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We’re looking forward to re-opening on Tuesday 13 April

From 3 to 12 April
Open for payment and collections through the door, Tuesday to Saturday
from 10 am to 12 noon.
From Tuesday 13 April
Open Tuesday to Saturday
from 10 am to 5 pm.
Face coverings, four customers at a time.
We can send books by post, usually £3 in the UK.

Redeem your
World Book Day
vouchers any time up to Friday 23 April.
We will honour them.

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Thank you to all our customers, local, national and worldwide, for your loyalty and support over the last year.



Saturday 29 November
from 1.30 pm at
Newham Bookshop

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John Lyall:
A Life in Football

is published in
hardback by
Apex Publishing
at £20

Book signing with Dr Phil Stevens
John Lyall: A Life in Football

From 1.30 pm, before West Ham v. Newcastle United

Legendary West Ham manager John Lyall, who sadly died in 2006, is remembered with affection as one of the all-time great football managers by former colleagues and football fans alike. Lyall was widely regarded as man of great integrity and is credited with laying down the foundations of the footballing beliefs and values of today’s West Ham United.

This new in-depth biography documents Lyall’s football career from West Ham groundstaff boy in 1955, through his playing debut, injury, and eventual steps into coaching and management under the watchful eye of Ron Greenwood.

A much-loved and respected figure at Upton Park, Lyall had a lasting influence on the club’s development and the team’s style of play and during his time in charge, West Ham twice won the FA Cup. Later, when Lyall took over at Ipswich Town, he led the club to promotion to the inaugural Premier League in 1991/92.

John Lyall: A Life in Football pays tribute to one of the most influential footballer managers of recent years and is a lasting legacy to a true gentleman and champion of the beautiful game.

Dr Phil Stevens has published numerous articles on a range of education topics. He has held fellowships at the London Institute of Education, Merton College, Oxford and the University of Tennessee. He completed a PhD at the London Institute in 1992. While holding senior positions in education, for 25 years Dr Stevens taught in schools, colleges and adult education. In the 1980s he taught in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. A keen sports enthusiast, he coached basketball, football and cricket, including a spell leading a successful Waltham Forest Schools U13 cricket team.

Born in Walthamstow on the East London and Essex border, Dr Stevens enjoyed a long and successful career in education, following a five-year spell as a firefighter in his twenties at Islington and Chingford. He played Devon league cricket for 15 years and football for Leyton FC, Chingford FC and the University of Liverpool. A lifelong West Ham and Essex supporter, Dr Stevens has recently taken early retirement from his post as Vice-Principal of a Community College in Plymouth.

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Family lessons for
Writing and Reading Newham
available here

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Interested in learning more about Newham Bookshop and some of the people connected with it? We have four lessons for classroom or family use developed from On the Record’s oral history project centered around Newham Bookshop, Writing and Reading Newham. Click here for full details.


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Newham Bookshop is LoveReading’s
Bookshop of the Month

We are proud that Newham Bookshop is LoveReading’s Bookshop of the Month. The article features a Q&A with Vivian Archer, which you can read here.


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