Book Group

Raving not drowning

Celebrate rave culture’s classic art with Chelsea Berlin

Shaping up to be a brilliant gift this autumn, Rave Art curates the art that flourished as rave culture burgeoned from select club events to massive open air happenings becoming a global phenomenon on the way. Author Chelsea Berlin was there throughout and has built a phenomenal collection of fliers, posters and memorabilia, brought together beautifully in Rave Art which will be launched here on Thursday 16th October from 7.30. If you’d like to attend don’t just wave your hands in the air … just turn up on the night, no booking required!

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/