About the Night

UPDATE: The Book Stops Here has now stopped “here” – except when/if we ever start it up again, we’ll let you know.

The Book Stops Here is a literary party night held every second Thursday of the month, except when it’s not (and we’ll tell you). We used to be known as To Hell with the Lighthouse before we submitted to the pun.

You: You get three or four brilliant and short readings from some great authors that we really rate, for FREE! You just have to show up at 7.30pm, have a drink, and listen. You even get to talk in the breaks, and listen to Northern Soul and girl groups in a beautiful bar.

Us: We’ve been filmed for BBC2’s The Culture Show, mentioned in the Guardian, Londonist, The Times, and were called ‘the coolest crowd I’ve ever read to’ by Adam Thirlwell.

Our lovely friends from Hatchards provide books to sell on the night and our very attractive logo was designed by Sonja Kresowaty.

The Book Stops Here alumni:

June 2013:
Hadley Freeman
Matt Haig
Melissa Harrison

April 2013:
Patrick Ness
Deborah Levy
Rebecca Wait

March 2013:
Lucy Caldwell
Kit Caless
Will Storr
Beatrice Hitchman

February 2013:
Jude Cook
Gavin Extence
Darren Lee
Rosalind Stopps

December 2012:
Ali Smith
Joe Stretch
Tania Hershman
Essie Fox

October 2012:
Katherine Angel
Jake Arnott
Natasha Soobramanien
Niven Govinden

September 2012:
Ned Beauman
Cathi Unsworth
Suzy Joinson
Lauren Elkin

July 2012:
Jonathan Lee
Francesca Segal
Kerry Hudson

June 2012:
DW Wilson
Emily Perkins
Chibundu Onuzo
Will Wiles

March 2012:
Elanor Dymott
Ben Masters
Evie Wyld
Adam Marek

February 2012:
Katy Darby
Olivia Laing
Elizabeth Day

December 2011:
Craig Taylor
Jenn Ashworth
Ed Siegle

November 2011:
Monique Roffey
Helen Simpson

October 2011:
Oliver Harris
Marius Brill

September 2011:
Ali Smith
Tom Rachman
Jill Dawson

August 2011:
ROSS RAISIN
MARK WATSON
HARI KUNZRU

July  2011:
NAOMI WOOD
DAVID WHITEHOUSE
SOPHIE HARDACH
SHIREEN JILLA

June  2011:
CHRIS PALING
CATHERINE HALL
JAKE WALLIS SIMONS

May  2011:
KATE MONRO
JACQUES STRAUSS
LUKE WILLIAMS

April  2011:
KEVIN BARRY
NAT SEGNIT
HENRY SUTTON

March  2011:
KALINDA ASHTON
ED HOGAN
SARAH WINMAN

February  2011:
RUSS LITTEN
AMY SACKVILLE
SIMON LELIC

December 2010:
SATHNAM SANGHERA
MATTHEW CRAWFORD
EVIE WYLD

November 2010:
ALISON MACLEOD
JOE DUNTHORNE
MUSA OKWONGA

October 2010:
ADAM O’RIORDAN
GRANT GILLESPIE
REBECCA HUNT
NIKESH SHUKLA

September 2010:
ANJALI JOSEPH
JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN
MARIE PHILLIPS

August 2010:
ADAM THIRLWELL
NED BEAUMAN
NATASHA SOLOMONS

July 2010:
ADAM MAREK
LEE ROURKE
JOHN NIVEN

June 2010:
PAUL MURRAY
TIFFANY MURRAY
NAOMI ALDERMAN

May 2010:
HELEN OYEYEMI
CATHI UNSWORTH
ANDREW O’HAGAN

April 2010:
DAVID WHITEHOUSE
JOE STRETCH
BEN CRYSTAL
LAURA DOCKRILL

March 2010:
JOE DUNTHORNE
STUART EVERS
INUA ELLAMS

February 2010:
RUTH PADEL
GAVIN JAMES BOWER

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