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June 2017


Christopher de Bellaigue: The Islamic Enlightenment

8th June 2017 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


Lynne Olson: Last Hope Island

4th July 2017 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


William Boyd

8th November 2017 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 2017 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 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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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April 2018


Leanda de Lisle on Charles I

12th April at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We are delighted to announce that Leanda de Lisle, author of Tudor: The Family Story and The Sisters Who Would Be Queen, will be giving a talk at John Sandoe on Thursday the 12th of April about her wonderful new book White King: Charles I – Traitor, Murderer, Martyr. Those who have enjoyed the Charles I: King and Collector exhibition at the Royal Academy will find this particularly interesting. Booking essential. Tickets £10, including wine and nibbles.

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May 2018


Joan Leigh Fermor, Nikos Ghika, John Craxton, PLF…

24th May at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We are fortunate to have inveigled Ian Collins to speak at Sandoe’s about two recent projects to which his contribution has been central: the exhibition ‘Charmed Lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor’ that has just transferred to the British Museum from Greece (click here for the catalogue) and also a remarkable new publication on the photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor. Her name is closely associated with that of her husband Patrick but, thanks to…

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June 2018


Salley Vickers: Librarians (or one in particular), Love and Literature

12th June at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We are delighted to announce that Salley Vickers will be talking at John Sandoe’s on the 12th of June to mark the publication of her new novel The Librarian, in which a young, likeable, Daisy-Milleresque young woman takes on a job as librarian in a small provincial town in 1950’s England. Vickers has a delightfully subversive streak, humorous but never cruel, and is an unwavering champion of the flawed. A characteristic light touch disguises her clarity of judgement…

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October 2018


Matthew Sturgis on Oscar Wilde

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

Matthew Sturgis will be at Sandoe’s to talk about his new (and highly anticipated) biography, ‘Oscar Wilde: A Life’. Sturgis’ previous books (‘Passionate Attitudes: The English Decadence of the 1890s’ and his biographies of Aubrey Beardsley and Walter Sickert) have been exemplary in their humanity and wit, and we believe that there are few biographers more suited to tackle Wilde, either in print or conversation. The book will be published 4th October. Please email or…

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November 2018


Black Sea: Caroline Eden in Conversation with Anna Reid

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

Caroline Eden, erudite and entertaining, will be talking about her travels from Odessa to Istanbul and Trabzon, through Bessarabia, Romania, Bulgaria and the Turkish Black Sea coast – the subject of her new book ‘Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes – Through Darkness and Light’ – with Anna Reid, author of definitive books on the siege of Leningrad and the Ukraine. Caroline’s first book ‘Samarkand’ won the Guild of Food Writers Award for Best Food &…

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