Special Opening Hours
During the festive season normal opening hours apply, with the following variations:
December 24th (Christmas Eve) 9am - 5pm
December 25th (Christmas Day) - CLOSED
December 26th (Boxing Day) - 12pm - 7pm
December 31st (New Year's Eve) - 9am - 5pm
January 1st (New Year's Day) - 11am - 7pm
About This Bookstore
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Nearest Underground Station: Waterloo. Orientation - follow signs to the Royal Festival Hall from whichever exit taken from Waterloo station.
Opened in June 2005 our Royal Festival Hall branch sits right on the riverside in the heart of the Southbank Centre. Open from 10am-10pm every day, it offers the perfect destination whether you’re attending a concert or event, or simply enjoying the delights of the area. We stock a broad range of subjects from fiction, literature and poetry to philosophy, biography, science, cookery, health, graphics, art, travel, London guides and children's titles. In the summer months you can while away the hours lounging in a deckchair on our lawn, reading your favourite book or just watching the world go by. We also run a bookstall at all the Southbank Centre’s Literary events and frequently have available signed copies by many of the authors appearing , as well as holding our own signings in-store, with recent authors ranging from Michael Palin to Terry Pratchett and Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
In Our Bookstore Now
There's a change in the air, as Summer slowly wends its way to the exits and the season of rich days, falling leaves and chestnuts waits knowingly in the wings.
Back in the shop, the centenary of the birth of Tove Jansson continues with the full range of Moomin books and toys as well as her adult novels and biographies flying off the shelves.
Another global literary giant, Japan's Haruki Murakami is currently top of the charts with his latest release Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of Pilgrimage, available in an edition exclusive to Foyles.
Donna Tartt' s universally acclaimed The Goldfinch stands out as the big read of the last few months, although 2013 Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries and Eimear McBride's Baileys winner A Girl is a Half-formed Thing are still also proving popular..
In teen fiction, John Green's The Fault in our Stars is clocking up extraordinary sales, and should cement its place before long as a young adult classic.
Marina Keegan was 22 and about to start work at the New Yorker when she was tragically killed in a car crash. Already a writer of prose, plays and fiction, her final piece, an essay called 'The Opposite of Loneliness' went viral after her death, and her short but rich body of insightful and touching work has been collected in a book of the same title.
Our current 3 for 2 promotions include 'Money Matters' - a look at all things lucre all the way from Vanity Fair, JK Galbraith's The Great Crash 1929 and Theodore Dreiser's 1912 story 'The Financier' to modern musings on King Midas' vice: Liars Poker, The Bonfire of the Vanities and American Psycho.
To chime with the dying embers of the Southbank Centre's Festival of Love, whose vast portcullis in front of the shop will soon be history, we have a selection of 'Star-Crossed Lovers' for whom the course of true affection never did run smooth.
We were spoilt for choice with this theme, which courses through the heart of world literature, but we settled on 20 or so titles, including 1984, Anna Karenina, Brokeback Mountain, Summer by Edith Wharton and Love in the Time of Cholera.
The heat and passion of the USA's Deep South is the topic of another promotion, with classics from William Faulkner, Harper Lee, Toni Morrison, John Steinbeck and Mark Twain alongside more contemporary novels from Dorothy Allison, Kevin Brockmeier and Ron Rash.
A short range of graphic novels for children are also on 3 for 2, including Vera Brosgol's darkly comic Anya's Ghost, a tale of friendship which goes beyond the grave, Hope Larson's acclaimed Canadian fable Mercury and the first in Kate Brown's popular The Spider Moon series.
Last but not least, we have an eclectic range of fiction in colourful editions from Melville House on 3 for 2. These feature lesser-known works of famous writers like Conrad, Tolstoy and Virginia Woolf but also some hidden gems from authors you may not be familiar with, like Alexander Kuprin, Christopher Morley and Heinrich Von Kleist.
Interesting new arrivals include Miles Unger's acclaimed biography of Michelangelo, Matthew Olshan's exciting debut Marshlands, Lucy Frank's imaginative verse novel 'Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling and Adam Levin's The Instructions, a thousand page behemoth with an echo or two of the late David Foster Wallace.
One new title sure to pack a punch is Anna Freeman's 'The Fair Fight', an exciting tale of a girl in Victorian Bristol who astounds one and all by becoming a bare-knuckle fighter. Read our exclusive interview with the author here.
The Man Booker remains Britain's most eagerly awaited book award and this year's prize has been opened up to overseas writers in English. The 2014 longlist is heavy with established names such as Howard Jacobson, David Mitchell, Siri Hustvedt, Ali Smith and David Nicholls, but Paul Kingsnorth's The Wake, a re-imagining of the Norman Conquest, is a debut novel.
On the 9th of September the 13 chosen books will be whittled down to six and the winner will be announced on the 14th of October.
There are also new hardback releases from giants of the pen Martin Amis, Margaret Attwood, Paolo Coelho and local hero Sarah Waters as the Autumn reading season gets off to a flying start.