Newham Bookshop logo 1978-2018

Tuesday 4 Sept at 7 pm at Conway Hall

The Monsters We Deserve

Marcus Sedgwick
& Dr Sam George

The Battle of the Books

Frankenstein
v. Dracula

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Come and visit your local independent bookshop!

Watch the video featuring Vivian Archer, Why We Love Independent Bookshops
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Newham Bookshop line drawing

Newham Bookshop celebrates
40 years’ trading, 1978-2018

Thursday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Bobby Seagull

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Now confirmed for
Thurs 22 November

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Newham Bookshop

745-747 Barking Road
London E13 9ER
Telephone: 020 8552 9993
info@newhambooks.co.uk
www.newhambooks.co.uk
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Tuesday – Friday
9.30 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm


HamburgHammer

HamburgHammer visits Newham Bookshop

The West Ham fan and blogger from Hamburg visited Newham Bookshop as part of a ten-day visit to London


Writing in the West Ham Till I Die blog, this is what he said about Newham Bookshop.

I like reading, I love West Ham and I’m also curious about east London’s past. And I had heard good things about Newham Bookshop, located right where the Barking Road meets Green Street. Funny I had never been there before. They had a special Christmas sale on (20% off for all books) with late opening hours, so I entered into a wonderful world, filled with piles and shelves of books, plenty of community spirit, friendly banter and a warm welcome. The latter was delivered by Vivian Archer, proud manager, heartbeat and soul of the shop and an absolute institution. Due to the fact her parents hail from Germany she quickly caught upon the fact that I was from the same country. After being greeted in German I told her about being a fervent West Ham fan, how I came to support them in the first place and then I was dumbfounded to hear her ask if I was HamburgHammer by any chance.

Yes, alright, for a brief minute I thought I was actually a minor celebrity in east London now (which served as the spark for various jokes and set ups both online and at the stadium, everyone knowing about HamburgHammer becoming somewhat of a running joke among the WHTID community). The quite logical explanation though is that Vivian apparently reads the blog every day, so when she met a German West Ham fan in her shop she took a punt with her guess – and frankly, how many other German West Ham fans are likely to walk into Newham Bookshop on a Tuesday evening? Probably not many.

I felt at home right away. Mince pies and nice winterly spiced hot drinks were being served up to the loyal customers (I got some too despite being a first time visitor) and I obviously also bought a few books (and some more a few days later). The shop felt more like a community centre and I got the impression that there are plenty of customers there who have been buying their books from Vivian for ages. I just love shops like this and I hope it keeps on trading for many years to come.

I had some lovely chats about West Ham, Brexit and Germany, both with Vivian and John Newman who also works at the bookshop and I want to thank them a lot for their hospitality and putting up with me. If you enjoy reading more than just your gas bill leaflet or the sports pages of the tabloids, go there!

They have a great section of children’s books, but also a lot of stuff on West Ham, football and sports in general, biographies, history, travel books, fiction, non-fiction, classics and obviously a lot of books about east London. They will probably order the latest John Grisham bestseller for you if you ask for it, but if you are looking for something a bit more special, just put yourself in their capable hands and minds, you won’t be disappointed and leave the shop happy and eager to get your nose between the pages of your new books sharpish.

They probably know the right book for you before you even know it yourself! Oh, how I would love to have that bookshop in my neighbourhood in Hamburg!

About HamburgHammer, in his own words

Radio journo, big West Ham fan from Germany from my time of working experience in shipping, working in Barking of all places. Used to be a season ticket holder in the Lower West Stand, near the corner flag.

First player whose name I had on the back of my West Ham shirt was… Tim Breacker. So you can see I don’t go for the expensive flashy type of players, but appreciate the hard-working, utterly professional team player.

I cannot wait for West Ham to see better times and become a properly established Premier League side playing in the OS. COYI!

Forthcoming events


Tuesday 4 September at 7 pm
at Conway Hall

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

Wednesday 12 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Thursday 27 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Friday 12 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

An evening with
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes

Thursday 18 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

Thursday 8 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

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 The Wanstead Tap

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?

Past events and news


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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