Posts tagged ‘Christmas’

December 24, 2016

Amended opening times

by Team Riverside

We’ll open at 9.30 am on Wednesday 28 December… all our other Christmas and New Year opening times are as previously advertised.

Happy Christmas from everyone at the Riverside Bookshop!

December 20, 2016

Christmas and New Year opening hours

by Team Riverside

Tuesday 20 December – 9 till 7Father xmas advent calendar 151124

Wednesday 21 December – 9 till 7

Thursday 22 December – 9 till 7

Friday 23 December – 9 till 7

Saturday 24 December  – 10 till 3.30

Sunday 25 – Tuesday 27 December CLOSED

Wednesday 28 December – 9 till 6

Thursday 29 December – 9 till 6

Friday 30 December – 9 till 6

Saturday 31 December – 10 till 4

Sunday 1 January –  CLOSED

Monday 2 January – CLOSED

… and then we’re back to our usual times.

Happy Christmas from all at Riverside Bookshop!

November 5, 2016

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories

by Team Riverside

Hardback, Faber and Faber, £10, out nowp-d-james-the-mistletoe-murder

This is a very welcome collection of four new short stories from the much missed author of exceptional psychological crime mysteries.  Val McDermid’s introduction commends James for taking us to places that are “dark, vicious and shocking.  But always beautifully written”.

My favourite is the deeply menacing and highly believable A Very Commonplace Murder, which reminded me of a Shirley Jackson short story in its precise and convincing suburban horror.  A man asks for a key to view a rental flat, and the house agent suspects he is not genuinely interested in renting it.  The agent is right.  “It was the first time he had been back since it all happened sixteen years ago.  He came neither as a pilgrim nor a penitent.  He had returned under some compulsion which he hadn’t even bothered to analyse”.  And so we are compelled to find out what happened in this flat, and what this man’s relationship to it was.

I was glad to meet favourite detective Adam Dalgleish again in The Twelve Clues of Christmas.

In a lovely small hardback edition, this is great gift for fans of crime fiction, especially those who thought we’d never have another new thing from P D James to savour.  If you’re buying one Christmas crime book this year, make it this one.

Review by Bethan

December 19, 2015

Happy Christmas – the Riverside Way

by Team Riverside

Happy Christmas to all of our customers from everyone at the Riverside Bookshop!

Christmas window

Christmas window

December 8, 2015

So many signed copies…

by Team Riverside
Susan Hill signed edition

Susan Hill signed edition

Sort your Christmas book presents with a signed copy of one of the following – all of these are now in store:

  • Robert Harris, Dictator
  • Jonathan Coe, Number 11
  • Susan Hill, The Woman in Black and other Ghost Stories
  • Geraint Thomas, The World of Cycling According to G
  • Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully, Nopi
  • Barnaby Phillips, Another Man’s War
  • Sebastian Faulks, Where my Heart Used to Beat
  • Edna O’Brien, The Little Red Chairs
  • Grace McCleen, The Professor of Poetry
  • Grace McCleen, The Offering
  • Grace McCleen, The Land of Decoration
  • Dawn French, According to Yes
  • Sue Perkins, Spectacles
  • Mary Beard, SPQR
  • Edmund de Waal, The White Road
  • Carol Ann Duffy, The Wren Boys
  • Jonathan Franzen, Purity
  • Iain Pears, Arcadia
  • Jojo Moyes, After You
  • Hans Christian Andersen illustrated by Sanna Annuka, The Snow Queen

Buy while stocks last – when they’re gone they’re gone!

December 2, 2015

So many Christmas cards!

by Team Riverside

There are foxes with scarves on and cats fighting fairy lights, polar bears snowboarding and badgers sledging. In between we have all the traditional scenes you could wish for and we can sort you out for winter landscapes and robins as well. We also have rude funny ones. There are extra special individual cards, and packs of charity cards. Come and peruse at your leisure.P1040435

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December 1, 2015

Christmas opening hours

by Team Riverside

From 1 December to 13 December, our opening hours are:P1040449

Monday – Friday 9am till 6.30pm

Saturday 10am till 6pm

Sunday 11am till 6pm

From 14 December to 24 December, our opening hours are:

Monday – Friday 9am till 7pm

Saturday 10am till 6pm

Sunday 11am till 6pm

On Christmas Eve we will close at 4pm. The shop will be closed 25-28 December and will reopen on Tuesday 29 December.

November 24, 2015

Fabulous advent calendars now in!

by Team Riverside

We have many excellent advent calendars now in store – get yours now!  Father Christmas, Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, 3D, wild animals… We also have a huge range of unusual Christmas cards, gift bags and wrap, and ribbons.Father xmas advent calendar 151124

August 10, 2013

Winter: Adam Gopnik

by Andre

Adam Gopnik WINTER“Winter is coming,” as the Starks say in A Game of Thrones. It may not be uppermost in our minds during this balmy August, but New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik’s wonderful, wide-ranging meditation on winter will prepare you for the diminishing December days by stirring an appreciation of our 19th century taming of the season, which went from “being seen as bleak and bitter to sweet and sublime”. Raised in Canada, the essayist knows what a real winter means; his subject is also an excuse to introduce us to ice hockey – a “dross of brutal messiness” in John Updike’s phrase – and its emergence in Montreal.

Gopnik glides through a variety of aspects of the season with all the grace of Goethe on his ice skates (an engraving shows the German poet looking smug on the ice in the 1850s, when the pastime became “essentially social and overtly sexual” according to Gopnik). And while Germans such as the artist Friedrich are credited with transforming winter in our imagination through a “Romantic resistance to the Enlightenment idea of reason”, it’s heartening to see that the British played a part in everything from early ice skating (Pepys writes of this “very pretty art” in 1662) and fashionable Alpine holidays to stiff-upper-lip polar expeditions and, in the 1830s, even central heating. “North Americans who have spent a winter in England and who, clutching teacups and shivering in shaggy sweaters, wonder if they will ever be warm again, may find it hard to believe that this was the first warm modern place,” writes Gopnik.

He’s also good on the “ambiguous festival” that is the Dickensian Christmas and the clamour for the festive season to be less commercial, which is nothing new: US newspapers have been calling for Christmas to be “dematerialized” since the 1880s.

November 5, 2012

Charles Dickens: Dickens at Christmas

by Andre

If you devoured the works of Dickens with an eye on the seasons, you wouldn’t necessarily single out a festive theme.  The Old Curiosity Shop opens with the narrator describing early morning summer roaming through fields and lanes; the journey that begins The Pickwick Papers starts quite specifically at sunrise on 13 May; Dickens’s Night Walks describe his insomnia-induced roaming  of London in damp March.

Yet it is Christmas that has partly defined Dickens, not least because many believe he invented our modern idea of the festive season, whether depicting the gleaming shop windows, piles of food and notions of charity and goodwill, or inflicting a ghostly tale on readers on a wintry night.

This handsome Vintage Classics edition (price £15.00) is a perfect festive treat, including ‘The Christmas Books’ – A Christmas Carol,  The Chimes  and The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain – as well as several other seasonal tales. It begins with The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton, a  magical, creepy tale originally published as part of The Pickwick Papers in serial form.