EASTER COMES TO KEW & SHEEN…
With all this snow around at the moment, we thought we’d give the two shops a taste of Spring which will eventually arrive – so our Easter windows have gone in – here’s the Kew window:-
Wow – so exciting !! We have been shortlisted along with five other bookshops, for the London region for the Best Independent Bookshop Nibbie Award (this is like the British Oscars of Bookselling !!)
Come and vote for us here:- Independent Bookshop of the Year Vote
The London shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year at this year’s The Bookseller magazine #Nibbies is :-
Hewson Books has been around for just over one year, trading at The Kew Bookshop and The Sheen Bookshop, and it’s fair to say that we have had quite a successful first year. So we would like to extend out heartfelt thanks and good wishes to all our loyal customers who have helped to create two thriving local bookshops in this part of West London.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Hewson Books, and hopefully to welcome you all back in 2018 !!
~ Adam & Wendy Hewson
We are delighted to announce that possibly the most famous bird-watcher in the UK is going to be joining us on Friday 1st December for our marvellous Kew Sparkle event !!
He will be signing copies of his wonderful new book ‘Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener’ and hopefully telling us a bit about it too – so do come and join us in Kew Village for a lovely evening of carols, market stalls, shopping, wine and mince pies…it’s your early December treat !!
This week, we had the pleasure of being invited to sell Peter and Ann’s new book “War Stories” at the Old Sorting Office in Barnes, West London, on behalf of the publisher, Hachette UK. They were doing an illustrated talk about the personal war experiences in this book – we listened in and enjoyed it immensely – it was totally fascinating !!
We can’t recommend this book highly enough for a Christmas present or for your own reading pleasure !! You can reserve a signed copy of this marvellous book in either of our shops in Kew or Sheen, or by phone or e-mail. Here’s the precis of the book:-
“The Prime of Miss Dolly Greene” by E.V. Harte – come and meet the author on October 31st at 5pm, and hear all about her latest book !!
The Tarot talks . . . but is anyone listening ?
In the heart of South West London, just a short stroll from the Thames, lies an enclosed and overgrown bike path and a single row of cottages. Foremost among Tinderbox Lane’s hotchpotch of loyal residents is professional Tarot reader, Dolly Greene: divorced and permanently broke, she shares her tiny house with her 21-year-old daughter Pippa.
When, one stiflingly hot summer’s day, Dolly reads the cards for the hedonistic Nikki, her usually professional patter is interrupted by a sudden vision – a flash of Nikki’s face, covered in blood and bruises.
A few days later, when the body of a battered woman is washed up by Chiswick Bridge, Dolly is haunted by the belief that Nikki’s time may have come . . . but can she be sure? And how far is Dolly prepared to go to act on her intuition?
Join us for this exciting book launch on Thursday 28th September at 7pm – no need for tickets, just turn up !! :-
HEROINE CHIC by James Webster (Inspired Quill Publishing)
I am the girl the Lost Boys lost.” Queens and Scoundrels. Witches and Rebels. Grifters and Goddesses. These are stories about heroines.
From prolific poet and writer James Webster, and featuring 52 very short stories, ‘Heroine Chic’ is a celebration of the heroine’s place at the heart of science fiction, fantasy, and reality. Told with humour, daring, and gorgeous lyricism, these are tales of magic, love, adventure, SCIENCE! and much more.
James is an inveterate scribbler of poetry and prose who can most reliably be found writing weird little stories online, or on a stage somewhere, doing something that can only be described as ‘proclaiming’. As a poet, he’s won multiple slams, performed up and down the UK (mainly down) and written two full-length spoken word theatre shows (50 Shades of Webster and Poor Life Choices) that he’s performed at various festivals and even one sci-fi convention.
When not performing, he’s had poetry published in a couple of anthologies, but most often publishes microfiction and flash fiction on his tumblr page – Strange Little Stories.
In an evening of many captivating speakers and new writing, Iain Sinclair and Caitlin Davies present their latest books, Ian Rawes plays vintage recordings of life on the Thames, and storyteller Griot Chinyere Nwaubani presents a new watery tale inspired by the river. You can also get a glimpse of London’s playwrighting talent as the MA writers from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama present new works inspired by the Thames both in the Theatre and popping up all around Watermans.
Here is a link to the official timetable of the evening’s events where you can book tickets – these include these three presentations:-
6pm: Ian Rawes: Listening to the Thames… at night, in 1933… (£5 – Theatre)
Ian Rawes’ project The London Sound Survey is a glorious collection of sound recordings, encompassing the changing landscapes, technologies, streetlife and wildlife of the last hundred years in this great city. Here he presents vintage recordings of life on the Thames, starting in 1933 with a cruise along the river at night, guided by a BBC presenter who, he says, sounds like ‘James Mason at altitude’. This is a great opportunity to spend some time just listening, to rare recordings and a wonderful speaker.
Novelist and historian Caitlin Davies travelled the Thames from source to sea, researching stories of people who have been drawn to its waters. In her book Down Stream, she unearthed intrepid rebels and forgotten champions of the Victorian era including Agnes Beckwith, who made history in 1875 by swimming the Thames from London Bridge to Greenwich. Here she presents a novel in progress, a fictionalised life story based on the lives of Victorian wild swimmers. Illuminating and entertaining, Caitlin Davies will enchant you with her tales.
Iain Sinclair presents ‘The Last London’, the last book of his epic project documenting the peculiar magic of the river-city that has absorbed and obsessed him for most of his adult life. A memoir, a critique and a love letter, in The Last London, Sinclair strikes out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a capital stretched beyond recognition. Come and be among the first to hear this ‘modern-day William Blake’ present his latest book. With a Q & A session and book signing.
Come and join us for a really interesting evening !! This is all part of their River Weekender 2017