The tour of independent booksellers by The Bookshop Band is well under way now. On July 3rd they will play the Norrington Room. Yesterday they popped into the shop to say hi and to pick up the book that we are asking them to turn into a song to be premiered on the night.
Us being us we couldn’t choose just one book so we happily handed over a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and – surpise, surprise – New Finnish Grammar. Our breath is truly baited to see and hear what they turn these two books into.
We are always proud to show off the Norrington Room to visitors but on this occasion I was well and truly trumped – it turns out that Ben, the founder of the band, is the grandson of Arthur Norrington – or Grandad Eyebrows as he was known in the family.
The Bookshop Band turn each ‘season’ of songs into a CD and their collection from their first year will be available in the shop soon. Each ‘season’ has a theme and a reading list:
- Season One: ‘Travels From Your Armchair’ Red Plenty bt Francis Spufford, The Convent by Panos Karnezis, War With The Newts by Karel Capek, The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal and Heliopolis by James Scudamore
- Season Two: ‘And Other Dystopias’ The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott, Caroline by Cornelius Medvei and Embassytown by China Mieville
- Season Three: ‘Revolutions’ A World On Fire by Amanda Foreman, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, The Break by Pietro Grossi, Fists by Pietro Grossi, The Milkman In The Night by Andrev Kurkov and Death And The Penguin by Andrev Kurkov
- Season Four: Into The Farthest Reaches Don’t Let’s Go to The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller, Cocktail Hour Under The Tree Of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller, Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch, Pure by Andrew Miller, Dark Matter: A Ghost Story by Michelle
Tickets (£5 only) are still available for what promises to be one of the most exciting events of our Summer season through our Customer Service desk or by calling 01865 333623. You wouldn’t want to miss a song inspired by New Finnish Grammar now, would you?