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Don’t get caught out this bank holiday!

Hurry! buy your books now because we’re closed on Bank Holiday Monday

We are the bookshop that rarely closes, but we’re making an exception this coming Bank Holiday Monday (Aug 31) when we will be closed for a spot of redecoration. We will be open as normal all over the weekend (Sat 9.30–6.30 and Sun 10–6) so there’s plenty of time to stock up on essential long weekend reading and you can also phone, email or tweet us your orders  at any time. Normal service from Tuesday onwards when we will have a brand new shiny floor to show for the closure.



‘This is the book we’ve been waiting for’

Join us for a Q&A with Jacqueline Rose whose Women In Dark Times has been hailed as a clarion call for us all

Timing is everything, and local author Jacqueline Rose‘s latest paperback opening with three 20th century iconic women - Luxemburg, Monroe, Salomon - each blazing their very different trails against a backdrop of revolution, totalitarianism, injustice, seems timed to perfection.

Taking her argument into the present, Women In Dark Times looks at courageous individuals pitted against some of the cruellest realities of the 21st century while also celebrating, in her concluding chapters, three startling artists whose work comes from an unflinching engagement with all that is darkest in our modern world.

Jacqueline Rose will be sharing these stories and answering questions about Women In Dark Times on 15 Sept at 7.30 and we expect it to be one of our most inspriring debates to date. Entrance is free, but please book your seat via 0207 431 3770 or

On Safari in north London

Let Rose Rouse be your guide around the wonders and weirdos of our part of the world

Many Londoners talk about ‘community’ but how many of us really know ours, in the walking talking flesh, not cyberspace?

Journalist Rose Rouse has spent the last few years walking around her neighbourhood in NW10 talking to everyone and anyone who shares her postcode ‘to feel part of a community I found myself feeling alien in’ and will be talking about the resultant book, London Safari, here on 22 Sept at 7.30.

In his introduction to London Safari, Louis Theroux remarks: ‘She has performed an alchemical act, taking  a suburb that is nothing much to look at and imbuing it with a wistful poetry’

This is one Safari that we can all afford: entrance is free, but please contact us to book your place by phoning 020 7431 3770 or emailing

Here comes the (tragic) bride

Author Jacky Hyams spills the beans on the truth behind the Krays myth

We all know the headlines about London’s most notorious criminal family, the Krays, but Jacky Hyams unearths a completely fresh chapter of the story in Frances A Tragic Bride which, via documents that have never been made public before and a host of interviews with Kray intimates, reveals the desperate life and ultimate suicide of Reggie’s first wife, the doomed Frances.

Timed to coincide with the latest glossy film on the brothers, Jacky will be reading from and detained for questioning about the book on 24 Sept at 7.30. Entry is free and drinks will be served, courtesty of our events partners Chelsea Square, but please book your seat via 0207 431 3770 or

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