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Clear Bright Future: Paul Mason with Mary Ann Sieghart

Join Dulwich Books for an evening with the award-winning writer, broadcaster, and film-maker Paul Mason as he discusses his new work, Clear Bright Future. In Clear Bright Future, Paul Mason calls for a radical, impassioned defence of the human being, our universal rights and freedoms and our power to change the world around us. Ranging from economics to Big Data, from neuroscience to the culture wars, he draws from his on-the-ground reporting from mass protests in Istanbul to riots in Washington, as well as his own childhood in an English mining community, to show how the notion of humanity has become eroded as never before. Paul argues that we are still capable – through language, innovation and co-operation – of shaping our future. Paul will be in conversation with the journalist and broadcaster Mary Ann Sieghart. Mary Ann is currently a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, writing a book about why we don’t accord as much authority to women as to men. For nearly 20 years, Mary Ann was Assistant Editor and political …

What’s on at Dulwich Books this March

Wednesday 27th March 2019 John Lanchester on The Wall, with Razia Iqbal John Lanchester writes with such clarity and effectiveness that his prose is a pleasure I always look forward to. His previous novels have all been memorable evocations of the world we’re familiar with, but The Wall is something new: almost an allegory, almost a dystopian-future warning, partly an elegant study of the nature of storytelling itself. I was hugely impressed by it. Philip Pullman Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he has only two years of this: 729 more nights… The Wall is the long-awaited new novel from John Lanchester, bestselling author of Capital.A thrilling and hypnotic work of fiction, it is a mystery story, a love story, a war story and a story about a voyage. The Wall is a novel about why the young are right to distrust the old. It’s about a broken world you will recognise as your own – and about what might be found when all is lost. Don’t miss the …

Village Books – March Events

Village Books is located in the heart of lovely leafy Dulwich Village. They are a small but beautifully stocked award-winning independent bookshop with a terrific range of books to suit all the family. They also hold author events every month and have events with Michael Palin, Graham Norton, Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Judith Kerr, Dan Snow, Yotam Ottolenghi, Adam Kay, Evan Davis, Alexander McCall Smith, Robert Harris, Gail Honeyman and many more. Here’s what’s on in March… An Evening of Storytelling, Family Secrets and the Bonds that Ties us Together   Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening with three novelists whose books have been bestsellers and whose works have been gathering praise from famous names. Ruth Hogan’s debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things was a Sunday Times Bestseller, and has sold over 800,000 copies since publication. Hannah Beckerman’s novel If Only I Could Tell You is a life affirming novel with a secret that will break your heart and an ending that will put it together again.  Harriet Evans’ latest novel, The Wildflowers, was a Richard and Judy …

Carry On Europe: Jonathan Coe and Robert Menasse at Dulwich Books

Dulwich Books are delighted to pair two award-winning authors that take an acerbic view of current political travails. Jonathan Coe’s Middle England is a state-of-the-nation novel beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and in London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever. It follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change. The Capital by Robert Menasse, expertly translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch, is at once a sharp satire, a crime story, a comedy of manners and a philosophical essay. Billed as the major European novel, and published on the eve of Brexit, at its heart is a powerful pro-European message: no-one should forget the circumstances that gave rise to the European project in the first place. As Ezra Pound said: “Literature is news that stays news”. Join us and see how these two works of fiction cast more light on our current times than any work of journalism. The event will be chaired by the Literary …

Crofton Park Community Library Punk Rock Special

On Saturday 9th February from 3pm-5pm, there will be a punk literary event, titled simply Punk Rock Special, organised by Crofton Books, hosted by the Crofton Park Community Library, for which the event is a benefit. This will be part of that weekend’s annual London Book Crawlin support of independent bookshops, including Crofton Books. The event is centred around the acclaimed book Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night (Zer0 Books) by local author Richard Cabut. It will feature readings from the book by Richard Cabut and other contributors, as well as local poets and original punk rock luminaries. There will also be a Q and A session. Participants: – Richard Cabut (Editor/Author of Punk is Dead) John ‘Boogie’ Tiberi (Sex Pistols’ tour manager/photographer, described by Sid Vicious in 1977 as ‘the fifth Sex Pistol’) Tony D (Contributor to Punk is Dead and editor of Ripped & Tornfanzine). Kirsty Allison (Local poet and editor of Peckham arts magazine Cold Lips) Jason Shelley (Local poet and Crofton Books organiser) Punk Rock Special Saturday 9th February 3pm – 5pm Crofton Park Library, 375 Brockley …