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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.



Tuesday 2 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


Strange Labyrinth
Strange Labyrinth is published in
hardback by Granta Books at £14.99.

Buy ticket online
Tickets online from
Newham Bookshop £5

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Great range of beers and sophisticated soft drinks
Will Ashon
A recent photograph of Will Ashon
by Karen Robinson for the Observer

Will Ashon
Strange Labyrinth

Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London’s Great Forest

Will Ashon will be in conversation with John Rogers, author of This Other London

This is a book about Epping Forest, the remnants of ancient woodland on the eastern edge of London. It’s about the punks and poets, artists and visionaries, the outlaws and the mad who have found inspiration and solace within these woods. It’s also about how historical rulings such as The Enclosure Act and the Charter of the Forest still impact our landscape.

Will Ashon is the engaging narrator of the woods; he tells us the stories of Jacob Epstein, Ken Campbell, John Clare, Wally Hope and the band Crass amongst others. Though their stories are varied, each man finds that Epping Forest is a space in which they can lose and find and be themselves.

Strange Labyrinth is a story of a confused, contradictory yet creative patch of England.

Will Ashon was born in Leicester in 1969. Having worked as a music journalist, he founded the record label Big Dada Recordings in 1996, which he ran for over fifteen years, signing acts like Roots Manuva, Wiley, Diplo, Kate Tempest and Young Fathers and, in the process, winning the Mercury Music Prize twice. He is also the author of the novels Clear Water and The Heritage. He lives in Walthamstow.

Strange Labyrinth is a wonderful exploration of the tangled undergrowth of the psyche. Ashon is an anarchic Green Man; a puckish punk of the forests and here he has invented a new genre: Gonzo Romanticism.” – Jon Day.

“From John Clare to Crass, Will Ashon unearths magic in a forest that is more than mere harbour and hide-out for dissidents, poets and outlaws, but which represents an entire narrative strand of an ever-changing England. Here is deep questing into both person and place, masterfully delivered.” – Benjamin Myers.

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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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