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Marylebone

Every month Daunt Books holds a range of interesting author events featuring the likes of William Boyd, Alexander McCall Smith and Jan Morris. Please get in touch if you would like to reserve a signed copy from any of these events.

  • Ferdinand Mount
    'The Tears of the Rajas'

    Wednesday 29th April at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Marylebone.

    Ferdinand Mount will be here to tell us more about his ravishing new book on the British in India. It is a sweeping account of a single Scottish family through mutiny, siege, debt and disease from Madras to the Afghan snows.

    Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine, 20% off the speaker's books and 20% off supper on the night at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar.

    Tickets may be purchased from our Marylebone shop in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.

  • What a State: The Anthropology of Parliament
    Guest speaker: Emma Crewe, author of Commons and Lords

    Wednesday 29th April at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Chelsea.

    After five years of waiting, Daunt Books invites you to Fulham Road to celebrate the General Election, and to ask, is there any positive view of modern British politics that we can take to give us hope amongst the rampant cynicism?

    Daunt Books Fulham Road welcomes anthropologist and researcher at SOAS Emma Crewe to offer just such a positive view. For her new book Commons and Lords: An Anthropology of Parliament, Emma conducted five years of research into both House of Commons and the House of Lords, finding rigorous legislative scrutiny, MPs more passionate in representing their constituency than ever and peers of all parties working together to improve and amend Bills passed by the Lower House. But is that enough to inspire a disenchanted electorate? Take the night off from Messrs Cameron, Miliband and Clegg to join us for an altogether more inspiring insight into what makes our modern Parliament tick.

    Tickets for each event are £5 and include a glass of wine and 20% off the speaker's books on the night, and can be bought from our Fulham Road shop or with credit or debit card by telephone on 020 7373 4997.

  • Christina Lamb
    'Farewell Kabul'

    Thursday 28th May at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Marylebone.

    * Please note new date *

    We are sorry to announce that the talk with Christina Lamb has unfortunately had to be postponed and will now take place on
    Thursday 28th May at 7pm.

    All tickets from the original date are valid. If you are unable to attend on the new date, please call us on 020 7224 2295 and we will arrange a refund.
    We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Twenty-seven years ago Christina Lamb left Britain and fell unequivocally in love with Afghanistan, then in the midst of a bitterly contested Russian occupation. Since 2001 she has watched, and reported, with incredulity as the West's initial success in this fierce country of pomegranates and war turned into a fiasco.
    Following on from her fine memoir, The Sewing Circles of Herat, Farewell Kabul is another deeply personal book that not only shows the human cost of political failure, but also how that failure has resulted in the spread of terrorism across the Islamic world

    Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine, 20% off the speaker's books and 20% off supper on the night at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar.

    Tickets may be purchased from our Marylebone shop in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.

  • Finding the Muse: Inspiration and The Creation Of A Business Of One's Own
    Guest speaker: Meike Ziervogel, founder of Peirene Press

    Thursday 14th May at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Chelsea.

    A lot of people get ideas from time to time about starting up a business and having a company of their own. But how can these flashes of inspiration be captured and made into a single, clear vision? How is that vision made real? And is it possible to run a business that is completely true to your vision, whilst working with another business that is true to somebody else's?

    Daunt Books Fulham Road is particularly delighted to welcome writer and publisher Meike Ziervogel, founder of Peirene Press, as our Guest Speaker for the evening. In Peirene Press, Meike has created a business whose vision has been both beautiful and clear from the start, but which has also managed to develop and stay fresh in the years since it began. Alongside this, Meike has written Magda and Clara's Daughter, both published by another major independent publisher, Salt, with a third, Kauthar, due out later this year. Meike's experience of creating and running what is indisputably one of the country's best independent publishers whilst working with another, and being able to write in amongst all of it, means that we at Daunt Books Fulham Road are exceptionally pleased to invite you to share in some of the wisdom Meike has gained during the years since Peirene was born.

    Tickets for each event are £5 and include a glass of wine and 20% off the speaker's books on the night, and can be bought from our Fulham Road shop or with credit or debit card by telephone on 020 7373 4997.

  • Emily's Walking Book Club

    Sunday 17th May at 11.30am at Daunt Books Hampstead.

    Join other readers on Hampstead Heath to discuss Ali Smith's dazzling,award-winning novel How To Be Both.
    George is coming to terms with her mother's death - a process that involves friendship, pornography and the National Gallery. Alongside this modern-day narrative, we are plunged into Renaissance Italy to discover the stories behind some frescoes, visited by George and her mother. Full of surprises, challenges, energy and wonder, this is a marvellous novel from one of our most inventive writers.

    Please join us at Daunt Books, 51 South End Road, NW3. Children, friends and dogs are welcome!

  • Mark Vanhoenacker
    'Skyfaring - A Journey with a Pilot'

    Tuesday 19th May at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Marylebone.

    In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying. Book of the Week in the Guardian and on Radio 4, it beautifully captures the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers, armchair and otherwise, all too easily take for granted.
    "This extraordinary book . . . part autobiography, part travelogue, part prose poem . . . provides a powerful antidote to the conventional belief that the romance of flight has been lost in the modern age." Literary Review

    Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine, 20% off the speaker's books and 20% off supper on the night at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar.

    Tickets may be purchased from our Marylebone shop in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.

  • The Great Gorsky: Chelsea Past, Present and Future
    Guest speaker: Vesna Goldsworthy, author of Gorsky

    Thursday 4th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Chelsea.

    As part of our continuing series of talks taking place in our Fulham Road shop, Daunt Books is proud to welcome Serbian-born and long-time Londoner Vesna Goldsworthy, author of new novel and BBC Book at Bedtime Gorsky, to offer her unique perspective on the changes Chelsea has enjoyed in recent years. In Gorsky, Vesna has captured the essence of the Chelsea she has known for nearly 30 years for her new retelling of The Great Gatsby, and will talk on why it is the only place such a contemporary retelling could be set.
    Daunt Books Fulham Road is delighted to welcome everyone both within Chelsea and without for an evening talk and lively discussion about the history and the future of this unique part of our great city.

    Tickets for the event are £5 and include a glass of wine and 20% off the speaker's books on the night, and can be bought from our Fulham Road shop or with credit or debit card by telephone on 020 7373 4997.

  • A Universal Man: John Maynard Keynes behind Economics
    Guest speaker: Richard Davenport-Hines, author of Universal Man: the Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes

    Thursday 11th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Chelsea.

    Depending on who you talk to, John Maynard Keynes is either the architect of the best of economictheories, or the scourge of the free market. Can a theory of such widespread admiration and opposition be separated from the man behind it?
    Daunt Books Fulham Road is honoured to host bestselling author Richard Davenport-Hines as our Guest Speaker for the evening, to make just such a separation. Indeed Keynes was a man of many long-overlooked passions: a keen book collector, a farmer, a theatrical manager, a speculator and picture dealer amongst many other things. Richard, also author of the bestselling An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the age of Profumo, will take us on a whirlwind tour of the life, or rather lives, of a man extremely well-known but not well-understood.
    With a Guest Speaker of proven quality and a subject of truly surprising qualities, Daunt Books is delighted to invite customers old and new to a thoroughly informative and entertaining evening talk.

    Tickets for the event are £5 and include a glass of wine and 20% off the speaker's books on the night, and can be bought from our Fulham Road shop or with credit or debit card by telephone on 020 7373 4997.