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April’s Classic Bookclub Choice: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

10 Mar

We wanted to do Lessing’s wonderful 1962 book earlier in the year but it had gone out of print! Following her death in November last year, it seems like the perfect time to get re-acquainted – or just acquainted – with the Nobel Prize winning author, who is thankfully now back in print.

So pick up a copy at Nomad, where you’ll find a few of her other works, and join us on the 28th of April at 7.30 pm to discuss The Golden Notebook over a glass of wine.


Happy Birthday Simone de Beauvoir!

9 Jan

The French philosopher and icon of 20th century feminism would have been 106 today!

By sheer coincidence, Simone de Beuavoir’s ground-breaking book, The Second Sex, is our current choice for the next Classic Bookclub in February. So pick up a copy from Nomad and join us for wine and a chat about one of the foundational texts of modern feminism on Monday 17th February, 7.30 pm.

Simone de Beauvoir


Upcoming Kids Events

2 Apr

Kidspostermay 2

S.J Watson at Nomad Books!

10 Jan


Upcoming Event: Artemis Cooper at Nomad Books

18 Nov


Give us a call on 020 7736 4000 or email us at to reserve a place or for more information. See you there!

Classic Bookclub Update!

9 Jun

With authentic smudges and everything.

The Poetry Stalker

28 Mar

Hilbert Trogue reads his 'Ode to my Trousers' in the 'modern style' in 1932I have a confession to make: I have never read anything by William Boyd. I know, I know; he’s awesome/so clever/such a good read. And I have genuinely been tempted by a few of his books. I haven’t even seen the TV adaptation of Any Human Heart, but I totally will, I promise. Yet this did not stop me from going to see him and a host of other talented types at  Book Slam. Last night the event returned to its southern location at the Clapham Grand (and my preferred venue, I must say: The Tabernacle is nice but stuffy and in a whitewashed no-man’s land of West London). Mr Boyd of course pulled in the crowds and I especially enjoyed his short story, The Sovereign Light Cafe, about a girl who runs away to the Sussex town of Bexhill-on-Sea.

But really, I was there for the poets. Primarily, for the fantastic Ross Sutherland, who I’ve previously seen at Homework and at the Edinburgh festival and on every occasion, has pretty much blown my mind. He succeeded once again last night, with a wonderful piece which marries his musings on death ,ideas about  the performative nature of grief and the TV show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. As the night’s compère, I don’t think anyone was expecting him to perform against the backdrop of the Fresh Prince’s opening credits and as a result, the audience seemed a tad taken by surprise. But awed and puzzled silence is very much expected when Sutherland is on the stage. His work often starts from a weird place and takes you to a brilliant one, and frequently provokes wide-eyed and open-mouthed wonder.

I was also delighted by the work of poet Martin Figura. I’d known about him for a while but had yet to see him perform until last night and was happy to discover that he is excellent. A warm and funny performer, I found his poems both  joyful and serious, grand and humble; exactly what poems ought to be, I’ve decided. As a beat fanatic, I was particularly tickled by ‘Ahem’, his version of Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’.  Instead of detailing the life of the crazy beat writers and the Lower East Side in the forties and fifties, ‘Ahem’ is the howl of Northern England, about winning the pools and listening to Elvis Presley. I’ve notions of getting him to read here at  Nomad Books, so watch this space.

I also enjoyed music by the lovely Jono McCleery, but was hindered by a group who instead of listening quietly chose to guffaw loudly. In the past, Book Slam audiences have stood out for their attentive silence, so I’ve decided the guffawers were a fluke and probably just William Boyd fans, who are renowned for their rowdiness. One final word of advice: while Book Slam is an ace night out, don’t go by yourself. The evening’s format of performances and frequent interludes for the buying of drinks, the smoking of cigarettes and chatting to friends is harder to enjoy when you only have solitaire on your phone for company. Its also makes it easier to feel like a stalker of poets, which is a label I’m only half comfortable with.  Despite all this, Book Slam delivered a tasty dose of wordy joy and left me feeling both fuzzy and inspired, as is the norm. If you’ve never been, I suggest you go and get your fill.

A very very good month for women…

24 Mar

March was certainly a good month for women! We celebrated both International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day but as our first Spring month draws to a close we thought we should take some time to reflect and celebrate some of the wonderful work of female writers and publishers do the year round!

Persephone Books

If you browse the Nomad fiction A-Z regularly you may have noticed some obtuse grey-covered paperbacks among the crowd of colourful jackets, these beautiful books are from London-based publishing house Persephone Books. Persephone aim to re-publish forgotten works mostly (there a couple of exceptions) by female writers. These range from period pieces such as Few Egg and No Oranges by Vera Hodgson (paperback £14), Suffragette literature Constance Maud’s No Surrender (paperback £14) and modern masterpieces such as Beth Gutcheon’s Still Missing (paperback £14). Its not only the narratives that rage beneath those unassuming covers, each has a specially-chosen fabric print for its sleeve design. These are more than just books they are beautiful objects and wonderful gifts. Ask us for a recommendation!


The women’s publishing house Virago, established in 1973 is also still going strong and has brought Nomad some its very favourite books. Not only do they re-publish the radical texts of the Women’s Liberation Movement such as The Women’s Room by Marilyn French (paperback £10.99) but a diverse selection of new writing. Currently recommended are: Girl Reading by Katie Ward (paperback £7.99), a selection of vignettes based around images of women reading; The Paris Wife by Paula McCain (paperback £7.99), an imagined history of Hemmingway’s wife Hadley Richardson and We Never Had It So Good, a novel centred on the baby-boomer generation by Linda Grant (paperback £7.99).

Dangerous Women

Last week also saw Nomad hold our Dangerous Women event. The book, (hardback £14.99) is an insightful guide to ‘live as well as you dare’! With a glass of wine and some delicious nibbles we discussed relationships and negotiating social encounters around busy lives. We’ll be posting some pictures of the event on our website soon. If you would be interested in finding out more about our events, bookclubs or storytime why not join our mailing list. Just send your email address to

Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism 

March also saw the release of Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism a collection of writings from the Guardian archive edited by Kira Cochrane (paperback £9.99). Divided into decades, the book gives a sense of the mood of the women’s movement over its forty year history, it highlights key figures and shines a light on those who have been forgotten. This book is great read and will almost certainly have you questioning what feminism is and how we can think about in the present. If you liked How to be a woman by Caitlan Moran (paperback £7.99) you will enjoy this tour of the colourful characters of women’s history.

Orange Prize for Fiction

Finally, to honour the release of the Orange Prize long list for 2012 in the near future we will be dedicating one of recommend bays, at the front of the shop, to the award. The Orange Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from across the world and we love the books featured on this year’s long list from Ann Patchett’s celebrated State of Wonder (hardback £12.99), to the recently published The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen (paperback £12.99). All the Nomad staff are poised and ready to read and review them.

March – a good month for women at Nomad Books

8 Mar

Happy International Women’s Day!

March is turning out to be a great month for the ladies. Not only are we celebrating International Women’s Day this month, but a mere ten days later will be Mother’s Day (basically the old International Women’s Day). We’ve got some wonderful books in store that will especially please your ma, in particular, a selection chosen by our very own Nomad staff mums! Clarissa’s mum recommends Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, a past Classic Bookclub choice, and unsurprisingly, one of Clarissa’s favourites too. Kim’s mum is a fan of Daisy Goodwin’s historical novel, My Last Duchess and Katherine Stockett’s best-selling The Help. Pop in for more of our mummy’s faves, or check out our website for all our recommendations. And don’t forget our lovely selection of Mother’s Day cards – come in quick before they all disappear!

And finally, on Thursday the 22nd, we will be hosting an exciting event featuring the authors of Dangerous Women: The Guide to Modern Life, Clare Conville and Liz Hoggard. From 7pm, we’ll be discussing the book over a glass of wine and some light refreshments. Please do join us: contact the shop by phone (020 7736 4000) or email ( for more information.


See you there sisters! (and brothers!)

Mary Berry at Nomad Books!

14 Oct


A lovely slice of Nomad fun!


On Saturday 12th of November, from 11am, the wonderful Mary Berry will be joining us for a chat and some yummy cakes! 


Get your bake on!

Do you make the best carrot cake? Is yours the ultimate banana bread? If you fancy yourself a master baker and are up for a challenge, why not bring your own Mary Berry-inspired delights along? Just send us an email at, give us a ring on 020 7736 4000 or pop in store to let us know what you might bring and which Mary Berry recipe you’ll be using.