Rye Books


Upcoming Events:

Thursday 29th September 7pm
Join us to celebrate the publication of Hero: David Bowie by music journalist Lesley-Ann Jones

In Hero: David Bowie, Jones turns her attention to Bowie in a candid exploration of the man behind the reinventions. The book will be a journey to discover the real David Jones; as well as the David Bowie who lived eternally in the spotlight. Covering his music, his lifestyle, the golden-year highs and the wilderness lows.

Jones is the author of a number of biographies including Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography and Ride a White Swan: The Lives and Death of Marc Bolan

Lesley-Ann Jones is an exemplary music journalist and biographer. As a long-time fan and associate of Bowie, she has brought meticulous research together with her personal insights and understanding to create an extensive and detailed portrait of a one of music’s greatest heroes.

Jones said: "I am thrilled to be writing this. I met David Bowie when I was a child, became a music writer thanks to him, and worked with him down the years. I used to joke that a call from David to write his biography was the Holy Grail of publishing. That is never going to happen now, of course. But I relish the opportunity to tell his story from a personal point of view.

This is a free event, but please email us here: shop@ryebooks.co.uk to give us an idea of numbers!

Cake and wine will be available

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Thursday 6th October 7pm
Local author Anna Mazzola will be in the shop to discuss her intriguing and tightly plotted debut novel ‘The Unseeing’

Set in London in 1837, Anna Mazzola's THE UNSEEING is the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother, sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding. Perfect for any reader of Sarah Waters or Antonia Hodgson. 'A twisting tale of family secrets and unacknowledged desires.

Intricately plotted and extremely convincing in its evocation of the everyday realities of 1830s London, this is a fine first novel' - The Sunday Times 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 refuses to help him, neither lying nor adding anything to the evidence gathered in court.

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?

Free event.

We'll be serving up cake, coffee and wine where needed!
Please email us if your planning on coming so we can get an idea of numbers, thank you.

Sunday 9th of October 10am–1pm
Half day workshop with author Hester Vaize: How to Pitch a Book Idea and Get Published

Maybe you have an idea. Maybe you have a manuscript at the back of the cupboard. Whatever stage you’re at, come to this half day workshop and gain the tools and motivation to take your project forward.

You’ll take part in a practical workshop that will help you to plan, structure and pitch your book idea.

What makes a good proposal? How should you present yourself as a prospective author? Learn how to attract an agent, publisher and readership and get the hands on teaching you need to get your proposal in front of the people that matter.

Give your work the best possible chance of making it into print, and sign up today!

October 2016 – £30 – 15 places

To book your place please email:

Dr Hester Vaizey is a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and an award-winning author of four History books (published by Bloomsbury, Thames and Hudson, Macmillan and Oxford University Press). Her first book, Surviving Hitler’s War, was shortlisted for the Women’s History Network Prize and won the Fraen,kel Prize for Contemporary History. She went on to write Born in the GDR. Living in the Shadow of the Wall, Keep Britain Tidy and Other Posters from the Nanny State, and In Their Own Words. Letters from History. She runs the History Publishing List at The National Archives in Kew, and has a successful track record of helping first time authors transform their ideas into commercially successful books.

Thursday November 10th. 7pm
To commemorate the 27th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall author Hester Vaizey will be discussing her compelling new book: Born In The GDR: Living in the shadow of the wall

On 9 November 2016 Berlin will be celebrating once again, this time commemorating the 27th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To coincide with this author Dr Hester Vaizey is joining us again to discuss her thought provoking book Born in the GDR: Living in the shadow of the wall, now published in paperback.

Some more about the book…
The changes that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 were particularly dramatic for East Germans. With the German Democratic Republic effectively taken over by West Germany in the reunification process, nothing in their lives was immune from change and upheaval: from the way they voted, the newspapers they read, to the brand of butter they bought. But what was it really like to go from living under communism one minute, to capitalism the next? What did the East Germans make of capitalism? And how do they remember the GDR today? Are their memories dominated by fear and loathing of the Stasi state, or do they look back with a measure of fondness and regret on a world of guaranteed employment and low living costs? This is the story of eight citizens of the former German Democratic Republic, and how these dramatic changes affected them.

All of the people in the book were born in East Germany after the Berlin Wall was put up in August 1961, so they knew nothing other than living in a socialist system when the GDR fell apart. Their stories provide a fascinating insight not only into everyday life in East Germany, but also into how this now-vanished state is remembered today, a quarter of a century after the fall of the Wall.

Free event.

Please email us if your planning on coming so we can get an idea of numbers, thank you.

Book Launch: Samson The Mighty Flea
Date TBC.

Come to the shop and meet Sampson the flea, star of the Fleabag's Circus – this strong-flea can lift a match, he can lift a pea, he can lift lovely flea Amelie. But it's not enough – Samson wants to be the biggest star anywhere, so he sets off into the big, wide world. Discover what happens to the world's smallest strongman in this hilarious, touching tale.

Join local illustrator Nathan Reed co-creator of ‘Samson The Mighty Flea’ for an art workshop (details to be confirmed).



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Children's Storytime
Ages baby – 4 yrs.
Thursday's at 10.30am
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