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News from Newham Bookshop, 2020


Superior: the Return of Race Science Superior: the Return of Race Science

Over 550 requests for free books on racial justice

Since we announced the offer to provide free copies of Superior: the Return of Race Science by Angela Saini and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge on 2 June, we have been inundated with requests from across the UK and from abroad. We have also received many requests for a bundle of children’s books discussing racism and power.

This is all possible thanks to a generous donation from Dr Jess Wade, a physicist, materials scientist and equalities campaigner at Imperial College London. Jess Wade also launched a crowdfunding page on JustGiving, which has raised over £11,400. Angela Saini’s publishers 4th Estate made a generous donation of 1,000 copies of the paperback edition of Superior to make it possible to give books to many more people.

Apart from requesting free copies of these books, many people have donated to the crowdfunding and have chosen to pay for their book, as well as ordering other books discussing these issues.

Free books statistics

Over 550 requests for Superior: the Return of Race Science, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race or a bundle of children’s books
60 requests from outside the UK
50 requests from Newham and the local area
£11,445 raised from crowdfunding donations
Average donation of £18.


Newham Bookshop supports Earlham Primary School’s Summer Reading Book Scheme

Almir, a pupil at Earlham Primary Iman, a pupil at Earlham Primary

Newham Bookshop has supplied and delivered books to 460 pupils at Earlham Primary School to support their Summer Reading Book Scheme. The books were selected by John Newman, our children’s bookseller. Click here to visit the school’s website to see pictures of many happy pupils with their books. We’d like to thank Newham Cyclists who did the deliveries.


Local and international customers support Newham Bookshop with orders

We’ve been receiving dozens of book orders by email and phone, and sending them out by post. Our special cycling volunteers are helping with local deliveries in Newham, Wanstead and Leytonstone.

Apart from many orders from our local customers, we’ve been sending signed copies of Polly Samson’s new novel A Theatre for Dreamers to fans across Europe, the USA and Australia! Your local independent bookshop is going global.

See where our customers are on our world map
or on maps of North America and Europe.


Newham Bookshop's adults' bookshop Conde Nast Traveller logo

Newham Bookshop named as one of ten brilliant bookshops
– that deliver

Newham Bookshop features in the online version of Condé Nast Traveller’s selection of 10 Lovely Independent Bookshops in London – that Deliver. The article describes how each of the independent bookshops are striving to provide a service to customers while their shops are closed to the public.

David Gilmour donates signed
Pink Floyd CDs for our charity auction

Polly Samson and David Gilmour A Theatre for Dreamers

The voice and guitar of Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, has donated some rare signed copies of CDs for our auction to support local charities. Most of the bids have come in by email and we expect to raise around £2,000. We will tell the winners very soon.

David Gilmour is here signing CDs with his wife Polly Samson signing bookplates to go in copies of her new novel A Theatre for Dreamers. We have had many orders for this book and they are on their way!


Heather Moos auction winner

Charity CD auction winner
is Pink Floyd’s top fan

Our live-streamed charity auction for the signed CD of The Dark Side of the Moon took place at The Wanstead Tap on Saturday 6 June with a select group of serious Pink Floyd fans. The winning bid of £2,000 came from Heather Moos of Scottsdale, Arizona. Heather says: “I have a David Gilmour/Pink Floyd playlist that I play almost every day. One day when I was listening to it, a message from Spotify popped up congratulating me for being one of Pink Floyd’s top fans worldwide. ‘You’re one of their top 1% fans.’ I didn’t even know that was a thing but I was ecstatic!”

Vivian Archer, manager of Newham Bookshop, said: “We are really pleased to have raised £2,000 in this auction. We are donating to INQUEST, who support bereaved families following a death in custody and whose patron is our mutual friend Benjamin Zephaniah, and to Newham-based campaigners Netpol, who defend people’s right to protest and oppose unjust and discriminatory policing.”


Metropolitan March/April 2020 cover

2019 Booker Prize winner
tells Eurostar magazine:
“I love Newham Books.”

Bernardine Evaristo Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other and joint winner of the 2019 Booker Prize told Eurostar’s on-board magazine Metropolitan about her relationship with London, and mentioned Newham Bookshop as her favourite bookshop. Click here for the interview.


Ex Libris podcast

Listen to Benjamin Zephaniah and
Vivian Archer on the Ex Libris podcast

Benjamin Zephaniah and Vivian Archer discuss Newham Bookshop with host Ben Holden on an episode of the Ex Libris podcast from December 2019. Click here to listen.

These Are The Hands

Buy These Are The Hands and support the NHS Charities Covid Appeal

Michael Rosen’s poem, These Are The Hands, features in a book of poems from the heart of the NHS, which has just been published. — March 2020.

Email info@newhambooks.co.uk. to order a copy of These Are The Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS for £9.99 plus £3.01 p&p. All proceeds from the book will go to the NHS Charities Covid Appeal.


Good Food for Bad Days

Exclusive! Signed copies of Jack Monroe’s Good Food for Bad Days

Jack Monroe’s new book has just been published. It was written before the coronavirus pandemic, but perfectly captures what we all need now. Newham Bookshop supports Jack Monroe with her books, and will donate £1 from each copy sold to a Newham foodbank. If you would like to buy an exclusive signed copy, please email info@newhambooks.co.uk or call 020 8552 9993. The book costs £7.99, plus £1.40 postage. For international customers the postage is £5.01. (For local customers, the anarchist cyclists are raring to go). — May 2020.


The Little Book of Humanism

The Little Book of Humanism

We are thrilled to offer pre-orders for this great book, The Little Book of Humanism, by Alice Roberts and Andrew Copson, which will be published in June. We will make a donation to Humanists UK from the sales.

We all want to lead a happy life. Traditionally, when in need of guidance, comfort or inspiration, many people turn to religion. But there has been another way to learn how to live well— the humanist way—and in today’s more secular world, it is more relevant than ever.

In The Little Book of Humanism, Alice Roberts and Andrew Copson share over two thousand years of humanist wisdom through an uplifting collection of stories, quotes and meditations on how to live an ethical and fulfilling life, grounded in reason and humanity. With universal insights and beautiful original illustrations, The Little Book of Humanism is a perfect introduction and a timeless anthology of humanist thought from some of history and today’s greatest thinkers. — June 2020.


Thursday 19 March — ITV London News reports on Newham Bookshop’s response to the Coronavirus emergency

“If you can’t get to the Bookshop,
the Bookshop will come to you.”


Kate Thompson and friends

Saturday 18 January at Newham Bookshop

Book signing with Kate Thompson
Secrets of the Homefront Girls

With Stan Moore on spoons and Lyn Brown MP

Photographs by Sarah Ainslie

Stan Moore and Lyn Brown MP
Kate Thompson and friends
Kate Thompson and friends
Kate Thompson and friends
Kate Thompson and friends
Stan Moore