Welcome to Printed Matter Bookshop, who can be found at 185 Queens Road, Hastings
Independent bookshop selling new books ranging from sociology, philosophy, psychology, political science, criminology, social history, graphic novels, music, art & culture, economics, social geography, anthropology, nature, ecology, gardening, and fiction. Higher education, undergraduate and post-graduate books.
We asked all the bookshops to answer three Christmas questions:
1. What is your favourite Christmas book?
Dicken’s novella, ‘A Christmas Carol’.
As I use to to travel up to London each Xmas to see a grandparent & the xmas lights, i’ve always been interested in historic London and Dickens sets the scene of Victorian London perfectly in his books. The meaning of the book is quite apparent in that its trying to send a Christian message to rich people (not that I am religious), the teachings of Jesus – that it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of needle than a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. It’s said that Dickens based Scrooge on Peabody who later went on to build social housing for the ‘deserving’ poor.
2. What books should we look out for this December? Adult fiction, children’s fiction and non-fiction
Any of these would be good gifts:
Adult fiction: Kate Atkinson’s ‘Transcription’, Barbara Kingslover’s ‘Unsheltered’, Jonathan Coe’s ‘Middle England’, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird: A Graphic Novel’ a stunning book. Milkman by Anna Burns, H.G. Wells ‘The War of the World’s: Graphic Novel by Dobbs.
Non-fiction: The Beastie Boys Book by Michal Diamond & Adam Horovitz, ‘Harlem 69’ by Stuart Cosgrove, The Finance Curse by Nicholas Shaxson, The Glorious Life of the Oak by John Lewis-Stempel, K-Punk by Mark Fisher.
Children’s ficiton: Hetty Feather’s Xmas by Jacqueline Wilson, The Way Past Winter by Kiran Hargreave, Frost by Holly Webb
3. Have you any events going on in December?
Monday 3rd December Local writer, artist & playwright, Howard Cloyer, will be giving a reading from his book ‘Kafka’s: A Letter to My Father’. 6pm Free entry.
Thursday 6th Book launch of ‘Chamber Music: Enter the Wu-Tang’ with Will Ashon at 5pm free entry.
Tues 11th December. Salena Godden will be joining friends Catherine Johnson, David Francis, Gareth E, Rees & Oli Spleen at Crowley’s Bar. 6pm
Possibly also 19th December, as it’s 175 years since the release of A Christmas Carol, i’m thinking of getting a local actor to do a reading of the book in the shop – TBC.