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We’ll be opening again on Wednesday 2 December with masks and social distancing.


Order by email to info@newhambooks.co.uk
or call 020 8552 9993.

To collect your books through the shop door, please email info@newhambooks.co.uk
or call 020 8552 9993.

Free local bike deliveries.

We’ll send your books by post from £2.

Covid-19 restrictions

The Bookshop is closed until
Tuesday 1 Dec.

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Wednesday 7 December at 7 pm
at Sir James Hawkey Hall,
Woodford Green

Sir James Hawkey Hall

No Cunning Plan
No Cunning Plan
is published in hardback by
Sidgwick & Jackson at £20.
Questions and answers from the
South Woodford Village Gazette.

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Hear Tony Robinson on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, now on BBC iPlayer Radio.

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson
No Cunning Plan

Tony Robinson returns to where he grew up and went to school to talk about his eagerly-awaited memoir

Sir Tony Robinson is a much-loved actor, presenter and author with a stellar career lasting over fifty years. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, he reveals how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver!, a pint-sized pickpocket desperately bleaching his incipient moustache, to comedy icon Baldrick, the loyal servant and turnip aficionado in Blackadder.

It wasn’t all plain sailing though. Along the way he was bullied by Steve Marriott, failed to impress Liza Minnelli and was pushed into a stinking London dock by John Wayne. He also entertained us with Maid Marion and Her Merry Men (which he wrote and starred in) and coped manfully when locked naked outside a theatre in Lincoln during the live tour of comedy series Who Dares Wins. He presented Time Team for twenty years, watching countless gardens ruthlessly dug up in the name of archaeology, and risked life and limb filming The Worst Jobs in History.

He is a multi award-winning children’s television writer and has authored many children’s books including the history series Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders. He has also written several books for adults.

Packed full of incident and insight, No Cunning Plan is a funny, self-deprecating and always entertaining read.

Alex Clark

The event will be hosted by Alex Clark, a literary critic for the Guardian, the Observer, the Evening Standard and a former editor of Granta.

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Tickets from Newham Bookshop £25 (including a copy of the book, rrp £20) or £10 (seat only).

There will be a cash bar kindly provided by our friends at The Wanstead Tap.

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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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