Rye Books

Upcoming Events:

Thursday 16th Oct. 7.00pm at Rye Books

Join author and science writer Philip Ball for a talk on his latest book 'Invisible: the dangerous allure of the unseen'

Philip is the author of many popular books on science, including works on the nature of water, pattern formation in the natural world, colour in art, the science of social and political philosophy, the cognition of music, and physics in Nazi Germany.

He has written widely on the interactions between art and science, and has delivered lectures to scientific and general audiences at venues ranging from the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) to the NASA Ames Research Center and the London School of Economics.

As well as providing a cultural history of a popular idea, Invisible presents many stories for the first time to a general audience: for example, medieval priests blaming their misdeeds on invisible spirits, the Cock Lane ‘ghost fraud’ that fooled Samuel Johnson, the nineteenth-century “Invisible Woman” shows, Victorian scientist William Crookes’ efforts to detect invisible psychic forces with tiny windmills, novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s bizarre belief that he could pass unseen in front of house guests in his dressing gown, and the British forces’ attempts to harness invisibility magic to hide tanks and ships in the Second World War.

'Invisible' shows what our age-old fantasies about what lurks unseen, and whether we can enter that realm ourselves, truly say about us.

Free event, refreshments available

Thursday 23rd Oct. 7.30pm at Rye Books

We warmly invite all to a book signing with Richard Ayoade to celebrate the publication of his new book 'Ayoade on Ayoade: a cinematic odyssey'

In this book Richard Ayoade - actor, writer, director, and amateur dentist - reflects on his cinematic legacy as only he can: in conversation with himself.

Over ten brilliantly insightful and often erotic interviews, Ayoade examines himself fully and without mercy, leading a breathless investigation into this once-in-a-generation visionary.

Only Ayoade can appreciate Ayoade's unique methodology. Only Ayoade can recognise Ayoade's talent. Only Ayoade can withstand Ayoade's peculiar scent. Only Ayoade can truly get inside Ayoade. They have called their book Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey. Take the journey, and your life will never be the same again. Ayoade on Ayoade captures the director in his own words: pompous, vain, angry and very, very funny.

The star of The IT Crowd exposes world of film as you've never read it before in this hilarious send-up of the film world.

Free event, refreshments available

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Richard Guard and Anna Crockatt of The Dulwich Ukulele Club celebrate the capital's past, present and future. It's a great show organic and locally sourced!

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Foreign Language Books,
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Regular Events:
Tuesdays & Fridays at 11am
Children's Storytime
Ages baby – 4 yrs.
Thursday's at 10.30am
Bea's Baby Bop

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