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Piccadilly

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

Signing
Haruki Murakami
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Saturday, 30 August 2014, 11:00AM

Waterstones Piccadilly are honoured to be welcoming cult global phenomenon Haruki Murakami, who will be signing his eagerly anticipated new book 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.' Interest for this exclusive public signing is expected to be big, so please do arrive early to avoid disappointment and refer to the terms and conditions that can be found here: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/pages/2645/

Further details: 02078512400


A Tasting with
Rachel Allen
All Things Sweet

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Monday, 1 September 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets are £5/£3 for Waterstones Cardholders available from the shop via 02078512400 or please email piccadilly@waterstones.com

Waterstones Piccadilly is delighted to welcome renowned Irish chef Rachel Allen to our shop to celebrate the publication of her brand new book 'All Things Sweet'. Rachel will be holding a live cookery demonstration in Café W and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and have your books signed by her afterwards.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


An Evening with Dean Atta & friends
Dean Atta
I am Nobody's Nigger

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Welcome to a Poetry Salon like no other with the brilliant Dean Atta. Recently long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize, his debut collection of poetry is described as “Revolutionary, Reflective and Romantic”, and has garnered extensive praise. In an evening of readings and discussion, Dean will be joined by performance poet Keith Jarrett and short-story writer Yrsa Daley-Ward. Don’t miss this!

Further details: 0207 851 2400


The London Salon: The Hills are Alive!
Tom Chivers, Martin Kratz
Mount London: Ascents in the Vertical City

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 4 September 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

The London Salon begins its new season from the heady heights of Mount London: Ascents in the Vertical City – a collection of writings that look upon the urban landscape from a whole new dimension. This evening we welcome authors Inua Ellams, Amber Massie-Blomfield & Chrissy Williams who will be reading from the book and discussing the London’s history and geography from this alternative vantage point. From Crystal Palace to Primrose Hill, strap on that parachute and join us for a glass of wine!

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Meet Alfie Deyes, the creator of the YouTube Pointless Blog
Alfie Deyes
The Pointless Book: Started by Alfie Deyes, Finished by You

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Saturday, 6 September 2014, 1:00PM

Alfie will be signing copies of his first book, The Pointless Book. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Access to the signing queue will be on a first come, first served basis and this event will not be ticketed in advance. Each customer will be entitled to have a maximum of three books signed at this event. Books will be available on the day and Waterstones proof of purchase maybe required. Unfortunately no merchandise or memorabilia will be signed. Due to time restraints posed photography will be limited and/or assisted. We thank you for your understanding.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


This event is SOLD OUT
Jon Klassen, Chris Haughton, Charlotte Voake
This is Not My Hat

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones cardholder are available from the shop and Waterstones.com/tickets

Kate Greenaway Medal winning Jon Klassen is joined by fellow illustrators Laura Carlin, Chris Haughton and Charlotte Voake in this special illustration event. Chaired by Emily Drabble, Acting Editor of The Guardian Children’s Books, the illustrators will talk about drawing for children’s books and share secrets of their techniques for budding artists.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


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The Travellers’ Film Club:
Norman Lewis

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 6:30PM
The event is free but please reserve your place in the shop, on 02078512400 or via Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Following the successful first season in this Eland-Waterstones collaboration, The Travellers’ Film Club is back with a programme of Autumn evening events bringing together films about perhaps the greatest English travel writers of the 20th century. We are starting the series with The Journey Man, a documentary portrait of the travel writer’s travel writer, made for the BBC by Tristram Powell and first screened in 1986. Please join us for a glass of wine in the Reception Area, Lower Ground floor at 6.30PM. The film will begin at 7pm.

Further details: 02078512400


Perilous Moon: 1945 - War in the Sky
Stuart Nimmo
Perilous Moon: Occupied France, 1944 - the End Game

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 18 September 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

This evening’s illustrated talk will take us to the final tumultuous weeks of World War II, as Lancaster bombers face the Luftwaffe in the skies above Occupied France and the Normandy landings get underway. Stuart Nimmo is a documentary-maker based in Paris; his book Perilous Moon has been described as a “true, darkly gripping, page-turning story”. Tonight he offers an extraordinary insight into the ferocious endgame of 1945.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Storytelling Live! London Stories
Helen East
London Folk Tales

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your place by email: Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Tuesday evenings will never be the same in Piccadilly as storytellers from The History Press embark on a series of legends, myths and tales for grown-ups, to bring us through the darkening days of Autumn. We begin our Storytelling Live! Series in the fabled company of Helen East and Rick Wilson who will take us through the streets of London, where all walks of life meet. Two thousand years of change, the voices of travellers and traders, beggars and king makers, mingle and jostle for our attention. Welcome to the greatest city on earth.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


An Evening with
Sue Monk Kidd
The Invention of Wings

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders including a glass of wine or soft drink available in store, on 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com

Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd will be in conversation with Fanny Blake, Books Editor for Woman & Home.

Further details: 02078512400


Like A Tramp, Like a Pilgrim: An Evening with
Harry Bucknall
Like a Tramp, Like A Pilgrim: On Foot, Across Europe to Rome

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place in the shop, 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com

Join us for a glass of wine and illustrated talk with Harry Bucknall to discuss his new book 'Like A Tramp, Like a Pilgrim.' 'Like A Tramp, Like A Pilgrim' is a joyous journey of Elizabethan proportion filled with anecdote, adventure and mishap as Harry encounters the changing faces of a landscape suffused with history; yet his journey is perhaps most enriched by the extraordinary stories of those he meets - fellow pilgrims and locals alike - along the way..

Further details: 02078512400


Ken Follett: Looking Back at the Tumultuous 20th Century
Ken Follett
Edge of Eternity - The Century Trilogy

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 25 September 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com

Few can bring a century to a close with as much flair-not to mention meticulous historical research-as best-selling author Ken Follett. With Edge of Eternity, Follett completes the epic Century Trilogy, which includes Fall of Giants and Winter of the World. The trilogy is the saga of five intertwined families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-who loved, hated, fought, and lived large through the 20th century and its churning social, political, and economic turmoil. Ken Follett discusses the trilogy and reminds us how incredible the last century was.

Further details: 020 78512400


Into the City: Baghdad with
Justin Marozzi
Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 25 September 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Baghdad - but it’s the subtitle that gives it away: the City of Peace is, as we know all too tragically, so often a city of violence. Our guest this evening, Justin Marozzi, is a travel-writer, historian and journalist. His book is the first history of Baghdad to be published for nearly a century and, with the city in the news once more, tonight he takes us on an extraordinary illustrated journey into a Baghdad that goes beyond the headlines.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Dark Societies: In Conversation with
Emily St John Mandel, Sarah Lotz
The Three

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Monday, 29 September 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders and Post-Apocalyptic Book Club members available in store, via 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com

The Post-Apocalyptic Book Club and Waterstones Piccadilly are pleased to present Sarah Lotz and Emily St John Mandel. Join us in finding out why these authors are fascinated by the collapse of civilisation and what horrors lie in dystopian landscapes as they discuss their novels, the soon to be released Station Eleven (Mandel) and the chilling The Three (Lotz).

Further details: 02078512400


An Evening with
Wilbur Smith
Desert God

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Monday, 29 September 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5 / £3 Waterstones Loyalty Cardholders available in store or online at Waterstones.com/tickets

We are thrilled to be welcoming international bestselling author Wilbur Smith to Waterstones Piccadilly to discuss his eagerly anticipated new novel ‘Desert God’ in this exclusive event. Wilbur returns us to Ancient Egypt again in this breath-taking epic that conjures the magic, mystery, romance, and bloody intrigue of a fascinating lost world.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


An Evening with
Jim Smith, Jon Scieszka, Louise Rennison
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor - Frank Einstein 1

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders including a glass of wine or soft drink available in the shop, 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com

At this event with IBBY which supports literacy and reading projects across the world.We’re hosting a panel debate with three bestselling children’s authors;Jon Scieszka,best-known for ‘The Stinky Cheese Man’ discusses the first in his new series ‘Frank Einstein’ & Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Jim Smith will talk about his most recent instalment in the Barry Loser series ‘Barry Loser & the Holiday of Doom.’The panel is completed by Queen of Comedy Louise Rennison discussing her latest Tallulah Casey novel ‘The Taming of the Tights.’

Further details: 02078512400


An evening with Michael Grant
Michael Grant
Messenger of Fear - Messenger of Fear

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £4/£3 for Waterstones Card holders are available from the shop or Waterstones.com/tickets

The author of the global best-selling Gone series will be in conversation with Journalist Lucy Mangan, where they will be discussing his new book Messenger of Fear.

Further details: 020 7851 2419


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The Travellers’ Film Club: Patrick Leigh Fermor
Benedict Allen

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 9 October 2014, 6:30PM
The event is free but please reserve your place in the shop, on 02078512400 or via Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Following the successful first season in this Eland-Waterstones collaboration, The Travellers’ Film Club is back with a programme of Autumn evening events bringing together films about perhaps the greatest English travel writers of the 20th century. The series continues with adventurer and author Benedict Allen introducing his BBC documentary, following in the footsteps, and eventually doorstepping, one of the iconic travellers of the twentieth century. Please join us for a glass of wine in the Reception Area, Lower Ground floor at 6.30PM. The film will begin at 7PM.

Further details: 02078512400


Celebrate the Launch of Opal Plumstead, the 100th novel by
Jacqueline Wilson
Opal Plumstead

Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES
Saturday, 11 October 2014, 11:00AM
Tickets £10 adults, £6 children, or £19 ticket including a signed copy of Opal Plumstead (RRP £12.99). Tickets available from www.nimaxtheatres.com or the box office 0844 482 9674

Hear the bestselling author discussing her career and latest book. There will be no book signing after the talk but there will be plenty of opportunity for children to ask questions. Copies of Opal Plumstead will be available to purchase from Waterstones on the day and all will have been pre-signed by Jacqueline Wilson.

Further details: 020 7851 2400


Marina Keegan: The Opposite of Loneliness. An Evening with
Kevin Keegan, Tracy Keegan
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders available in the shop, 02078512400, piccadilly@waterstones.com

Marina Keegan's parents Tracy and Kevin Keegan will be accompanied by her friends for an evening of readings and conversations about 'The Opposite of Loneliness.' Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina's essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle we all face as we work out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

Further details: 02078512400


Storytelling Live! The Legend of Pryderi
Fiona Collins
Ancient Legends Retold: The Legend of Pryderi - Ancient Legends Retold

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your place by email: Piccadilly@waterstones.com

In the second of our series of legends, myths and tales for grown-ups with storytellers from The History Press, Fiona Collins leads us to Wales and into the four branches of the Mabinogi. We will follow her hero, Pryderi, from his strange birth, through a bold, brave and foolhardy life, up until the moment of his death. This will be an extraordinary and evocative evening from the land of our fathers.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


An Evening with
Peter James
Want You Dead

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 23 October 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders including a glass of wine or soft drink available in the shop, 02078512400 or Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Join us for an event with internationally acclaimed crime and thriller writer Peter James for the release of the paperback of the 10th Roy Grace detective novel ‘Want You Dead.’ Peter will be discussing the research that inspired his latest book and the multi-million-copy selling crime series featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace which is currently under adaption into TV and film.

Further details: 02078512400


The Joy of Dictionaries with
Lucy Mangan, Mark Forsyth
Collins English Dictionary

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 23 October 2014, 7:00PM
The event is free to attend but please reserve your space in the shop, 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com and tell us your favourite, and least-favourite words at the same time!

Join Collins English Dictionary contributors Mark Forsyth, bestselling author of The Etymologicon, and The Guardian’s award-winning journalist Lucy Mangan as they explore the wonders and mysteries of the English language. The evening will also feature a Q&A session and the opportunity to get your dictionary signed by both Mark and Lucy.

Further details: 0207852400


An evening with
David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Monday, 10 November 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets £8 / £6 Waterstones Loyalty Cardholders available in store or online at Waterstones.com/tickets

The author of 'Cloud Atlas' will be in conversation with Sam Leith, discussing the Booker Prize longlisted 'The Bone Clocks.'

Further details: 02078512400


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The Travellers’ Film Club: Wilfred Thesiger
Peter Clark

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Thursday, 13 November 2014, 6:30PM
The event is free but please reserve your place in the shop, on 02078512400 or via Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Following the successful first season in this Eland-Waterstones collaboration, The Travellers’ Film Club is back with a programme of Autumn evening events bringing together films about perhaps the greatest English travel writers of the 20th century. The middle‐east scholar and writer, Peter Clark, presents original footage and two spliced documentaries about the legendary desert explorer and his return to Oman. Please join us for a glass of wine in the Reception Area, Lower Ground floor at 6.30PM. The film will begin at 7PM.

Further details: 02078512400


Storytelling Live! Sussex Folk Tales
Michael O'Leary
Sussex Folk Tales

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your place by email: Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Tonight we roam the roads of the south where there are thirty different names for the kind of mud you find under foot. We will meet Knuckers, Willocks, Mawkins and Lord Moon of Amberley Swamp. As Michael O’Leary guides us through the hidden horrors of Sussex, watch out, as something terrible is crawling from Crawley to Gatwick. Once seen always remembered. Another spectacular evening with The History Press storytellers.

Further details: 0207 851 2400


Storytelling Live! Robin Hood
Wendy Dacre, Michael Dacre
Ancient Legends Retold: A Little Book of Robin Hood: The Five Early Ballads

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free, but please reserve your place by email: Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Our Autumn series of myths, legends and tales for grown-ups in conjunction with The History Press storytellers concludes with a classic, as Michael and Wendy Dacre celebrate through story and song the exhilarating life of our greatest outlaw. The original hoodie is revealed in all his dangerous, earthy, satirical and revolutionary glory. Look, he’s behind you.

Further details: 0207 851 2400