Newham Bookshop logo (2015)

Open Tuesday to Saturday
from 10 am to 5 pm.
We can send books by post, usually £3 in the UK.

Newham Bookshop by Ewan Morrison is part of Newham Lockdown Window Art. Come and see the picture at the Bookshop, click here for a large version, or visit @lbnlockdownart.

The Wanstead Tap logo Newham Bookshop logo (2015)
Newham Bookshop by Pete Fallan
Newham Bookshop, Pete Fallan, March 2021.


The Lion Above the Door by Onjali Q. Raúf
The Lion Above the Door is published by Hachette
Children’s Group in paperback at £7.99.




Onjali Q. Raúf

The Lion Above the Door

From Onjali Q. Raúf, the award-winning and best-selling author of The Boy at the Back of the Class , comes an incredible story about missing histories and the concept of a universal family, told with humour and heart.

Leo and his best friend Sangeeta are the odd ones out in their school. But as Leo’s dad is always telling him, it’s because they’re special. Only thing is, if they’re so special, how come they never see anyone who looks like them in their school history books?

Then, on a class trip to a nearby cathedral, Leo’s attention is drawn to a large marble slab high above the doors of the hall. Right there, bang in the middle of a list of war heroes, Leo finds himself staring at something incredible: his own name.

Desperate to know who this other Leo was, the two friends embark on a search. And together, they begin to uncover missing stories from the past, ones which they are determined to put back into their rightful place in the pages of history.

Touching on themes of historical racism, The Lion Above the Door shines a light on the stories our history books have yet to contain and the power of friendships that can last through generations.

The first edition of this book also contains a special collection of historical photos and stories of real life forgotten heroes from World War Two.

Signed copies available

Onjali Q. Raúf is a local author
and philanthropist

Bookshop logo
If you cannot get to the Bookshop or buy from us directly,
please support Newham Bookshop by visiting our shop on Bookshop.org.
If you would like to buy a signed copy, please contact us first.