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Tuesday 28th October 2014, 7pm (£8)
EMMANUEL CARRERE discusses Limonov with ROBERT MCCRUM
In association with How To Academy
Emmanuel Carrère is the award-winning, internationally renowned author of The Adversary in which he pioneered a form of biographical non-fiction written in the first person.
A man widely regarded as one of France’s most important living writers, he joins us on the 28th to discuss his French bestseller LIMONOV, now in translation, about the outrageous life of one of Russia’s greatest living enigmas – Edward Limonov.
Poet, bum, icon, soldier, writer, anti-hero, proto-fascist and now dissident leader of the only banned political party in Russia – the National Bolshevik Party, Edward Limonov is living his life like an anti-hero in his own novel.
Emmanuel Carrère’s first-person narrative of Limonov’s story was a sensation in France and a bestseller in Italy, selling 300k hardback in France alone, for which Emmanuel Carrère won the European Literature Prize 2013 and the Prix Théophraste-Renaudot.
Robert McCrum is Associate Editor of the Guardian.
We also sell books at the fantastic 5×15 events at the Tabernacle in Powis Square, W11. Please visit their website for more information.
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
We love hearing back from anyone we’ve recommended books to, and all the more so when they’re also colleagues! So continuing the tradition of getting honeymooners to tell us all about what they’ve read on their post-wedding breaks, we asked our Jane and her new husband Serge to share their honeymoon reading…
Honeymooning in Italy I read two very different books. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson transported me from my sun lounger and gave me a window into the hard lives of a Japanese-kidnapping North Korean soldier, an oblivious indoctrinated state torturer, the only famous North Korean movie star and Kim Jong Il himself. I felt fortunate to be on the Amalfi coast eating delicious pizza for lunch and not in a labour camp surviving on handfuls of moths and covertly milked carp eggs.
My next book was more suitable to the setting, part one of four, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante is set in a poor neighbourhood of Naples. It’s a very compelling story about two young girls – the ups and downs of their slightly skewed friendship, and growing up as the world shifts around them. I was drawn deeply into Lenu and Lila’s lives and the large cast of characters that surround them, until the climactic ending which left me aching to start the second in the series immediately.
I spend a lot of time reading for work and so for holiday reads I look for completely immersive and compelling books and tend to read a lot of crime. I started the honeymoon with The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (now known to be a pen name for J K Rowling). I began reading in the departures lounge at Gatwick and by the time we were buckling our seatbelts on the plane I was completely hooked. I have already devoured The Silkworm, the sequel, since I’ve been back. I also enjoyed City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris, a crime thriller set in Saudi Arabia. It’s a fast-paced page-turner but also a fascinating and eye-opening insight into modern day Jeddah (Ferraris lived there for several years) – an unusual and refreshing book for fans of crime fiction. As a life-long Agatha Christie obsessive, I enjoyed Murder on the Mauretania by Conrad Allen and balanced this murder mystery with the beautiful and haunting Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard. My book of the holiday though was My Brilliant Friend which Serge discusses above. We’re now fighting over The Story of a New Name, the second book in the series and I’m very excited to see that we have now have the third and penultimate book, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, in the shop and Claire assures me it’s fabulous. I cannot recommend this series highly enough and urge all book-lovers to get their copies from the shop now!
PS, Serge is the genius behind the beautiful bookshelf prints and small bookish prints we stock, he’s been working hard on a very exciting project for us (in between wedding duties), which we’re looking forward to sharing soon…
It’s been quite the starry week at L&R with visits from two of our favourite novelists for informal signings.
Sarah Waters popped in on the 29th to sign her fantastic new novel The Paying Guests. Set in the 1920s, we can’t really tell you any more than that to avoid giving the plot away!
Then David Mitchell came in with Ian, our Hodder Rep, on the third to sign his excellent new novel The Bone Clocks. We had a particularly good conversation about Doctor Who (he’s a fan of Capaldi), and he did particularly sterling signing considering it was the morning after his book launch!
We’ve got signed copies of both books in the shop now.
As today is both World Book Night, and A’s birthday, we’ve been celebrating by giving books to passers-by (including this traffic warden). The books are all wrapped, and even we aren’t too sure what’s in them, so it’s a surprise for everyone! Do pop by if you’re in the area today.
We’re really happy to be taking part in Friday Feast again this month.
The deal is that you pick up a card from one of the participating shops or market stalls, and collect stamps (or stickers in our case) until you have six (you can get a maximum of two from each participant), and then fill in your details and hand the card back to any of us to enter a prize draw to win a hamper of prizes from all of us! You’ve got a week from today (31st January) to explore and shop the brilliant specialists who are taking part.
The participants are:
The Mushroom Man(Pitch 93 Portobello Road)
Alan & Lyn’s Veg Stall (Pitch 55 Portobello Road)
Portobello Olives (Pitch 76 Portobello Road)
La Cave a Fromage (148-150 Portobello Road)
Coffee Plant (180 Portobello Road)
Biscuiteers (194 Kensington Park Road)
Provenance Butchers (55 Kensington Park Road)
Books for Cooks (4 Blenheim Crescent)
Ceramica Blue (10 Blenheim Crescent)
The Spice Shop (1 Blenheim Crescent)
The Grocer on Elgin (4 Elgin Crescent)
Jeroboams (13 Elgin Crescent)
And of course L&R
We’re really pleased to be part of the brilliant Books are My Bag’s Bookshop Advent Calendar campaign, and as part of it, we’ve chosen four books that we’ll be giving to our nearest and dearest this Christmas.
Janet Malcolm – Forty-One False Starts (£20 Granta)
I’ll be giving my sister, whose taste is very eclectic. Forty-One False Starts, a book of essays by Janet Malcolm. It covers everything from the New York art scene, to Edith Wharton to Gossip Girl, and it’s mesmerising and completely absorbing.
Alexandre Dumas (translated by Will Hobson) – The Three Musketeers (£20 Vintage)
The Three Musketeers is a perfect gripping adventure for my daughter to read on her Christmas break from university, and this new translation means it will be even more readable for her.
Joan G. Robinson – Mary-Mary (£7.99 Hot Key Books)
My niece loves to be read to, and she’s just ready for chapter books, so I’m thrilled that Hot Key have reissued the classic Mary-Mary. I think she’ll enjoy hearing about Mary-Mary’s misadventures as much as I did when I was her age.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett – The Pike (£10.99 HarperCollins)
Mum loves both Italy and the period leading up to World War Two, so the Samuel Johnson Prize-winning Pike is an perfect pick for her. I know she’ll really love reading about the fascinating life of the awful D’Annunzio,