28 Nov Demons! A history of intoxication with Virginia Berridge
3 Dec Justine Picardie discusses Coco Chanel
5 Dec Hampstead Faces: photographic portrait of the neighborhood
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Of all our author talks this year, we open December in the highest of style when Justine Picardie, editor of UK fashion bible Harpers, drops in to talk to us about Coco Chanel, her best-selling biography of the inimitable designer who changed the way the world dressed.
And while the ton of the book might be little black dresses, tweed suits and pearls, you will be happy to note there is no dresscode for Justine’s talk on 3 Dec 7.30pm. As ever, entry is free and refreshments will be served, but please book ahead via the usual channels.
Chances are most of us would happily quaff a glass of wine, but would be positively horrified at the thought of trying opium. But, only just over 100 years ago, the popular perception was that opium was by far the more respectable choice.
This is one of many fascinating insights into our changing attitudes to drugs in Demons, from author and historian of public health Virginia Berridge and we’re delighted that she will be lifting the lid on the book’s further findings here on 28 Nov at 7.30pm
Berridge tracks how many drugs were ‘reconceptualized’ after World War 2 and explains why some were demonised and others made into mass market products. Demons takes us beyond the headlines and includes many absorbing first hand accounts. Join us for a fascinating and enlightening evening.
It’s one area in which we don’t mind an upward trend in crime: 2012 has proved another bumper year for crime and thriller fiction with big names and debutants impressing with gripping plots, baroque crimes and superb sleuths. Click through to our Crime Favourites page to read about some of the best. And remember, all these titles – plus many more – are available on our shelves, and we’re always happy to recommend something criminal.