The return of the Bookshop Lock In: and this time it’s serious
Friday 21st February 2020
We’re joining forces with the London Bookshop Crawl to bring you the biggest Bookshop Lock In ever
‘It’s like a pub crawl but with bookshops’…we’re big, big fans of The Bookshop Crawl and are chuffed to bits top be part of their 5th anniversary celebrations in February when we will be cohosting a Bookshop Lock In with them at the end of the first day of a long weekend of book browsing mayhem.
Join us on Feb 21 at 6.30 for free drinks, much bonhomie with like minded booky folk and a delicious 20% off everythign that is not physically nailed down in the bookshop.
No need to book (sic), just turn up on the evening for, you guessed it, Books, Booze & Bargains
Full details of the whole weekend of festivities and other participating bookshops from www.bookshopcrawl.co.uk
When a clinical psychologist writes a thriller, it’s going to mess with your head
When a former clinical psychologist turns her hand to writing a thriller, you can bet it’s going to get right into your head. No wonder that Bev Thomas has drawn hyperbole from critics with her acclaimed and assured debut A GoodEnough Mother.
The novel opens when the director of therapy unit is staggered to discover that a new referral is the image of her son who has been missing for some time. She knows exactly what she should do professionally, but what she should do as a mother is a more complex and boundary bending issue.
We loved the gripping, emotional power of A Good Enough Mother (‘Taut, absorbing and psychologically astute’–according to Girl On A Train author Paula Hawkins) and so are delighted that author Bev Thomas will be reading from and answering questions about A Good Enough Mother on March 3, 7.30pm
Entry is free, but please book your place via 0207 431 firstname.lastname@example.org
20% off & free totes on pre-orders of Hilary Mantel’s final Cromwell novel
It is the most hotly anticipated novel of the year and quite rightly so. The Mirror And The Light is the final book in multi-award winning novelist Hilary Mantel‘s trilogy about Thomas Cromwell and its publication date is finally in sight.
We’re offering 20% off plus a free The Mirror And The Light tote bag to anyone pre-ordering the novel which is out on 5 March.
To guarantee your copy, bag and discount, just pop in the shop or call us and pay in advance. We will call you to let you know when your copy is ready to collect on publication day, or, if it’s more convenient, leave us your address and we can post to you, wherever you are…or send to a friend!
Meet football historian and journalist Jonathan Wilson & discover how the golden age of Hungarian football shaped the modern game
Fifteen years in the research and writing, The Names Heard Long Ago, the new book from bestselling football historian Jonathan Wilson reveals the missing piece of the jigsaw; the forgotten story in football’s history, lost in war, in revolution, in death and tragedy.
Join us on March 16 at 7.30 when Jonathan will be here to talk about the book, and the meticulous piecing together of a story whose origin was in the unlikely location of the Budapest coffeehouses of the early twentieth century, and which led to the Mighty Magyars beat England 6-3 at Wembley, a result that echoes through the history of football.
A year earlier, this Hungarian team had won Olympic gold. A year later, they lost agonisingly in the final of a World Cup that they dominated. This is the beginning, middle and end of Hungarian football in the popular imagination.
Only, how come the ideas from this team spread around the world? Why do Hungarian managers spring up in Italy, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, across Europe and the Americas, bringing their secrets with them? And what are the incredible stories they have to tell, of escaping the Nazis and the Soviet communists?
This is a brilliant opportunity to meet and put questions to one of the world’s leading football writers and analysts. Entry is free but booking is essential via email@example.com or 0207 431 3770
Investigate A Body In The Bookshop with author Helen Cox
We’ll come clean: we love a spot of crime fiction and our mighty thriller book group, West End Lane Crooks, regularly investigates the best of the genre, from golden age classics, through Scandi Noir, psychological, hardboiled etc, but there is always a special and warm, fuzzy place in our hearts for that most British of things, the cosy crime novel.
So we were delighted to come across Helen Cox, whose novels are set in her native York, and her librarian sleuth Kit Hartley. And as her latest is set in a bookshop how could we possibly not invite her to speak?
Well we couldn’t, so please join us for the delightful evening of feel-good crime when Helen pops in to talk about A Body In The Bookshop on March 26th at 7.30pm
Entry is free, but please book your place via 0207 431 3770 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Two of our favourite authors & two of 2020’s hottest chillers
The last time we encountered bestselling authors Sarah Vaughan and Lucy Atkins, they were talking about Anatomy Of A Scandal and The Night Visitor respectively, both brilliantly written and fiendishly plotted elegant psychological thrillers. Both went on to become bestsellers and we’ve loved recommending and selling them ever since.
Double delighted then to welcome them back, once again sharing the billing on our Guilty Mothers evening when they will be discussing their outstanding new novels, Magpie Lane from Lucy and Little Disasters from Sarah. Magpie Lane is set in Oxford and once more, Lucy assembles a cast of eccentric outsiders for an eerie du Maurier-esque story which pits Town v Gown as the child of a leading academic goes missing. Sarah’s novel, meanwhile, focuses on the moral dilemma of a doctor who has to treat a friend’s baby while on duty in casualty and develops grave concerns over how its injuries may have been sustained.
These are two novelists at the top of their game and attendance on 13 May at 7.30 is highly recommended…we are lucky to have them! Entry is free, but please book through the usual channels