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Friday 15 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


Out of the Woods
London Made Us
by Robert Elms is published
in hardback by Canongate Books
at £16.99 on 7 March.
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Tickets £8 online
from Newham Bookshop
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Robert Elms discusses his personal journey – part anecdotal, part impressionistic – through London’s constantly shifting cityscape.

Robert Elms

Robert Elms
London Made Us

A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

“London is a giant kaleidoscope, which is forever turning. Take your eye off it for more than a moment and you’re lost.”

Robert Elms has seen his beloved city change beyond all imagining. London in his lifetime has morphed from a piratical, still bomb-scarred playground, to a swish cosmopolitan metropolis. Motorways driven through lost communities, murder miles becoming estate agents’ dreams, accents changing, towers appearing. Yet still it remains to him the greatest place on earth.

Robert Elms takes us back through time and place to myriad Londons. He is our guide through a place that has seen scientific experiments conducted in subterranean lairs, a small community declare itself an independent nation and animals of varying exoticism roam free through its streets; a place his great-great-grandfather made the Elms’ home over a century ago and a city that has borne witness to epoch- and world-changing events.

Robert Elms is a broadcaster and writer, well-loved for his eponymous radio show on BBC Radio London. He started out as a journalist, writing for The Face and NME. He is a Londoner through and through, growing up in West London and living in the city for most of his life.

The Robert Elms Show is a celebration of every aspect of the tumultuous city of London. He interviews Londoners – famous and non-famous – and every week looks at all sides of the city, be that architecture, language, music, clothes and more.

He is the author of two previous works of non-fiction, The Way We Wore: A Life in Threads and Spain: A Portrait After the General, and a novel, In Search of the Crack. He lives in London with his wife and children.

London Made Us is a marvellously detailed and wonderfully evocative memoir of London trembling on the border of extinction. Our tears and dreams are made of this.” — Peter Ackroyd.

“This great city of ours has been truly blessed with some notable social and historical chroniclers – Robert Elms is a worthy addition in my humble opinion. This book will quite literally give the reader, whether London-born or not, the most fascinating in-depth history lesson of my beloved city (warts an’ all) to date. The reading of this book should be made a compulsory addition to the curriculum of every state and private school in the capital.” – Norman Jay MBE.

Forthcoming events


Friday 22 February at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Tuesday 26 February at 7 pm
at Forest Gate Library

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Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Wednesday 27 February at 7 pm
at Stratford Library

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Regeneration Songs

Thursday 28 February at 7 pm
at Plaistow Library

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Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

Monday 4 March at 7 pm
at Canning Town Library

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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

Tuesday 5 March at 7 pm
at East Ham Library

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Suresh Singh
with Stef Dickers

Wednesday 6 March at 7 pm
at Forest Gate Library

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Thursday 7 March at 7 pm
at Stratford Library

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Michael Rosen
with Danny Braverman

Thursday 14 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Friday 15 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

Past events and news


Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Benjamin Zephaniah
The Life and Rhymes
of Benjamin Zephaniah

in conversation with Cilius Victor

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

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

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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

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

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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