A Biography of a Bookstore

For two years, from 2012 to 2014, I could be found tucked into George Whitman’s former bedroom, his cat, Kitty, on my lap, reading and sorting Shakespeare and Company’s archives. It was the first and the most daunting task in creating…

Maggie O'Farrell interviewed by Rose Alana Frith

Maggie O’Farrell visited Shakespeare and Company in February 2014 to present Instructions for a Heatwave, a novel full of complex familial dynamics, personal struggles and the heatwave of her early childhood. As I sat across from her that evening, at…

En Bref with Emma Beddington

Another En Bref…this time with Emma Beddington, who will be joining us on 21 April to discuss We’ll Always Have Paris and her quest to pass for une vraie Parisienne. Who is your favourite novelist of all time? PG Wodehouse. The…

En Bref with Alex Pheby

En Bref is back, this time with Alex Pheby, who’ll be joining us next Monday, 11 April, to talk about his astonishing historical “neuro-novel” Playthings, on the current shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize… Who is your favourite novelist of…

Typewrongers by Tom Hodges

What do the following have in common: a Greek god with wings on his feet, the Parisian press that first published Nabokov’s Lolita, and the editor of The Maycomb Tribune from Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird? The answer is they share…