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Starry ensemble cast at Hampstead Theatre festival talks

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that in North London you are only ever 1 or 2 metres away from a bestselling author and the throng will be swelled imminently by the brilliant cast of writers gathering for Hampstesd Theatre’s upcoming festival, at which, we are very thrilled to be selling books.

Held on the weekend of 17/18 Feb, speakers include Julian Fellowes, yes! he of Downton Abbey, global superduperstardom fame, bookshop favourite Susie Boyt, plus the hugely bestselling Kate MosseS J Parris, writer of the fiendishly gripping and brilliantly atmospheric Giordano Elizabethan thriller series, Kathy Lette and many more.

Topics include everything from How To Write A Screenplay/For Children/A Book to the Ashes, Frankenstein at 200 and an ensemble reading of Gosford Park.gosford

All this on our very doorstop. But don’t waste time pondering on the luck of being a North Londoner, book a session now and see you there! www.hampsteadtheatre.com


Link - Posted on 8th February 2018

Think independentally this Valentine’s Day

Decisions, decisions…it’s all about decisions.But, once you’ve got your head around the fact that of course you want to buy your nearest and dearest/object of desire (delete as applicable) a Valentine’s Day gift, the tricky bit is in the choice.  So we hope that we’re making things super-easy for you this February: we’ve teamed up with two other local independent businesses to bring you adorable gift hampers featuring lovely wares from all three of us.

There are his and hers versions, each with a beautiful hardback classic book, heavenly scented soy candle from Apothecary Essence and delicious (believe us, we’ve sampled them) hand made chocolates from Zyla Cacao.

You’ll find Apothecary Essence candle scent wafting through the shop next time you visit and both versions of the hamper are also on display. Come & get in the mood for love!

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Link - Posted on 5th February 2018

The real deal on Donald: Pre-order Fire & Fury with 15% discount

Get the lowdown on Mr President, Donald Trump, here for less! We’re offering 15% off all pre-orders of Fire and Fury, the most talked about political book of the day.

We can confirm that this is not fake news, it’s the real deal. Please email us (info@welbooks.co.uk) or call (0207 431 3770) to reserve your copy on the publication date of 9 Jan


Link - Posted on 5th January 2018

Bestsellers & the class of 2017

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:

Winter bestsellers:

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


Link - Posted on 28th November 2017

Signed, sealed, delivered: it’s yours!

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

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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

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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

 

forest dark her every fear    hortense and the shadowmr penguin october out of heart

slade house some fantastic place the inside track the marsh kings daughter

the word is murder this zoo is not for you


Link - Posted on 24th October 2017

There ain’t no party like a party with bookshop party bags

PartybagsOne of the truly scariest things a parent can do is to throw a party for their children! The noise! The mess! The expense! The faff! We can’t help with the noise and the mess but we can mitigate the faff and the expense with our book-themed Party Bag service for all ages/interest and budgets.

Simply tell us  what age children/ interest/ how many books/your budget and we will do the rest: we’ll order your books, add balloons, stickers, bags, bookmarks etc and bag them all up for you.

You can choose between 20% off the books or a free book for the birthday child. And you only pay for the books, we throw everything else in completely free and that’s one little birthday item you can cross of your To Do list! A couple of days’ notice is preferable, but, in an emergency we can source stock from the shop or offer an overnight service!


Link - Posted on 12th May 2017