27 March 7.30 Stonewall Writer Of The Year Damian Barr reads from Maggie & Me
1 Apr 7.30 NW6 writer Tobias Hill reads brilliant new novel What Was Promised
3 Apr 7.30 Top football writer Patrick Barclay discusses his biog of Arsenal legendary boss Herbert Chapman
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Today’s sports media talks freely of managerial ‘legends’, but in an era before the Fergusons, Mourinhos or even the Wengers, Arsenal’s Herbert Chapman lead the way as arguably one of the greatest and certainly most imaginative tactical pioneers.
Hear of the Life And Times Of Herbert Chapman; his early career as a bustling forward, his move into management at the early age of 29 and his meteoric rise to eminence set against the backdrop of the First World War, the General Strike and Depression and the rise of Fascism.
Former Sports Journalist of the Year Patrick Barclay will be discussing is biography with an equally distinguished sports writer Jonathan Wilson, to join in the action at 7.30 on April 3rd, simply book your free seat now via 0207 431 3770 / firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve a real treat in-store when one of the country’s brightest novelists Tobias Hill pops round the corner to visit us and read from his latest book, What Was Promised, on April 1st at 7.30pm.
Set amid the ruins of a shattered post-War East End, a place ‘beggared by victory’, What Was Promised follows the path of several families living and working side by side in uneasy harmony while struggling to better themselves. The novel ‘vibrates with the polyphonic sounds of London in the aftermath of the War carrying the reader through the hopes and needs of ensuing generations…with magnificent poise’
Want to learn more? Join us on Apr 1st: the talk is free to attend, but please book ahead via 0207 431 3770 / email@example.com & discover yet another reason to be proud of West Hampstead’s literary credentials
‘Be strong Maggie told us all. Get educated. Get away’. One of the oddest and most fortuitous bits of timing last year, the death of Margaret Thatcher just as Damian Barr’s growing-up-gay-in-80s Scotland, was being published, brought Maggie & Me a natural PR gift, but one that was richly deserved.
Damian will be reading from and signing copies of the paperback edition of this memoir of ‘deprivation and survival … shrewdly constructed and written with a winning dry humour’ (The Guardian) at the shop on 27 March at 7.30pm. Entry is free and so are the drinks courtesy of our author talks sponsors The Chelsea Square Partnership, so vote with your feet and join us for what promises to be a brilliant evening. Please book ahead to guarantee your place via 0207 431 3770 or the usual email address.
When our lovely customer Eugene R journeyed to Antarctica & showed us a pic of him there with his jaunty #WestHampstead bag (courtesy of Paramount Properties), we sensed an excuse for a competition!
So we’ve teamed up with the lovely peeps at Paramount to bring you #Whamplanet! We all know that West Hampstead is the best place in the world, but if you do happen to be travelling to foreign climes this year, pic up a #WestHampstead bag from us or Paramount, take a pic of you & the bag on location and email your picture to Paramount. Together we’re offering a book prize and book voucher for the best pix from each continent … oh, and there’s even a 20% discount of travel books here to help you find your way around. Bon voyage and bonne chance!