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Your local independent bookshopLocated on lovely, leafy Pitshanger Lane. We stock over 3000 titles. As well as books, we sell cards, wrapping paper, stationery and games.
Serving our communityEverybody that works here lives locally. We all love the area and we all love books so please feel free to ask if there's anything you need.
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This House by Jeffrey Pack
We're really excited about the publication of 'This House' by local author Jeffrey Pack.
The book is an illustrated history of the author's Ealing home, its various owners and occupants over its 102-year history, the square mile immediately around it, its unusual royal, religious and republican connections and the story of the man who built it - who lost a fortune in property development but died a rich man thanks to his wife's influence. The house's occupants have included a Polish refugee orphan and his family, a carpenter, a colonial merchant in the Burma rice trade, a Swiss-descended trader in condensed milk and starch, an Irish family who got seriously into debt and were nearly killed by bombs that fell nearby in WW2, an ex-RAF architect who was knighted and redesigned the house, a nationally famous writer on social and political issues and finally, the Pack family. The story of the house and its residents is a true reflection of the social history of the period since it was built - a century in which Ealing's transformation from quiet rural community to busy London borough has, of course, been echoed elsewhere.
Book of the Week
A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling and uplifting, A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader. Unfortunately the book is reprinting at the moment, but we are expecting more stock soon.
Book at Bedtime
Truman Capote Short Stories
A complete collection of short fiction by one of the masters of twentieth-century American literature, including A Christmas Memory which is being read this week. You might also be interested to know that this particular story is also included in a beautiful hardback Everyman collection of Christmas short stories. A lovely little gift if you're in need of ideas...
Alex Ferguson My Autobiography
This has certainly had its fair share of column inches - not all of them complimentary!
Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football. Over the last quarter of a century there have been seismic changes at Manchester United.The only constant element has been the quality of the manager's league-winning squad and United's run of success, which included winning the Champions League for a second time in 2008. Sir Alex created a purposeful, but welcoming, and much envied culture at the club which has lasted the test of time. Sir Alex saw Manchester United change from a conventional football club to what is now a major business enterprise, and he never failed to move with the times.It was directly due to his vision, energy and ability that he was able to build teams both on and off the pitch. He was a man-manager of phenomenal skill, and increasingly he had to deal with global stars. His relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, for instance, was excellent and David Beckham has described Sir Alex as a father figure.
These are the books that were most popular with our customers last week......
1. This House by Jeffrey Pack
2. One Summer by Bill Bryson
3. Christmas Carols Book & CD
4. Dear Life by Alice Munro
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
6. Alex Ferguson Autobiography
7. Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
8. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
9. Death comes to Pemberley by P D James
10. Stoner by John Williams
If you would like to read any of these books, please send us a message from our contacts page, and we will reserve a copy for you.
Death comes to Pemberley by P D James
The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth's beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball, as the guests are preparing to retire for the night a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley's wild woodland.As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham - Elizabeth's younger, unreliable sister - stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered. Inspired by a lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen, P.D. James masterfully recreates the world of "Pride and Prejudice", and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly-crafted crime story. Perfect for this TV mini-series.Read More
Your local bookshop
Pitshanger Bookshop has been a feature on Pitshanger Lane for nearly 20 years. My name is Fiona Kennedy and I've owned the shop since August 2011.
There are 5 of us working here at various times: myself, Hazel, Carole, Ruth and Beatrice. We all live locally and love the neighbourhood. And of course we all love books too! You can see what we're reading at the moment on the right hand side of this home page. We love chatting about books, making recommendations, and hearing what our customers recommend too. We offer a friendly service so please feel free to approach any of us if you need help or advice when you're in the shop. We look forward to seeing you soon.