Picture: Interviewed in the latest issue of the London Library magazine by Jessica Lack

Read online here:
https://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/about-us/latest-news/2324-our-spring-22-magazine-is-out

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Picture: Through the Looking Glasses on display at Heffers of Cambridge

Photo courtesy of @Will_Fuzz

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Event: What’s Up Doc? film screening and spectacle-movie talk, Friday 25 Feb, The House of Cinema, E17

‘Our homage to the late and great director Peter Bogdanovich is his classic screwball comedy, still absolutely fabulous in this, it’s 50th year. Heavily influenced by the Hollywood comedies of the 1930s & 40s, this sharp-witted and wacky delight not only embraces nostalgia but also breaks new ground.
We are also delighted to be welcoming back Travis Elborough, a renowned freelance writer, author and cultural commentator, who will be discussing his latest book “Through The Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles” so expect lots of film references.’

Book tickets here: https://ticketlab.co.uk/events/stowfilmlounge.com#/

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Listen: Better Known Podcast


NEW EPISODE: Writer Travis Elborough discusses six things which should be Better Known, including the novels of Dawn Powell, the Colonnade Bar in Brighton and Birkenhead Park – listen to the podcast at

https://better-known.zencast.website/episodes/travis-elborough

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Video: Book of the Day, Boris Farkaš recommends the Slovakian edition of Atlas of Improbable Places



Book of the Day:
Boris Farkaš presents a travelogue Atlas of the Incredible Places.

‘Plaice, catfish, carp, and catches from Lake Aral were once so varied and rich that they made up one-sixth of all fish consumed in the entire Soviet Union. after thousands of fishermen in this city, however, there is no shortage, as well as after the turbulent waters full of fish. the fleet of once-functioning fishing vessels was stranded as the surface receded. the rusty wrecks, squatting on the parched dunes, form a finished cemetery of ships, their propellers and rudders longing for water sticking into emptiness and evoke compassion or even a sense of impropriety. I have chosen for you a book full of curiosities and interesting information about the strangest and most fantastic places on this planet. it’s a travelogue that took me all over the world. I read about the church tower in San Juan Parangaricutiro, the only monument to the city that was engulfed by lava. about an underground river in the Philippines, reminiscent of a shot from some big-story fantasy film. on the way to the pages of the book, I also traveled, for example, to the floating world of Palmerstone, which is only at the end of the world. The author of the book, Travis Elborough, took care to present to us everything bizarre, interesting and fascinating on this planet. In this travelogue, I especially appreciate the fact that he not only brought me factual information, but also looks at places from a broader, more comprehensive perspective. These incredible places are associated with the legends, myths and superstitions that the book contains in various local variations. thanks to this, I think that rather than scientific literature, this book is more a statement about the relationship between man and the world around us.’

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Video: Clip here of me interviewing Chris Schüler at the Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace about his book The Wood That Built London

Visit the shop online at https://booksellercrow.co.uk/

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Event: Salon in the City: London Eyes – Specs and the City, Travis Elborough and Tom Bolton, 27 January, 7pm, online

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/salon-no89-london-eyes-specs-and-the-city-tickets-234250879687

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Picture: The Ipcress File film tie-in edition from 1965

My film-tie-in edition of #lendeighton #theipcressfile – I have a chapter in #throughthelookingglasses on the book, the movie and #michaelcaine and his specs https://uk.bookshop.org/books/through-the-looking-glasses-exuberant-glasses-changed-the-world-sunday-times/9781408712849?aid=9156

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Picture: Happy Holidays all and the best for 2022 – Thanks everybody and take care, hope to see some of you again next year

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/atlas-of-forgotten-places-journey-to-abandoned-destinations-from-around-the-globe/9780711263307?aid=9156

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Picture: Authors’ Club Lunch event menu

https://www.authorsclub.co.uk/events/

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December 23, 2021 · 4:36 pm