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Tuesday June 27th – 7.00pm-8.30pm
Crime Panel – with Mark Hill, Anna Mazzola and Abir Mukherjee
(chaired by Barry Forshaw)
This is first of a series of cracking crime events that we’re putting on for your entertainment to highlight some of the very best authors around right now.
 
 
 
Mark Hill – author of The Two O’Clock Boy
ONE DETECTIVE. ONE KILLER. ONE SHARED SECRET.
 Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children's Home stood on a London street where once-grand Victorian homes lay derelict. There its children lived in terror of Gordon Tallis, the home's manager.
 Then Connor Laird arrived: a frighteningly intense boy who quickly became Tallis' favourite criminal helper. Soon after, destruction befell the Longacre, and the facts of that night have lain buried . . . until today.
 Now, a mysterious figure, the Two O'Clock Boy, is killing all who grew up there, one by one. DI Ray Drake will do whatever it takes to stop the murders - but he will go even further to cover up the truth.
 
Anna Mazzola – author of The Unseeing
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence.
Even the things you think you know.
Set in London in 1837, The Unseeing tells the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress, nurse and mother, sentenced to death for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding.
After Sarah petitions for mercy, Edmund Fleetwood is appointed to investigate and consider whether justice has been done. Idealistic, but struggling with his own demons, Edmund is determined to seek out the truth. Yet Sarah, despite protesting her innocence, refuses to add anything to the evidence given in court: the evidence which convicted her. Edmund knows she’s hiding something, but needs to discover just why she’s maintaining her silence. For how can it be that someone would willingly go to their own death?
 
Abir Mukherjee – author of Rising Man
Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force.
But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj. A senior official has been murdered, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India: or else. With rising political dissent and the stability of the Raj under threat, Wyndham and his two new colleagues - arrogant Inspector Digby and British-educated, but Indian-born Sergeant Banerjee, one of the few Indians to be recruited into the new CID - embark on an investigation that will take them from the luxurious parlours of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city.
 
Our chair for the evening is the mighty Barry Forshaw. Barry is one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction and film, with books such as Brit Noir, Nordic Noir,Euro Noir, British Crime Film and Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction. Other work includes the Keating Award-winning British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia, The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, and the first biography of Stieg Larsson.
 
This is a free event, but please contact us if you’d like to attend, so we can reserve a place for you.
Enquiries@biggreenbookshop.com or call 020 8881 6767
 
Thursday June 29th – 7.00pm
Keith Lowe – "The Fear & The Freedom", Book Launch
We’re delighted to be holding the official launch of historian Keith Lowe’s latest book, The Fear and The Freedom, published by Penguin, here on June 29th.
 
The Second World War was one of the most catastrophic events in human history. But how did the experience and memory of bloodshed affect our lives? The new order, as it emerged after 1945, saw the end of European empires and the birth of two new superpowers, in a new, global Cold War. Scientists delivered new technologies, politicians fantasized about overhauled societies, some argued for global government, others for independence.
 
 
It was an era of wonder and terror, and it resonates in the arguments about nationalism, immigration and globalisation that we have today. As well as analyzing the major changes and they myths that emerged, The Fear and the Freedom uses individual stories to show how leaders and ordinary people coped with the post-war world and turned one of the greatest traumas in history into an opportunity for change. This is the definitive exploration of the aftermath of WWII - and the impact it still has.
 

Please come along and toast Keith’s new book. Refreshments will be very much available.
 
 
Friday June 30th – 8.00pm – 11.00pm
Working Title Comedy at the Big Green Bookshop
It's BACK!!
Comedy returns to the Big Green Bookshop as we welcome a stellar line-up to the shop to entertain you. 
As ever, tickets are just a fiver and you can bring your own refreshments.

So without further ado, here are the details of the night's comedy.
 
"Crashing back onto the Fringe for its triumphant third year, Rotating Bill brings you top-quality stand-up with special guests every day. Featuring award-winning regulars with a variety of styles, it's guaranteed to have something for everyone."
 
Ali Woods: “The coolest ginger in comedy”. Chatty, friendly, but with a sharp edge. Ali is endlessly entertaining, with his hilariously off kilter look at the world. Yorkshire Fringe 2015 New Comedian Finalist, Leicester Square New Comedian 2015 Quarter Finalist, Chortle Student Comedy Heat Placer.
 
Ed Colley: As a “Great Character Comic” and BBC New Comedy Award semi-finalist, Ed has a surreal and misguided view of the world, providing a deranged but hysterical attempt to understand the world, mainly kitchen objects.
 
Mary O’Connell: Scathing, playful, laid back and assured, Mary brings her hilariously haughty comedy to the mic. A great performer who loves to shock her audience. Won the people’s choice vote in the Chortle Student Comedy Awards for London 2016.
 
Caitlin Powell:  A flamboyantly furious comic with plenty on her mind to share, Caitlin brings an electric energy and fiery passion from the biggest issues down to the pettiest minutia. A tour de force of righteous anger. Harrogate Comedian of the Year Finalist, Chortle student comedy semi finalist, Burning Duck student comedian of the year.
 
Stanley Brooks: A terrifying character comedian, business man of the year to some, Stanley verbally attacks his audience in the funniest of ways. Runner up in the Leicester Square Theatre new act competition.
 
Book your ticket NOW.
 
Saturday July 1st - 7pm
Electric Arches with Eve L Ewing
Join us for a very special evening, as we welcome essayist and poet Eve L Ewing read from her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches.
The book is coming out in early September, but will be available to pre-order and Eve will be signing bookplates so that when your book comes it can be custom and personalized.
Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.
 
Lending stark realism with the surreal and fantastic, Eve’s narrative takes us from the streets of 1990s Chicago to the story of an alien arrival in an unspecified future, deftly navigating the boundaries of space, time, and reality with delight and flexibility.
 
Eve imagines familiar figures in magical or surreal circumstances—blues legend Koko Taylor is a tall-tale hero; LeBron James travels through time and encounters his teenage self. She identifies everyday objects—hair moisturizer, a spiral notebook—as precious icons. 
 
Her visual art is spare, playful, and poignant—a cereal box decoder ring that allows the wearer to understand what black girls are saying; a teacher's angry, subversive message scrawled on the chalkboard.  Electric Arches invites fresh conversations about race, gender, the city, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up, through a distinctive new voice.  
 
Eve is based in Chicago, but is making a whistlestop trip to London and we couldn't be more pleased that she's coming to the bookshop.
 
For more information about Eve, please visit her website HERE
(photo credit RJ Eldridge)
 
 Thursday July 6th – 7.00pm
Laughs Aplenty with Stuart Heritage and Tracy Whitwell.
God, we could do with a laugh right now, couldn’t we?
So, with this in mind we are delighted to welcome two brilliant authors to the shop to lift your spirits
 
Stuart Heritage has written for the Guardian since 2009. His weekly column about his young son ‘Man With a Pram’ ran in the paper’s Family section between 2015-16. His new book, Don’t Be a Dick, Pete has just been published.
Stuart Heritage got where he is today by being decent, thoughtful, hard-working and kind. He is, in short, a model citizen. The favourite son.
His younger brother Pete is quick-tempered, peevish and aggressively pig-headed and, for a while, known to his friends as 'Shagger'. But now, Stu has returned to his hometown to discover that Pete has taken his place. Practical and resourceful where Stu is not, Pete has become a shoulder to lean on.
He is now undoubtedly the better son. And all at once Pete and Stu have to reevaluate their fraternal dynamic. It should be easy, but it isn't.
Because, well...Pete's a dick.
Don't Be A Dick, Pete is Stuart Heritage's unconventional and laugh-out-loud biography of his brother. It is a hilarious examination of home and family; sons, fathers, fatherhood, sibling relationships and how hard it is to move on in a system that's loaded with several decades of preconceived ideas about you.
 
Tracy Whitwell is an actress who has worked in British film and television, including hit shows Playing the Field, Soldier Soldier and Peep Show.
Her new book Sex, Spooks and Sauvignon is the first instalment in the Adventures of an Accidental Medium.
Meet Tanz, wine and cocktail enthusiast and Geordie actress turned accidental psychic.
To make ends meet, Tanz gets a job in a new-age shop while she waits for the next big acting job to come along and make her fortune. There she finds she has more in common with the ‘nutters’ than she imagined.
Voices in her head become ghosts who just won’t leave. And when they start giving her clues to an unsolved murder, things start to get tricky…
 
There'll be a discussion and readings plus lots more besides. The author’s books will be available to purchase on the night and they'll be very happy to sign copies for you.
It should be lots of fun!
This is a free event, but please contact us if you’d like to attend, so we can reserve a place for you.
Enquiries@biggreenbookshop.com or call 020 8881 6767
 
Wednesday July 26th - 7.00pm
Crime Panel.
Jan Ellis, Simon Booker, Lisa Cutts & William Shaw
The second of our series of crime panel events, bringing you some of the very best and most exciting crime & mystery writers out there.
Tonight we have four brilliant authors for you.
 
 
 
Jan Ellis – author of The Bookshop Detective.
When a ghost ship is spotted on the horizon one spring evening, bookseller Eleanor decides to investigate the myths and legends of Combemouth, the seaside town where she runs The Reading Room. As Eleanor digs deeper into the town's history, she becomes intrigued by a Victorian crime report and is determined to find out what happened to a boy at the centre of the court case. As she begins to uncover the truth - aided by the vicar but somewhat stalled by the local librarian - she has a challenge on her own horizon…
 
Simon Booker – author of Without Trace
For four long years, journalist Morgan Vine has campaigned for the release of her childhood sweetheart Danny Kilcannon - convicted, on dubious evidence, of murdering his 14 year-old stepdaughter. When a key witness recants, Danny is released from prison. With nowhere else to go, he relies on single mum Morgan and her teenage daughter, Lissa.
But then Lissa goes missing. With her own child now at risk, Morgan must re-think all she knows about her old flame - 'the one that got away'. As the media storm around the mysterious disappearance intensifies and shocking revelations emerge, she is forced to confront the ultimate question: who can we trust...?
 
Lisa Cutts – author of Mercy Killing
The death of a local sex offender places the police officers at East Rise incident room under immense pressure - they must treat this case like any other murder, but they know what Albie Woodville did and can feel little sympathy. Except, as the investigation progresses, it becomes clear this isn't just a one-off killing - someone is out for revenge...
 
William Shaw – author of The Birdwatcher
Sergeant William South has always avoided investigating murder. A passionate birdwatcher and quiet man, he has few relationships and prefers it that way.
But when his only friend is found brutally beaten, South's detachment is tested. Not only is he bereft - it seems that there's a connection between the suspect and himself. For South has a secret.
He knows the kind of rage that killed his friend. He knows the kind of man who could do it. He knows, because Sergeant William South himself is a murderer.
Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.
 
There'll be a discussion and readings plus lots more besides. The authors books will be available to purchase on the night and they'll be very happy to sign copies for you.
It should be lots of fun! 
This is a free event, but please contact us if you’d like to attend, so we can reserve a place for you.
Enquiries@biggreenbookshop.com or call 020 8881 6767