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June Bank Holiday Opening Hours

As the nation prepares itself for a Totally Normal One we’ve decided to do the same. We’ll be open for our regular hours throughout the bank holiday weekend, serving good vibes and great reads. Come say hi! 👋

Thursday: 11 – 6
Friday: 11 – 6
Saturday: 10 – 6
Sunday: 11 – 6

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Reading: Girls on Bikes / Keeping the House

We’re really thrilled to be able to share this special reading from Tice Cin to follow her brilliant recent GIRLS ON BIKES playlist. Bathed in gorgeous dappled sunlight before Cemile AKA bougainvillea, Tice reads from her Jhalak Prize shortlisted debut novel KEEPING THE HOUSE.

She says: “Cemile falls around accompanying leaves. The extract in this alternative video reading follows two girls biking through Lordship rec, time slowing and speeding with the awe and surprise that wind-whistling offers.”

We LOVE this reading, and we’re just made up to be Tice’s bookshop champions ahead of the final Jhalak Prize announcement on 26 May. Have a listen to Tice’s GIRLS ON BIKES playlist, read more about the book, and keep an eye out for another special something next week.

“Nene says it is expensive buying a bike, what for when the English government give you buses; sometimes you can even go with trains. If you want to go to the park, you can run to the park. If you don’t want to run, then you can walk through the alley that takes you down to Lordship Rec, if you walk even more you can go all the way through the grass to the bit where the Moselle needs to be pumped through so that it gets the right kind of water in, instead of the wrong kind of water. Brown. Murky. Some shoes floating. All different types of shoes, brown leather ones and Velcro black and whites. Floating on the water, chucked there by someone who isn’t grateful for what they have. I still want to take the bike, though, so when Cemile offers to ride with me perched on the back, I’m gone as soon as Anne lets me.

Us kids in twos going

between

bits
of wind.

biking like whistles

My fingers pinching in her belly.

Go a bit slower when there’s people in the way!
Cemile? Cemile! Dirty pavement cracking at the wheels.
Bits more wind and bits more wobble.

Pavement starts to blend into grass. She’s leading us with a map in her head, past a small hedge that looks forest-ready through Lordship Rec.
dodging benches in bushes like old cars,

towards Farm.

Moselle water sounds in my head.
If you listen close, the water sounds friendly as steel pans around here.”

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Free UK shipping this weekend!

To celebrate the May bank holiday and International Workers Day, we’re offering free UK delivery on all orders this weekend! Just enter the promo code below at checkout and you won’t need to pay for postage.

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Grab yourself a new read for May, or why not take the opportunity to send a book you love to a pal you haven’t seen in a while?

This is something we’ve never tried before, and we’d love to be able to make it a semi-regular event if it seems there is enough interest!

The promo code will remain valid until midnight on Monday 2 May, and subscriptions and sale items are excluded. We’ll also be offering free shipping on all non-stock orders placed by email, so please get in touch if you don’t see what you’re looking for on the site.

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Playlist: Girls on Bikes / Keeping the House

We’re delighted to share a special Girls on Bikes playlist featuring tracks selected by Tice Cin to accompany her Jhalak Prize shortlisted debut novel, KEEPING THE HOUSE. She says:

“In KEEPING THE HOUSE, backies are just as important as steering the helm when veering through the vastness of Lordship Rec and its surrounds in north London. Enter into a sonic journey of longing and the split choices of young adulthood that imbue one of the core scenes from the novel.”

Us kids in twos
biking like
whistles
going
between
bits
of wind.
My fingers pinching in her belly.
Go a bit slower when there’s people in the way!
Cemile? Cemile!
Dirty pavement cracking at the wheels.
Bits more wind and bits more wobble.
Pavement starts to blend into grass. She’s leading us
with a map in her head, past a small hedge that looks
forest-ready through Lordship Rec.
dodging benches in bushes like old cars,
towards Farm.
Moselle water sounds in my head.
If you listen close, the water sounds friendly as steel
pans around here.

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We’re looking for a Saturday bookseller

We’re currently looking for a part time bookseller to join our team. Have a read of the details below, and please follow the instructions if you’d like to apply.

Hours per week: Every Saturday, with some flex hours on weekdays and evenings (minimum 8 hours per week)
Location: 70 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0RN (with occasional off-site event work)
Term: 3 months initially, with the potential for extension
Rate of pay: London living wage
Key skills: Friendly and outgoing; Confident multi-tasking; Creative problem-solving; Comfort working independently in busy environment.

Previous bookselling experience is preferred, and a keen knowledge of and interest in contemporary UK publishing is a big bonus. If you’re familiar with Pages of Hackney and what we do, please mention this when you apply. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and actively encourage applicants whose backgrounds are typically underrepresented in UK books and publishing.

If this sounds like it might be you and you’re interested in applying to join our team, please send a CV and short cover letter to the email address below by midnight on Monday 2 May. Thank you folks!

[email protected]


Note: If you have sent us a CV by email within the last year, we’ll be reviewing these alongside new applications so please only re-submit if your experience or circumstances have changed.

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Jhalak Prize 2022: Keeping the House by Tice Cin

We’re delighted to be partnering with the Jhalak Prize once again to champion an incredible book from this year’s Adult Prize shortlist, Tice Cin’s KEEPING THE HOUSE.

KEEPING THE HOUSE is simply one of the most innovative and exciting works of London fiction in recent memory. Tottenham’s Tice Cin has so warmly and carefully illuminated an underrepresented community in our corner of the capital, and it’s an honour to champion a book that celebrates migration across multiple generations with such vision, hope, and love.

Ollie recommends:

“Such a bold and assured debut. Extraordinary feats of literary synaesthesia deliver the reader to realms of family- and community-making that stretch far beyond postcodes and borders, and in doing so help to rethink what a crime novel can be.

Keeping the House offers an unforgettable portrait of North East London as the 20th Century became the 21st, and with it Tice Cin has established herself as a formidable force in contemporary British fiction.”

Tice Cin’s brilliant (and Jhalak Prize shortlisted!) debut, KEEPING THE HOUSE, is available to order for collection or nationwide delivery.

Keep an eye on our Instagram where we’ll be sharing more about KEEPING THE HOUSE before the final prize winner is announced on 26 May. You can also browse all the shortlisted books for both this year’s Jhalak Prizes both online and in store. Good to luck to Tice and all of the shortlisted authors!

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Melissa Febos and Tanya Shadrick in conversation

It was a real joy to welcome Melissa Febos and Tanya Shadrick yesterday evening for a brilliant discussion of the art of memoir, the challenges of corporeal writing, and navel-gazing as an act of resistance. Thank you so, so much to Melissa and Tanya as well as all of you that joined us live!

Watch below if you missed it, and be sure to check out Melissa’s new book BODY WORK and Tanya’s book THE CURE FOR SLEEP, both available to order for collection or nationwide delivery.

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Closed 18 Feb due to weather warning

We’re playing it safe and keeping the shop closed today due to the weather alert. You can still browse our shelves virtually and order online while our doors are closed, and we’ll be open again from 10am tomorrow.

We’ll still be on email and socials today, and will welcome your enquiries/reading recs/playlists/memes. Stay safe!

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Ollie on Rough Trade Book Club with Olivia Sudjic

Ollie was a guest on the first Rough Trade Book Club show of 2022 on Soho Radio this week. Listen below to hear him chatting with Olivia Sudjic (author of ASYLUM ROAD), Nina & Will of Rough Trade Books, and host Mathew Clayton about the books he’s been enjoying, what he’s looking forward to reading this year, as well as a few songs selected especially for the occasion.

Big thanks to Rough Trade Books!