Book Group

Dreams can come true…in a bookshop

Create a book wishlist for Christmas, birthdays etc & banish disappointment forever!

We have all had that moment: the wrapping paper torn off in a frenzy of expectation & excitement only to reveal…not the tome that you’d been namedropping for weeks, but a well-meant but ghastly mistake. It doesn’t matter whether it’s got a gift receipt, both the giver and you have had the gloss of a special day destroyed.

But, wait! Help is at hand because we are now offering a Wish List service! Just register your list with us (can be as large or small as you wish) and let your friends and family know. They can buy the books and pay in person, over the phone, via email and we will gift wrap them gratis. You can either collect yourself, if your friends don’t live in the area [it's true: some people really don't live in West Hampstead...weird], or leave it for your chums to collect and shower you with literary brilliance.

This service is not just for Christmas–it’s for life in all its glory: new baby libraries, christenings, birthdays, bar-mitzvahs…or just because you are fab

It’s beginning to look a lot like we don’t know much about Christmas


Mark Forsyth explains the origins of our best loved traditions


If you’re a stickler for etymology, then yule [sic] know bestselling author Mark Forsyth of old [Eymologicon, Hierologicon etc]. With the nights drawing in, Mark has turned his talents to uncovering the myths, fantasies and legends surrounding Christmas: where they originated and why we celebrate exactly as we do.

If you’d like to meet Mark, discover his Christmas Conucopia and enjoy a little midwinter merriment, join us on Nov 7th at 7.30pm when Mark will be in conversation with West Hampstead author and journalist Simon Inglis.

Entry is free, but please book via 0207 431 3770/


Jenni Murray: the book, the talk, the date


Discover A History of Britain in 21 Women with Woman’s Hour’s legendary presenter


She is the epitome of all we love about Radio 4, her voice known to millions of us striking a note of wisdom, warmth and sanity via her role as presenter on Woman’s Hour and now we are proud and delighted to invite you to meet Jenni Murray when she talks to us about her new book, A History Of Britain in 21 Women, on November 18 at 7.30.


Please note that, due to likely demand for seats, this talk will take place in Emmanuel Church NW6. Tickes are available from the bookshop only and will cost £5.


In the meantime, add A History Of Britain in 21 Women to your presents list for everyone this Christmas




Elizabeth Jane Howard: the life behind the novels


Meet Artemis Cooper whose biography sheds new light on the life of this treasured author


Reading the work of Elizabeth Jane Howard is almost like a rite of passage for many contemporary fiction aficionados. And many who adore her prose will also be aware of the extraordinary life of the author via her startlingly revealing autobiography, Slipstream.

What a joy, then, to have even further fresh light shed on how her life informed her work via a new biography from Artemis Cooper, herself a formidable writer.

And we are delighted to invite you to meet Artemis and discuss, A Dangerous Innocence, her brilliant new book on ELJ. Artemis will be here answering questions and signing copies from 7.30 on 17 November. Entry is free, but please make sure to book via the shop or 0207 431 3770/