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Thursday July 7th – 7.00pm
A Sideways Look at 20th Century London with Rob Baker
In his wonderfully researched and wildly entertaining new book, Beautiful Idiots and Brilliant Lunatics, Rob Baker takes us on a journey through the capital’s curious history.
From the return to South London of local hero Charlie Chaplin to the protests that blighted the Miss World competition in 1970, the book covers the events and personalities that reflect the glamorous, scandalous, political and subversive place that London was and is today. Learn about, among many other captivating tales, exactly where and how the spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean spent their last ever day in London, the grisly murder of Stan the Spiv and the unlikely death of a defrocked girl-crazed priest. A cast of suffragettes, fascists, ‘nancy-boys’, showgirls, prostitutes, terrorists, Nippies and beauty queens features in stories containing a myriad of unexpected tangents and untold facts that cover the width and breadth of the world’s greatest city.
The stories in this book are taken from his brilliant blog “Another Nickel in the Machine”, and we’re delighted that Rob will be here to share some of these stories with us.
This is a FREE event and the book is available to purchase at the shop, which Rob will be very happy to sign on the night.
Please let us if you’re planning on coming along by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by giving us a call on 020 8881 6767
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