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A unique author event, plus the Booker Shortlist and pre-orders for a VERY exciting novel in early 2024

Dear Readers,

This is the part of the year that feels most jam-packed with bookishness. New releases are surrounding us from all sides (how can we possibly keep up?!), the Booker Shortlist is announced, and our events programme is stuffed full of fascinating talks.

To that end, we are delighted to announce a new event.


Join us for what will be a fantastic evening in the company of Ashleigh Nugent, author of one of the year’s most scintillating debut novels, Locks. Ashleigh will be discussing his novel with Lily Dunn, Bristol-based author and creative writing teacher.

Ashleigh will also be discussing the inspirational work he does as creative director of Rise Up, an organisation that runs projects and courses to empower those often left abandoned in our societies – whether in prison or elsewhere in the community. As part of his work with Rise Up, Ashleigh has been running projects at Horfield prison this autumn.

This will be a talk with a fascinating double focus, and is not to be missed.

The talk will take place at 7pm on Tuesday October 17th at Gloucester Road Books, 184 Gloucester Road. Tickets and further information can be found here.

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A launch event for an anti-imperial feminist classic! Plus autumn events roundup.

Dear Readers,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our events with Mick Herron and Zadie Smith last week. Now that we’ve had a moment to collect ourselves, it’s time to announce another really exciting date for our autumn schedule.

You are warmly invited to join us for a very special event to mark the launch of Bristol-based Lurid Editions republication of the early anti-imperial feminist classic, The Awakening of Indian Women.


Thursday 12th October, 6.30-8pm, Gloucester Road Books, 184 Gloucester Road. Tickets & more info are available here.

Writers, researchers and academics, Maya Caspari and Aparna Mahiyaria, will be in conversation to celebrate this landmark 20th century text which was first published on the eve of the Second World War and, until now, buried in the archives. This unique document from the first global feminist movement is testimony to the deep historical roots of revolutionary feminist thought and action.

For Amia Srinivasan, Kamaladevi’s The Awakening of Indian Women is “radical and visionary” and “deserves a place on feminist reading lists and in the wider transnationalist feminist imagination. Among other things, it is a potent reminder that feminism is not an invention or prerogative of the West.”

Told by a vibrant cast of activists at the centre of feminist and anti-imperial struggles, The Awakening of Indian Women includes a historical account of the Indian feminist movement written by Irish suffrage activist and anti-colonial agitator Margaret Cousins.

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay (3 April 1903–29 October 1988) was an artist, activist and a central figure in the inter-war Indian feminist movement. A twentieth century Indian feminist icon, after independence she is celebrated for leading the revival of Indian handicrafts, handlooms, and theatre after independence.

About the Speakers:

Maya Caspari is writer, curator and researcher and currently works as a lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. Her book Reading Frictions: Memory, Violence and The Politics of Touch in Contemporary World Literature is forthcoming. Maya curated Forms, Voices, Networks: Feminism and the Media—an online exhibition for the German Historical Institute London. Her poetry has appeared in The Poetry Review and Ambit, and was highly commended in the 2022 Forward Prizes.

Aparna Mahiyaria is Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter whose work is grounded in Marxist-Feminist praxis, and engages with the intersections of performance and politics, particularly in the context of South Asia. She is interested in how performance practices emerge from and intervene in their political contexts, challenge colonial histories as well as contemporary imperialist-Hindutva epistemological onslaughts.

Lurid editions are based in Bristol and publish ‘lurid writing from the 20th century and beyond.’ @lurid_editions

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An exciting event with a French debut novelist & her translator, Zadie Smith resale tickets, and some early autumn releases

Dear Readers,

We are delighted to announce our first event in October (there will be more to follow!).

We are thrilled to be welcoming French author, journalist and editor, Nolwenn Le Blevennec to the shop to discuss her brilliant debut novel, As the Eagle Flies, with the book’s translator, Madeleine Rogers.

The talk will be held at 7pm, on Tuesday 3rd October at Gloucester Road Books. Tickets and more info are available here.


Published for the first time in English by dynamic indie publisher, Pereine Press, As the Eagle Flies is a witty and fully charged novel from an outstanding writer. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from both the writer and translator of this scintillating debut. It is always an honour, and a wonderful opportunity, to have both writer and translator at an event. Our talk with Alejandro Zambra and Megan McDowell was one of the highpoints of our year so far, and we are just as excited to talk to Nolwenn Le Blevennec and Medeleine Rogers.

This is the story of an affair, or two. The narrator of As the Eagle Flies has been with Igor for seven years, and has two children with him – when she meets Joseph. Before long, they are deeply entangled with each other and she must decide between the life she knows with Igor and this unpredictable, and potentially destructive, affair. She is willing to start again with Joseph, but at what cost? And, does he feel the same way? With a sharp wit and a refreshing honesty, Nolwenn Le Blevennec uses literature, psychology, and popular culture to get to the heart of questions about love, family and identity. This is a book about getting lost in other people, and the lengths we go to to find ourselves again.

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Two ace new events & our summer break

Dear Readers,

We have two fantastic new events in September to tell you about.


We are delighted to be welcoming one of the recently selected Best of Young British Novelists, Thomas Morris to Bristol in September.

The award-winning author and editor will be discussing his new short story collection, Open Up with writer and academic, Constantine Blintzios. The talk will be held in the bookshop at 7pm on Tuesday 19th September. Prices are either £5 for ticket only, or £16.99 for a ticket and a copy of Open Up (save £3 on the ticket price) and can be purchased from our website here.

The new collection from a literary star – five achingly tender, innovative and dazzling stories of (dis)connection.

Everything felt familiar and nostalgic. It was the joy and blood-thrill of being understood, of being ready to give himself entirely to another.

From a child attending his first football match, buoyed by secret magic, and a wincingly humane portrait of adolescence, to the perplexity of grief and loss through the eyes of a seahorse, Thomas Morris seeks to find grace, hope and benevolence in the churning tumult of self-discovery.

Philosophically acute and strikingly original, this outstanding suite of stories is bursting with a bracing emotional depth. Open Up cracks the heart as it expands the short story form.

Praise for Thomas Morris:

‘Heart-hurtingly acute, laugh-out-loud funny, and one of the most satisfying collections I’ve read for years.’ Ali Smith

‘That tonic gift, the sense of truth – the sense of transparency that permits us to see imaginary lives more clearly than we see our own’. The tonic comes in large doses in Thomas Morris’s debut short-story collection.’ Irish Times

‘Morris’s fresh, direct writing style feels brand new.’ Metro

‘Radiant’ Independent

Thomas Morris is from Caerphilly, South Wales. He was educated solely through the Welsh language until the age of eighteen and, in his teens, trialled at Cardiff City and played Welsh League football. He studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. Dubliners 100, a short story anthology he devised and edited, was published in 2014. He is the author of the short story collection, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, and was recently named as one of Granta’s prestigious Best of Young British Novelists. He lives in Dublin, where he is the editor of the very influential magazine, The Stinging Fly.

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The awkwardness of August – last call for our event with Michael Winkler

Dear Readers,

We are now squarely into the period where people are doing their reading from deck chairs, hammocks, beaches (don’t fall asleep or some clever so-and-so will bury you up to your neck in sand, you know what they’re like), pavement cafes, pub gardens etc.

It is somehow always surprising just how much the rhythm here changes over the school summer holidays. We generally avoid scheduling events during this period for this very reason, but when the author is based abroad we don’t always have the flexibility around dates we might otherwise have. This is the case with Michael Winkler, who is based in Australia but is in the UK for a brief period in August. Thus far we’ve not had many takers for our talk scheduled on Tuesday 8th August. We knew it would be a risk to go ahead with so many people out of the city, but this is a brilliant opportunity to hear a really fascinating author discuss his work, and it would be a real shame to let this one go, so we thought it would be worth putting the word out one more time.

Grimmish really is an extraordinary book. Winkler borrows from real life for his protagonist, in the form of Joe Grim (1881-1939) variously known in his time as ‘The Iron Man’ and ‘The Human Punching Bag’. He was an incredible figure in his own right (have a look at the Wikipedia page for him here). He’s the driving force behind the narrative in Grimmish, travelling America and then all the way to Australia in a bizarre odyssey to seek out the most destructive fighters of his time, and prove none of them can dish out more than he can take. This is a book about human motivations, both extreme and banal. It is rich with invention, brilliantly written, and genuinely one of a kind. I loved it, and I’m confident the conversation with Winkler will be absolutely intriguing.

Tickets are priced £5 and are available here or in store.

Happy summer reading everyone,

Tom, Leah & Joe