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The best thing in ages: October is History Month!

Two top history writers talk in the shop–and there’s 20% off all history books throughout October

As the wonderful Alan Bennett observed in The History Boys : ‘History’s one xxxxxxx thing after another’. And it’s certainly true here this October when we bookend the month with talks from two wonderful historians and we’ll be offering 20% off all history titles, adults and children’s.

To kick the month off, we’re delighted to welcome Tim Leach to the shop on October 3rd where he will be launching The King And The Slave, the follow up to the superb Last King Of Lydia, which has pretty much lived in our Staff Recommendations since publication. The King And The Slave, set 10 years after the fall of Babylon, is a tale of the diplomacy and charisma of King Cyrus’ world  versus the violence and vanity of his heir’s vision. And, as with Tim’s debut novel, The King vividly recalls the ancient world with the sort of clarity and verve that makes armchair tie-travellers of all who read it.

Our final history guest of the month has made the leap from historian to household name via her second bestselling book, She-Wolves, which was made into a much loved TV series of ther same name. Helen Castor is now turning her attention to Joan Of Arc and fellow historian Dan Jones says that her new book is ‘a triumph, bringing the real Joan and her time to dramatic, moving and brilliant life’. Helen will be talking about Joan Of Arc on October 27th

We are incredibly excited to welcome Helen and Tim to our shop. If you would like to attend either Helen’s talk on Joan of Arc or Tim’s launch for The King And The Slave, you must book ahead, even though both is free to attend. Both events begin at 7.30pm Reservations via 0207 431 3770/



Man At The Helm or why we Love Nina

After her bestselling memoir Love Nina, Nina Stibbe talks about her delightful debut novel

For those of us who fell in love with Nina Stibbe after reading her acclaimed 1980s reminiscences, Love Nina, there’s double good news! The first being that her debut novel, Man At The Helm is a true joy to read: touching, funny, bittersweet and kooky; the second being that she is joining us at the bookshop for a reading/signing Q&A session on 24 Sept at 7.30, a date for the diary if there ever was one.

Man At The Helm tells the story of the three children of a newly divorced mother, a rarity in the 1970s backdrop to the book. Packed off from the family home and into much less salubrious dwellings in the country, the children decide that the best way of caring for their slowly disintigrating and dotty but demoralised mother, must be to recruit a new man for her. Genuinely a book to make you smile, laugh out loud and decorously weep about.

We can’t wait to meet Nina and, if you’d like to join us, just call or email to book your free place (0207 431 3770/



Long-range forecast: thrills & chills

Join us for a crime double header this Sept with two of our favourite thrilleristas

Check the doors are locked & the windows bolted because there’s a tsunami of ingenius crime about to hit NW6. Once the house is  secured, head this way on 23 Sept at 7.30 when we’re delighted to be welcoming Louise Millar,  a writer who just gets better and better, back to the shop to be talking about her latest pyschological thriller The Hidden Girl and just to ratchet up the chills even further, she’ll be joined by that expert of precision engineered and acutely observed psycho dramas Tamar Cohen who’ll be lifting the lid on Someone Else’s Wedding.

The Hidden Girl is a book you’ll be tempted to devour in a single sitting…but possibly with the houselights on: A young couple’s country cottage dream, an abandoned house in a remote village in the chill of winter: what could possibly go right?

Someone Else’s Wedding, meanwhile, is a fantastically dark and gripping comedy of modern manners detailing the emotional hothouse building behind a family wedding where the guests include the thwarted, the lusting, the mournful and the scornful.

To join us for an evening of trouble book your free place via 0207 4313770/ There will be complimentary refreshments courtesy of our event sponsors, the ever wonderful Chelsea Square Partnership