Sunday, May 24, 2015

Benjamin Johncock - LIVE IN LONDON!

Wednesday July 8th - 7.00pm - 8.30pm
An Evening with Benjamin Johncock


Benjamin Johncock brings the space race to life in his stunning novel The Last Pilot, published in July by Myriad.

...and he's going to be HERE at the Big Green Bookshop!!

The story begins in the bone-dry Mojave Desert in the late 1940s, where US Air Force test pilots are racing to break the sound barrier. Among this select band is ace pilot Jim Harrison.

Over a decade later, the space race is well and truly underway and Harrison is among an elite team offered a place in history as the world's first astronauts. But when his young family is thrown into crisis, Jim is faced with a decision that will affect the course of the rest of his life - whether to accept his ticket to the moon and at what cost.

The Last Pilot has been described by Joanne Harris as ‘by far the best debut novel I’ve read in years’. Having been lucky enough to read the book myself, I was totally caught up in the extraordinary human story that unfolds as two nations battle against each other in their quest to get to space.

We'll be at the bookshop chatting to Benjamin about this fabulous book, where there'll be a reading or two, a chance to ask questions and the you'll be able to get a signed copy of the book which will be available to buy on the night.

Benjamin is only in London for a whistle stop tour and I couldn't be happier he's coming to the shop for this event. THE BOOK IS FABULOUS!

It's a FREE event and refreshments will be served, so please do come along. It'll be a cracking night.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Scarlett Thomas - Thursday July 23rd

Thursday July 23rd at 7.00pm-9.00pm
An Evening with Scarlett Thomas.
Bestselling author Scarlett Thomas returns to the bookshop for a very special evening, to celebrate the publication of The Seed Collectors, her first novel for five years.
"I have no idea why everyone thinks nature is so benign and glorious and wonderful. All nature is trying to do is kill us as efficiently as possible."
Great Aunt Oleander is dead. To each of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod. The seed pods might be deadly, but then again they might also contain the secret of enlightenment. Not that anyone has much time for enlightenment. Fleur, left behind at the crumbling Namaste House, must step into Oleander's role as guru to lost and lonely celebrities. Bryony wants to lose the weight she put on after her botanist parents disappeared, but can't stop drinking. And Charlie struggles to make sense of his life after losing the one woman he could truly love.
A complex and fiercely contemporary tale of inheritance, enlightenment, life, death, desire and family trees, The Seed Collectors is the most important novel yet from one of the world's most daring and brilliant writers. As Henry James said of George Elliot's Middlemarch, The Seed Collectors is a 'treasurehouse of detail' revealing all that it means to be connected, to be part of a society, to be part of the universe and to be human.
Scarlett’s previous novels include Our Tragic Universe, Bright Young Things and The End of Mr Y, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Scarlett’s books are quite rightly, very very popular at the Big Green Bookshop and anyone who was at the shop last time Scarlett was here will know what an incredibly exciting night we have in store.
Tickets for the evening are just £5, redeemable on the night on Scarlett’s books. BUY TICKETS HERE.
If you can’t make the night, but would like a signed copy of The Seed Collectors posted to you, copies are available to pre-order HERE.

Comedy with Tiernan Douieb and Bec Hill - Friday June 19th

Friday June 19th - 8.00pm - 10.30pm
Comedy Night with Tiernan Douieb, Bec Hill + more tbc
Announcing a very special night of comedy at the Bookshop. 
We welcome the brilliant Tiernan Douieb to the shop who'll be previewing his Edinburgh Fringe Show, 
"The World is Full of Idiots, Let's Live in Space".
We are also thrilled that the spectacular Bec Hill will also be joining usfor a double bill of fun & frolics. 
It's a real treat for us to have two of the best comedians on the circuit come to the shop at the same time and we cannot wait for this one. 
Tickets are just a fiver BUY THEM HERE, and you can bring your own refreshments. 

Your compere for the evening is our good friend Chris Brosnahan, so you're in safe hands. 

Tickets should go very quickly for this, so PLEASE book early. 

Matt Baylis - June 11th

Thursday June 11th - 7.00pm
Matt Baylis returns with his new Rex Tracey Murder Mystery.
The brilliant local crime series.
First, there was Death at the Palace, then there was The Tottenham Outrage. 
Now, Haringey's world weary journalist Rex Tracey returns to investigate another murder in Matt Baylis's brilliant new book "Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe".
"When Mina, a Kurdish student, plunges in flames from the top floor of Wood Green Shopping City, it is widely assumed to be a political protest. But local reporter Rex Tracey, who knew the dead girl, doesn’t buy it.
Mina was looking forward to the trip of a lifetime, she’d mysteriously vanished only a week before her death, and she’d been in contact with a whistle-blowing local government officer – who pretty soon ends up dead himself.
As he investigates, the sleuthing journalist with a sad past and weakness for Polish lager is sucked into a world of honour killings, corrupt officials, and clashing traditions."
 It's always brilliant when Matt visits the shop and we're delighted that he'll be here to talk about his new book. 
Tickets for this event are just £3 HERE, which will be redeemable on any of the Rex Tracey series. 
Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe is published on June 2nd. Copies can be pre-ordered HERE.