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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Adam Sisman : John Le Carre. The Biography. Chaired by Lucy Atkins

    Thursday, November 26th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Written with exclusive access to Le Carre himself, to his private archive and to many of the people closest to him, this is a major biography of one of the most important authors writing today.

    John Le Carre is still at the top, more than half a century after The Spy Who Came in From the Cold became a worldwide bestseller. From his bleak childhood through to the recruitment to MI5 and MI6, to his emergence as the master of the espionage thriller, Le Carre has repeatedly quarried his life for his fiction. Sisman now reveals the identity behind the elusive author.

    Adam will be discussing the book with Crime fiction author Lucy Atkins.

    Tickets for this exclusive event cost just £3 and can be purchased from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS : Geoff Andrews in conversation with Tom Buchanan Shadow Man

    Friday, November 27th at 19:00 - 20:00
    First account of the man who influenced, recruited and manipulated the Cambridge Spies.

    James Klugmann appears as a shadowy figure in the legendary history of the Cambridge Spies. As both mentor and friend to Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess and others, Klugmann was the man who manipulated promising recruits deemed ripe for conversion to the communist cause. In this book, Geoff Andrews reveal's Klugmann's story in full for the first time.

    Geoff will be discussing his book with author Tom Buchanan.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.

    Saturday, November 28th at 09:00 - 20:00
    The antithesis of Black Friday, there will be no overnight queuing or fighting over HD televisions - instead there will be a sedate bookshop browsing experience. The day will culminate in a ticketed evening event with David Mitchell.

    There will be bibliotherapy - some specific recommendations for your Christmas shopping needs, poetry readings for adults and children, prizes, music, refreshments and mince pies.

    For more information or to purchase tickets to our evening talk with David Mitchell, please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: An Evening with David Mitchell

    Saturday, November 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be hosting an intimate in store event with author David Mitchell to talk about his latest novel, Slade House.

    Described as 'A gem of a novel from one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (The Independent) Slade House was born out of the short story that David created on Twitter in 2014 and takes place in the same universe as his bestselling The Bone Clocks. Enter the magical surrounds of Slade House and you'll be greeted by a stranger who invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Later, you'll find that you can't. This unnerving and intricate tale reaches it's breathtaking conclusion on Hallowe'en 2015, as every nine years on the last Saturday in October a 'guest' is invited/summoned to Slade House but why and for what purpose?

    This very special event takes place in the Norrington Room of the shop and includes a complimentary glass of wine upon arrival. Tickets cost just £5 and can be purchased from the customer service desk or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Jonathan Sandys and Wallace Henley God and Churchill

    Tuesday, December 1st at 19:00 - 20:00
    The first biography of Churchill to focus on the Christian motivation behind his style of leadership, his inspiring speeches and his eventual success in preventing the collapse of Christian civilization in Europe.

    This biography tells the story of how one man, armed with his believe in divine destiny, embarked on a course to save Christian civilization when Adolf Hitler and the forces of evil stood opposed. It traces the personal, political and spiritual path of one of history's greatest leaders and offers hope for our own violent and troubled times.

    Jonathan Sandys is the great grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and Wallace Henley is the former aide to President Nixon.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Pass on a Poem- Christmas Poems

    Wednesday, December 2nd at 18:30 - 19:30
    Do you love reading poetry? Join us for our Pass on a Poem evening, where we invite you to share with the group your favourite published poems, meet others who also have a passion for poetry and hear about poets you may have never listened to before.

    This meeting we will be sharing our favourite Christmas and winter themed poetry.

    Our Pass on a Poem group meets on the 1st Wednesday every 2 months. Our next meeting after this will be held on Wednesday 3rd Feburary.

    Pass on a Poem is a not-for-profit initiative, existing to provide entertainment and to create enthusiasm for poetry by bringing people together to read out loud poems which have a special personal significance and to explain, briefly, why. For more information please visit their website www.passonapoem.com

    This is a free event and tickets are not required! Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Winter Is Coming: A Game of Thrones evening with Carolyne Larrington

    Thursday, December 3rd at 19:00 - 20:00
    Game of Thrones is a phenomenon. Carolyne Larrington will be with us to discuss the legends that inspired George R.R. Martin's epic series.

    Discussing the novels and the TV series alike, Larrington explores among other topics: Sigils, Giants, Dragons and direwolves in medieval texts; Ravens, Old Gods and the Weirwood in Norse Myth. From White Walkers to the Red Woman, from Casterley Rock to the shivering sea, this is an indespensible guide to the twenty-first's century's most important fantasy creation.

    To really celebrate our love for this phenomenal series of books, we'll be serving complimentary wine, hosting a best fancy dress competition to be judged by Carolyne, have musical interludes and much more!

    Tickets for this celebratory evening cost £5 and can be purchased from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: John Burningham Champagne

    Monday, December 7th at 19:00 - 20:00
    To begin our week of food related events, we are delighted to be hosting an evening reception with author and illustrator John Burningham.

    John Burningham's Champagne is a book of pure loveliness, as cheering and restorative as a glass of fizz itself. It is an album, a scrapbook, a potted history and a celebration all rolled into one by the creator of some of our best loved books for children, also a connoisseur of the 'King of Wines' and how it makes us feel.

    Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a glass of Champagne and there will be canapés served throughout the evening. Tickets for this very special evening reception cost £5 and can be purchased from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ian Buxton - 101 Gins to try before you die

    Tuesday, December 8th at 19:00 - 20:00

    Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to our 'Gin Tasting' evening with Ian Buxton (the event sold out in just 2 days!) We've added an extra date to give more people the opportunity of attending this wonderful talk and tasting evening.

    '101 Gins to try before you die' is an A-Z book to celebrate the hippest drink on the international bar scene. In his inimitable style, best-selling drinks writer Ian Buxton will lead readers through the great gin trap with his latest no-nonsense guide to 101 gins.

    Our first event with Ian sold out in just 2 days so be quick to avoid missing out! Tickets cost £5 and are available from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ian Buxton - 101 Gins to try before you die

    Wednesday, December 9th at 19:00 - 20:00

    From the author of the bestselling '101 Whisky's to try before you die' comes the next volume, this time turning our attention to Gin.

    We're in the middle of a new Gin Craze. Scarcely a day goes by without an established brand offering a fresh take on their established styles. From Adnams to Zuidam, Beefeater to Bombay and London to Plymouth, this new book from a bestselling drinks writer is the authoritative to the world of gin.

    Tickets for this event cost £5 which includes tastings throughout the talk. Tickets are available from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Late Night Shopping Evening with Martin Stott and the Cowley Road Cookbook

    Thursday, December 10th at 18:30 - 20:30
    Our annual Christmas Late Night shopping evening takes place with mince pies and port on arrival and the launch of a new book by Martin Stott about the plethora of foods available on the Cowley Road.

    Cowley Road, Oxford is a wonderfully chaotic, cultural and culinary crossroads. Geographically adjacent to the University's dreaming spires, ethnographically it might well be on another planet. Cowley Road's varied gastronomy is prepped, cooked and served up with a selection of over 60 historic and contemporary recipes to give a real taste for this culinary 'terroir'. The Cowley Road Cookbook will appeal to anyone who wishes to try a taste of Oxford's richly diverse food culture.

    This evening is free to attend and the opening hours will extend by 2 hours to give you the opportunity to make your Christmas purchases well ahead of time! We'll also have our full Rare Books department open and a member of staff to show you our current stock holding and give you time to browse the cabinets at leisure.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: CAMRA's 101 Beer Days Out tasting evening with Tim Hampson

    Friday, December 11th at 19:00 - 20:00
    For our final 'food and drink' festival event, we will be hosting an evening with CAMRA's Tim Hampson for a talk about some local breweries followed by a tasting of some locally produced beers.

    101 of the best beer and brewing-related days out from around Britain, with many new entries. Packed with additional details, including local accommodation and other nearby attractions. All entries include details of opening times, transport links and entry fees. 101 Beer Days Out is the perfect handbook for the beer tourist wanting to explore beer, pubs and brewing in the UK.

    Tickets for this event cost £5 which includes a selection of tastings throughout the event. They can be purchased from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Robert McCrumThe 100 best novels written in English

    Saturday, December 12th at 12:00 - 13:00
    Robert McCrum took two years to compile this list of the 100 greatest novels written in English and will be joining us to discuss his choices.

    The 100 Best Novels in English brings together all the entries in the popular Observer series which ran for over two years, finishing in August 2015. In chronological order, the book lists those works which the author judges to be the best 100 novels in the English language (spanning the entire world) from the 18th century to modern times. In addition, McCrum tells us about the novel's theme, its author as well as the context in which it first appeared.

    This is a free event to attend and no booking is required. For more information, please call 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Book Signing with Charlotte and Adam Guillain 'Socks for Santa'

    Saturday, December 12th at 13:30 - 14:30
    Charlotte and Adam Guillain will be joining us on Saturday 12th December to sign copies of their wonderful picture book, 'Socks for the Santa', the next instalment of George's Amazing Adventures. In his latest adventure, George decides as Santa has brought presents to him every year, this year he would take gifts to Santa...

    If you're looking for a festive story to share this Christmas, a special dedicated signed copy of 'Socks for Santa' would make a perfect present for little ones. For more information about this event, please contact our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623. Email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Lisa Dickenson The Twelve Dates of Christmas

    Saturday, December 12th at 15:00 - 16:00
    Winner of the Novelicious Debut of Year Award Lisa Dickenson will be joining us to discuss her novel 'The Twelve Dates of Christmas'. Set to be one of the most hilarious, uplifting and romantic novels out this Christmas, 'The Twelve Dates of Christmas' is a story about losing love, finding love, and discovering what's been there all along.

    At thirty, Claudia's life is stale and the romance with long-term boyfriend, Seth, has disappeared. Determined to inject some festive spark back into their love life, Claudia and Seth go on their first date in a very long time. But when the night ends in disaster, Claudia suddenly finds herself facing life - and Christmas - alone.

    Life alone is exciting, scary and full of soon-forgotten exercise regimes and ill-advised attempts at crafting sexy underwear. It's also filling up with dates, surprisingly. With best friends Penny and Nick at her side, a surplus of festive markets, mulled wine and Christmas tunes, Claudia attempts to face all this change with gusto. One thing's for certain: this year, Christmas is going to be very different...

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    This event is free to attend and will take place in the Norrington Room. For all enquiries please contact  01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Max Arthur Churchill: A Life

    Monday, December 14th at 19:00 - 20:00
    A unique illustrated biography of Britain's greatest son, Winston Churchill. The perfect Christmas gift!

    Exhaustively researched, Churchill: A Life includes previously unpublished photographs including rare images of him as a baby and specially shot artefacts from family archives. Together with this unique selection of images, bestselling historian Max Arthur's evocative and insightful narrative text gets to the core of Winston's character, using his own words and those of some of those closest to him to provide a comprehensive study of the man and his life. This really is a stunning tribute to a remarkable man.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and are available from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: James Attlee discusses the writer as a Columbus of the everyday

    Tuesday, December 15th at 16:00 - 17:00
    In a free afternoon talk in the Norrington Room, author James Attlee will be discussing his books, the theme of travel and the writer as a Columbus of the everyday.

    James Attlee is the author of several books, each structured in some way around a journey which is both through physical space and towards greater understanding. In this talk he'll be discussing various aspects of his books Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey, Nocturne: A Journey in search of moonlight and his latest book Station to Station: Searching for stories on the Great Western Line as well as using his experience as a book reviewer for the Independent to touch on current trends in travel literature, nature writing and psycho-geography.

    The talk is FREE to attend and is sure to be fascinating and very popular. Please register your attendance at the customer service desk in the Norrington Room to secure your place. For questions or more information, please call 01865 333623.

    Tuesday, December 15th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Five Books presents a series of fascinating talks where authors recommend the best books in their field and explain why they're important.

    For the first event in our series of Five Books talks, we'll be hosting an evening with Roman Krznaric. Roman is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living and social change. His books, which include Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to find fulfilling work have been published in over 20 languages. He is the founder of the World's first Empathy museum and of the digital empathy library. He advises organisations including Friends of the Earth on using empathy and conversation to create social change, and runs empathy awareness training for Britain's top judges. He is a founding faculty member of the School of Life and has been named by The Observer as one of Britain's leading popular philosophers.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages Film Book Club 'It's a Wonderful Life'

    Thursday, December 17th at 19:00 - 21:45
    With Christmas right around the corner, this month at our Moving Pages Film Book Club we will be watching the classic Christmas film 'It's a Wonderful Life'. Not known by many, 'It's a Wonderful Life' is based on a short story written by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1943 called 'The Greatest Gift'. Last year a beautiful small hardback edition of the book was released, which will be available on sale in the bookshop leading up to the event. After the film we will be discussing the book vs. the film.

    Length of film: 2 hours 15 minutes.

    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now by calling 01865 333623 or by email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: A Signing with Robert Harris

    Saturday, December 19th at 13:00 - 14:00
    On Saturday 19th December, we'll be welcoming writer Robert Harris into Blackwell's to sign copies of his latest novel Dictator.

    There was a time when Cicero held Caesar's life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero's life is in ruins. This book encompasses some of the most epic events in human history yet is also an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man - A hero for his time and also for ours.

    The signing is free to attend and no registration is needed. It will last for just one hour so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. For more information or enquiries, please call 01865 333623.

    Wednesday, February 10th at 19:00 TO Thursday, March 17th at 21:00
    Set in a basement amongst towering book stacks, We'll follow Shakespeare's aging King and his three daughters in a tale of power, madness and betrayal, as he divides his Kingdom amongst them.

    The first production of our new six year partnership with Creation Theatre, We'll be celebrating 50 years of our Norrington Room and 20 years of Creation Theatre. To top it all off, we'll be joining up with the creative team and director behind the sell-out 2011 Doctor Faustus

    For more information or to book tickets for this wonderful show, please click here.