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January 2017

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Hisham Matar: The Return – Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

11th January at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Hisham Matar’s remarkable memoir was published on 30th June 2016 to universally favourable reviews; two of us at Sandoe’s have read it and have no hesitation in recommending this fascinating and humane book to all. This is an extremely interesting work – reflective, thoughtful and controlled.  Foreshadowed thematically by his two fine novels, Matar has written an account of his childhood, the loss of his father (kidnapped in Cairo to vanish in a Libyan prison),…

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February 2017

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Molly Keane: Sally Phipps in conversation with Sean Rafferty

21st February at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are delighted to announce an event here on 21st February at which Sean Rafferty will be talking to Sally Phipps about her fine new biography of her mother, Molly Keane. Born in 1904 into the world of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy, Molly Keane followed the primary pursuit of her people: hunting. She also wrote novels and plays but disguised her identity at first by writing under the pseudonym M J Farrell, fearing that she would become a woman marked by…

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March 2017

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Daniel Swift and George Szirtes in Conversation

29th March at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Daniel Swift is the author of a very fine new biography of Ezra Pound called ‘The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics and Madness of Ezra Pound‘. During the WW2 Pound was indicted for treason but was found to be of unsound mind and incarcerated in St Elizabeth’s, aka the Bughouse, a hospital for the deranged. There he wrote and received a stream of literary visitors, including Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, T S Eliot, John Berryman and…

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From Athens to Babylon: A Photographer’s Journeys of Discovery: Robert Ousterhout in conversation with Charlotte Roueché

30th March at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We are delighted to announce an evening in association with Cornucopia, the remarkable magazine of Turkish arts: Robert Ousterhout, Professor of Byzantine Art and Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his recent books with Charlotte Roueché, Professor Emeritus of Digital Hellenic Studies at King’s College, London. In John Henry Haynes: A Photographer and Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881–1900 (£22.95), Ousterhout rediscovers the father of American archaeological photography and records the drama and intrigue of his career. A companion volume,…

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May 2017

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Charles Saumarez Smith – East London

10th May at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Charles Saumarez Smith is best known as the chief executive of the Royal Academy. He has also been director of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. Throughout these years, and since the 1980s, he has lived in East London and explored it with relish and diligence. He has now produced the fascinating  ‘East London‘, to be published in late April by Thames & Hudson (£19.95). We are thrilled that he has agreed to come…

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June 2017

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Christopher de Bellaigue: The Islamic Enlightenment

8th June at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Like his previous books, Christopher de Bellaigue’s latest –‘The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle between Faith and Reason’– has received outstanding reviews for its intelligence, erudition, and fine story-telling. Christopher concentrates on Egpyt, Istanbul and Iran, with their great capital cities as the most dynamic and turbulent loci of modernisation, social change and revolution in the Middle East of the last two centuries, tracing the reforming efforts of the 19th century to the politicisation of…

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July 2017

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Lynne Olson: Last Hope Island

4th July at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In the early days of WW2, as the Nazis overran large parts of Europe, the upper echelons of several governments and armed services, as well as heads of state, fled to Britain and made London the centre of their operations in exile: Norway, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Czechoslovakia and Poland, not to mention de Gaulle and the Free French. This fascinating facet of the war is the subject of Lynne Olson’s new book – ‘Last Hope…

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November 2017

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William Boyd

8th November at 6:30 am - 8:00 pm

Longtime friend of the shop, William Boyd, the author of Any Human Heart, Sweet Caress and the upcoming collection of short stories, The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth, will be giving a talk at John Sandoe on Wednesday the 8th of November. Booking essential. Tickets sold out but please call to be added to the waiting list.

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Iris Origo’s Granddaughter Katia Lysy and Lucy Hughes-Hallett in Conversation

14th November at 6:30 am - 8:00 pm

On Tuesday the 14th of November we will be delighted to host Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Katia Lysy, Iris Origo’s granddaughter, discussing A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary 1939-1940. This is a newly discovered and never before published diary of the period preceding Origo’s much beloved War in Val d’Orcia (pbk £9.99; this has very recently been reissued by Pushkin Press, along with several other of Iris’s books). Lucy Hughes-Hallett, who has contributed an introduction, is the author of…

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Emmanuel Macron’s ‘Revolution’

16th November at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Revolution

To celebrate the first publication of Emmanuel Macron’s book ‘Revolution‘ in English, this is a free event presented in association with Scribe Publications. Written before his election success, this is a substantial book, both memoir and a setting-out of his political vision. Jonathan Goldberg and Juliette Scott, the translators of  ‘Revolution’, will be joined in conversation by Sarah Griffin-Mason, Chairman of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. Sadly the blue-eyed bombshell cannot be with us, having…

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