OTD in 1982, from approximately 18:00 on 16 September to 08:00 on 18 September 1982, a widespread massacre was carried out by the militia under the eyes of their Israeli allies which resulted in the killing of between 460 and 3,500 civilians. Travel writer Peter Mortimer reports on Shatila, the Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon – scene of the Shatila massacre of 1982, now home to about 12,000 people living in one square kilometre. The author developed a children’s theatre group in the camp, whose members will be visiting the UK around publication.

Shatila is a Palestinian refugee camp in outer Beirut, home to 17,000 people existing in an area the size of…

Happy Birthday Kenney Jones, born OTD in 1948. As drummer with the Small Faces, Faces and later The Who, Kenney Jones’ unique sense of rhythm was the heartbeat that powered three of the most influential rock bands of all time. Beginning in London’s post-war East End, Kenney’s story takes us through the birth of the Mod revolution, the mind-bending days of the late-60s and the raucous excesses of the ’70s and ’80s. In a career spanning six decades, Kenney was at the epicentre of many of the most exciting moments in music history and has experienced everything the industry has to offer.

He jointly created some of the world’s most-loved records, hung out with the Stones, Beatles, David Bowie, Keith Moon and…

Coming soon. Naomi Klein’s ‘On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal’. For more than 20 years Klein’s books have defined our era, chronicling the exploitation of people & the planet & demanding justice. On Fire gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing from the frontline of climate breakdown, & pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next. Here is Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but also as a spiritual and imaginative one.

Here is Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge…

Born OTD in 1942, Irish novelist, Bernard MacLaverty. The book centers around the postpartum depression of its female protagonist, Catherine McKenna, a Northern Irish music teacher and composer living in Scotland. She faces preparations for her father’s funeral, endures disturbing visions regarding her recently born daughter, Anna, and suffers restrictions imposed by the Catholic Church on her family and her childhood. She engages her depression through the cathartic and intuitive composition of music; later in the book, she begins to craft a master symphony.

This is a novel, about coming to terms with the past and the healing power of music, “Grace Notes” is…

Next PM Book Club we’ll be discussing Guy Standing’s latest book, ‘Plunder of the Commons’, We are losing the commons. Austerity and neoliberal policies have depleted our shared wealth; our national utilities have been sold off to foreign conglomerates, social housing is almost non-existent, our parks are cordoned off for private events and our national art galleries are sponsored by banks and oil companies. This plunder deprives us all of our common rights, recognized as far back as the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest of 1217, to share fairly and equitably in our public wealth.

Next Book Club, 6pm. Monday, 7th October in the shop. New members welcome. Book available in store and online.  

Born OTD in 1916, British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot, Roald Dahl. From Roald Dahl, the master of the sting in the tail, a newly collected book of his darkest stories. ‘There is a pleasure sure in being mad, which none but madmen know’ Our greatest fear is of losing control – of our lives, but, most of all, of ourselves. In these ten unsettling tales of unexpected madness master storyteller Roald Dahl explores what happens when we let go our sanity.

Among other stories, you’ll meet the husband with a jealous fixation on the family cat, the landlady who wants her…

Born OTD in 1903, German philosopher, sociologist, composer and psychologist, Theodor Adorno. The correspondence between Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, must rank among the most significant to have come down to us from that notable age of barbarism, the 20th century. Benjamin and Adorno formed a uniquely powerful pair. Benjamin, riddle-like in his personality and given to tactical evasion, and Adorno, full of his own importance, alternately support and compete with each other throughout the correspondence, until its imminent tragic end becomes apparent to both writers. Each had met his match, and happily, in the other.

No other country and no other period has produced a tradition of major aesthetic debate to compare with that which…

Born out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, the Black radical tradition has a long and proud history, one which reaches from Marcus Garvey and the Black Panthers to the Black Lives Matter activists of today. And yet, the Black radical tradition has also consistently been one of the most misrepresented and misunderstood. The Politics of Black Radicalism explores the roots of this tradition, while also considering what a renewed politics of Black radicalism might look like in the 21st century.

Surveying Black radicalism’s many varied forms and influences, and incorporating feminist and LGBT perspectives, Andrews shows that Black radicalism has…

HOLD TIGHT is the book that kick started the ‘Grime Library’. Bursting into bookshops in July 2017 to rave reviews and a sold out event at Rough Trade East.. Celebrating over sixty key songs that make up Grime’s DNA, Jeffrey Boakye explores the meaning of the music and why it has such resonance in the UK.

Boakye also examines the representation of masculinity in the music and the media that covers it. Both a love letter…

Born OTD in 1941, American singer, songwriter, record producer and arranger, Otis Redding. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Redding was the chief architect of the distinctly southern, gospel-inflected style of rhythm & blues associated with Stax Records in Memphis. Yet, while Redding’s music has long served as the gold standard of 1960s soul, an aura of myth and mystery has always surrounded the story of his life, which was tragically cut short at the height of his career by his death in a plane crash in December 1967.

Otis Redding is the biography that finally does justice to the unfinished life of the man who was once celebrated…