Our forthcoming events are listed below. We would love to see you here, but seating is very limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Call or email the bookshop on 020 7229 1010, to reserve your tickets or email for more information.

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Thursday 24th April 2014, 7pm (£8)

Alice Greenway’s new novel is a stunning successor to White Ghost Girls, her Orange Prize-longlisted debut. Inspired by the career of her grandfather (noted ornithologist Jim Greenway) The Bird Skinner is a wide-ranging story of lost love and rebirth. Written in lush, lyrical prose – rich in island detail, redolent of Maine in summer and of the Pacific
Rebecca Hunt’s first novel, Mr Chartwell, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards New Writer of the Year. Her second, Everland, is the story of two Antarctic expeditions, a century apart. It is a suspenseful and gripping exploration of the limits that the Antarctic can push man to, and the impossibility of judging how people will behave under those circumstances.

Tuesday 29th April 2014

We regret that this event has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.

Tuesday 6th May 2014, 7pm (£8)

From the prize-winning author of Boxer, Beetle and the Booker-longlisted The Teleportation Accident comes Ned Beauman’s third and most thrilling novel to date. Glow is a fast-paced thriller which takes place on the streets of South London, where Raf spends his nights at raves in dingy warehouses and launderettes, trying to get hold of an elusive new drug called ‘glow’. When Raf’s friend Theo disappears – last seen being bundled into a strangely silent white van – Raf is compelled to try and find him. His investigations lead him into the arms of the beautiful Cherish; and from her to Gandayaw, a rural town in Burma, where an American mining company called Lacebark are involved in a huge and sinister conspiracy that seems to be making its way over to the streets of London.
Zoe Pilger’s debut novel Eat My Heart Out hurtles through London’s underground scenes, from neo-burlesque pop-up strip clubs, to Little Mermaid-themed warehouse parties via ritual worship ceremonies summoning ancient power goddesses, and baby boomer house parties in Islington. Twenty-three year-old Ann-Marie believes love is the answer to her problems, until she meets feminist icon Stephanie Haight, who is convinced that if she can save Ann-Marie she’ll rescue an entire generation from the curse of ironic detachment

Tuesday 13th May 2014, 7pm (£8)
PATRICK NESS on More than This

Double Carnegie Medal-winning and acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy author, Patrick Ness, reveals his thrilling and utterly absorbing new novel for Young Adults, More Than This. Join us as Patrick discusses his inspiration behind this brilliantly imagined and provocative novel for our times
“This is an impressively challenging and philosophical book for young adults, because Ness… captures the ambiguity and bewilderment of being young and the uncertainty of what will happen to any of us next in life.” – The Telegraph

Wednesday 21st May 2014, 7pm (£8)

Wednesday 28th May 2014, 7pm (£8)

We also sell books at the fantastic 5×15 events at the Tabernacle in Powis Square, W11. Please visit their website for more information.



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

Wednesday 28th August 2013, 7pm
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
Holland House
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


January 31, 2014
A Moveable Feast

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

December 15, 2013
It’s a date

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.

Claire recommends:
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.

Caroline recommends:
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.

Tara recommends:
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,

December 10, 2013
Signed Up

We’ve got a veritable plethora of signed books at L&R at the moment – including some of our favourite books of the year, like Love, Nina, The Goldfinch, An Officer and a Spy and Jeeves and the Wedding Bells.

If you’d like to reserve one, give us a call on 020 7229 1010, or drop an email to

September 14, 2013
Our Bag

Today is Books are My Bag day! A day to celebrate independent bookshops like us! We’ve turned our window orange, and we’ll be giving away the much-coveted Books are My Bag bags as long as stocks last.

And, even more than that, because we love all the independent shops in the area, we’ve chosen today to launch our lovely map of our chunk of Notting Hill with all our favourite places to shop, and it’s free with any purchase.

August 12, 2013
Very Interesting(s)

We cannnot tell you how excited we are about this Thursday’s event with Meg Wolitzer and Tessa Hadley. The Interestings has already been the book of the summer for all of us who were lucky enough to get early copies, and now everyone else can read it!

And you don’t have to take our word for it (although why you wouldn’t we don’t know), writing in The Times this weekend, Kate Mosse agreed that this is Wolitzer’s breakout novel: “As The Interestings arrives on our shores, garlanded with praise, this should be the novel to make Wolitzer a household name here too”.

There’s also a wonderful interview from this weekend’s Guardian, which you can read here.

And if you can, do join us on Thursday, we think it’s going to be an tremendously interesting evening!

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