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Tuesday 27th October, 7pm (£10 / £5 Student concession)
LIZZIE OSTROM discusses Perfume: A Century of Scent
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Wednesday 28th October, 7pm (£10 / £5 Student concession)
GARTH RISK HALLBERG discusses City on Fire
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Wednesday 30th September
Grief… and Happiness: MAX PORTER and JACK UNDERWOOD were in Conversation
Tuesday 29th September
SEBASTIAN FAULKS discussed Where My Heart Used to Beat
Wednesday 9th September
An Evening of Debut Novelists with: COLIN MACINTYRE, LAURA BARNETT, ANTONIA HONEYWELL & CATRIONA WARD
Wednesday 2nd September
BILL CLEGG was in Conversation with ROLAND PHILIPPS
Tuesday 1st September
ELENA FERRANTE: A PANEL DISCUSSION
With CATHY RENTZENBRINK, JONATHAN GIBBS, SUSANNA GROSS and TESSA HADLEY
Thursday 13th August, 7pm
DAVID GATES and STUART EVERS were in Conversation
Tuesday 14th July
HARPER LEE: A PANEL DISCUSSION
with HADLEY FREEMAN, PHILIPPE SANDS, LOUISA YOUNG & ISABEL ADOMAKOH YOUNG
Tuesday 23rd June 2015
WOMEN IN CLOTHES
Conversation & Clothes Swap with LEANNE SHAPTON
Tuesday 16th June 2015
JAMES WOOD discussed The Nearest Thing to Life
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
HADLEY FREEMAN discussed Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies.
Wednesday 27th May 2015
GERBRAND BAKKER & PER PETTERSON were in Conversation
Tuesday 19th May 2015
MARTIN SCURR & JANE HAYNES were in Conversation
Tuesday 12th May 2015
Germany & Britain
GILES WATERFIELD and NEIL MACGREGOR were in Conversation with GINA THOMAS
Tuesday 5th May 2015
On The Wilder Shores of Love
GEORGIA DE CHAMBERET discussed the life and works of Lesley Blanch with ELISA SEGRAVE
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Love, Sex & Other Foreign Policy Goals
JESSE ARMSTRONG in Conversation with NED BEAUMAN
Tuesday 21st April 2015
Who Governs Britain & Get it Together
ANTHONY KING and ZOE WILLIAMS in Conversation
Tuesday, 3rd March 2015
ALEXANDRA FULLER discussed Leaving Before the Rains Come
Thursday 26th February 2015
DANA THOMAS discussed Gods & Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
Tuesday 25th November 2014
WILL SELF and IAIN SINCLAIR discussed JG Ballard
Tuesday 28th October 2014
EMMANUEL CARRERE discussed Limonov with ROBERT MCCRUM
Wednesday 15th October 2014
TIMOTHY DONNELLY was in conversation with ADAM PHILLIPS
Tuesday 1st July
ADAM PHILLIPS on Becoming Freud
Thursday 29th May 2014
JOANNA RAKOFF discussed My Salinger Year with RACHEL COOKE
Wednesday 28th May 2014
KATHRYN SIMMONDS in conversation with ADAM PHILLIPS
Wednesday 21st May 2014
KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD in conversation with STEPHEN GROSZ
Tuesday 13th May 2014
PATRICK NESS discussed More than This with VIV GROSKOP
Tuesday 6th May 2014
NED BEAUMAN and ZOE PILGER were in CONVERSATION
Thursday 24th April 2014
ALICE GREENWAY and REBECCA HUNT were in conversation
Tuesday 25th March 2014, 7pm (£8)
BEN MACINTYRE on A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
Tuesday 18th March 2014
REBECCA MEAD was in conversation with FERNANDA EBERSTADT on The Road to Middlemarch
Tuesday 4th March 2014
BEN WATT was in conversation with JOHN NIVEN
Thursday 6th February 2014
JAMES LASDUN was in conversation with ADAM PHILLIPS
Monday 2nd December 2013
Nina Stibbe was in conversation with Nick Hornby
Wednesday 27th November 2013
Adam Phillips was in Conversation with Lisa Appignanesi
Wednesday 30th October 2013
Emily Berry was in conversation with Adam Phillips
Thursday 5th September 2013
THE RUM READINGS
Wednesday 28th August 2013, 7pm
SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIES
Leanne Shapton in conversation with Craig Taylor
Thursday 15th August 2013
The Interestings and Clever Girl
Meg Wolitzer and Tessa Hadley in conversation.
Tuesday 16th July 2013
Philipp Meyer discussed The Son with Chris Cleave
Thursday 11th July 2013
A Talk by Linda Kelly
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
The Woman Upstairs
Claire Messud talked to Kate Figes
Monday 1st July 2013
Ruth Ozeki and Matt Haig were in conversation with Jamie Byng
Thursday, 6th June 2013
Curtis Sittenfeld Discussed Sisterland with Viv Groskop
Wednesday 1st May 2013
Ron Rash discussed Nothing Gold Can Stay
Tuesday April 30th 2013
William Sutcliffe and John McCarthy were in conversation with William Sieghart
Wednesday 27th March 2013
Oli Hazzard was in conversation with Adam Phillips
Wednesday 13th February 2013
Stephen Grosz and Andrew Solomon were in conversation with Cressida Connolly
Wednesday, 6th February 2013
Lucy Hughes-Hallett discussed The Pike
Monday, 21st January 2013
Don Paterson was in conversation with Adam Phillips
Wednesday, November 28th 2012
Connie Bensley was in conversation with Adam Phillips
Wednesday, September 12th 2012
Jane Draycott was in conversation with Adam Phillips
Monday, September 10th 2012
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi discussed Jerusalem with Giles Fraser
Wednesday, August 1st 2012
Leanne Shapton discussed Swimming Studies with Craig Taylor
Tuesday, July 3rd 2012
Ned Beauman and Nick Harkaway discussed The Teleportation Accident and Angelmaker with Roland Philipps
Thursday, 21st June 2012
Kate Summerscale discussed Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace with India Knight
Tuesday, 12th June 2012
Adam Phillips discussed Missing Out with Giles Fraser
Monday, 28th May 2012
Chad Harbach on The Art of Fielding
Monday, 23rd April 2012
Ben Macintyre discussed Double Cross
Thursday, 19th April 2012
Peter Stamm discussed Seven Years with Adam Thirlwell
Wednesday, 21st March 2012
Philip Gross was in conversation with Adam Phillips
Wednesday, 14th March 2012
Sadakat Kadri was in conversation with Barnaby Rogerson
Wednesday, 22nd February 2012
John Fuller was in conversation with Adam Phillips
Thursday, 9th February 2012
Lavinia Greenlaw was in conversation with Ted Hodgkinson of Granta Magazine
Tuesday, 31st January 2012
Laura Del-Rivo and Michael Horovitz were in Conversation with Julian Mash
Tuesday, 22nd November 2011
Cressida Connolly and Vendela Vida were in Conversation
Thursday, 17th November 2011
Adam O’ Riordan was in Conversation with Adam Phillips
Wednesday, 28th September 2011
Bernard O’Donoghue was in Conversation with Adam Phillips
Thursday, 23rd June 2011
Hisham Matar was in Conversation with Philippe Sands
Tuesday, 31st May 2011
Evelyn Juers discussed The House of Exile
Wednesday, 25th May 2011
John Burnside was in conversation with Adam Phillips
Monday, 23rd May 2011
Nicola Shulman discussed Graven With Diamonds with Alan Jenkins
Thursday, 19th May 2011
Wilson Stephens Jones Decorative Arts Sale
Wednesday, 11th May 2011
David Miller and David Flusfeder discussed Today and A Film By Spencer Ludwig
Wednesday, 20th April 2011
Christopher Reid was in conversation with Adam Phillips
Sunday, 10th April 2011
James Frey discussed The Final Testament of the Holy Bible with Kate Muir
Sunday, 23rd March 2011
Jennifer Egan discussed A Visit From the Goon Squad
Thursday, 17th March 2011
Jesse Norman discussed The Big Society with Anthony Fry
Wednesday, 16th March 2011
Jo Shapcott was in conversation with Adam Phillips
Wednesday, 26th January 2011
Emma Forrest discussed Your Voice in My Head with Jon Ronson
Wednesday, 24th November 2010
Geoff Dyer discussed Working The Room
Wednesday, 17th November 2010
Adam Phillips discussed On Balance
Wednesday, 3rd November 2010
Justine Picardie discussed Coco Chanel: A Life
Wednesday, 15th September 2010
Rebecca Hunt and Ned Beauman discussed Mr Chartwell and Boxer Beetle
Andrew Malone has been supplying L&R with his beautiful altered books for the last five years, and to celebrate we’ve asked him to take over our art space in the shop.
Each of these framed collages is unique, as Andrew cuts them all out by hand in his studio in Whitstable. And while we know that some people worry about books being damaged, Andrew promises us that none of the books he cuts up are valuable – it’s what he does with them that makes them so special.
Pop into the shop for a closer look. The framed collages are £145 each.
A LITTLE LIFE is one of our favourite books of the year so far. It’s not an easy read by any means, but this novel of intertwined lives and hurts that can never be healed is utterly compelling. It’s the rare book that everyone who works in the shop can agree on (not least because Tara mainly reads books for the under-15 set), but this is the exception that proves the rule.
So we weren’t at all surprised to see it on the Man Booker Prize 2015 Longlist (alongside other L&R picks like THE GREEN ROAD, LILA and DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY).
And we are delighted that Hanya Yanagihara will be in the UK at the end of the month, and coming into the shop on Friday August 28th around 11.15am. If you would like signed copy of A LITTLE LIFE, you can reserve one by dropping us an email email@example.com, or asking one of us in the shop. If you happen to be passing on the 28th, feel free to pop in and get your book signed.
Our third Daylight Bookclub took place on July 15th. Clodagh chose the book Illyrian Spring by Ann Bridge. Here’s her report:
“I chose Illyrian Spring by Ann Bridge because I had just read her book Peking Picnic, both recently republished, and had enjoyed it very much. The author was a diplomat’s wife who travelled widely and was a keen mountaineer. Although the books were written in the 1930s, they still felt fresh and modern to me. (It is worth noting a couple of instances of casual bigotry that would have been commonplace then but struck some of our modern readers more forceably than others.)
Illyrian Spring tells the story of Grace Kilmichael, an English lady and fairly successful artist in her own right, who is fleeing from her (possibly imaginary) unhappiness with her marriage and the sense that she has somehow failed as a mother to her wilful teenage daughter, Linnet. She is convinced that her husband Walter, a world famous economist (inspired by Keynes, thought one of our group?) is having an affair with his intellectual equal, Ruth.
Cushioned by her privileged position, her flight takes place in reasonable comfort as she travels first to Paris on the Orient Express and then on to the Dalmatian coast, current day Croatia, via Venice, while sending vague messages back home that she may be on her way to Greece to do some painting.
In Venice, she meets Nicholas, the young nephew of an acquaintance, who is an aspiring artist, despite his parents’ desire for him to find a more suitable profession. Without revealing her fame, she offers to teach him and they proceed along the Dalmatian coast to Ragusa and Spalato (modern day Dubrovnik and Split), painting together and teaching each other a lot about the other’s generation and their ideals and views.
Only one of our group had read the book before and everyone enjoyed discovering it. Ann Bridge excels at evoking a sense of place, without the descriptions becoming overbearing or boring. We all felt the characters very believable and identified with their shortcomings and inner doubts.
The writing flows beautifully but it is a dense book (in a good way) to read as you don’t want to miss anything and it gives you so much to think about and discuss – from a woman’s position in marriage and the impact of financial security on how you manage your life to how to raise your children, through infidelity and self doubt to the meaning of friendship and to quite what a wimp Nicholas really is.
There are plenty of other characters in the book who don’t have place for a mention here but who liven up the scene with their wit and wisdom.
As with Peking Picnic, we felt that the plot moved along at a leisurely pace, a bit as if one were on a slow cruise oneself, until all of a sudden lots of coincidences occur and a lot of events happen all at once, bringing the story to a rather over-neat conclusion. Having said that, all of the group were pleased that – without giving anything away – the relationship between Grace and Nicholas ended up where it did.
I think we were all happy to have discovered a writer that had hitherto been unknown to most of us and were intrigued to discover more about how her own life (diplomat’s wife during the time of the Great British Empire, unfaithful husband, possible affair with Edmund Hillary) had influenced her topics and themes.”
Our next book, chosen by Patrick, will be Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson on an as-yet undecided date in September.
Our third Daylight Book Club takes place on Wednesday 15th July at 10.30am.
We’ll be discussing Illyrian Spring by Ann Bridge, which was chosen by Clodagh after last month’s Sidney Chambers books.
If you’d like to take part, you can buy the book in the shop and let us know. Or you can buy the book from our website here and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you can’t make it, do feel free to email us with your thoughts on the book!
Our second Daylight Book Club took place on Friday, June 12th. Robert chose James Runcie’s first Sidney Chambers book for discussion. Here’s his report:
“I chose for our second book Club Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie. I love this book and the other three in the series but without ever really having been able to explain why. They are at first sight gentle and amiable mysteries focusing on a Cambridge cleric but I find them more profound than that. I was interested to see how other people felt about the book overall and in particular how they read Sidney’s character both as regards his own critical assessment of his role as priest and in his choice of potential spouse. At the end of the book, did we think he should choose English Amanda or German Hildegard?
While everybody enjoyed the book, most did so less than I. Sidney was certainly thought to be a thinner character than I thought and his indecision drove at least one of the club to distraction, but I did not feel that we adequately grappled with his Christian faith sufficiently to understand him.
We discussed the role of the war on his character, the fact that the stories may have been written as TV scripts, and we felt (and hoped) that Amanda was being set up as the spouse.
I still love the books, and I hope that I have convinced the other members of the book club to read on from this first one.”
Our next Daylight Book Club will meet on Wednesday July 15th at 10.30am. Clodagh is choosing the book, and we will let you know what it is very soon.