Valance series – not to be missed!

Jay Jay Burridge a writer, artist and former TV presenter. As a children’s writer he has returned to his favourite subject: dinosaurs. Imagine a world where dinosaurs have never died out….welcome to the world of Supersaurs! Now with three books, Supersaurs is a classic adventure series with an exciting extra dimension via the Augmented Reality app. We are thrilled that Jay Jay is bringing us up to date with the series on his second visit to Authors’ Corner, a sure fire hit with boys and girls 9 and up!

Allie Esiri

...poetry guru extraordinaire returns by popular demand for her second visit to Authors’ Corner. She will be signing copies of her highly-praised anthologies, A Poem for Every Day of the Year, A Poem for Every Night of the Year and audiobook CD. ‘Some books become lifelong treasures. A handsome collection, it contains not just classics by T S Eliot and Eleanor Farjeon but modern poems by Maya Angelou and Tony Mitton……a must-have for nine-plus readers.’ - The New Statesman. Wonderful gifts for children.

John Claydon & Tim Lawler

...have both had successful careers in the theatre, advertising, and as a columnist for Top Gear magazine (Jon). They are the authors of two children’s novels featuring The Stig, Top Gear’s legendary racing driver. Fast-paced and funny, these rip-roaring adventures will keep children and adults alike transfixed. We are very pleased to welcome them to Authors’ Corner; these books are a perfect stocking-filler!

Christopher Lloyd an Authors’ Corner favourite where his bestselling books are much in demand. This year he brings a new, highly entertaining history of the world from the beginning of time to the present. In Absolutely Everything, he takes readers on a fast-paced, entertaining and incredibly informative roller coaster ride through science, nature and history, connecting the dots in a way that offers young people a solid and curiosity-inspiring foundation for a lifelong love of learning. All Chris’s books are highly illustrated with pictures and maps, and make fabulous presents.

Peter Frankopan

...number one bestselling author, is Professor of Global History at Oxford University. His book The Silk Roads, a major reassessment of world history, was published in 2015 to great acclaim and record sales, and now he has written a children’s version, with beautiful original illustrations by Neil Packer. He will also be signing copies of The New Silk Roads, an adult book which addresses the present and future of a world that is changing dramatically.

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