Book Signing



The Kew Sparkle event was fantastic last night – our little bookshop at Kew was simply rammed with people, all quaffing wine, sampling tasty treats from two cookbooks, and buying lots of booky presents !! We had not one but TWO authors in, signing copies of their respective books – Alex T. Smith signed his latest children’s book ‘How Winston Delivered Christmas’ (upon which our window is based this year) and Christopher Skaife, Ravenmaster at the Tower of London came to talk about his book ‘Ravenmaster’. Here’s Christopher in all his regalia:-

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Do come and meet renowned author Elisabeth Galvin – she will be talking about her new biography of author E. Nesbitt, author of ‘The Railway Children’ at 1pm – The Sheen Bookshop.

E.Nesbit is really Edith Nesbit, who wrote an extraordinary 98 novels, plays and poetry collections for children betwen 1885 and 1923. She is credited with being the first modern writer for children, whose work has influenced many authors such as Oscar Wilde, C.S.Lewis, Noël Coward and J.K.Rowling.

Even though it was piblished more than 100 years ago, ‘The Railway Children’ remains one of the most popular children’s books ever written and it has never been out of print.


KEW SPARKLE EVENT – Friday 1st December

KEW SPARKLE EVENT – Friday 1st December at 5pm


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 !!

Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener - front cover
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 !!

War Stories by Peter Snow

“WAR STORIES” by Peter Snow & Anne Macmillen

War StoriesThis 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:-

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HALLOWEEN EVENT: Author event:  E.V. Harte

“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?



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Friday 15th September at 6 – 11pm

We are delighted to be partnering the amazing Waterman’s Arts Centre with their mini-book fest, as their official Booksellers, with signed copies of all books on sale in both the Kew Bookshop and the Sheen Bookshop.

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.

7pm: Caitlin Davies presents Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World (£5 – Theatre)

9781781311196Novelist 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.

8pm: Iain Sinclair presents The Last London – the final chapter in his life-long odyssey (£10 – Theatre)

9781786071743Iain 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



This was a fantastically enjoyable event, so many thanks to Alan and his hard work creating what turned out to be quite a literary Quiz !!


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