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Waterstones Piccadilly is situated in the heart of London's West End. Now Europe's largest bookshop, it was once home to the renowned department store Simpson's; an admired landmark of London's architecture, and the inspiration for the much-loved television programme 'Are You Being Served'.

Waterstones Piccadilly opened its doors in September 1999 and has eight floors open to the public, six of which are dedicated to books. With 150,000 titles in stock and over eight and a half miles of shelving, you should be able to locate just what you are looking for, and if help is needed our expert booksellers are always on hand.

We offer an extensive account service to all corporate organisations, businesses, schools and universities. Services offered include speed ordering, stock picks, free UK delivery, dedicated accounts team, special events, same day delivery and payment by invoices. Please contact us at: accounts@piccadilly.watertones.com.

We have a dedicated events space that has hosted authors from Germaine Greer to Jasper Fforde and Eoin Colfer to Axel Scheffler and the Gruffalo. In the last few years we have hosted signings for President Clinton, Sir Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Little Britain, and Hillary Clinton. To find out who will be coming in over the next month please see our events.

Whether you want to meet your favourite author, browse for the perfect book or enjoy a cocktail in the 5th View bar.

We hope to see you soon.

Address:

Waterstones, 203 - 206 Piccadilly W1J 9HD

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Events this month

An Evening with Peter May
Peter May
Runaway

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or email Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Join us for a thrilling evening with the award winning Sunday Times bestselling crime novelist, Peter May. He will be speaking about his new novel 'Runaway.' 'Runaway' is a novel but was inspired by events in Peter’s life when he ran away from home in Glasgow as a teenager in the late 60's to head to the bright lights of London intending to set up a band. But things didn't quite go as planned. Come along to the evening to find out more!

Further details: 02078512400


Sherlock Holmes Curator Talk and Q&A with Alex Werner
Alex Werner
Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 6:30PM
Tickets are £5 or £3 for Waterstones card holders. Tickets are available to book via email: piccadilly@waterstones.com, phone 0207851240, or in store.

Join the curator of the Museum of London’s critically-acclaimed Sherlock Holmes exhibition for an evening delving into the mind of the world’s most famous fictional detective. This illustrated talk will examine Sherlock Holmes’ unusual character traits and how Conan Doyle’s stories have shaped our perceptions of London. Waterstones card holders can enjoy 2 for 1 entry to Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die at the Museum of London until 12 April 2015.

Further details: 02078512400


The Classic Crime Book Group in association with the British Library
Charles Kingston
Murder in Piccadilly - British Library Crime Classics

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 6:30PM
This event is free but numbers strictly limited, please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

We are thrilled to announce that Waterstones Piccadilly has teamed up with the British Library to host a monthly book group based on their new and expanding Classic Crime series. The focus for this first meeting we be a discussion of Charles Kingston’s Murder in Piccadilly. We will also be joined by the British Library’s Rob Davies who, as Managing Editor of the Classic Crime series, will offer an insight into the project so far, and an exclusive preview of what is to come.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


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An Evening with Den Patrick
Den Patrick

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 29 January 2015, 6:30PM
Tickets are £3 or £2 for Waterstones card holders. Tickets are available to book via email: piccadilly@waterstones.com, phone 0207851240, or in store.

Join us at Waterstones Piccadilly as we delve in to the imaginary world of Landfall! Den Patrick established himself as a favourite in the fantasy genre with his rich style and flawed characters. His novel The Boy with the Porcelain Blade showed its readers an original and beautifully imagined world. Join us as Patrick discusses the second in this series, The Boy Who Wept Blood. Every bit as stylish, witty, and dark as its predecessor, the novel, and this discussion, are not to be missed!

Further details: 0207851240


Meet
Paul Simonon
Paul Simonon - Wot No Bike

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Saturday, 31 January 2015, 12:00PM

The artist and bass guitarist for The Clash will be signing copies of Wot No Bike, his limited edition illustrated art book - a visual diary in paint, as much self–portraits as they are still lifes. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Paul Simonon will sign Wot No Bike only, no merchandise. Further terms & conditions may apply.

Further details: 02078512400


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Society of Authors: Writers in Conversation with Antony Beevor and Antonia Fraser, chaired by Anne Sebba

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Tickets are ££20/£24 - to book please visit www.societyofauthors.org

Writers in Conversation is an exclusive series of talks which features members of the Society of Authors' Council and other writers discussing the business of writing. For the first talk of the 2015 series, we are delighted to be joined by esteemed authors Antony Beevor and Antonia Fraser who will be speaking about their illustrious careers as historians and biographers, as well as answering questions from the floor. For further details and to book tickets please visit www.societyofauthors.org

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Odysseus Abroad with Amit Chaudhuri and Deborah Levy
Odysseus Abroad

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Come and meet celebrated author Amit Chaudhuri whose new novel Odysseus Abroad is a bold and witty contemporary reworking of Joyce and Homer set in Thatcher’s Britain. Amit will be in-conversation with playwright and novelist Deborah Levy whose recent “Things I Don’t Want to Know” is an engaged response to George Orwell about being a writer.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Greg Jenner in conversation with Al Murray
A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 7:00PM
Tickets are £3 available online, in store or via: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Join Greg Jenner (historical consultant for CBBC’s Horrible Histories), and comedian Al Murray, for a light hearted evening of learning and laughing, as they discuss Greg’s charming new book A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life, From Stone Age To Phone Age. This promises to be an evening of historical delights, revealing the fascinating origins of our modern daily routines. Greg will be happy to answer questions, sign his book, host a mini-quiz and will even be bringing cake for everyone!

Further details: 0207851240


WE LOVE HARRY POTTER! - A CELEBRATION FOR HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT
Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 5 February 2015, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones cardholders. Available from the shop and Waterstones.com/tickets

Join us in honour of the first global Harry Potter Book Night, a celebration for new and existing fans hosted by author/journalist Damian Kelleher and featuring special guests, including star author Laura Dockrill. Hear how illustrator Jonny Duddle set about imagining Harry Potter for a fresh generation of readers. Glimpse the secrets behind Pottermore. This event will include readings from the books, which you - the audience - will get to choose. Dress code: Wizard, Witch or Muggle. Prizes will be awarded for the most imaginative costumes.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


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The Azbuka Project’s Russian- English Bilingual Education for London

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Sunday, 8 February 2015, 6:00PM

You are welcome to join this presentation about bilingual education in London. The event will be taking place on the LG floor. Please note that this event will be hosted in Russian. The event is free, but please reserve your place by emailing azbuka.foundation@gmail.com.

Further details: 02078512400


The Way Things Were – an Evening with Aatish Taseer and Anita Sethi
The Way Things Were

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 10 February 2015, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your seat by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Aatish Taseer is one of today’s most arresting and important Indian authors. His new novel – an extraordinary panorama - weaves together the recent history of India, its language and ancient myth with the changing values of a new global generation. Join him for an evening of reading and conversation with writer and journalist Anita Sethi. All welcome.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


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Dark Societies with Nick Harkaway, Anna Smaill and Helena Coggan

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 PABC members and Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or email Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Dark Societies returns once again on Wednesday 11th February at 6.30pm at Waterstones Piccadilly.We are honoured and excited to announce another fantastic line-up as we continue to explore the dark depths of fiction. How is apocalyptic and dystopian literature changing and why do we always go back for more?Our guides for this journey will be Nick Harkaway (The Gone-Away World , Angelmaker & Tigerman ), Anna Smaill (The Chimes ) and Helena Coggan (The Catalyst ).

Further details: 020 7851 2400


Collisions of Faith and Culture: religious fundamentalism in global literature - with Sarah Lotz, Karim Miske and Elif Shafak
Portrait Inside My Head

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Life is the raw material for the fiction writer, but where are the boundaries of fact and fiction, reality and the imagination? Tonight we welcome Sarah Lotz, author of The Three, and Karim Miske, author of Arab Jazz. Both books deal with issues of religious fundamentalism and international culture. Join them this evening as they discuss the collisions of faith and culture in conversation with author of The Architect's Apprentice, Elif Shafak.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


An evening with
Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness, Catherine Johnson
Love Hurts

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 12 February 2015, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones cardholders. Available from the shop and Waterstones.com/tickets

Join Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman plus special guests Patrick Ness, Catherine Johnson and James Dawson in a special one off Valentine’s event as they discuss new anthology LOVE HURTS and what ‘Love Against the Odds’ means for today’s teens.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


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Word Factory’s Workshop with Tessa Hadley

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Saturday, 14 February 2015, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Tickets are £60 (inc free entry to Word Factory's Salon); to book please visit: http://wordfactory30.eventbrite.co.uk/

Small Detail Big Impact is the theme of Tessa Hadley’s workshop. Tessa is professor at Bath Spa University and one of the few UK writers to be regularly published in The New Yorker. She will explore how observation and detail in the short story form can transform your writing.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


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Word Factory’s Salon with Tessa Hadley, Jon McGregor and Zoe Gilbert

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Saturday, 14 February 2015, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Tickets £12/£8 concessions; to book please visit: http://wordfactory30.eventbrite.co.uk/

A warm welcome awaits at our February salon in the company of three outstanding authors joining us to read from their short stories. Book to secure your place and a free glass of wine.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


Tramp Press introductions: Sara Baume
Spill Simmer Falter Wither

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 19 February 2015, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Spill Simmer Falter Wither is an extraordinary and darkly brilliant debut novel by author Sara Baume, winner of the Davy Byrnes Award and a rising star of Irish fiction. We are thrilled to welcome Sara to Waterstones Piccadilly this evening for a launch party hosted by Tramp Press – a rising star in Irish fiction itself, and special guest Eimear McBride. All welcome!

Further details: 020 7851 2400


In conversation: the Winner of Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation -
Sinan Antoon
The Corpse Washer - The Margellos World Republic of Letters

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 6:30PM - 9:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Heart-warming and horrifying, sad and sensuous, in equal measure, The Corpse Washer, set in Iraq post-2003, explores the fracturing effects that war, occupation and civil strife have on young Jawad, his family and his friends. Its unadorned, almost affectless narrative has won the novel the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. Its translator and author Sinan Antoon is in conversation with Paul Blézard. Plus a reading from the novel, Q&A and reception. All welcome to this celebration of Arabic literature in English translation.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


Jung and Literature: Short Stories – Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”
The Granta Book of the American Short Story: v. 1

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Tickets are £5 - to book please visit http://www.thesap.org.uk/events/jung-literature-series

The reading for this month’s short story discussion group presented by The Society of Analytical Psychology is Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” from The Granta Book of the American Story. Participants are asked to read the story prior to the session. Peter Addenbrooke will lead the discussion, using the text as a springboard for conversation and questions, responses and ideas to navigate the challenges of the work. There is no expectation of previous study of the story, or in the academic tradition.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


A Literary Salon with Phillip Lopate and Adam Mars-Jones
Portrait Inside My Head

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 26 February 2015, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Discover the importance of the essay as a modern-day vehicle for original thought. Adam Mars-Jones, author and critic talks to Phillip Lopate, acclaimed US essayist, about his new collection of personal essays, Portrait Inside My Head, in which he shares his unique view on the big subjects of parenthood, marriage, sex, friendship, and ‘the nail parings of daily life’.Adam Mars-Jones is the author of the celebrated essay Noriko Smiling. Both will be reading from their work.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


Exclusive Launch Signing
Kazuo Ishiguro
The Buried Giant

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Monday, 2 March 2015, 6:30PM

Join us for the exclusive launch of The Buried Giant – Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade - the night before publication, and meet the author to get your book signed. There’ll be refreshments, and we’ll have goody backs packed with Ishiguro treats for the first 100 people in the queue. We’ll be announcing more Ishiguro activities nearer the time, so please keep an eye on @WaterstonesPicc for announcements.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Waterstones Debates: The Purpose of the Arts Today with Raymond Tallis &
Julian Spalding
Summers of Discontent: The Purpose of the Arts Today

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 7:00PM
Tickets are £10 available to buy in-store, by telephone or by email piccadilly@waterstones.com

For the first in our Waterstones Debates series looking at key issues in literature and culture, we are thrilled to welcome philosopher Raymond Tallis and gallery director Julian Spalding who will be discussing the role, meaning and our need for the creative arts in the 21st century. An extremely topical debate from all perspectives - philosophical, psychological, social, economic and cultural – it will raise a diversity of opinion. Come join us for the debate – all welcome!

Further details: 020 7851 2400


War's Nomads - the Diaries of Fred Grice with
Colin Clarke, Gillian Clarke
War's Nomads

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

War's Nomads is an evocative account of Fred Grice’sexperience of life in a mobile radar unit after the battle of El Alamein as Rommel's Afrika Korps was relentlessly pursued across the desert through Egypt,Libya and Tunisia by the Eighth Army. It is the only known detailed account inexistence of the small radar units who played a key part in the Western Desert Campaign. This evening Gillian Clarke and Colin Clarke discuss this key – and often forgotten - aspect of the Second World War.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


Jung and Literature: Short Stories – Raymond Carver’s “Are These Actual Miles?”
The Granta Book of the American Short Story: v. 1

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Tickets are £5 - to book please visit http://www.thesap.org.uk/events/jung-literature-series

The reading for this month’s short story discussion group presented by The Society of Analytical Psychology is Raymond Carver’s “Are These Actual Miles?” from The Granta Book of the American Story. Participants are asked to read the story prior to the session. Dr Fiona Ross will lead the discussion, using the text as a springboard for conversation and questions, responses and ideas to navigate the challenges of the work. There is no expectation of previous study of the story, or in the academic tradition.

Further details: 0207 851 2400