Battersea Bookshop Events

Battersea Bookshop are pleased to present a schedule of events in the bookshop, including author talks, signings, book launches, exhibitions and children’s activities. All are welcome so please book a ticket through the links below and join the team in store.


The Instant Coffee Shop: How To Open A Café In A Week by Darcy Millar

Tuesday 21st November, 6.30pm – 8pm

For all coffee lovers out there who are thinking of starting up on their own, join us with author and coffee shop wizard Darcy Millar and his new book The Instant Coffee Shop: How to Open a Café in a Week.

Save time, money and heartache and make your first investment with this practical must-read guide.If you read this book and absorb its contents, once you have secured a site and stocked up with the minimum necessary equipment, you will be able to serve your first cup of coffee within seven days. You’ll learn how to strike a balance between takeaways and sit-down business; how to promote your coffee shop, importantly via social media; how to attract and retain the best staff; how to interact with customers and build the regular clientele who are the lifeblood of any café; and how to balance the needs of freelancers looking for a place to work while also creating a lively, friendly atmosphere and generating turnover.

About the Author: Darcy Millar was born and educated in London. While studying for his master’s degrees in Copenhagen and Malmö, he supported himself by working in a succession of cafés, steadily building his skills and developing a passion for all things coffee. Soon after graduating, he began thinking about setting up his own business, on a modest scale at first – perhaps just a coffee cart. Fast-forward a few years, and he is living that dream as the proprietor of Darcy’s Kaffe in Copenhagen, with two branches, over eighteen staff and hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of regular customers, whom he regards as friends.

Doors will open at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £7 and include a complimentary glass of wine/soft drink and 15% discount on any books purchased on the evening.

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Fair Rosaline by Natasha Solomons

Thursday 23rd November, 6.30pm – 8pm

The Greatest Love Story of all Time was a LIE! Join us with international bestselling author Natasha Solomons and her new novel Fair Rosaline a revelatory retelling of a love story we thought we knew. Romeo Montague is handsome and charming and the first time he sees young Rosaline Capulet, who has secretly snuck into his family’s masquerade summer ball, he falls instantly in love. At first Rosaline is unsure of Romeo’s attentions but with her father determined that she join the nunnery, Romeo offers her the chance of a different life. Gradually he convinces her that only true love could make him feel this way, that he is enraptured by her beauty. Indeed, he cannot live without her!

About the author: Natasha Solomons is the author of seven internationally bestselling novels, including Mr Rosenblum’s ListThe Novel in the Viola, which was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and I, Mona Lisa. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages, and Fair Rosaline is her latest work. She lives in Dorset with her family.

Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. Tickets cost £7 and include a complimentary glass of wine/soft drink and 15% discount on any books purchased on the evening.

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The Dream Book by Bia Melo

Sunday 26th November, 2-3pm

Join us for a fun, wacky dreamworld adventure from debut talent, author-illustrator Bia Melo and her marvellous book The Dream Book! The perfect bedtime story. Nina is not like the other children. She doesn’t want to stay up late like the grown-ups do. In fact, she LOVES bedtime and can’t wait to go to sleep . . . because that’s when dreams happen. She goes on amazing adventures from the jungle to snow angels in cake icing and to a city on wheels. When she wakes up she MUST tell everyone . . . but something is wrong. Her dreams wiggle and twist, shrink and grow until they’re nothing like her dream at all. Then one night her dream isn’t fun or exciting . . . but quite scary instead. Join the determined heroine as she captures her dreams once and for all!

About the authors: Bia Melo is an author and illustrator based in East London, originally from Brazil. Bia graduated with a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, where she was awarded a scholarship from The Queen Elizabeth Trust. Bia was a finalist at the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Awards, The Unpublished Picturebook showcase dPICTUS, a new talent finalist at the World Illustration Awards and awarded Highly Commended at The Macmillan Prize for Illustrators.

This is a free event but please book to reserve your space. Enjoy 15% off any children’s book when purchased at the event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults accompanying children do not need to book a space.

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Iconic Memories in Music History

Thursday 30th November, 6.30pm – 8pm

For music fans, readers of social and cultural history, and lovers of London. Join us in conversation with authors and music journalists Peter Watts, Robert Sellers and Nick Pendleton as we journey through the memories and the music of iconic Denmark Street and the legendary Marquee Club. Peter Watts talking about his new book Denmark Street: London’s Street of Sound and the remarkable history from the arrival of the first music publishers in the early 20th century to the 21st-century gentrification that now threatens to erode this remarkable musical heritage.

About the author: Wendy Shearer is a professional storyteller, imagination weaver and published author who brings stories to life from her African and Caribbean heritage. She regularly works with libraries, schools and institutions across the arts, including the V & A, the British Library, the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts, performing, consulting and leading workshops in the art of storytelling. Her books are available in bookshops and celebrated in schools throughout the UK- Caribbean Folktales: stories from the islands and the Windrush generation; African & Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends; Bedtimes Stories – Beautiful Black Tales from the Past Spooky Tales from the World.

Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. Tickets cost £7 and include a complimentary glass of wine/soft drink and 15% discount on any books purchased on the evening.

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