Spring in Queen’s Park, and it’s time to turn over a new leaf…
Follow us on Facebook:
The Flame Alphabet
Haunting literary novel of plague & language (Full Review Here…)
Wonderful environmental fable, Prize-shortlisted (Full Review Here…)
Captivating young reader’s fantasy sequel (Full Review Here…)
Meet local author Peter Stanford for a grave discussion Morbid as it might seem, cemeteries are some of the most intriguing and alluring spots in our metropolis – when the bookshop gets a bit too hectic, we can often be found strolling around our local boneyard just up the road for a spot of peaceful contemplation. Not only places of rest, they’re also fascinating repositories of history, and nobody knows more about the past hidden among the stones than local author Peter Stanford. His new book, How To Read a Graveyard, is a “dead marvellous” tour through the neighbourhoods of death, covering everything from ancient catacombs to eco-burials, body snatchers and Day of the Dead carnivals, and he’s joining us for a reading and signing on Wednesday 22nd May at 7pm Entrance to this event is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, and to reserve your place, simply email email@example.com or phone us on 020 7625 1008
Illustration Prize nominees in-store now
The Greenaway Medal is one of our most hotly-anticipated annual literary awards, simply because it’s the nicest looking; it recognizes the most beautiful illustration in children’s picture books, and this year’s list is simply spectacular! Hotly contending the medal are, in no particular order:
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb
Oh No George by Chris Haughton
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Pirates ‘n’ Pistols by Chris Mould
Just Ducks by Salvatore Rubbino and Nicola Davies
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bentley and Helen Oxenbury
For a preview of the delightful drawings, click the image in this post – and to see them in all their glory, simply stop by the shop!
We’re hugely excited for the imminent judging of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize). This year’s shortlist is remarkably strong, featuring four previous nominees and winners, and each entry is genuinely excellent. We don’t envy the judges who have to pick one winner from this list, but if you feel like taking on their mammoth task, come into your local bookshop and check them out!
The list consists of:
Zadie Smith – N.W
Barbara Kingsolver – Flight Behaviour
Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
A.M Holmes – May We Be Forgiven
Maria Semple – Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Kate Atkinson – Life After Life
This Saturday marks the annual return of free comic book day, an international celebration of sequential art, graphic storytelling, and the joy of comic books. Unfortunately we’re a bookshop, not a dedicated comic store, so we don’t have any freebies to hand out – but as a mark of respect for our illustrated cousins, we’re offering a 10% off all graphic novels all weekend! Simply mention the offer to claim your discount.
Also on Saturday, author and illustrator Paul Collicutt will be running from Hackney to Queen’s Park to support independent bookshops, stopping along the way and signing copies of his gripping graphic thriller, Murder Mile. This beautifully illustrated story, “like Chariots of Fire as rewritten by Raymond Chandler“, combines the thrilling athletic pursuit of the four-minute mile with a much darker hunt for a mysterious killer. Don’t miss out on picking up a signed copy of this excellent book!