Rye Books

Upcoming Events:

Thursday 24th April 7.00pm at Rye Books
'Street Art Fine Art'

What's the story behind all the street art that has sprung up around Dulwich and Peckham recently...?

Join Ingrid Beasley author of the newly released Street Art Fine Art, a book about the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery project. Ingrid will be giving a talk/slideshow/film about the concept behind the Dulwich Picture Gallery related street art.

Free event

Modern-day Rembrandts and Rubens: street artists re-imagine the old masters

Thursday May 1st 7.00pm at Rye Books
'The Walk Home' by Rachel Seiffert

Rachel Seiffert award-winning British novelist and short story writer will be reading from her latest book 'The Walk Home' published on the 3rd April 2014.

Rachel Seiffert's first novel, The Dark Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was made into the feature film Lore.

She was named as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and in 2011 she received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Field Study, a collection of short stories, received an award from PEN International. Her second novel Afterwards was long-listed for the 2007 Orange Prize. Her books have been published in eighteen languages.

Reading and Q&A
Free event

May at Rye Books (date TBC)
Shackleton's Journey by William Grill

Slideshow & reading

To celebrate Ernest Shackleton’s departure on “Endurance” across the Antarctic, star illustrator William Grill brings us a detailed visual narrative of this extraordinary and historical expedition.

Grill’s beautiful use of coloured pencils and vibrant hues place him somewhere on the artistic spectrum between Raymond Briggs and David Hockney, and his fastidious cataloguing of every single detail of the expedition is nothing short of a Blackstock collection.

Grill evokes the atmosphere and intrepid excitement that would have surrounded the expedition with his impeccably researched and detailed drawings. Children will love examining the exploded diagrams of the peculiar provision taken or the individual drawings of the sled dogs or pack horses.

This book takes the academic and historical information surrounding the expedition and re-interprets it for a younger audience in a way that will capture their imaginations. For ages 7-11 and everybody else!

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Thursday 12th June at Rye Books 7.00 pm
Will Hodgkinson will be reading from 'The House Is Full Of Yogis'

A witty memoir about the trials of adolescence, the tribulations of family life and the embarrassment that ensues from having larger-than-life parents Neville and Liz Hodgkinson bought into the Thatcherite dream of home ownership, aspiration and advancement. The first children of their working class parents to go to university and have professional careers, they lived in a semi-detached house in Richmond, sent their sons Tom and Will to private school, and went on holiday to Greece once a year. Neville was an award-winning science writer and Liz was a high-earning tabloid hack.

Then a disastrous boat holiday, followed by a life-threatening bout of food poisoning from a contaminated turkey, led to the search for a new way of life.

Nev joined the Brahma Kumaris, who believe evolution is a myth, time is circular, and a forthcoming Armageddon will make way for a new Golden Age. Out went drunken
dinner parties and Victorian décor schemes; in came large women in saris meditating in the living room and lurid paintings of smiling deities on the walls. Liz took the arrival of the Brahma Kumaris as a chance to wage all-out war on convention, from announcing her newfound celibacy on prime time television to writing books that questioned the value of getting married and raising children.

By an unfortunate coincidence, this dramatic and highly public transformation of the self coincided with the onset of Will’s adolescence. This is his story.

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Sunday 27th July 2.00pm at Rye Books
'Wild Boy' by Rob Lloyd Jones

London, 1841.
A boy covered in hair, raised as a monster, condemned to life in a travelling freak show. A boy with an extraordinary power of observation and detection. A boy accused of murder; on the run; hungry for the truth…enter the world of Wild Boy. We are big fans of this book set in Southwark no less! And there is a rumour that Rob maybe also be reading from Wild Boy 2!

Behold the savage spectacle of Wild Boy! Ladies and Gentlemen, take your seats. The show is about to begin….

For ages 8 - 12 and of course grown-ups.

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We are pleased to announce the winners of our first Funny Money competition!


Tom Ball's Image
Tom Ball / Age 3

Ella Salim's Image
Ella salim / Age 12

Polly Maclean's Drawing
Polly Maclean / Grown up

You have each won a £25 pound book voucher!

We will endeavour to get in contact with you but please don't hesitate to contact us!

The wining entries were picked by local artist Humphrey Ocean.

Don't worry if you didn't manage to enter this time, our second competition is already under way!

You have until April 25th to create your coin!

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Fiction, Children's Books,
Art & Design, Travel,
Food & Drink, Biography,
History, Gardening, Hard-to-find,
Foreign Language Books,
Gifts & Stationery

Regular Events:
Tuesdays & Fridays at 11am
Children's Storytime
Ages baby – 4 yrs.
Thursday's at 10.30am
Bea's Baby Bop
Every Monday, 10.30am at Rye Books
Tingalingo Learning French for Babies up to pre-school age.

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