Books & Poetry

Inside London's Biggest Bookshop

Inside London's Biggest Bookshop

Everything you need to know about this bookish behemoth. | By Zoe Craig
Video: Explore Shakepeare's Lost Playhouse With Sir Ian McKellen, Part 1

Video: Explore Shakepeare's Lost Playhouse With Sir Ian McKellen, Part 1

Whatever happened to the Rose? | By Geoff Marshall
Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday / Deathday in London

Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday / Deathday in London

23 April marks 400 years since Shakespeare died. | By Zoe Craig
Rare Alice In Wonderland Books To Go On Display (For Just 4 Days)

Rare Alice In Wonderland Books To Go On Display (For Just 4 Days)

Including a first published edition in original condition. | By Laura Reynolds
Celebrate World Record Day In Carnaby With David Bowie Exhibition

Celebrate World Record Day In Carnaby With David Bowie Exhibition

He loved the record shops here. | By Zoe Craig
Step Back In Time: Alternative London A-Z Describes London Of 1953

Step Back In Time: Alternative London A-Z Describes London Of 1953

1953 guide is reissued. | By Will Noble ★★★★☆
See Streetcat Bob In An Evening For Charity

See Streetcat Bob In An Evening For Charity

Everyone loves this ginger moggie. | By Londonist Staff
Meet The Man Behind The Waterloo Bridge Book Market

Meet The Man Behind The Waterloo Bridge Book Market

1000 Londoners speaks to Gareth. | By Laura Reynolds
How To Climb Trees In London: New Book Goes Out On A Limb

How To Climb Trees In London: New Book Goes Out On A Limb

The Tree Climber's Guide, reviewed. | By M@
15 Dickens Characters With Really Silly Names

15 Dickens Characters With Really Silly Names

If you thought Mr Bumble was daft... | By M@
Barbara Brownskirt, Penge's Poet-In-Residence

Barbara Brownskirt, Penge's Poet-In-Residence

At the 197 bus stop on Croydon Road. | By Londonist
History Boy Becomes Douglas Adams’s Detective Dirk Gently

History Boy Becomes Douglas Adams’s Detective Dirk Gently

Samuel Barnett stars in new BBC adaptation. | By Stuart Black
Join In A Londonwide Book Club With Cityread

Join In A Londonwide Book Club With Cityread

Start reading Gillian Slovo's Ten Days. | By Rachel Holdsworth
Charlotte Brontë's London, And Why She Wasn't A Fan

Charlotte Brontë's London, And Why She Wasn't A Fan

Her meeting with a hippo, and run-in with Thackeray. | By Zoe Craig
Join Top Authors For A Celebration Of London Literature

Join Top Authors For A Celebration Of London Literature

The London Library marks 175 years in style. | By Londonist
Walbrook Stolen By Monks! New Lost Rivers Of London Has New Ideas

Walbrook Stolen By Monks! New Lost Rivers Of London Has New Ideas

Much-loved classic The Lost Rivers of London returns. | By Tom Bolton
'Walking Writing Workshop' Explores Balham To Brixton At Night

'Walking Writing Workshop' Explores Balham To Brixton At Night

Event launches first Balham Literary Festival. | By Laura Reynolds
Film Review: High-Rise Is A Fecund Orgy Of Excess

Film Review: High-Rise Is A Fecund Orgy Of Excess

Ben Wheatley does JG Ballard via Doctor Who. | By Stuart Black ★★★★☆
North London Literary Festival Returns With Sci-Fi Slant

North London Literary Festival Returns With Sci-Fi Slant

A day of free events in Hendon. | By Laura Reynolds
Gorgeous Paintings Of London Star In New Book

Gorgeous Paintings Of London Star In New Book

Architect turns artist in Buildings of London. | By M@
See Ben Judah Discuss His Acclaimed Book This Is London

See Ben Judah Discuss His Acclaimed Book This Is London

Writer appears at Conway Hall in April. | By Londonist
Secret Theatre: Fascinating Pictures Show Backstage Shenanigans

Secret Theatre: Fascinating Pictures Show Backstage Shenanigans

Photographer spends a year in London's playhouses. | By Stuart Black
Discover The Archaeology Of Crossrail In New Books

Discover The Archaeology Of Crossrail In New Books

Stepney and Bow Creek. | By M@
Gorgeous London-Themed Treats For World Book Day

Gorgeous London-Themed Treats For World Book Day

Why should kids get to have all the fun? | By Zoe Craig
Spook Central: John Le Carré’s London

Spook Central: John Le Carré’s London

How the great spy novelist has spun our city. | By Stuart Black
Unseen Photos Of The Barbican's Construction

Unseen Photos Of The Barbican's Construction

Brutalist wonderland revealed in fascinating book. | By M@
Join Michael Rosen For Discover's Children's Literature Festival, The Big Write

Join Michael Rosen For Discover's Children's Literature Festival, The Big Write

Top children's authors and illustrators join in the fun. | By Zoe Craig
New Indie Bookshop Opens In Hackney

New Indie Bookshop Opens In Hackney

We do love a good bookshop. | By Kyra Hanson
How A Royalist Becomes A Revolutionary

How A Royalist Becomes A Revolutionary

Benjamin Franklin's time in London. | By Ben Venables
The Forgotten Story Of England's 'Greatest Black Footballer'

The Forgotten Story Of England's 'Greatest Black Footballer'

Laurie Cunningham blazed a trail for black players. | By Dermot Kavanagh
30 Years Of Poems On The Underground: Your Poems

30 Years Of Poems On The Underground: Your Poems

Angel is the cruellest stop... | By Londonist Staff
London's Most Raucous Poetry Night: Bang Said The Gun Is Back

London's Most Raucous Poetry Night: Bang Said The Gun Is Back

Not your average recital. | By Lettie Mckie
London Books Roundup: January 2016

London Books Roundup: January 2016

New tomes about the town. | By M@
 AA Milne's London

AA Milne's London

The London haunts of the author and his creation, Winnie The Pooh. | By Laura Reynolds
Why Does London Dominate The UK Poetry Scene?

Why Does London Dominate The UK Poetry Scene?

Three of the four finalists in the Hammer & Tongue Slam Finals from the capital. | By Kyra Hanson
New Map Explores The Streets Of Fictional London

New Map Explores The Streets Of Fictional London

Over 600 novels charted. | By M@
Get Bespoke Handbound Books From A Workshop In South London

Get Bespoke Handbound Books From A Workshop In South London

eReaders have nothing on these. | By Kyra Hanson
Why Is There No Charles Dickens Statue In London?

Why Is There No Charles Dickens Statue In London?

And yet Sydney and Philadelphia have one. | By Will Noble
New Festival Celebrates Writers Of Colour

New Festival Celebrates Writers Of Colour

Hear from new and established authors. | By Kyra Hanson
The Man Who Sells A Literature Fanzine To West Ham Fans

The Man Who Sells A Literature Fanzine To West Ham Fans

Push is sold in pubs, on the streets and at West Ham games. | By Kyra Hanson
6 London Books By BAME Writers You Should Read ASAP

6 London Books By BAME Writers You Should Read ASAP

Nikesh Shukla picks his favourites. | By Nikesh Shukla
Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol?

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol?

The ultimate London Christmas story. | By Will Noble
Uncover The History Of London's Boroughs With Tony Travers

Uncover The History Of London's Boroughs With Tony Travers

Fascinating new book makes local government interesting. | By Rachel Holdsworth ★★★★☆
A Tale Of One Sprawling City: Dickensian Comes To BBC One

A Tale Of One Sprawling City: Dickensian Comes To BBC One

EastEnders veteran goes Victorian. | By Stuart Black
The Many Faces Of Sherlock Holmes

The Many Faces Of Sherlock Holmes

From silent movies to the Beeb's latest blockbuster. | By Martin Davies
7 London Print Magazines You Need To Read

7 London Print Magazines You Need To Read

For sports fans, feminists, film buffs, bookworms, foodies and more. | By Kyra Hanson
Londonist Christmas Gift Guide: Book Lovers' Edition

Londonist Christmas Gift Guide: Book Lovers' Edition

Give the gift of London-themed reading this Christmas. | By Zoe Craig
A Puzzle On Pepys Road: BBC1's Capital Review

A Puzzle On Pepys Road: BBC1's Capital Review

An intriguing adaptation of John Lanchester's novel. | By Stuart Black ★★★★☆
Three Of A Kind: Cultural Guidebooks For Kids

Three Of A Kind: Cultural Guidebooks For Kids

Extend your kid's cultural experiences with these fab guide books. | By Zoe Craig
Georgian River Scenes From Twickenham To Southwark: Book Review

Georgian River Scenes From Twickenham To Southwark: Book Review

A glorious Thames panorama restored. | By M@ ★★★★★
Peckham Poetry, Night Walking And The Future Of Print Magazines

Peckham Poetry, Night Walking And The Future Of Print Magazines

What to expect at Peckham Literary Festival 2015. | By Kyra Hanson
Enjoyed The Fog? Now Read The Book

Enjoyed The Fog? Now Read The Book

Weighty tome explores London's peasoupers. | By M@ ★★★★☆
Meet The Pub Dogs Of London

Meet The Pub Dogs Of London

The best boozers for doggy drinkers. | By Londonist
Book Now: Night Walking Talk With Matthew Beaumont At London Transport Museum

Book Now: Night Walking Talk With Matthew Beaumont At London Transport Museum

Enjoy an evening with the author. | By Londonist
Linton Kwesi Johnson To Headline Globe Road Poetry Festival

Linton Kwesi Johnson To Headline Globe Road Poetry Festival

Celebrating the diverse poetic traditions of London's East End. | Sponsor
Bridget Christie Books Into Leicester Square Theatre

Bridget Christie Books Into Leicester Square Theatre

Interview on comedy, history and dressing up as an ant. | By Ben Venables
Ben Whishaw Pays Homage To T.S. Eliot At Wilton's Music Hall

Ben Whishaw Pays Homage To T.S. Eliot At Wilton's Music Hall

Along with Jeremy Irons and Fiona Shaw. | By Kyra Hanson
Review: West African Culture Arrives At The British Library

Review: West African Culture Arrives At The British Library

Find out how the banjo evolved. | By Tabish Khan ★★★★☆
London Books Roundup: October 2015

London Books Roundup: October 2015

Great Scott, London crime, stitch and knit and odd tales. | By M@
Binge On Literature And Poetry In Peckham This Friday

Binge On Literature And Poetry In Peckham This Friday

16 events in pubs, bars, clubs and gyms. | By Will Noble
A Frosties Reception For The Cereal Killer Cafe Cookbook

A Frosties Reception For The Cereal Killer Cafe Cookbook

It's rrrrr-ubbish. | By Will Noble ★★☆☆☆
Is There Such Thing As An 'Outsider' In London?

Is There Such Thing As An 'Outsider' In London?

Walking the streets is like travelling the globe, says writer. | By Kyra Hanson
New Young Poet Laureate For London Revealed

New Young Poet Laureate For London Revealed

We speak to Selina Nwulu on her new role. | By Kyra Hanson
What Are The Best London Novels? The Results

What Are The Best London Novels? The Results

You voted, we counted. | By M@
What Are The Best London Novels?

What Are The Best London Novels?

From Ben Aaronovitch to Zadie Smith. Get your votes in. | By M@
Uncover London Hour-By-Hour

Uncover London Hour-By-Hour

Guided by Londonist's Matt Brown. | By Zoe Craig ★★★★★
Step Into The Novels Of Austen And Woolf On A Literary London Tour

Step Into The Novels Of Austen And Woolf On A Literary London Tour

Literary Footprints Festival returns. | By Kyra Hanson
Poetry In The Piazza

Poetry In The Piazza

London Transport Museum invites you to celebrate National Poetry Day. | By Londonist
Brockley Window Art Shows Magical Urban Spaces

Brockley Window Art Shows Magical Urban Spaces

Images from new book go on show. | By M@
Moby-Dick's London Connections

Moby-Dick's London Connections

Having a whale of a time in London. | By Londonist
Agatha Christie's London

Agatha Christie's London

The Queen of Crime left her mark all over the capital. | By Zoe Craig
What Are The Best Books About London?

What Are The Best Books About London?

Results of our poll. | By M@
What's The Best Book About London?

What's The Best Book About London?

Looking for your favourite non-fiction reads. | By M@
Free Books From The Little TARDIS Library

Free Books From The Little TARDIS Library

The TARDIS could be coming to a school or park near you. | By Kyra Hanson
Penguin Books Celebrates 80th Birthday With A Special Pop Up Shop

Penguin Books Celebrates 80th Birthday With A Special Pop Up Shop

Temporary bookshop comes to Boxpark. | By Zoe Craig
Ranting, Reggae And A Rallying Cry Against Gentrification

Ranting, Reggae And A Rallying Cry Against Gentrification

More Sleaford Mods, less Little Mix. | By Kyra Hanson
Previously Unseen Portraits Go On Display At Agatha Christie Exhibition

Previously Unseen Portraits Go On Display At Agatha Christie Exhibition

The Queen of Crime was really into surfing... who knew? | By Zoe Craig ★★★☆☆
20th Century London Street Photography Shines In New Book

20th Century London Street Photography Shines In New Book

Everyday scenes from the capital. | By M@ ★★★★☆
A Damnable History Of Notting Hill

A Damnable History Of Notting Hill

High rents, huge riots, huge rants, Hugh Grant. | By M@ ★★★★☆
Bill Bryson And Sandi Toksvig To Appear At Write On Kew

Bill Bryson And Sandi Toksvig To Appear At Write On Kew

Literature festival brings big names to west London. | By Laura Reynolds
At Home With Wilde, Sargent and Whistler

At Home With Wilde, Sargent and Whistler

Superb new book on Chelsea's artistic quarter. | By M@ ★★★★★
Imaginary London: An Interview With Darran Anderson

Imaginary London: An Interview With Darran Anderson

Suburban witches, Jack the Ripper and comic books. | By Kyra Hanson
London's Lost Global Giant

London's Lost Global Giant

In search of the East India Company. | By M@ ★★★★☆
London Looks For Its Next Young Poet Laureate

London Looks For Its Next Young Poet Laureate

Could it be you? | By Kyra Hanson
Cycling London: Two New Books Offer Route Advice

Cycling London: Two New Books Offer Route Advice

Explore the city and the best hills. | By M@
The Man Behind London's Only Poetry Bookshop

The Man Behind London's Only Poetry Bookshop

Brave or crazy? | By Kyra Hanson
Ever Had An Erotic Moment With An Eel?

Ever Had An Erotic Moment With An Eel?

New book reveals animal eccentricities in Georgian London. | By M@ ★★★★☆
An Ode To The Oyster Card

An Ode To The Oyster Card

Or why you should NOT always touch in and out. | By M@
Michael Moorcock's Autobiography Is Nuts

Michael Moorcock's Autobiography Is Nuts

Fantasy writer disappears down his own wormhole. | By M@ ★★★☆☆
Breakthrough: New Book Celebrates Crossrail Success

Breakthrough: New Book Celebrates Crossrail Success

Tunnelling is now complete on the new line. | By M@