About once a month, in the pre-Covid-19 world, we were lucky enough to host some of our favourite writers, in a small space upstairs at the shop, and began to make these talks available as podcasts in 2019. We still cannot invite authors to speak in the shop in the current circumstances, but we have continued making recordings and podcasts.

In the last few months our speakers and interviews have included Hisham Matar, Caroline Moorehead, David Mitchell, Loyd Grossman, William Dalrymple, Judith Herrin, Martin Latham and William Boyd: we are hugely grateful to them all.  We have many more such podcasts planned for the coming months.

Listen to the most recent episode below, or find us on Spotify and Apple Podcasts to hear them all.


GAIA SERVADIO: A Wartime Childhood

A short but powerful memoir, translated from the Italian, about her family’s flight from the Gestapo in Italy, 1943, seen through the eyes of a child. This was published by John Sandoe’s imprint, the Cuckoo Press, in October 2020, and given away to our customers in the weeks before Christmas. We have some copies left because of the November and Christmas lockdowns; please ask for a copy when placing any book orders if you would like one.