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Brutal London – out today!

I’m delighted to write that Brutal London, a collection of Simon Phipps’s photography of the Brutalist architecture of London, is published today.


It has been very heartening to see the reaction and support from many architecture and design enthusiasts online already, so thank you if you have been part of that. It’s also been great to hear from bookshops and other retailers who will be stocking the book, and I’ll be packing up posters today for those who want to display them. If you’re a retailer and would like one, please feel free to drop me a line at ed [at] septemberpublishing [dot] org.


I thought I’d pick a highlight from the book to showcase on the blog. It comes from my home borough of Wandsworth, and is accompanied below by Simon’s explanatory text. It’s a visually very striking spread with building information which really furthered my knowledge of the origins of the Brutalist movement.



We’ll be posting blogs and other bits of upcoming press here. I thought today I’d share a sentence by Simon which appears in a soon-to-be-published blog piece, and which echoes my feelings about the book entirely:

‘I am hopeful that the book will contribute by acting as an incentive for people to roam, to walk the city and give consideration to the great wealth of Brutalist and modernist architecture bestowed upon London by visionary architects.’

Roam away! And do share your experience with us on Twitter @septemberbooks or Instagram @septemberpublishing.

Ed Griffiths, editor and publicist

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If Women Rose Rooted in paperback

If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie is now published in paperback. The new edition comes with a wonderful review in SageWoman:

‘Destined to become a classic . . . Blackie does an admirable job of describing a beautiful, rich, intoxicating, messy, terrifying and ultimately illuminating pathway into the heart of the land and of our own souls. Recommended.’

Sithearan NicLeoid (Sharon Paice Macleod)


Read an excerpt: If Women Rose Rooted – sample chapter.


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The rush for Gold Rush!

On Monday 7 November, Gold Rush by Jim Richards hits the shelves. The story of how he – literally – found then lost and then made a fortune, Jim’s obsession with gold mining began as a young boy in Wales, and it led him to Guyana, Laos and Australia among many other places. His poster campaign on London’s tubes and train station has started today!


Jim’s first appearance is on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning (Saturday 5th), an interview is also appearing in tomorrow’s Telegraph, and in the afternoon he is appearing at UCL’s Festival of Geology.

Coming up, Jim will be on Midweek on Wednesday 9th. You can also catch Jim in person at his talks in Manchester, Ribblesdale, Conwy, Swansea and Sidcup.

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The official guide to London’s blue plaques arrives

To celebrate the publication of The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques, we teamed up with Stanfords bookshop and English Heritage for two expert-guided Blue Plaque Walking Tours.

On Tuesday 25th, Blue Badge Guide Sally Campbell toured Covent Garden, and on the publication day, Thursday 27th, English Heritage historian and editor of the book, Howard Spencer led the tour around Bloomsbury.


(Photo: @StanfordsTravel)

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Out this month: Shopped & other July news

Shopped: A True Story of Secret Shopping and Style by Emily Stott is published this month. On Sunday Emily filmed in LK Bennett on Northcote Road. Press coverage (including the Sun on Sunday and Frontlist) to come shortly. Read an extract here.

Shopped Emily holding book by Han-1

September Publishing Shopped-14

To commemorate the anniversary of the Somme, Anthony Loyd wrote a moving piece about his great-grandfather,t he nature of bravery and why one turns down morphine, in The Times.


On 14 July, Anthony is appearing at the Festival of Words and Ideas in Dartington, talking about The Adrenaline of Conflict.

Sharon Blackie is appearing at the Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild event in Cambridge, on Friday 23 September, talking about Myth and Story as an Act of Place-Making. Before then she is appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 16 August, talking about A Journey to Authenticity and Belonging.


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May news

The Perfect Stranger (2)

This month sees the paperback publication of P. J. Kavanagh’s The Perfect Stranger, a new edition 50 years after the first. P. J. sadly died in August last year, but we were privileged to have worked with him on the republication of this memoir about youth, travel, love and loss. Here is just some of the praise for the book:

‘The writing remains vivid and detailed, full of concise pen portraits … it’s hard to think of a memoir by a male author that describes the experience [of love] with as much honesty, passion and precision.’ David Nicholls

‘A fine memorial to love and youth.’ Michael Frayn

‘One of the best memoirs I have read … humorous and poetic.’ Richard Ingrams

‘I’ve re-read The Perfect Stranger many times and still think it, though unique, a model “of its kind”.’ Derek Mahon

‘To hear the truth so devastatingly and yet so joyfully encountered is rare in an age where autobiography has been flattened by the massed weight of political and public reminiscence. This autobiography, from its beginning to its bitter end, is a celebration of joy: joy in youth, in woman, in male camaraderie, in the struggle of art, in married love.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘[A] remarkable work of prose … It won the Richard Hillary Memorial Prize, for in reality it was a testimony to the absence of the one person who could help him work out the puzzle of life, his wife, Sally’ Independent

‘A joyous yet unsentimental account of Kavanagh’s early life and his few years with Sally. A story of love and tragic loss’ Guardian

‘Not sentimental nor self-pitying but vivid, humorous and bent upon describing a world in which the one person who had seemed to make sense of it had been lost.’ Telegraph

‘A terrific book, vivid, funny and moving … The account of his narrow escape from the great battle in Korea is brilliant, as is in a quite different way the elegiac conclusion to the book.’ David Lodge

‘Patrick Kavanagh’s memoir is a small masterpiece of its kind, reflecting all the wit, unabashed frankness and literary elegance of its author.’ Max Hastings


Also this month, Sharon Blackie and Angela Kiss appeared at the Swindon Literary Festival, talking about their books If Women Rose Rooted and How to be an Alien in England. Both events were well received, with Angela getting a lovely write up in the Swindon Advertiser.

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March news

‘And as Hannah joined in . . . the idea for If Women Rose Rooted took firm hold in my mind. I would write a completely different book: a book which brought together both of my passions: place, and story.’

This month sees the publication of If Women Rose Rooted: The Power of Celtic Women by Sharon Blackie, and the quote above comes from a wonderful piece she has written for about how ideas emerge from place, time and conversation.

September collaborator Louise Norton visited Sharon in Donegal to with her video camera. Amongst the stunning scenery of the seven sisters, Sharon calls all the eco-feminists:


It has also been announced that in September this year we are publishing The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques. Compact yet comprehensive, this treasure trove of a book will bring London’s streets and buildings alive.

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February news

February has kicked off with the publication of Alice Stevenson’s beautiful London Perspectives Colouring Postcards, which features black and white images from Ways to Walk in London for colouring in, and then to send or keep. Alice has been sharing coloured versions using #LondonPerspectives.

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On February’s extra day, Alice is a featured artist with Laura Rae at Listen Softly London (7pm, 29 February at The Barley Mow, London EC2).

On Wednesday 10th, Angela Kiss appeared on Midweek to discuss How to be an Alien in England. Listen to her here at 33.45 minutes. Female First has featured her first impressions on arriving in UK, and she will be interviewed on World Service, Weekend on Saturday 20th February. More coverage is due soon.

And on Thursday 11th, Anthony Loyd had a great discussion about My War Gone By, I Miss It So at the Times Plus event.