Never Admit To Beige with Jonathan Drapes

Next Wednesday (January 31st) we have a triple-bill of events in the shop. I've already blogged a little about the next one of our Coffee and Light Reading events, and storytime happens every Wednesday, but on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm we will be warmly welcoming Jonathan Drapes, author of Never Admit To Beige. Jonathan is published by Macmillan New Writing, the bold if somewhat controversial new author publishing initiative from Macmillan that launched last year. Never Admit To Beige has received good reviews, and some great coverage in the media, and we are keen to learn more - not just about the author and the book, but also his experiences under the scheme. Macmillan New Writing has been covered in some detail on other blogs - Grumpy favourably reviewed it when first announced (and he knows a thing or three about publishing), but when Richard Charkin on Charkblog gave an update on the scheme back in December, he had high hopes that Never Admit To Beige would be the imprint's first bestseller. We shall find out next Wednesday. As always, tickets £3 (redeemable against a purchase on the night). We can't promise to have the Fosters on ice, but in honour of Jonathan's Australian heritage we will ensure suitable wine from the region will be sloshing around during the evening. We hope you can join us...


  1. i'm keen to read this. i must order it. of course, if i was close to you, i would come along and get a copy!:)

  2. No worries shameless - we're going to try to run an interview with Jonathan this evening, and find out more about the MNW initiative. We'll then publish this on the blog.

    I would be more than happy to ship you a signed copy if you want!

    Anyone in Abingdon this evening - we're going to be more than unusually generous with the Australian wine, so please come along!

  3. It's 10pm, I'm just closing up, it's been a fantastic day, hope to have both events written up tomorrow on the blog. Thanks to everyone who came along - but particularly to Mary Cavanagh and Jonathan Drapes for two excellent events.