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We're giving away FREE BOOKS.
and not just any old books...
 
GALLEY BEGGAR BOOKS. 
 
There is very little (nothing) that I don't like about Galley Beggar Press. They publish superb, exciting books. I think I've read every book they've published in physical book form (and most of what they've published as e-books too), and there hasn't been a single thing that I haven't loved. 
I wrote this about them in 2013
 
"I was introduced to Galley Beggar, when I was sent a copy of their first publication White Goddess by Simon Gough. It's a magical story somewhere between fact and fiction reliving the authors first visit, as a child, to the tiny village of Deya in 1953 to meet his Grand Uncle, poet Robert Graves, and the incredible lifelong effect it had on him.
I can't recommend it enough.
Then, when they announced that their next book would be My Elvis Blackout by Simon Crump, a reissue of one of my favourite (and most outrageous) collections of short stories, I realised that this was a publisher who knew a thing about books.
These two books are so different, but they have one thing in common. They are quality.
Earlier this year (this was 2013 remember) they published A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride. This is an astonishing novel and centres around a young girl's relationship with her brother, who's been affected by a brain tumour in his early childhood. It's an exhausting, passionate, painful read, but the writing is exquisite and how it wasn't longlisted for the Man Booker Prize is beyond me."
 
As some of you may know, a couple of months after this, Eimear McBride won EVERY other book award in the world (I may have exaggerated slightly here) and the world was right again. 
 
They continue to produce and publish the most wonderful stuff and we will continue to support them as much as we can.
 
And just this week, we recieved a box or two from them. Inside were individually wrapped books, with this label attached. 
 
 
Wow, how lovely is that?
 
So,what we're doing is giving one of these books away to anyone who buys a book from us. It's like some kind of 2 for 1 offer. 
 
If you are lucky enough to live close enough to Wood Green to shop here, and there's a book you quite fancy buying, now might be a good time to do it. Not only will you get a book, but you'll get ANOTHER book too, at no extra cost.
 
A GALLEY BEGGAR BOOK. 
 
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Friday May 1st 7.00pm
Zoe Williams in conversation.
 
With the general election fast approaching, we are delighted that celebrated Guardian columnist Zoe Williams joins us at The Big Green Bookshop to discuss her latest book Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics. The book is a rousing call to arms for us all to play our part in creating a more equal society. 
 
In the book Zoe addresses many key questions including:
 
Has the NHS had its day?
Who broke the bank?
Has an immigrant taken your job?
Why can so many people not afford a house?
Have we left it too late to avoid the environmental apocalypse?
Who got us into this mess?

She brings together all the arguments that occupy the current political landscape and offers a road map for a better future in an accessible and truly entertaining way.
 
Zoe will be in conversation with Literary Death Match’s very own Suzanne Azzopardi.
 
There’ll be a chance to ask Zoe questions and she’s very happy to sign copies of her book for you.
 
Tickets are now available at just £3 (HERE) and ticket holders will be able to get the book at the discounted price of just £11.99 (RRP £14.99). 
 
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April Book of the Month
 
April's Book of the Month is the spectacularly titled "Grandmother Divided by Monkey Equals Outer Space" by Nora Chassler. It's a superb novel, looking at the lives of a "family" living in Manhattan in the early 80's. 
 

New York City, 1982. The Martians - Carrie, Eli, their mother Viv and her teenage boyfriend, Arnie - live in a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. Viv smokes marijuana continually, laying out her bizarre version of reality to anyone who will listen. Eleven year-old Carrie's budding OCD manifests in attention to detail at the expense of the big picture. Her angry older brother Eli just wants to make it to a showing of The Shining that isn't sold out.

Around the corner - 'above the smaller dry cleaners' - the psychic Miss Rosa's neon rose glows above the street. Keener on recounting the past than predicting the future, Miss Rosa (a.k.a. Phoebe Curtis) befriends the Martians one by one, and shares a part of her story with each of them - a story that resonates disturbingly with their own lives. But the Martians have other things to worry about: can Carrie afford a Red Devil costume for the Halloween parade? Who really has the longest fry? And how will Viv buy pot and pay the rent?

 

It's published by a cracking little independent publisher called Valley Press, and i'm delighted that I found this book. I hope you will choose to discover it too. 

 

The book's available at the discounted price of just £7.99 (free P+P). HERE

 

 Friday April 24th 7.30pm

The Return of the Big Green Bookshop Almost Monthly Quiz 

Yes. Quite believably it has been more than a month (probably closer to two years) since our last quiz.

But we now have a new plan.

Our comedy nights have been so successful that the organising of them is now a major commitment, and our lovely organiser and host Chris Brosnahan (who also holds down a full-time job, is a budding author, does stand-up elsewhere, and runs our critique writing group) is under a lot of pressure to deliver every month. So we have decided to do the comedy every two months to ease the strain.

So we have invited the equally lovely Ben Sohawon to host a general knowledge quiz on the alternate months. Starting this very month.

Exciting, isn’t it?

So warm up your brain cells and get your cleverest friends together. Oh and ....

There’s a £60 prize up for grabs

It’s only £10 for a team of up to four people, and tickets are available here.

It’s a bring your own refreshments affair. Although there might be some refreshments available on a donation basis.

 

Subscribe to our Big Green Bookshop Book Club
 
 
We try our best to present to you the best books out there. What we stock and recommend defines the bookshop. And whilst we know everyone’s tastes are different, we hope we can find something that’ll you’ll really enjoy.
 
So why not subscribe to our Monthly Book Club.
 
Based on information provided by you, we'll deliver a new novel at the beginning of each month to you or to the person of your choice. The book will be gift wrapped and will also include a personal message from us and, where possible, from the author too.
 
Consider us your personal literary shopper and let us help you discover some of the best new writing out there.  
 
Or you could subscribe to our Children’s Book Club
 
Our Children’s Book Club works in exactly the same way as our adult one and we’ve enlisted some expert help to make sure we provide the most appropriate books for children of all ages. We’ve joined up with “Books for Keeps” to help us choose book for our kid’s book package. Books for Keeps are the UK’s leading independent children’s book magazine, reviewing over 1,000 children’s books each year. This is what they wrote in their first issue back in 1980.
 
 
‘We have assumed that you, our readership, are busy people committed to encouraging the reading habit amongst your children, not only in school but at home or on holiday too. Because there is so much available and so much new material being published, it is impossible to keep abreast of everything all the time. The thinking behind Books for Keeps is based therefore on the belief that book ideas, book opinion, book information and book news should be easy to digest, stimulating to read, and simple to select.’
 
The Children's package will also include posters, badges, bookmarks and lots more besides!
 
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The Book Club is a perfect gift for any book lovers out there – no matter what age.
 
There are 3 sizes of package, three months, six months and twelve months. Prices start at just £20 for children and £30 for adults.
 
ADULTS
Three Month Book Club Subscription - £30 BUY HERE
Six Month Subscription - £50 BUY HERE
Twelve Month Subscription - £90 BUY HERE
 
CHILDREN
 
Three Month Book Club Subscription - £20 BUY HERE
 
Six Month Subscription - £35 BUY HERE
Twelve Month Subscription - £65 BUY HERE
 

 

Once you’ve bought one, we’ll send you a very simple questionnaire to fill in, which will help us to pick the right book just for you.  Books will be posted out on the 1st of each month, unless otherwise requested.
 

 

 
 
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Email Vouchers
Available at the Big Green Bookshop
 
 A Big Green Bookshop voucher.
Just get in touch with us, let us know how much you'd like to give and we can send that special someone an Email Voucher. The lucky recipient will get an email from us telling them that you've bought them a voucher to spend at the Big Green Bookshop. They can then choose books and we'll get them and post them (FREE P+P in the UK), whenever they choose to redeem it. 
 
What a treat, eh? 
 
Telephone; 020 8881 6767
Email; enquiries@biggreenbookshop.com
  
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  Welcome to The Big Green Bookshop, the award winning bookshop based in Wood Green, North London. We’re situated just off the High Road, a couple of minutes walk from Turnpike Lane tube station, on Brampton Park Road (an oasis of calm in the metropolitan madness).

We stock a great and varied range of books, which we individually hand pick for our customers, as well as stocking a wide selection of cards, bookmarks and other essentials. If you can’t decide what to get (the choice is sometimes too much), we sell our own vouchers too.

We have book groups for adults and children, which is open to everyone, and we also hold a staggering number of author signings and events for all ages. From Maisy Mouse to burlesque dancers, music legends and literary superstars, you can keep up with all the shenanigans on the website, or by signing up for our newsletter, just over there ------>

If we don’t have the book you’re looking for we can usually get it in within 48 hours, and you can now order online too, and we offer free delivery in the UK for orders over £5. You’ll also find special offers, signed books and all manner of delights here, so it’s definitely worth checking back every so often.

If the book you want is no longer available, we have an Out of Print Booksearch Service, which is totally free.
Details can be found here.

There’s so much more to tell you, but we’ll let you have a look around for yourself. Have fun and come and say hello next time you’re in the area. There’s usually a pot of coffee on the go, and we have a very comfy sofa.

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