Old Baggage: the best novel you’ll read this summer
Monday 18th June 2018
Meet Lissa Evans here and fall in love with her novel of heart, mind and humour
It’s warm, it’s witty, it’s wise, it’s brimming with 1920s period detail and it’s set in Hampstead, no wonder we have fallen in love with Old Baggage, the latest novel from the wonderful Lissa Evans and little surprise, then, that we are delighted to welcome her to the shop to talk about it on 18 June at 7.30pm.
Set in 1928, Old Baggage introduces the reader to the formidable and splendid Mattie, a middle aged former Suffragette, living close to Hampstead Heath and on the look out for a project…after all, what does one do when one has helped to change the world?
Lissa Evans is probably best known as the author of Their Finest Hour And A Half, a World War Two novel which was recently adapted for the cinema and her Crooked Heart book, also set during WW2 is a permanent bestseller here.
Old Baggage brims with Lissa’s trademark warmth, fantastic characterisations and beautiful writing. If you haven’t discovered her work yet, you are in for a major treat. We can’t recommend the book, or her talk, highly enough.
To book your place, call or email us on 0207 431 email@example.com. Entry is free
20% off everything & lashings of booze to see out the longest day 7.30 21 June
Midsummer’s Day: long, light, heady with beauty and fragrant with blossoms…but, what to do during the evening? Hotfoot it here from 7.30 21 June for a Solstice Sale: 20% off everything and Free Booze!!! No need to book. Just turn up and join the party. Dresscode: Bookshop Fabulous
Spend a summer’s weekend in great literary company at St Jude’s
You know that summer’s round the corner when tickets go on sale for the St Jude’s Literary Festival in Hampstead Garden Suburb and this year boasts an all-star line up of authors.
Set in Henrietta Barnett School and with profits going to the North London Hospice and Toynbee Hall, there can be few finer ways of spending a midsummer’s weekend, in this case 23/24 June.
This year’s stellar speakers include (Saturday): Lynne Truss talking about A Shot In the Dark, the first in a new crime series; BBC newsman extraordinaire John Tusa on his memoir, Making A Noise; music broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill on Year of Wonder, which offers a playlist of classical music for every day of the year and business broadcaster/anchor Robert Peston talking about his book WTF: What Have We Done?
Sunday kicks off with a bang as Nicholas Hytner, film director and former creative director of the National Theatre takes us backstage via his memoir Balancing Acts; broadcaster comedian Viv Groskop talks about TheAnna Karenina Fix; expect some fascinating insights when Philip Collins, journalist and former chief speech writer to Tony Blair, talks about his latest book When They Go Low, We Go High and the weekend comes to a conclusion with Simon Jenkins, journalist and former chair of the National Trust talks about Britain’s 100 BestRailways Stations [we’re guessing that West Hampstead probably didn’t make the grade!]
All tickets cost £10 and we will be there throughout selling books for you to have the author sign and dedicate. Booking via www.promsatstjudes.org.uk. Phone bookings open on May 29 via 0203322 8123
Bookshop favourite returns with a stand-alone novel and reading
He’s forever in our bestsellers’ lists with his darkly comic, super-smart and zeitgeisty Jackson Lamb thriller series, but now Mick Herron is back with a brand new standalone novel and, obviously, a talk and signing at the London HQ of his fanclub, ie our shop.
This Is What Happened is the story of a perfectly unremarkable young woman whose predictable and pedestrian life makes her the perfect recruit for MI5…or, possibly, even darker forces. This being a Herron book, the prose crackles with tension as Maggie Barnes watches her life, her work and her world unravel.
Mick will be here to read from and answer questions about This Is What Happened at 7.30 16 July. Entry is free, but we do ask that you email or phone if you’d like to attend (0207 431 firstname.lastname@example.org)