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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
It is autumn and the reddish leaves of the London trees are flying through the door.
Inside our cosy shelter from the South Bank gales, we are getting ready for the festive season with a host of exciting new books and promotions.
Pickled Fiction is a collection of authors and characters under the influence, from Dylan Thomas to Tennessee Williams and Jean Rhys. So raise a glass to J.P. Donleavy, Carson McCullers, Patricia Highsmith and Jack Kerouac on your way home.
Dear Diary, a range of duly themed books, includes Nikolay Gogol's Diary of a Madman, E.M. Delafield's Diary of a Provincial Lady, Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year and Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies. The selection also features Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year, Sue Townsend's classic teenager Adrian Mole and Jennifer Lynch's The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, which inspired Twin Peaks. A leftfield choice is Jack Womack's cult sci-fi novel Random Acts of Senseless Violence, set in a dystopian New York.
New non-fiction in paperback this autumn includes Ian Sansom's Paper: An Elegy, a hymn to that thing we booksellers and readers live by, which only recently seemed to have its days numbered. There is also Anne de Courcy's delightful The Fishing Fleet, about the boatloads of eligible young ladies who arrived in India in the days of the Raj in search of husbands, and The Secret History of our Streets, a fascinating and intimate record of the lives of six London streets through the voices of its residents across the years.
Christmas will soon be upon us and a number of big titles are hitting the shelves in hardback. Alex Ferguson's My Autobiography will be one of our biggest sellers on the back of his sold-out appearance in the Royal Festival Hall, and if football's your thing, check out the welcome reprint of screenwriter Arthur Hopcraft's 1968 classic The Football Man and Dennis Bergkamp's Stillness and Speed, a collection of interviews with David Winner, author of that wonderful cultural dissection of Dutch football Brilliant Orange.
Graphic Novels are a growth area in so many directions, evinced by Bryan and Mary Talbot's Dotter of her Father's Eyes bagging the 2012 Costa biography award. Asterix among the Picts is hot off the press if you like your comic book heroes, the first adventure of the legendary Gaul not written by Goscinny or Uderzo.
There are also some great new modern graphic works such as The Lengths by Howard Hardiman , a beautifully inked anthropomorphic tale of a young man who falls into the darker side of London and battles to maintain a double life with one foot in the capital's demi-monde. Another one which comes highly recommended is Katie Green's Lighter than My Shadow, a heartbreaking autobiography of a girl and the lifelong eating disorder which keeps her swinging towards the edge of death and back again.
Awards are in the autumn air, starting with the popular choice of Alice Munro for the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. Foyles salutes the inventive Canadian with a dozen of her titles including her most recent collection Dear Life and two volumes of Selected Stories.
The other literary crown recently awarded was the Man Booker Prize, which has gone to Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries, at 848 pages the longest winner in the Booker's history. At 28, the New Zealander is also the youngest winner. Her reputation was established by her 2008 novel the aptly-named The Rehearsal.
The ten book shortlist for the T.S. Eliot prize for poetry includes Anne Carson's Red Doc and Dannie Abse's Speak, Old Parrot and George Szirtes' Bad Machine, although the one which has been making the most waves so far is Michael Symons Roberts' Drysalter, a metaphysical journey through the modern world with ancient roots.
The annual Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction boasts an eclectic shortlist including William Dalrymple's account of Britain's failure in Afghanistan in 1839, Return of a King, Charlotte Higgins' fresh look at the idea of Roman Britain, Under Another Sky, and Dave Goulson's A Sting in the Tale, the story of one man's fascination for bees and his attempt to reintroduce a native species to Britain.
David Crane's Empires of the Dead, a tribute to the largely forgotten Fabian Ware, who founded the War Graves Commission, is one of many Great War-related titles already on our shelves as the centenary in 2014 looms.
The best-selling title on the shortlist so far, however, is The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, a biography of the idealistic Italian writer-soldier Gabriele D'Annunzio. The winner of the prize will be announced on the 4th of November.
Speaking of bestsellers, Foyles' and Britain's No.1 book this week is Morrissey's autobiography. As a self-confessed fan of this charming man, I see both side of the 'Is this already a Penguin Classic?' argument, but in volumes shifted alone it is already a major pop biography in the same company as Bob Dylan's Chronicles and Patti Smith's Just Kids.
With Christmas just over the horizon, now is a good time to look for presents before the rush starts, as it most certainly will!