Friday, March 07, 2014


Our 6th Birthday
We've got some great offers throughout the day tomorrow (Saturday) to celebrate our 6th Birthday.
There'll be a 3 for 2 on everything (almost).

This also includes books, toys, and cards in the shop (not on special orders). The cheapest item is free and pretty much the only thing that isn't included in the offer is book tokens and vouchers.

Then, from midday onwards…
we'll be having a huge second hand book sale (weather permitting).
Yes, for one weekend we'll be bringing back our amazing selection of 2nd hand books for you to peruse
And how much are our 2nd hand book?
You can pay whatever you want for them!


And then, a reminder that as a way of saying thank you for all your support over the last six years, we'll be having a party in the evening, from 6pm. 

Cake, biscuits, wine, beer, I expect all this and more will be available. We'd love you to come along.

Saturday, March 01, 2014



We’re delighted to be working with the Women's Association of Lordship Rec throughout the whole of March to compile a list of 'Top 10 Books written by Female Authors'. The list is being put together to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women's Day on Saturday March 8th. If you want to participate email the Bookshop on with your TOP 3 BOOKS WRITTEN BY FEMALE AUTHORS (in no particular order). You can also tweet @biggreenbooks or @WALR_17, using the hashtag #WHMtop3.

 At the end of March one person who voted will be chosen at random to receive the TOP 5 books in the list.
You can find out more about the work that the Women’s Association of Lordship Rec are doing by visiting their Facebook Page or by sending them a tweet to @WALR_N17 OR BY EMAILING

You can also go to their International Women's Day Event on Saturday 8th March, 12-6pm, at The Eco Hub, Lordship Rec, N17 6HE, and let them know your choice of Top 3 books there.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Crop Drop. Try it, you might like it.

There's this bit of land next to our shop that, ever since we opened, we've tried to work out what to do with it. 
Last year, the lovely people from a new enterprise called Crop Drop came in and asked if they could use it. We liked them and so we said yes. 
They do good things and so we'd like to tell you about what they do.

Local Food For People, Not Profit
Do you like your food super fresh and full of nutrients?
Do you find it hard to buy local and affordable organic produce in the area?

Meet Crop Drop – your Haringey-based veg box scheme!  We make it easy for you to buy ethically, eat seasonally and cook with the best quality produce.

Become a member of Crop Drop and receive a weekly bag of seasonal organic vegetables. We deliver to collection points around Haringey every Thursday afternoon.

Your local collection point is Big Green Bookshop – collect anytime of the day, at your convenience. And grab a good read while you’re at it.  07432 588 734

Here's a link to their website. Prices start at just £8 a week
So now you know.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thank You.

Last week, I posted on here that the chairs we used at the hundreds/thousands of events that we've done here in the shop had seen a few too many, um, things and that now they needed to be retired. 
We honestly can't afford to buy new ones and so we shamelessly asked people if they would Sponsor a Chair for us.

You can read more about it HERE

The response has been incredible and I want to say a huge THANK YOU.
We said that we'd needed 60 chairs, and I'm delighted and even more delighted and delighted once more to tell you that we have now reached our target.
I really can't put into words how much this means. It's not just about the chairs (although they will be very very welcome), but it's about the fact that people felt they wanted to help us out. Sometimes, on cold rainy days when we haven't had a customer for over two hours, you kind of wonder. But it's stuff like this that reassures us that what we're trying to do is worth it.
You lot are absolutely amazing and I love you.
PS. If you still feel the urge to sponsor a chair, i'm not going to stop you. x

Monday, February 03, 2014

Please Sponsor a Chair.

Ever since we opened, almost six years ago, we've held hundreds, if not thousands of events in the Big Green Bookshop.
These include;

  • Author Events
  • School class visits
  • Comedy
  • Boardgames Club
  • Poetry
  • Songs & Stories for younguns
  • Music Performances
  • Book Launches
  • Book Groups and Writers Group
...and many more.

The chairs we bought when we first opened the shop to help us accommodate these events have seen a lot of action. And we think it's about time to retire them.

I mean, look at them, the poor things.
"Oh, the things we've seen...."
So we need to buy some new ones. They cost about £10 each and we need about 60 to replace the ones we currently have.

We're not in a position to buy £600 worth of chairs, and so we are shamelessly offering you the chance to buy (or sponsor) a chair for us.

But sponsoring one of our chairs will not only give you a warm feeling inside, there are even more tangible benefits too.

You will be able to get £1 off EVERY ticketed event you come to at the Big Green Bookshop for a whole year.

You name will be put on the "Sponsor a Chair" Roll of Honour, which will be displayed proudly in the bookshop (you obviously have the option to remain anonymous)

We hope you can help

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

World Book Day

World Book Day is being held on Thursday 6th March this year and we’re looking to  hold book related events during the whole week, starting March 3rd.

We've been in touch with over 100 schools and asked them if they'd like us to help them organise book related fun during that week.
We've had a great response and it looks like we'll be very busy.
So this message goes out to Children's authors and publishers
If you are an author, and you're free to come to a school or two in Haringey, or you're a publisher and you know of any authors who may be free, please get in touch. 
We'll make sure the schools are primed for the visit and we'll do our very best to sell as many copies of the visiting authors books.
Kids love these visits and a lot of our local schools do a great deal to raise the profile of books and reading, especially during the week of World Book Day. It would really top the week off if the kids got to meet a REAL AUTHOR!!!
Anyway if you can help, you can contact us in many delightful ways, and here are three of them.
Phone 020 8881 6767
Email enquiries@biggreenbookshop
Twitter @biggreenbooks
Thanks. x

Thursday, January 02, 2014

New Blogpost about stuff.

It's been quite some time since I've posted something on here.

The reason is this. After the Literary Festival in October, I kind of broke. 
The Festival was great. Really great. But I had no idea how much it was stressing me out until it was over. Seems it was stressing me out quite a bit, because afterwards I zoinked out for a while. I could work at the shop OK and do all the day to day things, but all the extra stuff that the shop need to live thrive and survive I just couldn't face doing. 
Tim was a bit of a hero and put up with me for a month or so while I sorted my head out, but it did kinda make things tricky at the shop.
Anyway, blah blah blah, i'm all fixed now.
We've got some rather jolly plans for 2014.
The first one is that we're launching our own "Book of the Month".
And the first one is this little gem,

Clay, by Melissa Harrison is due to be published on January 14th. Ha ha, but we've got it early. Especially for you (as Jason Donovan crooned).

It rightly gained a string of great reviews and was chosen by Ali Smith as one of her "Books of the Year" in 2013.
It's a wonderful book whose characters were brought to life beautifully. It also made me appreciate the nature that can be found in the most unlikely of places.
Through January, we'll be selling the book in the shop for just £5.99. If you want to get it online right here, right now, we'll stick it in an envelope, put a pretty sticker on that envelope and post it to you for just £6.99.
The important thing is that you read it. So, even if you don't get it from us, do make sure you check it out, eh?
Oh, and you can read the first chapter FOR FREE right here...

I'm reading two books right now. They're both rather good. One is Donna Tartt's Secret History (yes, I know I should have read this ages ago, shut up), and also a book that isn't out yet, called Young Skins by Colin Barrett. It's an amazing collection of short stories, which I shall no doubt bang on about when it's published in March.

Right, that'll do for now. We don't want to peak too soon do we.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Wood Green Literary Festival. PLEASE READ THIS.

It's the Wood Green Literary Festival this weekend!

Six months of planning, sleepless nights, thrills, disasters and fun and now it's almost here.
The most ambitious and ridiculous thing we've ever done and we want to thank you for all the help we've had. Once again, you've been amazing.

So here it is, the final plea.  
  • Do you live in London
  • Do you know anyone who lives in London?
  • Are you able to communicate?
  • Can you spare a few minutes to use these communication skills?
The more people who know about the Festival, the more people are likely to turn up. OK?
And that's kind of the whole point of the Festival. 

So, if you're on Twitter, Facebook or if you have a blog or a website. Perhaps you're a publisher, an author, a human or an antelope. 

An antelope, yesterday.
Please help us tell as many people as possible about the Festival. 

It's a lot to ask, I know, but go on. Please. 

Here is (pretty much) the whole line up in one handy blogpost. It has taken me ages, what with all the links and stuff.
That alone should warrant a round of applause. 

Saturday October 12th

Sunday October 13th

Stuff for Younger People
 (although everyone is invited to everything*) 
All kids events are being held at Noel Park Primary School.

Saturday October 12th

London’s biggest and most explosive songs and stories for under 5s (and older if you like).
Join in the fun with Tim and friends, as he entertains your little ones in his own inimitable style.
Here’s your chance to witness something quite remarkable.
The award winning writer, author, actor, singer and oh, I don’t know, lots of other things too will be joining us for an hour of spectacular entertainment.
How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth with Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley
Does your mammoth need a wash? I imagine if it was woolly it probably would. Thankfully Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley have written a very useful book which will show you how to do it!
Comic Book Workshop with Zoom “The Zoom” Rockman
We’re thrilled to be putting on a comic workshop event with the amazing Zoom Rockman, creator and artist of ‘The Zoom’ comic.
Sally Nicholls Exclusively Reveals her New Novel, Close Your Pretty Eyes.
Sally Nicholls is the multi-award-winning author of novels including the bestselling Ways to Live Forever and All Fall Down.
In her new book, Close Your Pretty Eyes, Sally has weaved a story around real-life Victorian mass-murderess Amelia Dyer. The book isn’t published yet, and the Festival will be the first opportunity you’ll have to get your hands on copies!
Monsters, Magic and Mayhem with Sam Enthoven, Steve Feasey and Conrad Mason.
Demons, trolls, vomiting bats, werewolves, elves, hybrid monsters. This has it all! Meet three of our most magical kids authors for an hour of out of this world fun. Sam, Steve and Conrad will be taking you through their fictional worlds, chatting about fantastical fiction and offering great advice to anyone interested in writing.


Sunday October 13th 
Ciaran Murtagh – The Man, The Legend, The Author
Have you ever watched The Legend of Dick and Dom?
How about Hotel Trubble or The Slammer?
Maybe you’ve watched Planet Ajay, , Shaun the Sheep or The Numtums?
Well how about The 4 O’Clock Club, Dennis and Gnasher, Tickety Toc or even Mr Bloom’s Nursery.
If you have, there’s a very very good chance that Ciaran Murtagh wrote the script to it. Because that’s just one of the things that he does!
Uncovering Ancient London with Catherine Johnson and Lydia Syson
Together, and maybe with your help, Catherine and Lydia will be talking about how they’ve used London as a location in their novels and the importance of building a realistic sense of place for their readers. There’ll be fascinating insights into how they researched for their books and no doubt a few surprises on the way.
45 minutes of Ellie May-hem with Marianne Levy
Here are some things you need to know about Marianne Levy
She likes cheese
She owns a horrible cat called Boots*.
When she was young she wanted to be an incredibly famous actress
Thankfully she isn’t an incredibly famous actress, because if she was, her amazing Ellie May books might not exist
Edgy Fiction, with Keren David and Hilary Freeman
There’s a big debate about the way some modern Young Adult fiction tackles gritty realistic subjects, and a number of people have questioned whether teenagers should be exposed to it like this. Recently, American Library censors were targeting this genre and removing titles from their shelves.
Thankfully, there are authors like Keren David and Hilary Freeman, who despite this, continue to write realistic, thought provoking books, which don’t shy away from tough subjects.
Have You Got the LONDON FACTOR?
With Holly Smale, Sophia Bennett and CJ Daugherty
Do you want to have a character in a book named after you?
Do you want to go for a slap up meal with on of the UK’s most exciting new authors?
Now’s your chance!!

*except that Filth business at the Karamel on Saturday night

I make that 35 events. 


thanks. x

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Local Advice

Here's the situation.

One of the Venues we had arranged four events in at the Wood Green Literary Festival has suddenly "closed until further notice". They can't guarantee they're going to be open again before next weekend, so we need a new venue.


We had one event planned for Friday evening, one for Sunday evening and two for the daytime on either Saturday or Sunday.

We've tried to move stuff around, but there are two events that we are struggling to accommodate.

Can someone suggest a venue (preferably a pub/bar/licensed premises) that has a function room or similar, near or in Wood Green.

I'm pretty sure the Salisbury is booked out already, so any other options would be most welcome.
It needs to be as close to Wood Green High Road as possible.


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Wood Green Literary Festival - HELP!


It's the Wood Green Literary Festival in less than two weeks time and, true to form, we desperately need your help.

The events are being held in seven different venues in and around Wood Green High Road, and we need people to be at each of these venues during the day, looking after the authors, admitting ticket holders, selling books and generally making sure that the events run as smoothly as possible.

We also need one more person to act as a guide on our Literary Bike Ride.

If you can spare a couple of hours (or more) on Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th October, and would like to help out, we would be massively grateful. Obviously, if there is something at the Festival you want to attend, we'll do our very best to accommodate you.

Please email us on, phone us on  020 8881 6767, Tweet us @biggreenbooks or Facebook us at the Big Green Bookshop.

Or you could of course, come into the bookshop.

Thanks again.