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Tuesday 23 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Festival of Brexit

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit

in conversation with Martin Rowson

Now at 743-745 Barking Road

Come and see
our new Bookshop!

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Wednesday 8 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Man Who Couldn't Stop

David Adam
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop
and The Genius Within

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Newham Bookshop

743-745 Barking Road
London E13 9ER
Telephone: 020 8552 9993
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Tuesday – Friday
9.30 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Newham Bookshop is London’s regional winner
for Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019

Regional Winner

On Friday 22 March it was announced that Newham Bookshop is the London winner of the British Book Awards Independent Bookshop of the Year. Thanks to your help and support, we were chosen from a shortlist of seven London independent booksellers. Announcing the decision in The Bookseller, Tom Tivnan, managing editor of The Bookseller and chair of the Independent Bookshop of the Year judges, said: “In 2018, we had the wonderful news that indie bookshop numbers increased for the second year in a row, the first time that has happened in decades. We’ve seen that renaissance in the sector reflected in the sheer depth and breadth of submissions to this award. These are nine worthy winners, from regional shortlists of startling strength, all of which represent the best in British bookselling but, perhaps more importantly, are hubs of their communities.”

For London, he said: “Newham Bookshop in Upton Park, the London category winner, marked 40 years trading in 2018. The huge affection for the shop became apparent in a fundraising campaign to support its move to new premises last year, while manager Vivian Archer received the Outstanding Contribution to Bookselling Award at the Books Are My Bag Awards.”

Thank you for all your support for our move

Three customers

Our Crowdfunder campaign has now finished, yielding around £5,000 towards our target for getting 743 Barking Road ready to be our new Adults’ Bookshop. Together with many generous personal donations, our auctions of signed copies of books donated by authors and publishers, and the two limited-edition prints donated by East End artist Doreen Fletcher, we have raised around £14,000 in all.

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Thank you to all our supporters, through Crowdfunder or in person, for helping to raise so much to help our move. If you’d like to make a donation in person, you can still do so. Please visit us at the Bookshop – details here – or send us a cheque. We will give you the Rewards shown on the Crowdfunder page however you contribute, and we’ll be contacting all those who are eligible for Rewards over the coming days.

Front desk

Our new shop at 743 Barking Road is now very much open for business, and we look forward to welcoming you there. Everyone who has seen the new Bookshop has been very impressed by its new, clean look, with good lighting and efficient heating. Thanks to the skill of our contractors especially our carpenter Charlie and our electrician/plumber Ollie, we now have a very elegant bookselling space. In particular, Charlie has adapted our original bespoke bookshelves – installed in 747 around 30 years ago – for use in the new shop.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.

Doreen Fletcher prints sold for £600
to help Two Doors Down fundraising

Pubali Cafe Corner Shop

18 December — East End artist Doreen Fletcher kindly donated limited-edition prints of two of her paintings to Newham Bookshop. They were auctioned at the event at The Wanstead Tap this evening and raised a total of £600 which will go towards our Two Doors Down fundraising effort. The auction followed a fascinating discussion between Doreen Fletcher and The Gentle Author, who highlighted Doreen’s forthcoming exhibition opening on 25 January 2019 at The Nunnery Gallery in Bow.

One print, Pubali Cafe, Commercial Road, was purchased by the evening’s auctioneer and owner of The Wanstead Tap, Dan Clapton, who immediately gave it to Newham Bookshop where it will be given pride of place. We are grateful to Dan for this generous gift and for all his work supporting the events organised jointly by Newham Bookshop and The Wanstead Tap which have been so successful over the past year.

Two Doors Down move almost complete

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15 December — Two weeks into December, and most of our new Bookshop at 743 Barking Road is ready to welcome you. Nearly all of the bookshelves are in place and full of books. There’s still a lot of work to do, and we will continue to work hard to get everything done in the next week or two. We’ve extended the deadline for our Crowdfunder page until Friday 21 December, and you can make donations in person at any time. We still need your help to reach our fundraising target of £25,000. Here are the latest pictures of the new shop taking shape.

Shelves at back of shop
Service desk almost in position

Working hard on our move Two Doors Down

New shop refurbished in November – books moving across in December

We need more donations to fund the move: visit our Fundraising page for details.

During November, our contractors have worked hard to transform 743 Barking Road from the state it was in (shown in these photos) to the new shop that is now being fitted out.

Before the work started
Plastering in progress
Before the archway was restored

One important task was the reinstatement of the archway between 743 and the Children’s Bookshop in 745. This was bricked up several years ago (left) but it is now replastered and repainted (right).

Plastered walls and the new ceiling

We have had a false (suspended) ceiling fitted to incorporate low-energy lighting units and an air conditioning heating/
cooling system. We hope you agree that this gives 743 a modern, neat look.

After the archway was plastered
The first shelves are installed
John and Peter contemplate the new shelves

We’ve had new flooring put down and then started to put the bookshelves in place.

Etta filling the shelves
John putting books in place

Booksellers Etta Levi-Smythe and John Newman are putting the books in place on the shelves moved from 747.

Bookshelves full of books

Come and visit the Bookshop to see how the new shop is developing. We’ll put some more pictures here as the work continues.

We need more donations to help us reach our fundraising target of £25,000. Please visit our Crowdfunder page to make your pledge, or make a donation in person at the Bookshop or at one of our events. You can also send us cheques by post, payable to Newham Bookshop. You will get a reward for your generosity however you donate.

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 23 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit
in conversation with Martin Rowson

Wednesday 8 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Adam
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop
and The Genius Within

Past events and news

Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

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Michael Rosen
with Danny Braverman

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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Suresh Singh
with Stef Dickers

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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

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Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

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Regeneration Songs

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Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Benjamin Zephaniah
The Life and Rhymes
of Benjamin Zephaniah

in conversation with Cilius Victor

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

E. Foley and B. Coates
What Would Boudicca Do?

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Will Ashon
Chamber Music
Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)

Robin Ince
I’m a Joke and So Are You
A Comedian’s Take on
What Makes Us Human

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

An evening with
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Marcus Sedgwick & Dr Sam George
The Battle of the Books:
Frankenstein v. Dracula

Kenney Jones
Let the Good Times Roll

Ben Okri and special guests
Rise Like Lions

Adam Dant
Maps of London & Beyond

Sarah Ivens
Forest Therapy

Shore 2 Shore
with Carol Ann Duffy
Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay
and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

Viv Albertine
To Throw Away Unopened

Melanie McGrath
Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road
in conversation with Duncan Barrett

James Bloodworth
Six Months Undercover
in Low-Wage Britain

Chris Difford
Full Acoustic Show
Some Fantastic place

Michael Rosen
So They Call You Pisher!

David Hepworth
Uncommon People
The Rise and Fall of the
Rock Stars 1955-1994

Liam Young and Simon Hannah
The Labour Party, past and present

Misha Glenny: McMafia
Seriously Organised Crime

Helen Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words
The Story of Women’s Rights,
Then and Now

Laura James and Jessie Hewitson discuss autism

Literary Natives
Writers of Colour Meet Up

John Davies: The Red Atlas
How the Soviet Union
Secretly Mapped the World

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in the main menu.