Newham Bookshop logo 1978-2018

Monday 18 June at 7 pm at Conway Hall

Shore 2 Shore

Shore 2 Shore


Carol Ann Duffy

Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

An evening of readings by some of the
finest poets at work today. More details…

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Newham Bookshop celebrates
40 years’ trading, 1978-2018

Young Palestianians Speak

Friday 11 May at 6.30 pm
at Hamilton House,
London WC1H 9BD

Writing from
the frontline

Michael Rosen, Anthony Robinson, Annemarie Young, Beverley Naidoo and Elizabeth Laird

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Monday 27 October
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Cover of Knitting For Tommy
Knitting for Tommy
is published in
paperback by
The History Press
at £9.99.
Lucinda Gosling

Lucinda Gosling
Knitting for Tommy

Keeping the Great War Soldier Warm

During the First World War a knitting craze swept across Britain, as women everywhere wanted to kit out their Tommies with socks, mittens, balaclavas, vests, jumpers and all manner of knitwear — some more graciously received than others. Millions of socks were sent from the home front to the fighting fronts in a bid to wage war on the dreaded trench foot, and thoughtful knitters would often tuck a love note or simple message into parcels to offer extra cheer to the soldier far from home. Knitting for Tommy explores the knitting craze through magazine adverts, postcards, cartoons and photographs of the day, as well as offering Great War Britain a guide to kitting out your own First World War Tommy using original knitting patterns.

Lucinda Gosling is a historian working at the Mary Evans Picture Library. Her books include Debutantes and the London Season, Royal Coronations, and Brushes and Bayonets: Cartoons, sketches and paintings of World War I. She is also the author of Great War Britain: The First World War at Home, published in hardback by The History Press at £25.