Huge Response to Newham Bookshop Appeal for Grenfell Tower Victims

By June 15, 2017Bookshops, News

Yesterday saw one of the worst residential catastrophes in living history in London, as a tower block housing 600 residents was devastated by fire as they slept, leaving scores dead and many homeless. Seventeen people are confirmed dead but there could be more than a hundred people still missing and hundreds left homeless.

It’s an unbelievable tragedy and this morning, a London bookshop put out an appeal to raise funds for the victims. Newham bookshop’s owner Vivian Archer tweeted from the bookshop’s Twitter account early this morning appealing for items for a charity raffle for the victims and the response has been phenomenal.

 

We immediately retweeted the request from the For Reading Addicts Twitter page, and it’s grown and grown since then with many donations throughout the day including a SIGNED copy of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run.

The tickets will go on sale tonight at the bookshop in Newham where visitors will be charged £5 each for a strip of raffle tickets at the event with Mark Thomas who will be there discussing his book The Liar’s Quarter. The instant response has been overwhelming and due to this Newham Books will be selling raffle tickets until next week to raise as much as possible. All the money from the raffle will go to helping victims of the Grenfell Fire disaster.

If you’d like to know more, ask Newham Books on Twitter or head to newhambooks.co.uk

Phillip Larkin Reads ‘This Be The Verse’.

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Phillip Larkin was born on the 9th of August in 1922 and died on the 2nd of December in 1985. He was a librarian and writer- best known for his poetry.
Larkin’s poetry has been described as reflective and with ironic understatement. His lyrical works are full of a quiet discontent that manages to give the reader a sense of ordinary life, with his recurring themes and subjects, such as death and fatalism.

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Alexei Sayle Discusses His Second Autobiography.

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Comedian and writer Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool, UK on the 7th of August, 1952. Sayle is considered a central figure in the alternative comedy revolution of the 1980s which had kicked back against the old fashioned comedy stylings that had come previously. Often politically charged, Sayle’s comedy took an absurd and cynical look at society and culture.

Alexei Sayle has turned his hand to a vast array of creative mediums over the last four decades from his 3 music albums in the 1980s, written 5 screenplays and 10 books, as well as a host of film and television appearances.

As an author Sayle has written five novels and two short story collections, and in 1987 he created a graphic novel, Geoffrey The Tube Train And The Fat Comedian. A collection of his columns for Time Out and the Sunday Mirror were collated into his book Great Bus Journeys of the World, co-written with David Stafford.

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Thug Notes – Wuthering Heights

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As regulars to the site will know, we’re quite the fan of the Thug Notes series on You Tube where Wisecrack reviews classic literature in true thug style. Wisecrack has tackled some of the greatest tomes, breaking them down into sizeable chunks and discussing them in a way that these classics have never been discussed.

Today we’re featuring Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, and Wisecrack has Heathcliff all worked out! The video is below, listen to Wuthering Heights reviewed like never before! Read More

Jo Nesbø’s, The Snowman Adapted for Movie and the Trailer is Intense

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Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series has proven thrilling and suspenseful and is much loved by book fans. To date there are eleven books in the series and we’re about to see Detective Harry Hole (prounounced Hoo-leh) imagined on screen for the first time!

As is often the case with crime adaptations, it’s not the first novel in the Harry Hole series that is being adapted, that was The Bat, written in 1997 but the seventh book, The Snowman, released in 2007 in Norwegian and translated in 2010. This isn’t unusual for crime adaptations, and could mean we see further adaptations if The Snowman is successful! Read More



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