What were you doing 25 years ago? Some of you might not have been born, some of you might’ve been studying…some of us were opening a bookshop!
West End Lane Books is 25 on 16th April and to celebrate a quarter of a century serving West Hampstead– selling books, chatting about books, hosting author talks and school events, reminding the odd customer that, no, we’re not Daunt Books–we’re throwing a party and we’d love you to come!
At 7.30pm on April 16th we’ll be flinging the door open, busting out the bubbly and offering 25% off everything until bedtime. No need to RSVP, just turn up and party like it’s 1994
Posted on 5th February 2019
For Proust it was the taste of a madelaine, for many of us it is the smell of beloved books that instantly whisks us back to a key time or place. We’ve lost count of the times that customers enter our little shop, inhale deeply and sigh ‘Ahh, the smell of a bookshop!’
So it is good news, indeed, that we’re teaming up with local candlemakers, Apothecary Essence, to launch our very own candle!
Bookshop Magic is available in two sizes, slim novella (if you will) at £5 and family saga at £10 and is heady with the scent of jasmine, rose and chamomile. ‘But, is that what the shop actually smells like?’ you might ask. Well it is now!
Posted on 3rd May 2018
If you were unable to get to our evening with actor Greg Wise, during which he talked about the journey towards writing Not That Kind Of Love, the moving and counter-intuitively life-affirming account of his sister Clare’s battle with cancer, but would like a signed copy of this extraordinary book, we can post to you, wherever you are in the world.
Just email us at email@example.com and we can swap details!
Posted on 22nd February 2018
Welcome to the bit of the year where you don’t just have to look for books that you might love, but also books for the assembled throng of friends, family & colleagues that you might be shopping for this season.
So, in the spirit of being helpful, here’s a bunch of our current bestsellers (our top 21…because we just couldn’t bear to leave number 21 off) plus a selection of books that we, the staff of your friendly, neighbourhood bookshop, would recommend without a nano-second’s hestitation:
The Book Off Dust, Philip Pullman
21st Century Yokel, Tom Cox on family, folklore & the countryside that shapes us
A Short History Of Drunkeness, Mark Forsyth, supremely erudite, knowledgeable & funny
Life In The Garden, Penelope Lively, a Radio 4 Book of the Week & a real treasure
Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman, a must for anyone enjoyed the film (it’s leagues better)
Gentleman In Moscow, Amor Towles, charm, intelligence & insight & a NYT bestseller
Winter, Ali Smith, dazzling 2nd part of her seasonal quartet
Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks, it turns out that he can really write
Private Eye 2017 No explanation required, ed
Dead Now Of Course, Phyllida Law, thespy reminiscences from NW6’s National Treasure
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, what if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but went on to become an astronaut? Every home should have a copy!
My Life, Our Times, Gordon Brown, ’nuff said
Belsize Remembered, beautiful collection of well illustrated personal histories
The Bad Mood And The Stick, Lemony Snicket, one of our favourite picture books of the year
Anatomy, beautifully realised large format non-fiction for kids
Here We Are, Oliver Jeffers,subtitled Notes For Living On Planet Earth, stunningly lovely hardback picture book written to welcome the author’s newborn child
The Wind In The Willows, a gift edition, lavishly illustrated, to last a lifetime
The Sparsholt Affair, Allan Hollingsworth, this writer back in sparkling form in a novel set over 3 eras of 20th & 21st century
The Dreams Of Bethany Mellmoth, William Boyd, One of the country’s finest writers doesn’t disappoint in these mesmeric and moving short stories
Autumn, Ali Smith, Booker shortlisted, now in paperback
Eleanor Oliphant, Gail Honeyman, a real shop favourite and a breath of fresh air: funny, moving and completely captivating
Some of our own favourites:
Spook Street, Mick Herron, Improving with every novel, the Jackson Lamb series of smart, zeitgeisty and wickedly funny wonky spy stories is peerless
The Lie Of The Land, Amanda Craig, town v country/ heart v head: an unhappy 21st century London couple relocate to the country for a year to make enough money to divorce. Brilliant
Anything Is Possible, Elizabeth Strout, One of the US’ finest writers since Updike IMO
The Dry, Jane Harper, out of nowhere a completely dazzling Aussi thriller set in the badland of the outback and beyond
The Locals, Jonathan Dee, Pulizter nominated novelist in devastating form on the American self and selfishness
Reservoir 13, Jon McGregor, the rhythms of the natural world as a backdrop to a story of loss that ripples through a community
The Awkward Age, Francesca Simon, A North London blended family gets more blended than anyone foresaw
The Other Woman, Laura Wilson, Domestic Noir at its finest from Guardian crime reviewer
Posted on 28th November 2017
What turns an already wonderful book into a perfect gift? Getting it signed by the author, of course!
We’ve amassed a treasure trove of such literary riches ready for you to browse, whether you live nearby and can pop in and pick up or far, far away–in which case we can post to whatever far flung corner of the world you happen to inhabit.
Here follows two lists–adult and children’s titles–of what’s currently on offer and we’ll keep updating it so that if you are on the lookout for something a little bit special, we just might be able to offer a solution!
General signed titles:
Munich, Robert Harris
The Word Is Murder, Anthony Horowitz
Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss
Some Fantastic Place, My Life In and Out Of Squeeze, Chris Difford
The Marsh King’s Daughter, Karen Dionne
How Not To Be A Boy, Robert Webb
The Writers’ Retreat, Indu Balachandrian
October, China Mieville
Her Every Fear, Peter Swanson
Slade House, David Mitchell
The Inside Track, Laura Trott & Jason Kenny
Out of Heart, Irfan Master
Children’s signed books:
A Skinful of Shadows, Frances Hardinge
Mr Penguin, Alex T Smith
Hortense & The Shadow, Natalia & Lauren O’Hara
This Zoo Is Not For You, Ross Collins
Posted on 24th October 2017