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June 6, 2016
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 writing a list of her favourite books – re-reading some, nearly ruining a few by watching the movie versions, all the while looking for particular scenes and feelings that had stayed with her over the years.

We are delighted that Lisa will be exhibiting at L&R in June and July, and we would like to invite you to join us to view the works, have a glass of wine and an opportunity to meet the artist on Wednesday June 29th, from 6.30pm.

For more information, see Lisa’s website, and please email us on bookshop@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk to let us know if you’re planning to attend, or register on the Facebook page for the event.

May 15, 2016
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 two of our wonderful regular customers – Jessica Arah and writer Tim Lott.

Each person brings along a passage from one of their favourite books, explains why it’s a favourite of theirs and reads it aloud to the group, everyone then discusses the passage, before moving along to the next person. And if you don’t like to read aloud, Tim or Jessica will read on your behalf.

So we have time to properly discuss the readings, we ask that you keep your choices to no longer than about three minutes, and to please email us on bookshop@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk to confirm that you are coming along.

April 14, 2016
Shakin’ All Over

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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, and books whose titles contain a Shakespearean allusion. We’re asking you to name the play each of the titles in the photo above is taken from.

  1. MORTAL ENGINES – Philip Reeve
  2. WYRD SISTERS – Terry Pratchett
  3. TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE THINK ON ME – Javier Marias
  4. BRAVE NEW WORLD – Aldous Huxley
  5. THE WINDS OF HEAVEN – Monica Dickens
  6. CAKES & ALE – Somerset Maugham
  7. INFINITE JEST – David Foster Wallace
  8. SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES – Ray Bradbury
  9. ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT – W Stanley Moss
  10. ENDLESS NIGHT – Agatha Christie
  11. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS – John Green
  12. GAUDY NIGHT – Dorothy L Sayers

Send us an email with your answers to bookshop@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk, and we’ll pick a winner on April 25th. Your prize will be the admiration of your peers, and a £20 voucher for the shop!

April 6, 2016
Daylight Book Club – Georgy Girl

Our Daylight Book Club has become so popular that we’re starting a new one!

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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 claire@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk.

March 29, 2016
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 it aloud to the group, everyone then discusses the passage, before moving along to the next person. And if you don’t like to read aloud, Tim or Jessica will read on your behalf.

If you’d like to take part in the first Juke Books please email bookshop@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk.

February 26, 2016

Now we stock DVDs in the shop, it’s been great fun choosing films that we really love that have a literary connnection; and as the Oscars are coming up on Sunday, we’ve been having a think about our favourite book-to-screen adaptations.

Here are three fantastic films that began life as wonderful books:

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Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, in her pre-Hunger Games days, stars in this stark, beautiful film about a teenage girl hunting for her bail-jumping father. The film captures the atmosphere of Daniel Woodrell’s novel perfectly, and Lawrence’s performance (which could have been an audition for Katniss) is outstanding.

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This Ealing Comedy is a classic for so many reasons, but Compton MacKenzie’s source novel is sometimes overlooked. Both are witty and heartwarming, and come highly recommended by us at L&R.

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Before Pixar, the best off-beat animated films were made by Studio Ghibli, headed by director Hayao Miyazaki. This adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle is a great example of how great animation transcends age: it’s a film that can really be enjoyed by every generation. When Sophie is transformed into an old woman, she goes to live with the mysterious Howl in his equally mysterious home.

January 24, 2016
Our favourites of 2015 – Tara

As a farewell to 2015, we’ve all made lists of our favourite books of the year, whether old or new:

As Children’s Buyer, I read a lot more books aimed at the under-15 set than my colleagues, and it has to be a really great grown-up book to make me stick with it. With that in mind, I’ve divided my reading up into categories, and picked my favourite from each:

Books about being a woman aged 25-35 mostly living in a large coastal US city
SINGLE CAREFREE MELLOW – Katherine Heiny, a book of funny, poignant, entertaining short stories that kept me happy in a freezing cold house during a powercut.

Books with teenage protagonists that aren’t YA
EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU – Celeste Ng, a mystery novel with no detective, where things aren’t in any way cut and dried; And a moving story of a family’s loss.

Books with teenage protagonists that are YA
THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE – Patrick Ness, imagine being one of the non-Scooby Gang kids at Sunnydale High, that’s what Patrick Ness’ fantastic new novel is about. While the Indie Kids deal with an extra terrestrial threat, Mikey and his friends are dealing with the stresses of (mostly-) normal life. An amazing concept, brilliantly executed.

Adult Thrillers
YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN – Jean Hanff Korelitz, just a great, unputdownable read. Marriage therapist Grace realises that her husband isn’t everything she believed him to be, and her life can never be the same again.

Middle Grade Thrillers
ARSENIC FOR TEA & FIRST CLASS MURDER – Robin Stevens, perfect, perfect detective stories for children aged 10-12. Two 1930s school girls, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, solve a country house muder, and yes, murder on the Orient Express. Completely irresistible.

January 7, 2016
Our favourites of 2015 – Sarah

As a farewell to 2015, we’ve all made lists of our favourite books of the year, whether old or new (and in Sarah’s case looking ahead to 2016):

My best reads of 2015 range forwards and backwards – more forwards because of the way my mind goes blank about everything but the books I have read in the last fortnight. I gobbled up A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanigahara along with everyone in the building ( it’s coming in paperback in March). I loved Kate Atkinson’s clever novel A GOD IN RUINS (out now in paperback) and Mahesh Rao’s story collection ONE POINT TWO BILLION.

Publishing in 2016, Julian Barnes new novel THE NOISE OF TIME is refreshingly short after the weighty (literally) books of 2015 and it contains so much. A very different beast but the same could be said of Thomas Savage’s THE POWER OF THE DOG, an intense and unput-downable piece of story-telling set in Twenties Montana which Vintage are re-issuing this year.

My stand-out non-fiction titles were Atul Gawande’s BEING MORTAL, Henry Marsh’s DO NO HARM, a fascinating book published by Penguin Press called THE WORM AT THE CORE about how our denial of mortality informs our entire culture and an early title by Emmanuel Carrere, THE ADVERSARY about a man who murders his entire family after leading a fantasy life with a fake medical degree and a non-existent job at the World Health Organisation. All the non-fiction I read seems to have been about death. Hmm…

January 6, 2016
Our favourites of 2015 – Jane

As a farewell to 2015, we’ve all made lists of our favourite books of the year, whether old or new:

The stand out fiction of the year for me was A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara and ALL MY PUNY SORROWS by Miriam Toews (the hardcover of the latter was actually published in 2014 but I read the paperback this year). I found both of these novels to be utterly engrossing, the kind of book you can’t drag yourself away from and make you loath anyone who diverts your attention elsewhere. They are very different novels but they both managed to make me feel deeply for the characters they contained.

BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande was my non-fiction book of the year. It’s a beautifully written and important book. Now that medical advances enable us to keep people alive for longer than ever before we are suddenly faced with an older generation we’re unsure how to handle. This is a sensitive and careful exploration of how we need to change the way we talk, think and approach mortality – our own and that of our loved ones.

Slightly outside the brief but the books I’m most looking forward to in 2016 are NY NAME IS LUCY BARTON by Elizabeth Strout and NOT WORKING by Lisa Owens. The former being a master of her craft at the top of her game and the latter a brand new and thrillingly distinctive debut voice.

January 4, 2016
Shortlisted

We were very pleased to appear on Shortlist’s list of the 20 Mightiest Small Book Shops in the UK, with some excellent other shops.

Not only that, but they described us as a “literary bolthole” and described our amazing Serge Seidlitz prints as “killer”, we couldn’t agree more!

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