Author Archives: Tara

Amaryllis: Tech Support

A recent article in the New York Times was headed ‘London bookstores go rogue as no wi-fi zones’. We merited inclusion as the bookshop where you wouldn’t even dare to ask for the wi-fi code’. My colleagues (JAM in particular) assume that this customer asked me and I had no idea what he/she was talking […]

Amaryllis at Sea

I was at the seaside earlier this week and, inspired by the athleticism on view in Rio, I decided to have a go at my own triathalon. I’m not quite sure what it entails in Rio but I do know that tri usually involve three things: in my case, walking, cycling and swimming. So I […]

Amaryllis On Holiday

I took a few days holiday earlier this week. Perfect weather: gale force winds and driving rain as I strode across the glens to meet the Laird for a highland fling, raven curls becomingly disarranged by the elements etc etc… (see last week). Anyway, I was thinking about Ruth Rendell: I love a good crime […]

Amaryllis Writes

My pen name was born out of one of those joyful days last week when you read one of those books that is so captivating and funny and smart that you want to press it into the hands of every customer in sight. The book is Alice Thomas Ellis’ Other Side of the Fire and […]

Lunchtime Classics Book Club

Our Lunchtime Classics Book Club met for the first time on July 6th to discuss Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev. The next book will be The Awakening by Kate Chopin, and we will meet at 1pm on Wednesday August 31st. If you’d like to take part, please email

Travelling Bookbox Show

The Travelling Bookbox show is a touring exhibition of book-themed shadowbox sculptures created by artist Lisa Swerling. When British shadowbox artist Lisa Swerling moved to California five years ago, she was charmed by the primary-school art of making book dioramas in shoeboxes. So she decided to make some grown-up versions of her own. Lisa began […]

Juke Books Returns

After a very popular second Juke Books in May, Juke Books returns on Wednesday 8th June at 10.15am. Last time, we had readings from books by Anne Tyler, Anthony Burgess, Evelyn Waugh and more, but the whole of literature is yours for the choosing. In case you’ve forgotten the format: Juke Books is hosted by […]

Shakin’ All Over

On 23rd April 2016, we will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. In addition to his own plays and poetry, it would be an understatement to say that Shakespeare has had a huge influence on literature since his death. To celebrate, we’ve filled our window with books by and about Shakespeare, […]

Daylight Book Club – Georgy Girl

Our Daylight Book Club has become so popular that we’re starting a new one! Please join us for the first meeting of this new group on Thursday 28th April at 10.30am, when we will be discussing Georgy Girl by the late Margaret Forster. If you would like to attend, please email

Juke Books

On Thursday 7th April at 10am, two of our wonderful regular customers – Jessica Arah and writer Tim Lott – are hosting a book group with a difference – everyone reads a different book! Each person brings along a passage from one of their favourite books, explains why it’s a favourite of theirs and reads […]