Dispatches from Book Club

Dispatches from Book Club

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (Poland) (transl. by Jennifer Croft) originally published in Polish as Bieguni   Book clubs have been around in various forms for centuries, from studying the bible to reading along with Oprah. Joining forces with a friend to start my own, it took surprisingly little effort to...

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Around the world (in 10 books)

Around the world (in 10 books)

Napoleon Bonaparte might have painted the English as a nation of shopkeepers but these days we’re also a nation of fanatically committed holidaymakers: Whether it’s the Eiffel Tower or the frozen reaches of Antarctica, if you build an airport within a hundred miles of it, you’ll likely find a British...

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Boustrophedon and Other Beasts

Boustrophedon and Other Beasts

Is there a word for the idea that there is a word for everything? If there is, it would surely be in Roget’s Thesaurus. That begs the question as to why there is only one word for thesaurus? There is a word for every single part of the human body,...

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Circles and Squares by Carole Mcleane

Circles and Squares by Carole Mcleane

Hampstead has always attracted arty folk, lured by the cleaner air, the stunning views over London, the rolling Heath, the villagey layout of its narrow lanes and diversity of houses, a mere three miles from the City. Shelley, Byron, Keats, Reynolds, Constable, Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler, D. H. Lawrence, Katherine...

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Lynda La Plante announced as Ambassador for London Book & Screen Week as festival unveils blockbuster 2020 line-up

Lynda La Plante announced as Ambassador for London Book & Screen Week as festival unveils blockbuster 2020 line-up

The sixth London Book & Screen Week (9- 15 March 2020) will celebrate 40 years of the iconic Yes Minister, the incredible career of Lynda La Plante, and national favourite Doctor Who, explore coming of age classics, poetry beyond the page, and serve up delicious meat free meals with ‘One...

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Turning the page on 2020

Turning the page on 2020

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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Richmond Literature Festival begins today (November 1st)

Richmond Literature Festival begins today (November 1st)

Richmond Literature Festival offers a diverse programme for book lovers The 28th annual Richmond Literature Festival promises a diverse range of books and words, tales, talks and ideas for the whole family. Richmond upon Thames Arts Service worked together with Richmond Library Services to organise the event, which runs across...

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Darkness at Noon 

Darkness at Noon 

Whilst Hitler demanded the creation of “a Reich to last a thousand years”, the Soviets had something grander in mind: the complete overthrow of the capitalist order to make way for a new communist world with no paltry ‘thousand year’ expiration date (one of the few times Hitler could be...

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The Second Sleep by Robert Harris

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris

Robert Harris, once Tony Blair’s answer to Squealer from “Animal Farm”, has spent nearly three decades as one of the acknowledged masters of the ‘intelligent thriller’. This is a strange literary subgenre, one that is defined by snobbishness as much as content. Thrillers, generally involving emotionally unavailable men and women...

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