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Michael Palin – SOLD OUT

North Korea Journal

Monday 20th January at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

This event is now sold out. Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a cut-off land without internet or phone signal, where the countryside has barely moved beyond a centuries-old peasant economy but where the cities have gleaming skyscrapers and luxurious underground train stations. His resulting documentary for […]

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Elaine Chiew & Carol Isaacs

In conversation with Emily Rhodes

Wednesday 22nd January at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Join us for a conversation about diaspora, homesickness, the divided self and trying to live within a culture which is not your own.   Carol Isaac‘s graphic memoir The Wolf of Baghdad is a moving story about her family’s lost Jewish homeland in Baghdad. Illuminated by family portraits and testimonies, it is also the personal story of Carol’s […]

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Patrice Chaplin

The Unknown Pursuit

Monday 27th January at 6:30pm

Free Entry

Join us to celebrate the publication of two new books from local author Patrice Chaplin. Following her classic Girona trilogy – The City of Secrets, The Portal and The Stone Cradle – Patrice Chaplin returns to the enchanted city for a new adventure. In The Unknown Pursuit : Three Grandmothers in Search of the Grail […]

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Mike Nicholls

My Life With Rock 'n' Roll People

Thursday 6th February at 6:30pm

Free Entry

‘So who are these rock ‘n’ roll people? Well, there are one hundred here in this book and I’ve interviewed them all. Naturally, each one is an individual but they have a lot in common. First of all, you can see it in their eyes, a twinkle here, a hint of mischief there. Then there’s […]

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The Pottery Press

Maureen Duffy & Frances Bingham

Wednesday 12th February at 6:30pm

Free Entry

Join us for a celebration to mark the publication of two new Pottery Press pamphlets, with wine, book-signing and partying – both writers will be reading from their books.

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Fabian Watkinson

The Golden Age of Camden Housing

Monday 17th February at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Join us for a talk about Camden Housing in the 1960s and ’70s. Fabian Watkinson has lived on the Whittington Estate for over twenty years. He regularly welcomes visitors for London Open House and has led walks on Camden’s housing for architectural students and the Twentieth Century Society. The talk is based on his recently […]

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Tom Bolton

London's Lost Rivers - A Walkers Guide

Wednesday 26th February at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Tom Bolton will be talking at the Owl about his new collection of walks exploring London’s hidden rivers. Tracking eleven rivers beneath London that have been culverted, placed in tunnels, or diverted into the sewer system. Below the pavements, out of sight, a network of secret rivers pulses beneath the capital’s busy pavements. The second […]

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Christian Wolmar

Railways

Monday 2nd March at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store.

Join us for a talk by local author and railway expert Christian Wolmar about his latest book. The arrival of the railways in the first half of the nineteenth century and their subsequent spread across every one of the world’s continents, acted as a spur for economic growth and social change on an extraordinary scale. […]

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Mandeep Rai

The Values Compass

Tuesday 14th January at 6:30pm

Free Entry

Come along to meet Mandeep Rai who will be signing copies of her new book. What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose, Life and Leadership The choices, challenges, or opportunities facing us – and how we engage with them – in politics, family, relationships, work, and play reveal something important about our character, desires, and […]

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Gillian Tindall

The Pulse Glass

Monday 2nd December at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

A personal and global history in objects, Gillian Tindall traces the memories and meanings that accrue to the artefacts of human lives through time. Before ordinary doctors had access to accurate pocket watches, they timed a patient’s pulse with a 30-second sandglass. A ‘pulse glass’ was a functional piece of medical equipment, designed to measure […]

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Christmas Shopping Day

20% OFF

Sunday 1st December at 10:00am

This year’s Christmas shopping day starts at 10am on Sunday 1st December. The offer only applies to purchases of books and stationery on the day. If you need help choosing then take a look at our recommendation posts in the website. It is always wonderfully busy on the day and with this in mind you […]

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Tot Taylor

The Story of John Nightly

Monday 18th November at 6:30pm

Free Entry

Local author Tot Taylor will read from his novel using excerpts and new songs at the piano. Entry is free but please contact us to reserve your place. About the book.. John Nightly (b. 1948) finds his dimension in pop music, the art form of his time. His solo album becomes one of 1970’s bestselling […]

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Jonathan Fenby

Crucible - The Year That Forged Our World

Tuesday 29th October at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

One year shaped the world we know today. This is the page-turning story of the pivotal changes which were forged in the space of thirteen months of 1947-48. Two years after the end of the second conflict to engulf the world in twenty years, and the defeat of the Axis forces of Germany, Italy and […]

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Tracy Chevalier – SOLD OUT

A Single Thread

Thursday 24th October at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

This event is now fully booked. Please contact us if you would like a signed copy to collect after the event. About the book… It is 1932 and Violet Speedwell is a “surplus woman” – one of millions of English women unable to marry since World War I decimated a generation of potential spouses. Looked […]

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Louise Doughty

Platform seven

Thursday 17th October at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

We are delighted to announce an event with local author Louise Doughty who is returning to the shop to talk about her latest novel Platform Seven About the book… Platform Seven at 4am: Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. The man crossing the covered walkway on this freezing November morning is confident he’s alone. As he […]

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A Race Today Anthology

Thursday 10th October at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Here to Stay, Here to Fight: A Race Today Anthology by Paul Field, Robin Bunce, Leila Hassan, Margaret Peacock Launch Event. October is Black History Month and we are excited to be hosting a talk to celebrate the publication of a new anthology of articles and essays from the journal Race Today. From 1973 to […]

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Steve Jones

Here Comes the Sun

Tuesday 8th October at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a talk by local author and academic Professor Steve Jones about his latest book Here Comes the Sun.  About the book… Our sun drives the weather, forms the landscape, feeds and fuels – but sometimes destroys – the creatures that live upon it, controls their patterns of activity, makes […]

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Ursula Owen

Single Journey Only - A Memoir

Thursday 3rd October at 6:30pm

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.

We are delighted to host a talk with one of the founding directors of Virago Press to celebrate the publication of her memoir Single Journey Only. Ursula Owen will be in conversation with literary journalist Emily Rhodes About the book… Ursula Owen has been a significant figure in the worlds of literature and free expression […]