Saturday 8th April
BOOK LAUNCH PARTY !!
Come and see the best photos from our successful Book Launch event on Saturday – we were host to more than 60 people who came and helped author Claire Evans launch her debut novel ‘The Fourteenth Letter’ – an exciting Victorian murder mystery !! A good time was had by all, especially Claire, who was simply thrilled that so many people came, including many local people from the Sheen area !
As this was only our second book launch event, we were interested to see how many people could comfortably stand in The Sheen Bookshop, now that we’ve moved some of the furniture around a little, without being in major danger of wine spillage or suffocation, and it appears that 60 people can be pretty comfortably accomodated without too much worry !!
Claire gave us a great little speech about how tricky it was getting published for the first time, and her publisher Ella, from little Brown Books was in attendance too, to give her support. Here are Ella, on the left, and Claire, with Adam and I, on the right after the party ended.
Here are some of the best photos from this event, and you can see how many people came, without it being too crowded :-
Do visit our Facebook page to see these photos in more detail, with comments etc:-
Monday 3rd April
EASTER HAS LANDED AT SHEEN & KEW:-
We’ve installed our pretty Easter windows at both shops this weekend, and they both look great, with a fun Bunny & Easter Egg design :-
An all-white frieze of hares running and leaping over zig-zag easter eggs, and clumps of grass with bunnies and eggs grouped all along the window base – what fun !!
Inside the window, we have all kinds of Eastery reads, for both adults and children of course…
ALSO AT THE SHEEN BOOKSHOP – OUR BOOK LAUNCH EVENT :-
SATURDAY 8th APRIL AT 6.30pm
Also we have featured our book launch event in the left hand side of the adult’s window – the acclaimed debut novel by Claire Evans – ‘The Fourteenth Letter’, which we will be launching this Saturday, 8th April at 6.30pm.
This will be a free event with wine, so do come and see your lovely local bookshop and all the exciting changes we have been doing inside, to make it much more interesting – and cheerful and welcoming !!
The changes are not too drastic actually, but just little additions to the furnishings for the children’s area, new white title headers for the bookcases, and various alterations to the layout and running order of the books, which we think make much more sense now, as you look around.
We have also created a dedicated stationery area at the front of the shop on your right as you come in, so now, all our beautiful stationery and cards are all together in one place.
Do tell us what you think when you visit !!
THE KEW BOOKSHOP:-
Over at The Kew Bookshop, for the Easter window display, we have about twice as much window run length to fill up, even though it’s a much smaller shop inside, so a few more running hares were called for and quite a few extra zig-zag easter eggs too…here’s the whole frontage:-
Here are the detailed photos:-
Here, the lovely girls at Kew have already decorated the Children’s window with delightful yellow origami daffs and cut-out bunnies , which look great, and they enhance the Eastery feeling of the window frieze on the glass beautifully !!
So, if you are planning a trip out to Kew Gardens over the Easter weekend, we’re just outside the Kew Gardens Tube station on the right – do come on in and have a look around !!
Thursday 16th March 2017
LONDON BOOK FAIR 2017
Today I accompanied Adam on his third day at the annual London Book Fair at Olympia – the biggest book-trade show outside Frankfurt, with all the best publishers of books, and other related goodies, showing their wares for the coming season.
Olympia is such a grand hall, and such a huge space that you get a brilliant over-view from the gallery upstairs.
We were accompanied by our good friend and Right Hand Man, Russ, who took our photo against the gallery rail !!
Russ and I looked around all the stands getting a really good feel for the trade, while Adam attended practically back to back meetings with various reps and publishing houses.
I did accompany him to one of these meetings to look at books on various crafts and hobbies, with an eye for sewing-type books that might well go down well in our lovely local Sheen Bookshop – lots of beautiful books with lots of interesting crafty projects – beading, knitting, jewellery-making, sewing clothes and toys for your kiddies, and even your first steps in water-colour painting – all marvellous stuff, so look out, Ladies of East Sheen, for our new crafty section coming soon !!
We also found lots of beautiful coffee-table books with stunning photography, and various cookery books that would be great Christmas gifts nearer the time.
An exhausting day – walking, talking, walking – but ending up with a lovely drink or three in the nearest pub with the lovely ladies from Pimpernel Publishing !!
Saturday 11th March 2017
THE GREAT DIXTER COOKBOOK
Today we created a small but beautiful little window display to promote this marvellous new cookery book:-
We really like this beautiful cookbook – the recipes are all interesting versions of genuine traditional British recipes using the home-grown veg and fruit – wonderful ideas for all you foodie gardeners out there !!
Grreat Dixter is one of our gorgeous old estates – a wonderful house and garden to visit. Adam got to go and see it at the launch of this book, and he found it to be a fascinating and rewarding trip to an absolutely beautiful house and garden. Here is a link to their website:-
The Great Dixter Cookbook features seventy simple and delicious seasonal recipes from the kitchen garden at Great Dixter, the historic house and garden located on the borders of Kent and Sussex. Dishes included range from English classics such as chicken and leek pie, apple crumble, and beetroot chutney, to contemporary recipes like crispy kale with sea salt and shakshuka.
Great Dixter was home to the revered and highly influential gardener and writer, Christopher Lloyd, and a number of this book’s recipes have been taken from the Lloyd family’s personal kitchen notebooks. With growing guides to more than twenty varieties of vegetables and fruit to accompany the recipes, this practical, accessible book enriches the kitchens and lives of home cooks and gardeners worldwide.
Here’s the picture of the house that they sent us for our window: