Pat Barker, Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys, and Catherine Doyle win the Independent Bookshop Week Book Awards 2019

Pat Barker, Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys, and Catherine Doyle win the Independent Bookshop Week Book Awards 2019

The Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) Book Awards have today revealed the 2019 winners, as voted for by independent booksellers and to celebrate IndependentBookshop Week (15 – 22 June). Winning in the Adult category is Pat Barker with The Silence of the Girls (Penguin), a re-telling of the Trojan War from the perspective of the slave girl Briseis. Catherine Doyle’s The Storm Keeper’s Island (Bloomsbury),...

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Doorstep Library – National Volunteers’ Week

Doorstep Library – National Volunteers’ Week

 It’s National Volunteers’ Week and here at Doorstep Library we want to celebrate all that our amazing volunteers do for the local London communities we work in.  Doorstep Library is a literacy charity that believes in the power of words to take children places, not just in their imagination, but...

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Stefan’s Zweig’s Chess

Stefan’s Zweig’s Chess

Stefan Zweig was born and flourished within the environs of a bourgeois, patrician Europe that was irrevocably destroyed by the carnage of the World Wars. Born in Vienna to a wealthy Jewish family in 1881, he lived what seemed to be a charmed life. As a callow 19 year old...

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Malta and Gozo: An artist’s view

Malta and Gozo: An artist’s view

  Richard Cole was a cartoonist for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, CBS and Channel 4 News, amongst others, in the time-honoured, cross-hatched style of David Levine. His drawing of the then Labour Prime Minister of Malta, Dom Mintoff in 1975 set him off on a journey, culminating in this...

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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

The cottage industry of ‘Les Mis’ has gradually occluded Victor Hugo’s mammoth opus in much the same way as an encrustacean of barnacles cloak a ship’s hull. Over 50 years of dreaming a dream and singing the song of angry men has rendered the tale culturally wan, reduced to the...

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

  If you want a scary read, put down that Stephen King horror and pick up this weighty tome by the Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School. Her findings about knowledge, power and data in the digital age are truly shocking. The internet behemoths, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, quickly...

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Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions Book Fair

Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions Book Fair

Come on out and relive those childhood stories you grew up with at the Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions book fair. There will be some of the U.K’s finest specialist book sellers and some of the most beautifully illustrated books. Come and see the first edition covers up close,...

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Turning the page on 2019 with John Sandoe

Turning the page on 2019 with John Sandoe

Chelsea’s John Sandoe Books Ltd was founded in 1957 and is one of the foremost independent booksellers in London. Stocking over 30,000 works of literature hand selected by the staff, the sheer breadth of selection could be intimidating to the casual browser so we’ve picked out the crème de la...

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“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”

“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”

  Stan Lee, the founder of Marvel Comics and one of the most significant figures in bringing the Technicolor world of super heroes to its current state of cultural domination, died on November 12th. Whilst superheroes might be worth big money now, partially down to some of Lee’s own creations,...

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Christian the Lion: The Illustrated Legacy

Christian the Lion: The Illustrated Legacy

By John Rendall Bradt Travel Guides 192 pp. £14.99 ISBN 978-1-78477-621-3   The fashion crimes that were being committed in the late sixties, particularly in Chelsea, went mostly unpunished, although the hair-styles, complete with mutton-chop ‘buggery-grips’, were even more heinous. Enter the world of the ‘swinging sixties,’ with polo necks,...

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