The London Library is renowned as a centre of creativity and we’re always keen to showcase some of the many works that get produced here. A number of our members have been in touch recently, letting us know about new books they are publishing this Autumn. 

If you are a Member and have a new book coming out soon then we’d love to here from you, please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note, the Library does not necessarily hold all of these titles in our collection. Please check Catalyst to see whether we hold the book.

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Coming up in Autumn 2020

The Confession, Jessie Burton

Picador, September 2020 

 

Britain and Europe in Troubled Times, Vernon Bogdanor

Yale University Press, September 2020

 

Life & Love of the Forest, Lewis Blackwell

September 2020


Jeoffry: The Poet’s Cat - A Biography, Oliver Soden

The History Press, September 2020

 

Lev Shestov: Philosopher of the Sleepless Night, Matthew Beaumont

September 2020

 

The Museum Curator’s Guide - Understanding, Managing and Presenting Objects, Nicola Pickering

Lund Humphries, September 2020

 

The Golden Calves of Jeraboam, Adrian Leak

September 2020

 

Japan's Far More Female Future, Bill Emmott

Oxford University Press, September 2020

 

Reluctant European: Britain and the European Union from 1945 to Brexit, Stephen Wall

Oxford University Press, September 2020

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The Fragrance of Tears, Victoria Schofield

Head of Zeus, October 2020

 

My Dearest Martha: The Life and Letters of Eliza Hillier, Andrew Hillier

Hong Kong City University Press, October 2020

 

After Ancient Biography: Modern Types and Classical Archetypes, Robert Fraser

Palgrave Macmillan, October 2020

 

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Alexandra Campbell

Flammarion, October 2020

 

My Berlin: The Story of a City, Sir Barney White-Spunner

Simon & Schuster, October 2020

 

Art, Memoir and Jung. Personal and Psychological Encounters, Juliet Miller

October 2020


The Walker: On Finding and Losing Yourself in the Modern City, Matthew Beaumont

November 2020

 

Dangerous Lunatics: Trauma, Criminality, and Forensic Psychotherapy, Professor Brett Kahr

Confer Books, Autumn 2020

 

Beyond the Secret Garden, Anne Thwaite

Duckworth, 2020

(Revised version of Waiting for the Party, the life of Frances Hodgson Burnett, Secker and Warburg, 1974)


Juvenal: Satires Book V, John Godwin

Liverpool University Press, Autumn 2020

 

Industrial Letchworth: The First Garden City 1903-1920Philippa Parker

University of Hertfordshire Press, Autumn 2020

 

A Dirty Broth: Early Twentieth Century Welsh Plays in English

Parthian Press, November 2020

 

Heads and Boxes: A Prop Art Exhibition Collaboration, Essay by Jill Longmate

Published in ‘Brigid Brophy: Avant-Garde Writer, Critic, Activist’, edited by Richard Canning and Gerri Kimber. Edinburgh University Press, 2020

 

At the Edge of the Desert, Basil Lawrence

Penguin, Spring 2021

 

The Novotny Papers: Prostitute/Provocateur, Lilian Pizzichini

Amberley, Spring 2021

Published recently in 2020

 

Those Who Are Loved, Victoria Hislop

Paperback published by Headline Review, August 2020

 

Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind, Tom Holland

Paperback published by Little Brown, August 2020

 

Elitism A Progressive Defence, Eliane Glaser

Biteback Books, August 2020

 

The Financial Times Guide to Business Coaching, Anne Scoular

Financial Times, August 2020

 

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If I Don’t Have You, Sareeta Dominga

Jacaranda, July 2020

 

The Tastemakers: British Dealers and the Anglo-Gallic Interior, 1785-1865, Diana Davis

Getty Research Institute, July 2020

 

Madeleine, Euan Cameron

Quercus, July 2020

(Hardback published by MacLehose Press, June 2019)

 

Bad Love, Maame Blue

Jacaranda, June 2020

 

Liminal, Caroline Maldonado

Smokestack Books, April 2020; sequel to be published 2021

 

The Straits of Treachery, Richard Hopton

Allison & Busby, April 2020

 

Night of the Bayonets: The Texel Uprising and Hitler's Revenge April - May 1945, Eric Lee

Greenhill, April 2020

 

Mediating Empire, Andrew Hillier

Renaissance Books, April 2020

 

Smoke and Mirrors, Gemma Milne

Little Brown, April 2020

 

Dionysus after Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy in Twentieth-Century Literature and Thought, Adam Lecznar

Cambridge University Press, March 2020

 

Magnificence and Princely Splendour in the Middle Ages, Richard Barber

Boydell & Brewer, March 2020

 

The Girl with the Louding Voice, Abi Daré 

Sceptre, February 2020

 

Strange Antics: A History of Seduction, Clement Knox

William Collins, February 2020

 

Escape Routes, Naomi Ishiguro

Tinder Press, February 2020 (Paperback January 2021)

 

John of Garland’s ‘De Triumphis Ecclesie’, Martin Hall

Brepols, February 2020

 

Along the Amber Route, Chris Schuler

Sandstone Press, February 2020

 

Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein: A Biography, David Beattie

van Eck Publishers, 2020

 

The Earliest Views of Budapest, Andrew Alchin

2020

 

The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder, Victoria Dowd

Joffe Books 2020

 

EW Hornung: The Emergence of a Popular Author 1866-98, Peter Rowland

Academic Press, December 2019

 

Nourishing the Nation: Food as National Identity in Catalonia, Venetia Congdon

Berghahn Books, December 2019

 

Excellent Essex: In Praise of Britain's Most Misunderstood County, Gillian Darley

Old Street Publishing, Hardback 2019; Paperback, Spring 202

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‘Dead Room’ - Mark Harris

Over the past 12 months artists Mark Harris and Bob Matthews have been immersing themselves in the collection of The London Library. This month a number of striking artworks based on the images they have found, have gone on display in the Library.

They include three large scale works - Harris’ “Dead Room” and Matthews’ “Capsule” and “Talisman” - which can be found in the Periodicals stacks and Times Room. 15 smaller pieces can be found at various locations in the Central stacks, Back stacks and Art stacks (see map). The works - which have been produced free of charge to the Library as part of Bob and Mark’s artists’ residency - will be on display for most of 2020.

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L: ‘La Houle’ - Mark Harris, R: ‘Elements of Editing 2’ - Mark Harris

Looking at the collection through the visual lens

During an intense period of research Mark and Bob developed methodologies for browsing, selecting and editing visual material, and as a consequence recorded 1000’s of images digitally. The act of collecting these images has helped them capture a unique pictorial world history spanning some 300 years. Their selection process would lead eventually to dozens of significant images to work from, creating inspiration for new artworks.

As printmaking specialists, Harris and Matthews were initially drawn to the way the Library’s collection reveals the history of the printed image. The collection holds significant examples of early engraving, etching and lithography, as well as more recent photographic printing techniques.  This would lead to Harris producing Cyanotypes, an early direct photographic technique identified by its Prussian Blue appearance and ability to capture both photographic and autographic marks. Matthews technical research in the library would lead to the production of artworks using the photo-toxicity of lemons to aid the transfer of images.

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‘Capsule’ - Bob Matthews

Within the Library the Periodicals section was an area that revealed many images of interests, from the 18th Century Journals of Italian Letters through to the collection of BBC Handbooks. Both artists were drawn to the idea of making site-specific artworks for the Periodicals space that would bring together a number of ideas from their research across the library. They have produced large scale pieces that are revealed through the movement of the shelving mechanism, echoing the action of a printing press. This deliberate obstructive presentation of the work refers to the many folded pages of images and diagrams that they discovered.

Additionally, across 3 levels of the Central Stacks Harris has produced a series entitled Elements of Editing that comment on the joint industrial journey that both materials and images take, as they are mined and captured, refined and edited, produced and published. Other artwork is situated throughout the Back Stacks.

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‘As it Might Be...’ - Mark Harris

Bob Matthews and Mark Harris commented, “It has been an enriching and fascinating experience exploring the visual material held within the Library. We hope that the work will suggest alternative ways to access the collection and that we have sewn a seed for many more potential future projects between The London Library and the visual arts.”

Download a map showing the locations of the work

The London Library is to reopen its doors to members on 6 July, following over three months of closure under lockdown.

The move follows the Prime Minister’s confirmation that libraries will be included among the cultural institutions able to open from early July as part of the relaxation of lockdown restrictions.

From 10.00am on Monday 6th July the Library will be open six days a weeks and nearly two thirds of its desks will be available for use, enabling members to access one of the most atmospheric working spaces in London. 

Under the reopening plans, special arrangements have been put in place to ensure that staff and members can work safely in the Library’s vast building which contains over 1 million books - almost all of which are available for borrowing. Book quarantining measures will enable members to borrow books and browse the Library’s 17 miles of open access shelves; specially constructed lanes and entrance arrangements will support physical distancing as members enter and leave the building; a pre-booking system will be in place so that numbers in the building can be maintained at appropriate levels.

The reopening of the building comes after an unprecedented effort in which the Library has run an extensive postal loans service, enabling members to borrow books by ordering them online and having them shipped free of charge. With over 500 books being mailed out each week, thousands of books have been lent out during the lockdown period, providing a lifeline to readers and researchers. In addition, members have had full access to the Library’s extensive online resources which provide online facilities equivalent to those of many of the best academic libraries.

London Library Director Philip Marshall commented, “Books are so important at this time and we've been delighted throughout lockdown to continue providing extensive access to the collection via postal loans. We can now open the Library building itself and it’s wonderful to be able to invite members back into London’s great working spaces.”

Reopening arrangements:

  • From 6 July the Library will open at 10am Monday to Friday and 9.30am on Saturdays. Normal closing times will apply
  • Over 60% of the Library’s desks will be in operation, providing socially distanced working space for 84 members at a time.
  • Members will need to pre-book a day pass to work in the Library or browse the collection, and will also need to book a time-slot if they are looking to collect and return books.
  • All the Library’s book shelves containing its 1m strong borrowing collection will be available for browsing. 
  • Once books are handled, they are quarantined for three days. Enhanced sanitisation and cleaning routines will be in operation across the Library.
  • Perspex screens and lanes have been installed in entrance and reception areas to enable social distancing and prevent queues.
  • A one way in/out system will be in place with members asked to enter via St James’s Square and leave via Mason’s Yard. Mason’s Yard will no longer be an entrance route.
  • Some facilities will not be available, including lockers and storage facilities, reprographic services and kitchen facilities for members.

Find out more at londonlibrary.co.uk/reopening.

 

 

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The London Library has announced the names of the second group of writers who will benefit from its Emerging Writers Programme. Of the 40 writers selected for the Emerging Writers Programme: 4 are poets; 6 are playwrights; 6 are screenwriters; 6 are planning non-fiction books and 18 are planning to write fiction. 12 of the writers are under 28. See the whole cohort here.

Isabelle Dupuy, Chair of the judging panel, author and trustee of The London Library comments;

'It's been a great honour to chair our Emerging Writers Programme this year. We had just reached the deadline for submissions when our lockdown began. Reading through over eight hundred writing samples ranging from non-fiction to poetry to screenplays with topics going from president Truman being told about the nuclear bomb to the impressions of a newly arrived Jamaican boy at a London comprehensive gave us all a deep appreciation of the talent, energy and range of voices striving to emerge in London and beyond. This is a historical year. Never before in my lifetime have I seen such an interest in changing the nature of the narrative in our country. We are convinced the cohort of 2020 will play an important role in shaping this new narrative. On behalf of The London Library, thank you.'

The Library’s Emerging Writers Programme is geared towards supporting writers at the start of their careers and helping develop their work. Participants benefit from one year’s free membership of The London Library (which normally costs £540 per annum) alongside a programme of writing development and networking opportunities, peer support and guidance in use of the Library’s resources.  

During the year participants will get free access to the Library’s unique collection which includes over one million books and over 2,500 periodicals titles that can all be borrowed. Membership also includes access to extensive online resources and dedicated writing and research spaces in the Library’s extraordinary building in central London.

 The candidates were chosen from a field of over 800 applicants and joining Isabelle Dupuy on the judging panel were: Bidisha (broadcaster, writer and film maker); Eleanor Greene (Executive Producer, Drama at Wall to Wall Productions); Daniel Hahn (writer and translator); Victoria Hobbs (agent at AM Heath), Karen McCarthy Woolf (poet); Amy Rosenthal (playwright) and Anna Whitwham (novelist).

Sian Chaney-Price, a participant in the first year of the Emerging Writers Programme which has recently finished comments; “The Emerging Writer's Programme has helped me to find a writing community when working at home can sometimes be lonely and isolating. It gives me monthly motivation and support when I need it and it is exciting to be surrounded by such a range of writing and creative ideas. The writing history of the library and the wealth of resources are awe inspiring and could provide a writer with enough ideas to never suffer from writer's block. The year has flown by and none of us want to leave!”

The London Library Emerging Writers Programme is only possible because of the generous support The London Library has received from A M Heath Literary Agency, The Bryan Guinness Charitable Trust, Adam and Victoria Freudenheim, The Golden Bottle Trust, Max Hastings, the Julio and Maria Marta Núñez Memorial Fund, O J Colman - Charitable Trust and other anonymous donors. If you are interested in supporting the Emerging Writers Programme please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or donate online.

Read more about the Emerging Writers Programme.

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