We’re delighted to invite you to delve into the life of Frieda von Richthofen, whose name might be unfamiliar until you discover Frieda, an extraordinary evocation of her life as wife and muse to DH Lawrence (and so much more) when novelist Annabel Abbs talks here on 2 May at 7.30pm
Born into German aristocracy and essentially a woman who refused to compromise on what she considered the essentials of a life well led: to be known, to be loved and to be beloved, she nonetheless initially marries a disappointing Englishman named Ernest Weekley and finds herself trapped…until she encounters the penniless but dazzling DHL and embarks on a tempestuous love affair. Their relationship unleashes a creative whirlwind for DHL, but at a huge cost to Frieda.
Meticulously researched, sumptuously written and impossible to stop reading, Frieda reveals a vivid portrait of a woman who was to become the muse for one of the most famous works of 20th century literature, but who yearned to be viewed as an artist in her own right. Frieda is a stunning debut and a must-must-read, so do join us!
Entry is free, but please book via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 431 3770
Meet Natalie Haynes, ‘The Mary Renault of her generation’ & discover A Thousand Ships
She’s been described as ‘the Mary Renault of her generation’ and and writer/Radio 4 regular Natalie Haynes lives up to the quote and then some with her vivid and remarkable retelling of the Trojan War from the perspective of women in A Thousand Ships.
We’re delighted to invite you to meet this brilliant storyteller when Natalie visits on 20 May at 7.30 to talk about this, her third novel
Witty, dynamic and with Natalie’s huge knowledge of the classical world shining through, without for a second feeling research heavy, A Thousand Ships is a novel which fully demonstrates that millennia might pass but human relationships, politics and emotions are a constant in all their heroism and tragedy
Award-winning author Edward Docx explains how great stories are written – and teaches you how to do it!
Do you have a story you’d like to tell? Have you ever thought of becoming an author? Do you have lots of good ideas that you’d like to craft into something more substantial?
Then join us and award winning author and journalist Ed Docx on 17 June at 7.30 for an hour of insight, advice, encouragement and 10 practical tips on how to turn your thoughts into a professional storyline.
Ed has written four novels. He’s been longlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Geoffrey Faber. He reviews contemporary fiction for the Guardian. And he’s been teaching the Guardian’s Masterclass for Fiction for the last seven years. He’s also hosted dozens of Arvon residential courses and has coached lots of private pupils – several of whom are now published.
Book nowand get some practical advice and top-quality inspiration? Best case, you’re the next J. K. Rowling. Worst case, you’ve had an interesting evening with lots of fellow book-lovers and garnered some fascinating insight into how your favourite authors created the stories you love. This is the perfect event for anyone who wants to write a book, and an entertaining evening for those who just like reading them and want to develop their literary insight and understanding.
Tickets cost £12, which covers entry plus a copy of Ed’s latest novel, Let Go My Hand, a darkly comic and moving father-and-son-and-family-secrets story (usual retail price £8.99). Email email@example.com or call us on 0207 431 3770
Diary of A Somebody: the freshest, funniest book you’ll read this year
Timed to perfection because who couldn’t do with some extra joy and poetry in our hearts, Brian Bilston is about to light up our lives with Diary Of A Somebody, a funny, touching, suburban novel that sparkles with humanity, originality and, of course, poetry. So exciting, then, that this most enigmatic and engaging of characters will be visiting us to talk about Diary on 18 June at 7.30
The book opens at New Year with Bilston, the unofficial Poet Laureate of Twitter, resolving to write a poem for every day of the year in order to reboot his life. His wife has left him, his son doesn’t understand him and his work life is a sea of spreadsheets and worse.
Diary could be the freshest, funniest, most endearing book you read this year.
Email or call to reserve your free place (firstname.lastname@example.org/0207 431 3770)
Mick Herron & Jackson Lamb: they’re back and they’re brilliant
Monday 1st July 2019
The Slough House crew are headed to Joe Country & they’re not all coming home
There are few givens in this life, but if Mick Herron has a new novel out then a) it’s going to be brilliant and b) he’s going to give a talk at the bookshop because we think his Jackson Lamb darkly comic’n’wickedly twisted spy novels are the best thing since sliced bread.
So scramble West Hampstead & head here 1 July 7.30 to discover the sixth Slough House masterwork Joe County. Disappointment is not an option…just email or call us to book your free spot and if you can’t come, let us know and we can post a signed copy or you can collect from the shop the day after