Travelling from the pinnacle of the Shard to the outer limits of the London Overground system at Croydon and Barking, from the Thames Estuary to the future ruins of Olympicopolis, Iain Sinclair reflects on where London begins and where it ends. A memoir, a critique, a love letter, The Last London is a delirious conclusion to a truly epic project.
We are delighted to welcome Travis Elborough back to The Wanstead Tap to give a talk with records, based on his book The Long-Player Goodbye. He explains how artists and record companies responded to vinyl records and charts their life and times, with the aid of a few discs from his own collection.
The Gentle Author, who writes the daily Spitalfields Life blog, shows the paintings and tells the stories of the artists who painted London’s East End streets in the 20th Century. He presents a magnificent selection of pictures – many never published before – revealing the evolution of painting in the East End and tracing the changing character of the streets through the twentieth century.
Michael Rosen will be discussing his memoir of his early life in conversation with writer, editor and translator Daniel Hahn. “If you didn’t know whether to risk doing something, what’s the worst that could happen? ‘So they call you pisher!’ ”
Lucinda Hawksley, great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, explores the 19th-century phenomenon that became the Christmas we know and love today – and of the writer who changed, forever, the ways in which it is celebrated.
We’ve had a massive response to our fundraising activities for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. So far, through raffles, auctions and donations we have raised more than £5,700. We are grateful to, and delighted by, all the support from authors and publishers who have generously donated signed copies of books. Thanks also to our many customers and supporters who have bought raffle tickets, made bids or simply made donations.
We still have a large selection of donated, signed books at the Bookshop, so if you’d like to make a donation and choose a book, please visit us.
All the funds raised are being donated to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, an independent charity founded in 2008, which is working with all the other charities supporting the Grenfell Tower residents.
You can now buy tickets online for Newham Bookshop’s events, and for some events in partnership with other organisations. Click on the logo, and you will be taken to the secure website run for us by The Little Box Office Ltd, a British company which provides online ticketing for theatres, music and book festivals.