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AUTHOR EVENT:- ELISABETH GALVIN

AUTHOR EVENT:- ELISABETH GALVIN

SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER – 1-3 pm: THE SHEEN BOOKSHOP

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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.

 

SPRING WINDOWS !!

SPRING 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:-

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HALLOWEEN AT SHEEN

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 ?

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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?

WATERMAN’S WITH WORDS

“WATERMAN’S WITH WORDS” Mini Book Fest 

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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

HARRY POTTER 20TH ANNIVERSARY QUIZ !!

HARRY POTTER 20TH ANNIVERSARY QUIZ !!

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COME AND CELEBRATE WITH US ON

WEDNESDAY 9TH AUGUST at CANHAM RESTAURANT in Sheen Lane

Whether you’re a Muggle, a Witch, an Auror or a Wizard, come and join us for a fun-filled afternoon of magical questions, prizes and fancy dress, as we celebrate 20 years since Harry Potter entered our lives !!

Tickets:  £20 for a team of 4 (including at least one adult)

  • Butterbeer and nibbles included
  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Prizes for the quiz
  • 1 x Prize for the best Harry Potter themed costume
  • Goody bags

For more details, please contact us at the Sheen Bookshop or the Kew Bookshop:

In person – ask at the till in either shop, OR…
SHEEN BOOKSHOP:-

Tel: Sheen – 0208 876 1717
E-mail:  Sheen@hewsonbooks.co.uk

KEW BOOKSHOP:-
Tel: Kew – 0208 940 0030
E-mail:Kew@hewsonbooks.co.uk

Display Competition winners !!

Window Display Competition winners !!

You will all be delighted to learn that The Kew Bookshop came 1st in the Bluets window competition, and not only that, The Sheen Bookshop came in 2nd !! How about that for two windows that were worked on and entered independantly of each other ?!!

 

Well done to Weinay in Kew and Roisin in Sheen for their creativity and hard work with these beautiful window displays !! Come and see their creations in a bit more detail…

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WEDNESDAY 24th & THURSDAY 25th MAY – BOOK LAUNCH:-

THE VALENTINE HOUSE by EMMA HENDERSON

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We are pleased to announce our first Dual Book Launch Event at the Kew & the Sheen Bookshops on Wednesday 24th May at Kew and Thursday 25th at Sheen, both events are starting at 6.30pm. £2 entry fee, but the £2 ticket price is redeemable against the price of the book !!

Come and meet award winning author Emma Henderson for an informal talk about her latest novel. It is a deeply involving, intriguing novel telling the story of an English family through the generations and a memorable French woman, whose lives seem worlds apart yet which become inextricably connected.

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