All posts tagged: books

Local East Dulwich author releases fiction debut during lockdown

Local SE22 resident David Arrowsmith decided to grasp the opportunity afforded by the Covid-19 lockdown and finish writing, and then publish, his first work of literary fiction. Nevada Noir is a dark, atmospheric trilogy of intertwined tales of greed and temptation in the Nevada badlands. David, who works as a factual television executive producer, was inspired to write the trilogy by a trip he took with his wife before their daughter was born. Six months after driving through Nevada, Utah and California he awoke at home in East Dulwich with a vivid image in his mind, and this became the book’s first story – entitled The Last Storm. A second story (One Good Deed) soon followed. Eventually, under lockdown, he returned to his writing to complete the trilogy with the final tale – A Slow Death. He designed the paperback himself, and the cover features a photo from the road trip taken by his wife, a professional photographer. In the three dark and brooding short stories, set in and around the U.S. state of Nevada, …

Lockdown Update

Many local businesses have had to adapt to life under the Covid-19 lockdown.  So many businesses got in touch with us at SE Mags to tell us how they have adapted their business to cope. Jerk Off BBQ At Jerk Off BBQ we love to host events and parties. We’ve been planning a launch for our new site but due to the Government lockdown we’ve been unable to celebrate when we’d wanted to, it a real shame not to see our supportive customers and community. However, we believe in positivity and great food, so as cooks we are always ready and willing to adapt and have done this by going fully online. We’re delivering locally to some lovely regulars from our pop ups and markets, as well as gaining a great new local following! Whilst we are in a pandemic the only thing we can do is stay safe and take all the recommended government guidelines seriously, which is why we operate a contact-free curb-side delivery system with all payments made online. Other than that, why not be …

Village Books – autumn events!

My Penguin Year: Life with the Emperors by Lindsay McCrae Lindsay McCrae is an award winning cameraman. He spent an extraordinary year in the Antarctic filming emperor penguins for the BBC Documentary Dynasties, narrated by Sir David Attenborough and watched by 8 million people when it was broadcast in November 2018. He endured unimaginable weather conditions and witnessed behaviour new to science, all the while living isolated on an Antarctic ice shelf for an entire winter that lasts eight months. And finally, how could anyone forget the intervention he and the crew took to save the penguins from death in the storm? ‘My Penguin Year’ is Lindsay’s story and the culmination of a childhood dream. An event for all the family, Lindsay will be discussing his extraordinary journey and sharing some stories and photographs of his expedition to film the incredible emperor penguins – from a frost bitten nose to near impossible journeys across a harsh landscape, and being over 15,000 km from home with no way back for a whole year.  This event is suitable for the whole …

Elle Nash and Ruby Rare in Conversation at Review bookshop

Join Review bookshop for an evening of discussion on Wednesday 21st August to celebrate Animals Eat Each Other, the searing coming-of-age debut by US novelist Elle Nash. During her brief visit to the UK, Elle will be at Review to discuss her book with sex educator, artist and body positive crusader Ruby Rare. Picked by the I paper as one of the best debuts for 2019 and described by Oprah.com as a ‘edgy, erotic fiction’; Animals Eat Each Other tells the story of a young woman with no name who embarks on a fraught three-way relationship with Matt, a tattoo artist, and his girlfriend Frances, a new mum. As she grows closer to Matt, she begins to recognise the dark undertow of obsession and jealousy that her presence has created, finding herself on a knife’s edge between pain and pleasure, the promise of the future and the crushing isolation of the present. With stripped-down prose and unflinching clarity, Nash examines madness in the wreckage of love, and the loss of self that accompanies it. Animals Eat Each Other: Elle Nash and Ruby Rare in Conversation Wednesday …

Balham Literary Festival announces 2019 line-up

The Balham Literary Festival returns 13-25th June with a spectacular line-up featuring vegan cooking star Rachel Ama, novelist Max Porter, crime writer Mick Herron and esteemed philosopher AC Grayling. A staple of the London literary calendar, this year’s festival will host a dazzling array of events with discussions ranging from climate change to crime fiction, whilst celebrating some of best talent south London has to offer. Highlights of the festival are set to include an event with AC Grayling who will preview his new book The History of Philosophy, delving into some of the greatest minds in the world from antiquity to present; former Crystal Palace resident Max Porter will discuss his audacious, strange and wonderful new workLanny, the follow-up to his hugely successful Grief is the Thing with Feathers; and YouTube sensationRachel Ama will share quick and easy recipes from her new book Vegan Eats. Addressing pressing social concerns, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Adam Weymouth will discuss his prize-winning book Kings of the Yukon and reflect on the environmental issues …