Dispatches from Book Club : My Mess is a Bit of a Life

Dispatches from Book Club : My Mess is a Bit of a Life

My Mess is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety by Georgia Pritchett   If you haven’t heard of Georgia Pritchett, chances are she’s made you laugh. A prolific TV comedy writer, she’s contributed to just about every zeitgeisty series and/or stand-up routine over the past thirty years, from...

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Widespread Panic by James Ellroy

Widespread Panic by James Ellroy

Under the shadowy umbrella of crime fiction, James Ellroy has spent decades rewriting America’s history. From the glamour of classic Hollywood to the rise of the Kennedys, he’s scraped off the glitz to reveal the maggots writhing underneath. Steadily his prose has evolved (or devolved depending on your tastes) from...

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The Best Specialist Bookshops In London

The Best Specialist Bookshops In London

Confucius, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Desiderius Erasmus, Voltaire and Galileo Galilei all found enlightenment and knowledge in either exile or isolation. Their reading taught them valuable life lessons and inspired new philosophies; just as many of us may have discovered over the long months of lockdown. Lockdown has been a...

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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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