We are joining forces with our sister company, literary fiction translation specialist Darf Publishers, to invite you the launch of the Andalusian satire, The Travels of Ibn Fudayl, by George R Soleat 7pm on October 23
The novel tells the story of an academic who has translated a medieval manuscript. It comes complete with a Foreword, Introduction, Bibliography and copious footnotes that poke fun at the pretentions of academia, while chronicling Ibn Fudayl’s experience in Al-Andalus. In particular, how his search for wisdom leads him to meet the philosopher Al-Homsi, the world’s most ignorant man. It is their friendship and love for worthless knowledge that enables Ibn Fudayl to reach the upper echelons of society.
Please join us for a one-off reading, book signing and Q & A with the intellectually preposterous, Mr R. Sole. Let us know if you’d like to attend by emailing or calling us. Entry is free
Learn everything there is to know about humankind’s history with boozing
Wednesday 1st November 2017
A history of the world at its inebriated best.
Mark Forsyth will be joining us on 1st November to talk about his new book A Short History of Drunkenness. From Romans to Greeks and Cowboys to Victorians Mark will take us on a journey telling us who did the drinking, where the drinking took place and why they did the drinking.
Join us on what will be a unique and eye-opening talk on the drinking habits of some of the great people in history. Mark Forsyth is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence. This is a free event but please call or email to book a place 020 7431 3770/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Cox brings breath of fresh air to the bookshop
Friday 17th November 2017
Nature writing and folklore with one of our favourite writers
We’re delighted to welcome Tom Cox back to the shop to talk for a third time when he visits 17 November 7.30 to talk about his latest book, the delightful 21st Century Yokel.
It’s brimming with Tom’s love and innate understanding of the natural world, this time enriched with English folklore and traditions and explores the way in which, event at this point in history, we are all inextricably linked to the landscape whether through immediate family or traditions which are woven into national culture.
‘I think the book has a lot in common with the country walks I was on when I composed much of it,’ says Tom. ‘ It’s bewitched by fresh air, intrepid in minor ways, haunted by weather and old stories and the spooky edges of the outdoors, restless, sometimes foolish, prone to a few detours, but always reaches its intended destination. As a non-fiction writer, all my books are true, but this one is somehow a bit truer, and it’s been by far the most difficult and enjoyable and painful and satisfying I’ve ever written.’
Tickets cost £5 which includes a glass of wine. To book your place, please email email@example.com or call us on 0207 431 3770