Next book reading is with one of the Stop the War coalition founders, Chris Nineham. Monday, 10th February at St Mary in the Castle. 6pm. £2 OTD. “The state – from the civil service to the security services to the police – is often viewed as part of our democratic system, together with parliament, but this ignores the crucial fact that it predates anything resembling democracy in this country. There were extensions of the franchise in 1832, 1867 and 1884, but universal suffrage was not a reality until 1928. A unitary and cohesive state developed much earlier than even the start of that slow process of expanding the suffrage.”

What happens if a radical government gets elected in Britain? How will the banks, the civil servants, the media and … More

Mod Ghosts focuses on the second, longest & most well observed of Mod’s three extended summers, which began in 1979. This is not a Mod book – it is a book about Mod. It is also about history, belonging, identity & the never-ending task of growing up. Above all, Mod Ghosts is about the relationship all of these things have with place. Juxtaposing photographs from the period with shots of the same location in the present day.

Shots of Hastings’ Mods from local modernist John Gale; as well as others from Epping, Ipswich, Stoke, Guernsey and of … More

‘Walking with my Iguana’ is a classic poem by Brian Moses about when he saw someone walking their iguana along the seafront at Bexhill-on-Sea. We’ve worked together to make a fantastic picture book version of the poem, published by Troika. It is a lovely book for young children – full of rhythm, repetition and a lot of laughs! Ed Boxall.

New childrens book by local writer Brian Moses and local illustrator Ed Boxall available in store and online.

From heart-stopping accounts of apparitions, manifestations and related supernatural phenomena to first-hand encounters with ghouls and spirits, this collection of stories contains new and well-known spooky tales from in and around Hastings. Drawing on historical and contemporary sources Haunted Hastings contains a chilling range of ghostly phenomena. From the haunted staircase at Hastings library in Claremont and the singing spectre of Hastings College, to the mysterious witches’ footsteps in the Stag Inn and the phantom coach and horses that gallops up the High Street on a dark winter’s night, this phenomenal gathering of ghostly goings-on is bound to captivate anyone interested in the supernatural history of the area.

Available in store and online.

Following on from The Stone Tide, Gareth Rees’ ‘Car Park Life’, is out now. Car parks: commonplace urban landscapes, little-explored & rarely featured in art and music, yet they shape the aesthetics of our towns & cities. Hotspots for crime, rage & sexual deviancy; a blind spot in which activities go unnoticed. Skateboarding, car stunts, drug dealing, dogging, murder. Gareth Rees believes that the retail car park has as much mystery, magic & terror as any mountain, meadow or wood. He’s out to prove it by walking the car parks of Britain, journeying across the country from Plymouth to Edinburgh, much to the horror of his family, friends – and, most of all – himself.

He finds Sir Francis Drake outside B&Q, standing stones in a retail park, and a dead body beside Sainsbury’s. In … More

From heart-stopping accounts of apparitions, manifestations and related supernatural phenomena to first-hand encounters with ghouls and spirits, this collection of stories contains new and well-known spooky tales from in and around Hastings. Drawing on historical and contemporary sources Haunted Hastings contains a chilling range of ghostly phenomena.

From the haunted staircase at Hastings library in Claremont and the singing spectre of Hastings College, to the mysterious witches’ … More

Book launch tomorrow of ‘Stolen’ with Grace Blakeley at St Mary in the Castle. 6pm. “Stolen tells the story of how and why this financialization occurred, what it means for our society and politics, and what the left can do to fight it. At present, the odds are stacked against labour and in favour of finance capital. But what follows it will be determined by which group — the many or the few — manages to take power in this moment of crisis. How we understand this moment, and what we do with it, will determine the course of the future.”

Available in store and online.

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.  

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep… Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl.

No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her … More

Marking Stephanie Gaunt’s 70th Birthday, this collection of her poems evokes memories of an unusual childhood and explores a full and eventful life. Raised by eccentric parents in a household of dogs, Stephanie lived and worked in London & Birmingham before moving to Hastings. As well as writing poetry & exploring Hastings, she is an active member of the W.I., & is kept busy with her popular on-line blog alter-ego The Hastings Battleaxe.

Sales of the book will benefit three charities: The Sara Lee Trust, Riding for the Disabled (RDA), and Queen Alexandra … More