Archive for December, 2018

December 19, 2018

Christmas bestsellers at Riverside!

by Team Riverside

We have you covered this Christmas for all your books, gifts, cards and wrap… and here are our current bestsellers to get you thinking:Michelle Obama - BECOMING

Michelle Obama – Becoming

Anna Burns – Milkman

The Story of Brexit

Sally Rooney – Normal People

Yotam Ottolenghi – Simple

Private Eye Annual 2018

Genki Kawamura – If Cats Disappeared from the World

How to be Right – James O’Brien

Stephen Hawking – Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Women and Power: a Manifesto – Mary Beard

Leonard Cohen – The Flame

Andrew R Grumbridge – Today South London, Tomorrow South London

Scarlett Curtis – Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies

And we have some excellent children’s books as well:

Vashti Harrison – Little Leaders

Marion Billet – Listen to the Christmas Songs

David Walliams – Ice Monster

Amy Sparkes and Nick East – Ellie’s Magic Wellies

Happy Christmas from everyone at Riverside!

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December 5, 2018

Christmas and New Year opening hours!

by Team Riverside

We are getting ready for Christmas and New Year… here are our seasonal opening times:

Monday 10 December – 9 to 6

Tuesday 11 December – 9 to 6.30

Wednesday 12 December – 9 to 6.30

Thursday 13 December – 9 to 6.30

Friday 14 December – 9 to 6.30

Saturday 15 December – 10 to 6

Sunday 16 December – 11 to 6

Monday 17 December – 9 to 7

Tuesday 18 December – 9 to 7

Wednesday 19 December – 9 to 7

Thursday 20 December – 9 to 7

Friday 21 December – 9 to 6.30

Saturday 22 December – 10 to 6

Sunday 23 December – 11 to 6

Monday 24 December – 9 to 3

Tuesday 25 December – CLOSED

Wednesday 26 December – CLOSED

Thursday 27 December – 11-5

Friday 28 December – 9-6

Saturday 29 December – 10 to 6

Sunday 30 December – 11 to 6

Monday 31 December – 9 to 4

Tuesday 1 January – CLOSED

Wednesday 2 January – 9 to 6

… and then we are back to our regular hours!

December 2, 2018

The Library of Ice by Nancy Campbell

by Team Riverside

Hardback, Scribner, £14.99, out now

The list of places Nancy Campbell covers in researching The Library of Ice was enough to Nancy Campbell THE LIBRARY OF ICEmake me keen to read it.  Upernavik Museum in Greenland, Vatnajökull in Iceland, Walden Pond in Massachusetts, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam…

Campbell is an artist, writer and poet, and The Library of Ice could be considered travel writing, cultural history, nature writing, or memoir.  It’s not necessary to pick these bits apart: the book as a whole works well as a meditation on ice.  She is an engaging guide, and her curiosity leads to adventures in the archives and outside.

The book is full of intriguing and pleasing facts and stories.  I was pleased to learn of the origins of Torvill and Dean’s immortal Bolero skating performance, and of Robert Boyle’s attempts to research the phenomenon of cold and his irritation at the difficulty of his experiments.

Despite my longstanding Antarctic obsession, I did not know that George Murray Levick of the Scott expedition in 1912 was so horrified at what he found to be the ‘hooligan’ and ‘depraved’ behaviour of the penguins that he censored his scientific reporting on the Adélies.  In the Natural History Museum archive survives a copy of a report Levick wrote for colleagues, limited in circulation and with a note on the front saying: ‘The sexual habits of the Adélie penguin, not for publication’.

Campbell’s awareness of damage from climate change informs much of the book, and her accounts of traditional knowledge of ice reminded me of some of the testimony from Mary Robinson’s excellent book Climate Justice (https://theriversideway.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/climate-justice-hope-resilience-and-the-fight-for-a-sustainable-future-by-mary-robinson/).

If you enjoy good books about cold places, such as Sara Wheeler’s Terra Incognita or The Magnetic North, this will be a chilly pleasure.

Review by Bethan