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Wednesday July 8th - 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Benjamin Johncock - LIVE IN LONDON!!
Benjamin Johncock brings the space race to life in his stunning novel The Last Pilot, published in July by Myriad.
 
And he'll be here at the shop to talk about it!
 
The story begins in the bone-dry Mojave Desert in the late 1940s, where US Air Force test pilots are racing to break the sound barrier. Among these pilots is Jim Harrison, a dedicated family man.

By the 1960s, the space race is well and truly underway and Harrison and his colleagues are offered a place in history as the world's first astronauts. But when his young family is thrown into crisis, Jim is faced with a decision that will affect the course of the rest of his life - whether to accept his ticket to the moon and at what cost.
 
The Last Pilot has been described by Joanne Harris as ‘by far the best debut novel I’ve read in years’ and having been lucky enough to read the book myself, I was totally caught up in the extraordinary human story that unfolds as two nations battle against each other in their quest to get to space.
 
 
Benjamin will be reading from and signing copies of the book which will be available to buy on the night.
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Thursday July 9th. From 6.00pm
Big Green Bookshop Social
For no reason whatsoever other than fun, we’re having a local Twitter Meet Up (or as I shudder to call it, a Tweetup) on Thursday July 9th and we’d like to invite you. Come and join us for a drink and meet lots of lovely people off of the internet (oh, and we’ll be there too).
You can drop in any time after 6pm and, depending on how we feel, we’ll probably go to a pub or for something to eat at about 8pm. Hey, but everything is flexible.
We’ll have snacks and drinks, but feel free to bring along something to add to the table. 
 
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 Thursday 16th July at 7.00pm-9.00pm
Book Launch: Rules for Thursday Lovers by Yana Stajno
FREE
Two friends, on the brink of midlife crisis, embark on a no-strings attached love affair with a major twist: they will share just one lucky man between them.


When old school friends, Angie — a care home worker and mum of two — and Fiona — who has clocked up multiple failed marriages — bump into one another at a tipsy timeshare evening on a Thames barge, they bond over their respective boredom with life. Stale marriages, overbearing families and previous hopes and dreams now tragically confined to the top shelf, they crave the romance and excitement that their youth and all the movies had promised them (rather than the timeshare apartments on offer). Buoyed by the fast-flowing bubbles, a thrilling plan for sexual misadventure is hatched. Inspired by their surroundings, Angie and Fiona agree that while anyone can timeshare an apartment, timesharing a lover would be much more interesting. 


Yana will be reading from and signing copies of the book which will be available to buy at a special discounted price on the night.

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JULY 17th. 6.00pm Alexandra Palace
 
Well, this should be fun.
 
Local cricket team Archway Ladder CC are looking to recruit new team members to play midweek and on weekends. Having heard this, I (perhaps foolishly) suggested to Adam, one of their players, that we could put together a team and give them a match.
 
And so, that is exactly what we’re going to do!
 
WE NEED PLAYERS!
Are you any good at cricket (or at least not awful) and do you fancy joining the Big Green XI on Friday July 17th up at Ally Pally from 6pm.
We’ll be playing a 20 over match and we’ll need to cobble together some kit.
 
There’s a bar there that sells snacks and beer (obviously) and we’re going to need about £70 to help pay for the hire of the pitch.
 
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU’RE INTERESTED.
020 8881 6767
enquiries@biggreenbookshop.com
 
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Sunday July 19th – 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
Comedy Night –  JAMJAR
With Juliet Meyers, Sajeela Kershi and Dave Cohen
 
 
 
We have a very special comedy night in July. Very special.
JAMJAR is an acronym for Jews and Muslims Joined Against Racism and we’re totally thrilled to be holding a gig at the shop in support of this.
There will be three incredible comics here to entertain you.
 
DAVE COHEN
Comedian and 'Horrible Histories' TV show songwriter Dave Cohen 'guru of the one-liner' (The Scotsman) hosts the multicultural mayhem, and hopes to launch JAMJAR
 
JULIET MEYERS: THROUGH THE PIGEONHOLE
Comedian/comedy writer Juliet (Sarah Millican Television Programme, Mock the Week) and mother of imaginary child Carlitos doesn't belong. (And she's not sure she wants to.) Do you?  Hilarious exploration of the labels we assign ourselves and others.
 
 'Devilish…on the edge' **** (Scotsman)
'Laugh-out-loud funny' **** (Chortle)
 
SAJEELA KERSHI – SHALLOW HALAL
With column inches reserved for homogenised stereotypes, has comedian Sajeela Kershi become a cartoon version of herself?
A misspent childhood seeking religious loopholes means she now sits very firmly on the faith fence.
She's had enough of Koran hijacking extremists, Dawkins spouting atheists and finger pointing social media to last a lifetime! Can #hashtags really save humanity?
Struggling to understand YOUR place in the 21st Century? Keep Calm and Carry on to this work-in-progress show.


"Smart, funny with a mischievous glint" (Times)
"Magnetic, loveable and extremely witty" (The Spectator)
 
Tickets are just a fiver AVAILABLE HERE, and any profits on the night will be going to Big Green Education, the shop’s new Community Interest Company, to help promote the love of books and reading in Haringey (so dig deep!)
 
Bring your own refreshments and get set for a superb night.
IT WILL SELL OUT, I CAN GUARANTEE THIS.  SO BUY TICKETS NOW
 
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Thursday July 23rd at 7.00pm-9.00pm
An Evening with Scarlett Thomas.
 
Bestselling author Scarlett Thomas returns to the bookshop for a very special evening, to celebrate the publication of The Seed Collectors, her first novel for five years.
 
"I have no idea why everyone thinks nature is so benign and glorious and wonderful. All nature is trying to do is kill us as efficiently as possible."
Great Aunt Oleander is dead. To each of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod. The seed pods might be deadly, but then again they might also contain the secret of enlightenment. Not that anyone has much time for enlightenment. Fleur, left behind at the crumbling Namaste House, must step into Oleander's role as guru to lost and lonely celebrities. Bryony wants to lose the weight she put on after her botanist parents disappeared, but can't stop drinking. And Charlie struggles to make sense of his life after losing the one woman he could truly love.
A complex and fiercely contemporary tale of inheritance, enlightenment, life, death, desire and family trees, The Seed Collectors is the most important novel yet from one of the world's most daring and brilliant writers. As Henry James said of George Elliot's Middlemarch, The Seed Collectors is a 'treasurehouse of detail' revealing all that it means to be connected, to be part of a society, to be part of the universe and to be human.
 
 
Scarlett’s previous novels include Our Tragic Universe, Bright Young Things and The End of Mr Y, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Scarlett’s books are quite rightly, very very popular at the Big Green Bookshop and anyone who was at the shop last time Scarlett was here will know what an incredibly exciting night we have in store.
 
Tickets for the evening are just £5, redeemable on the night on Scarlett’s books. BUY TICKETS HERE.
 
If you can’t make the night, but would like a signed copy of The Seed Collectors posted to you, copies are available to pre-order HERE.