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Newham Bookshop celebrates
40 years’ trading in 2018

Thursday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Bobby Seagull

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing
Magic of Numbers

Meet the star of University Challenge and BBC Radio 4’s Today puzzle.

Tuesday 18 December at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Doreen Fletcher

Doreen
Fletcher,
Paintings

We welcome the Forest Gate artist discussing the book of her paintings with The Gentle Author.

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Monday 7 March at 7 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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Tickets £5
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or The Wanstead Tap

Approaching Ali
Approaching Ali:
A Reclamation in Three Acts

is published in hardback by
Liveright at £16.99.

Click here for details of the
I Am The Greatest
exhibition at The O2
.

Davis Miller and Muhammad Ali

Davis Miller
Approaching Ali

A Reclamation in Three Acts

We all know of Ali at the height of his ‘superstar’ status, but what of the boxing champion in his retiring years? Davis Miller’s Approaching Ali is the single most intimate look at Muhammad Ali’s life beyond boxing. Since 1988 when Miller knocked on the door of his childhood idol and asked for his collection of magazines to be signed, he has become a great personal friend of Ali and the respect has been mutual, with Ali telling Miller of the wisdom he can feel “rumblin’ around inside [him].”

The short stories in this biography portray Ali who is now physically frail but charged with a great spiritual energy and an almost superhuman strength of mind. Maya Angelou has described the book as “lyrical, important, and rigorously humanizing. There is music and truth in the sentences he writes.” Having had Parkinson’s disease for forty years, almost half of his life, Ali has suffered with dignity and it is this very human, fallible side of him — no less graceful and inspiring — that Miller wishes to bring to light with his biography. Miller’s voice is tender, sometimes melancholy and often vivacious, always ready to take inspiration in the most unexpected ways from his idol and his “multi-lived, many-hearted, confounding, irrepressible, fantastic, and finally undefinable friend.”

Davis Miller, whose story My Dinner with Ali was judged by David Halberstam to be one of the best American sports stories of the twentieth century, is the internationally best-selling author of The Tao of Muhammad Ali and co-curator of the I Am The Greatest exhibition at The O2. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina in the USA.

Forthcoming events


Thursday 15 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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

Tuesday 20 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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

Thursday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Tuesday 27 November at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

Now at Wanstead Library

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

Thursday 29 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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

Tuesday 18 December at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Past events and news


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
Hired
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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