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Monday April 3rd - Tuesday June 6th
The Baileys Prize Book Challenge
 One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction – previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction – celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

The Longlist has been announced, and it’s superb, including titles by Margaret Atwood, Eimear McBride and Linda Grant. You can see the whole list HERE.

Such is the quality of the list, once again, we’re going to do the BAILEYS BOOK CHALLENGE.

The challenge is to read as many, if not all of the shortlisted titles, before the winner is announced in June. 

Here's how it's going to work; 

As soon as the shortlist is announced on Monday April 3rd, we’ll order copies of each of the books, which we’ll hopefully get by Wednesday April 5th. 

We'll open until 7pm on that Wednesday so if you like, you can come along to say hello, take home one or more of the titles, and enjoy some rather lovely wine. Obviously, you don't have to come along on the Wednesday, but,

Over the next  couple of months the members of the Book Club will make a concerted effort to read as many of the six shortlisted books as they can.

The group will meet again on Tuesday June 6th, the evening before the winner is announced to discuss each of the books. After a heated debate, and a glass or two of wine, the group will vote for whom they think should win. We'll then announce our findings and wait with baited breath for the official announcement the following day. 
We realise that the cost of the shortlist might be quite a lot, especially if there are hardbacks on it, and for us, the most important thing is that people can join in. So we’ve come up with a few solutions;
•For a one off payment of £25, we will be a lending library, where you can borrow each of the books for a week or so each. You can also keep your favourite book after the ceremony.
•We will offer a discount of 20% on the shortlist for Book Group members.
•A group of you could share the cost, so for example 3 of you could buy 2 books each.
However you decide to do this, we will do everything we can to make the books accessible to you. The important thing is that you're able to join in.
It's a bit of a challenge, but if you think you're up for it, come along.
Friday April 14th - 8.00pm
Comedy at the Bookshop with Elf Lyons & Ryan Lane
On Good Friday, Ryan Lane and Elf Lyons are doing a preview of their show 'HILDA & THE SPECTRUM' alongside a preview of Elf's new show SWAN.
All in the beautiful confines of the Big Green Bookshop. BYOB
Part clown show, part love story, part autobiography and devised at renowned clown school L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Hilda & The Spectrum is a surrealist play devised by Elf Lyons and Ryan Lane. It follows the meeting and relationship between two otherworldly outsiders – Mr X and Hildergarde – as they meet on a dilapidated allotment in Cricklewood. Do they know each other? What is in Mr X’s briefcase? Why is Hilda’s accent so peculiar? What is THE SPECTRUM? How do they both know David Bowie?
Using a concoction of mime, clown, improvisation and live music Hilda & The Spectrum is a bizarre, viciously funny offbeat piece of new writing with a soviet kitsch feel. Imagine The X Men meets The Mighty Boosh – (this comparison is mainly because there is one really cool bit of stage combat in the play and one of the characters has telekinesis).
The Giraffe limbed clown and raconteur is previewing her most eccentric comedy show yet. Think big. Think weird. Mathew Bourne would be proud. It’s going to be fun. And sexy. Yeah. Let’s throw that word in there too. Graduate of L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier.
“Hilariously Brave’ One of British Vogue’s ‘Top Twenty Names of Now’
“Endearingly eccentric on so many levels.” – Fest
“A fast talking, smart-thinking standup for whom the adjective “kooky” could have been invented for” – The Guardian
“Enthusiastically peculiar… showing sexy, nerdy and funny aren’t mutually incompatible.” – Chortle
Thursday May 4th – 7.00pm – 9.00pm
EUROVISION! A presentation by Chris West.
TICKETS £3 (redeemable on the book) – BUY TICKETS HERE.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest final will be held on Saturday May 13th, so to get you in the mood, we’ve invited Chris West, the author of “Eurovision!” to the shop to present a celebration/discussion of this phenomenal programme.
Do you think the world of the Eurovision Song Contest, with its crazy props, even crazier dancers and crazier still songs have nothing to do with serious European politics? Think again. The contest has been a mirror for cultural, social and political developments in Europe ever since its inauguration, when an audience in dinner jackets and ball-gowns politely applauded each song. It has been a voice of rebellion across the Iron Curtain, an inspiration for new European nations in the 1990s and 2000s, the voice of liberation for both sexual and regional minorities. It even once triggered a national revolution.
Eurovision charts both the history of Europe and the history of the Eurovision Song Contest over the last six decades, and shows how seamlessly they interlink – and what an amazing journey it has been.
The book, which is published at the end of April, will be available to purchase on the night and if you’re still Making Your Mind Up whether to come along, during the presentation we will be able to relive some of the magical Eurovision moments over its sixty-year history.