We’re excited to be back selling books at North London’s very own literary festival, The Proms At St Jude’s Lit Fest in Hampstead Garden Suburb, when, once again, there will be a fantastic line-up of authors talking on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June 2019.
This is in addition to nine days of spectacular concerts, Heritage Walks, late-night comedy and other events which run until 30 June. All proceeds from the festival go to charity: the North London Hospice and Toynbee Hall.
Israeli husband and wife, Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer of the Honey & Co. café, deli and restaurant-grill in London, will be talking about Honey & Co. at Home, their latest recipe book of easy Middle Eastern recipes for family and friends.
Author, journalist and broadcaster Hannah Beckerman will talk about her recently published second novel If Only I Could Tell You, which explores the long-term damage wreaked by family secrets.
Academic and author Bart van Es will then join Hannah to discuss his Costa Award-winning bestseller The Cut Out Girl, a moving account ofa young Jewish girl’s experiences growing up while kept hidden by the authors’ Dutch grandparents, throughout the Second World War.
Political columnist, journalist and Radio 4 presenter, Steve Richards, will talk about his new book The Rise of the Outsiders, that seeks to unravel the current chaos of mainstream politics and asks why the extremes on both left and right are attracting so many voters.
Mike Brearley, retired England cricket captain, psychoanalyst and columnist will talk to doyenne of broadcasting Sue MacGregor about his new book On Cricket, a collection of humorous and insightful essays that explore the game’s idiosyncratic culture and enduring appeal.
Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Law and constitutional expert, in conversation with Simon Lewis,will discuss his recently published book Beyond Brexit, which examines the consequences of our (probably?) leaving the EU and what can be done to preserve the United Kingdom.
Simon Mawer talks about his latest novel Prague Spring that relives the optimism of 1968, set against the inevitable clampdown as the tanks of the Red Army roll towards the Czech capital.
Finally Alan Rusbridger, legendary former Guardian Editor-in-Chief and fearless defender of public interest, talks to Gabriel Rozenberg about his book Breaking News, a powerful and profound study of the news – how we read it, who controls it and why it matters.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 19th April. To enjoy priority booking Join as a Friend.
Where would we be without our dear old mums? Well, we wouldn’t be here at all, so clearly, Mother’s Day is a red letter day both in yours and your mummy’s life.
And, just as mums are sacred, so are books….see where we’re going? Mothers Day and books are natural bedfellows and this year we are making it even easier than usual to impress mater with your largesse. Buy any hardback book and mother’s day card and we’ll throw in free gift wrapping and you can have 20% off one of our heavenly Bookshop Magic scented candles…and if that doesn’t make her smile, seek medical advice!
Any new book from nature writer extraordinaire, Robert Macfarlane is cause for celebration, but in the run-up to the publication of his forthcoming Underland A Deep Time Journey, we’re ramping up the excitement by offering £5 to all those who pre-order here.
Underland is a wonderful epic exploration of the planet’s subterranian world as it exists in myth, literature, folk- memory and the landscape itself and Macfarlane guides the reader on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial and what lies beneath.
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can swap details!
How well do you know our little shop and the team that runs it? If you’re a regular customer, have a look at our StaffFavourites section next time you’re in the shop and if you can correctly match 10 books to the staff member wh0 selected them we’ll give you a £10 book voucher!
Tiny clue for starters: think flowers, awfully nice gels and loveliness for my choices!
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
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