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Blog posts, bestseller lists, reading guides and updates from the collective staff of the London Review Bookshop.

Speaking as a single entity isn't always straightforward; each of our booksellers takes pride in their eclectic reading tastes, their specific areas of expertise and their personal literary foibles. We've had some vehement disagreements about Dickens and nobody can agree on who should have won the Booker Prize. But there are some things on which we all agree and some things which just need to be said.

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We’re looking for a bookseller

The London Review Bookshop, London’s leading literary bookshop, is looking for a bookseller, preferably experienced, well-read and engaged with the current literary scene, to cover paternity leave from January to June ...

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Celebrating the life and work of John Berger

It was with great sadness that we at the bookshop learned of the death of John Berger on 2 January this year.

John was one of our first and most loyal customers, and one whose occasional visits to the shop in person, ...

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Christmas 2016 at the London Review Bookshop

As we approach our fourteenth Christmas season, we're delighted to announce that the much-heralded 'death of the printed book' still hasn't happened, and doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon.

To ease yourself ...

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Carmen Callil on Sylvia Townsend Warner

Carmen Callil, the founder of Virago Press, reflects on her relationship with Sylvia Townsend Warner's work:

I started reading Sylvia Townsend Warner in 1976, forty years ago. And have read her constantly ever since. ...

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Turkey at the Crossroads

Here at the London Review Bookshop we are hosting an informal 'focus on Turkey' season to explore what's going on in Turkey today. There'll be a debate and two film screenings, along with a special display of

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Independent Bookshop Week 2016

Once again this year we’re celebrating Independent Bookshop Week in true London Review Bookshop style: with cocktails, music, books, cinema and food!

Independent Bookshop Week, between 18 and 25 June, aims to ...

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Levy & Gunn return

Deborah Levy and Kirsty Gunn are no strangers to the London Review Bookshop. They joined us towards the end of 2015 for a fascinating event exploring their respective collected short stories, the process of writing short ...

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Vodka, Caviar & Poetry

Our Author(s) of the Month for March will be the group of poets associated with the Stray Dog Café. Named as such because they saw themselves as "strays', excluded from mainstream society, the Stray Dog Café was a ...

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Sale Now On

Every year we select several hundred titles from every corner of the shop for a half-price bonanza. Some of them might be old editions; some of them might be slightly damaged; others will just have been overlooked by the ...

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We're closed bank holiday Monday

The Bookshop and Cake Shop will be closed Monday 31 August for the bank holiday, leaving you free to enjoy the weather. We'll be back as usual at 10 a.m. on Tuesday 1 September.

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Our new Crime Fiction section

In a strange literary twist on the classic locked room mystery, a Crime Fiction section has mysteriously appeared in Bury Place. NOW READ ON.

1.1. Int: London Review Bookshop (Upstairs). Day.

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VIDEO: The Story of Alice

Professor Robert Douglas-Fairhurst describes how Lewis Carroll's childhood family games influenced the writing of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', including 'The Mouse's Tale' and his later novel 'Sylvie and Bruno' at ...

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How to Bind a Book

We went behind the scenes at Shepherds bookbinders in London to learn how to bind a book, watching them putting together a special edition of Tom McCarthy's Satin Island for us. Details of the book, as well as ...

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Our Easter Opening Hours

On the 29th March we are closed all day for a stocktake.

Between Friday 3rd April and Monday 6th April inclusive, we're closed for our Easter break. We will return at 10am on Tuesday morning more or less invigorated.

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Little Books vs. Lager

'It is difficult to establish any relationship between the price of books and the value one gets out of them... There are books that one reads over and over again, books that become part of the furniture of one's mind ...

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Who's been scribbling in our books?

A bookshop without authors would be a sad thing: Sweep without Sooty, Wise without Morecambe, Lewis without Morse. And being where we are in London, surrounded by some of the country’s finest publishers, libraries and ...

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A Day in the Life of a Christmas Bookseller

Our festive workload was eased this year by Barney and Katy, our wonderful Christmas booksellers. We've sadly had to bid them farewell, for this year at least, but not before asking Barney to reflect on his ... ... Read more

Christmas Opening Hours

'Tis the season for us to abscond our bookseller-ly duties and go off in search of mince pies and sherry. For those wishing to visit us over the Christmas period, our opening hours are as follows:

Wednesday 24 December: ...

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Monday Afternoon Contemporary Art Quiz

In her latest book about the art world, Sarah Thornton speaks to contemporary artists about the ways they negotiate politics, kinship and craft in their work. She'll be talking with Turner prize-nominated artist Isaac ...

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Some Exciting News...

The range of titles available from our website is about to expand! From Thursday 3 July, we are partnering with Blackwells to fulfil our online orders. Up until now a frustrating number of books that we stock in the shop ...

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Another Great Day At Sea

Also: there is never a dull moment. But this is translated into: there is never a moment's peace, no guarantee of a good night's sleep. There is never a dull moment, and yet life is an endless succession of dull ...

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The Sounds of Europe

At a recent event, we had the wonderful opportunity to hear Nick Hunt talk about the journey from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul - and we also had the opportunity to listen to the sounds that he heard as he travelled. ...

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Spring Cleaning

The Bookshop will be closed over Easter and the Bank Holiday – we're having a refurbishment of the lower floor and our little office. There's going to be more space down there to read, with big comfortable chairs in ...

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London Review Bookshop: Relentlessly Thoughtful

If I think of a community around what reading, writing and publishing means, I think of the London Review Bookshop.

We cornered some of our regulars and asked them to tell us what they love about the London Review ...

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Chinese cakes and cookies from the Cake Shop

We're offering a glorious array of Chinese goodies at the Bookshop this evening. Here's our guide to what's what:

Cashew Cookies: Said to bring prosperity due to their resemblance to gold ingots, cashew cookies are ...

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Calling all translators!

It's no secret that we're keen on translated literature here at the London Review Bookshop. So it should come as no surprise that we love translators, those wonderful people who enable us to read books from all corners ...

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Merry Christmas from all at the Bookshop

'Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused – in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened – by the recurrence of ... ... Read more

Festive Goodies from the London Review Cake Shop

We've got goodies galore at the Cake Shop this Christmas. Tuck in...

'Bedecked with birds and pomegranates in the style of William Morris, this Christmas cornucopia is richly spiced and unabashedly boozy.'

Add some ...

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A Decade of Bestsellers: 1599

Michael Dobson in the LRB on our 2005 bestseller, James Shapiro's 1599:

1599 sells itself primarily as biography rather than criticism, a fresh attempt on the undergraduate-and-general-reader market tapped with ...

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A Decade of Bestsellers: Parallels and Paradoxes

Our bestselling book in 2004 was Parallels and Paradoxes, Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said's wide-ranging exchange of ideas. In the pages of the LRB, Marina Warner took their first meeting as the seed for her exploration ...

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