Friday, July 10, 2015

Bear Faced Honeymoon

I've just got home from one of the BEST nights in the bookshop ever. 

It was an opportunity to tell two of our best friends, Ben & Tara how much we love them. 


Tara (@bear_faced_lady on Twitter) and Ben (he's not on Twitter) met  for the first time at the Big Green Bookshop about 4-5 years ago. They became friends. Then one thing led to another and they started snogging etc. Here is a picture of them snogging, in case you don't believe me.

 After much snogging, Tara and Ben decided to get married. This wonderful thing happened earlier this year and it was brilliant. They are a most lovely couple. 

Right, here's the thing. Ben and Tara didn't have a honeymoon. And we thought that they deserved one....

I got in touch with Tara's best friend, Stef ( @princessofVp) and suggested that we could sneakily try and raise some money so that Tara & Ben could go away for a holiday. Stef was brilliant, set up a Paypal account  and we started to get in touch with  their friends to ask if the could spare a few quid. 

Here is the Paypal account email, btw.

Earlier this month we'd  raised enough to think that maybe it was time to tell them. So we organised a meet up in the shop and made sure that Tara and Ben would be there.

After a drink or two, Stef announced to Tara and Ben what the evening was all about.

They had absolutely no idea.
Hee hee.

Then, as expected, everyone cried.

We had raised £500 for them to go away. 

Designed by @gillpea

I'd love it if we could raise a bit more money for them too. They talked about going to Madeira. It's somewhere they both always wanted to go. 

If you can spare a bit of cash and you know them, or if you have no idea who they are but  just like this story, please donate. Ben and Tara are wonderful people who deserve good things to happen to them. 

I hope we can get them to Madeira at the very least. Thanks.

Here's the Paypal account again.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Tweet Up

Thursday July 9th. From 6.00pm
Big Green Bookshop Social

For no reason whatsoever other than fun, we’re having a local Twitter Meet Up (or, as I shudder to call it by it 'official' name a Tweetup) on Thursday July 9th and we’d like to invite you. Come and join us for a drink and meet lots of lovely people off of the internet (oh, and we’ll be there too).

You can drop in any time after 6pm and, depending on how we feel, we’ll probably go to a pub or for something to eat at about 8pm. Hey, but everything is flexible.

We’ll have snacks and drinks, but feel free to bring along something to add to the table. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Join the Big Green XI cricket team.

JULY 17th. 6.00pm Alexandra Palace

Well, this should be fun.

Local cricket team Archway Ladder CC are looking to recruit new team members to play midweek and on weekends. Having heard this, I (perhaps foolishly) suggested to Adam, one of their players, that we could put together a team and give them a match.

And so, that is exactly what we’re going to do!

Do you fancy joining the Big Green XI on Friday July 17th up at Ally Pally from 6pm.
We’ll be playing a 20 over match.
Enthusiasm is far more important than pure natural talent. Both would be great though.

There’s a bar there that sells snacks and beer (obviously) and we’ll probably sort out pizza afterwards.

020 8881 6767

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Benjamin Johncock - LIVE IN LONDON!

Wednesday July 8th - 7.00pm - 8.30pm
An Evening with Benjamin Johncock


Benjamin Johncock brings the space race to life in his stunning novel The Last Pilot, published in July by Myriad.

...and he's going to be HERE at the Big Green Bookshop!!

The story begins in the bone-dry Mojave Desert in the late 1940s, where US Air Force test pilots are racing to break the sound barrier. Among this select band is ace pilot Jim Harrison.

Over a decade later, the space race is well and truly underway and Harrison is among an elite team offered a place in history as the world's first astronauts. But when his young family is thrown into crisis, Jim is faced with a decision that will affect the course of the rest of his life - whether to accept his ticket to the moon and at what cost.

The Last Pilot has been described by Joanne Harris as ‘by far the best debut novel I’ve read in years’. Having been lucky enough to read the book myself, I was totally caught up in the extraordinary human story that unfolds as two nations battle against each other in their quest to get to space.

We'll be at the bookshop chatting to Benjamin about this fabulous book, where there'll be a reading or two, a chance to ask questions and the you'll be able to get a signed copy of the book which will be available to buy on the night.

Benjamin is only in London for a whistle stop tour and I couldn't be happier he's coming to the shop for this event. THE BOOK IS FABULOUS!

It's a FREE event and refreshments will be served, so please do come along. It'll be a cracking night.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Scarlett Thomas - Thursday July 23rd

Thursday July 23rd at 7.00pm-9.00pm
An Evening with Scarlett Thomas.
Bestselling author Scarlett Thomas returns to the bookshop for a very special evening, to celebrate the publication of The Seed Collectors, her first novel for five years.
"I have no idea why everyone thinks nature is so benign and glorious and wonderful. All nature is trying to do is kill us as efficiently as possible."
Great Aunt Oleander is dead. To each of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod. The seed pods might be deadly, but then again they might also contain the secret of enlightenment. Not that anyone has much time for enlightenment. Fleur, left behind at the crumbling Namaste House, must step into Oleander's role as guru to lost and lonely celebrities. Bryony wants to lose the weight she put on after her botanist parents disappeared, but can't stop drinking. And Charlie struggles to make sense of his life after losing the one woman he could truly love.
A complex and fiercely contemporary tale of inheritance, enlightenment, life, death, desire and family trees, The Seed Collectors is the most important novel yet from one of the world's most daring and brilliant writers. As Henry James said of George Elliot's Middlemarch, The Seed Collectors is a 'treasurehouse of detail' revealing all that it means to be connected, to be part of a society, to be part of the universe and to be human.
Scarlett’s previous novels include Our Tragic Universe, Bright Young Things and The End of Mr Y, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Scarlett’s books are quite rightly, very very popular at the Big Green Bookshop and anyone who was at the shop last time Scarlett was here will know what an incredibly exciting night we have in store.
Tickets for the evening are just £5, redeemable on the night on Scarlett’s books. BUY TICKETS HERE.
If you can’t make the night, but would like a signed copy of The Seed Collectors posted to you, copies are available to pre-order HERE.

Comedy with Tiernan Douieb and Bec Hill - Friday June 19th

Friday June 19th - 8.00pm - 10.30pm
Comedy Night with Tiernan Douieb, Bec Hill + more tbc
Announcing a very special night of comedy at the Bookshop. 
We welcome the brilliant Tiernan Douieb to the shop who'll be previewing his Edinburgh Fringe Show, 
"The World is Full of Idiots, Let's Live in Space".
We are also thrilled that the spectacular Bec Hill will also be joining usfor a double bill of fun & frolics. 
It's a real treat for us to have two of the best comedians on the circuit come to the shop at the same time and we cannot wait for this one. 
Tickets are just a fiver BUY THEM HERE, and you can bring your own refreshments. 

Your compere for the evening is our good friend Chris Brosnahan, so you're in safe hands. 

Tickets should go very quickly for this, so PLEASE book early. 

Matt Baylis - June 11th

Thursday June 11th - 7.00pm
Matt Baylis returns with his new Rex Tracey Murder Mystery.
The brilliant local crime series.
First, there was Death at the Palace, then there was The Tottenham Outrage. 
Now, Haringey's world weary journalist Rex Tracey returns to investigate another murder in Matt Baylis's brilliant new book "Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe".
"When Mina, a Kurdish student, plunges in flames from the top floor of Wood Green Shopping City, it is widely assumed to be a political protest. But local reporter Rex Tracey, who knew the dead girl, doesn’t buy it.
Mina was looking forward to the trip of a lifetime, she’d mysteriously vanished only a week before her death, and she’d been in contact with a whistle-blowing local government officer – who pretty soon ends up dead himself.
As he investigates, the sleuthing journalist with a sad past and weakness for Polish lager is sucked into a world of honour killings, corrupt officials, and clashing traditions."
 It's always brilliant when Matt visits the shop and we're delighted that he'll be here to talk about his new book. 
Tickets for this event are just £3 HERE, which will be redeemable on any of the Rex Tracey series. 
Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe is published on June 2nd. Copies can be pre-ordered HERE.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Quiz Night - April 24th

Friday April 24th 7.30pm
The Return of the Big Green Bookshop Almost Monthly Quiz

£10 a team. BUY TICKETS HERE

Yes. Quite believably it has been more than a month (probably closer to two years) since our last quiz.
But we now have a new plan.
Our comedy nights have been so successful that the organising of them is now a major commitment, and our lovely organiser and host Chris Brosnahan (who also holds down a full-time job, is a budding author, does stand-up elsewhere, and runs our critique writing group) is under a lot of pressure to deliver every month. So we have decided to do the comedy every two months to ease the strain.
So we have invited the equally lovely Ben Sohawon to host a general knowledge quiz on the alternate months. Starting this very month.
Exciting, isn’t it?
So warm up your brain cells and get your cleverest friends together. Oh and ....
There’s a £60 prize up for grabs
It’s only £10 for a team of up to four people, and tickets are available here. 
It’s a bring your own refreshments affair. Although there might be some refreshments available on a donation basis.

Zoe Williams - May 1st

Friday May 1st 7.00pm
Zoe Williams in conversation.
With the general election fast approaching, we are delighted that celebrated Guardian columnist Zoe Williams joins us at The Big Green Bookshop to discuss her latest book Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics. The book is a rousing call to arms for us all to play our part in creating a more equal society. 
In the book Zoe addresses many key questions including:
Has the NHS had its day?
Who broke the bank?
Has an immigrant taken your job?
Why can so many people not afford a house?
Have we left it too late to avoid the environmental apocalypse?
Who got us into this mess?
She brings together all the arguments that occupy the current political landscape and offers a road map for a better future in an accessible and truly entertaining way.
Zoe will be in conversation with Literary Death Match’s very own Suzanne Azzopardi.
There’ll be a chance to ask Zoe questions and she’s very happy to sign copies of her book for you.
Tickets are now available at just £3 (HERE) and ticket holders will be able to get the book at the discounted price of just £11.99 (RRP £14.99). 

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Magnificent Seven(th Birthday) 3 for 2 on everything.

This weekend the Big Green Bookshop will be seven years old. SEVEN YEARS OLD.  Crikey. 

We would like to say how incredibly grateful we are to everyone who has supported the Big Green Bookshop in any way whatsoever and enabled us to keep this daft little shop open for seven years. It isn't easy, but without your continued help, we wouldn't be here now and we thank you all from the bottom, middle and tops of our hearts. We've grown quite fond of the Bookshop and we kind of want to stick around for a good while yet.

Anyway, to celebrate we're going to do something unheard of at The Big Green Bookshop. We're going to encourage you to buy lots of books from us.

More specifically, on Saturday 7th of March and Sunday 8th March we are offering 3 for 2 on all the books, cards and toys we have at the shop.

usual rules apply. Cheapest item is free and includes the stuff we have in the shop. Doesn't include book tokens.

Here's a blogpost of what happened on our opening day, if you're feeling nostalgic.
Here's a video of how we opened (with the help of many volunteers).