Book Group

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