EVENTS at the shop:

October 24, 2019 - 6.30pm: In the Cut by Susanna Moore

Join The Second Shelf and Weidenfeld & Nicolson to celebrate the re-issue of Susanna Moore’s magnificent In the Cut, a book that Kristen Roupenian, author of ‘Cat Person’, describes as “compelling, shocking, hot, scary”. Originally published in 1995, this chilling erotic thriller, now considered a cult classic, has been out of print in the UK for over twenty years. Lucy Scholes, The Second Shelf’s Managing Editor, will be in discussion with writers Megan Hunter, Sophie Mackintosh, and Olivia Sudjic, considering the importance of In the Cut both in the 90s, and why it still strikes a chord with them today, two and a half decades after it was first published. Moore, who lives in New York City, is the author of eight novels and two works of non-fiction. In 1999, she received the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2006, she received a Fellowship in Literature at the American Academy in Berlin.

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Megan Hunter’s first novel, The End We Start From, was published in 2017 in the UK, US, and Canada, and has been translated into eight languages. It was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Books Are My Bag Awards, longlisted for the Aspen Words Prize, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Awards finalist and won the Forward Reviews Editor’s Choice Award. Her poetry, short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The White Review, The TLS, Literary Hub, BOMB Magazine and elsewhere. Her second novel, The Harpy, will be published in 2020.

Sophie Mackintosh was born in South Wales in 1988, and is currently based in London. Her fiction, essays and poetry have been published by Granta, The White Review, The New York Times and The Stinging Fly, among others. Her short story ‘Grace’ was the winner of the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize, and her story ‘The Running Ones’ won the Virago/Stylist Short Story competition in 2016. Sophie’s debut novel The Water Cure was published by Hamish Hamilton in the UK in Spring 2018 and by Doubleday in the US in early 2019 to critical acclaim, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Her second novel Blue Ticket will be published in Spring 2020.

Olivia Sudjic is a writer living in London. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, Financial Times and Guardian. She is the author of Sympathy, her 2017 debut novel which was a finalist for the Salerno European Book Award and the Collyer Bristow Prize, and Exposure, named an Irish Times, Evening Standard and White Review Book of the Year for 2018.

October 30, 2019 - 6.30pm: The Handheld Press Launch for Women's Weird

The Second Shelf and Handheld Press are delighted to announce another book launch at the shop, once again recovering women's writing for new generations of readers to enjoy. Melissa Edmundson will be in conversation with writer and The Second Shelf proprietor Allison Devers and Handheld Press publisher Kate Macdonald to discuss Women's Weird, her new anthology of forgotten Weird fiction by outstanding women writers, originally published from 1890 to 1940.

Thrill to the terrifying visions conjured up by Edith Wharton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, May Sinclair, Mary Butts and D K Broster.

Tickets available here.

November 8, 2019 - 6.30pm: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan on Sarong Party Girls

In Sarong Party Girls, Jazzy - razor-sharp and vulgar, yet vulnerable - fervently pursues her quest to find a white husband and have ‘Chanel’ babies, but her story reveals the contentious gender politics and class tensions thrumming beneath the shiny exterior of Singapore's glamorous nightclubs. Desperate to move up in Asia's financial and international capital, will Jazzy and her friends succeed? Vividly told in Singlish - colourful Singaporean English with its distinctive cadence and slang - Sarong Party Girls brilliantly captures the unique voice of a young, striving woman caught between worlds. With remarkable vibrancy and empathy, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan brings not only Jazzy, but her city of Singapore, to dazzling, dizzying life.

Tickets available here.

November 14, 2019 - 6.30pm: Monsters, Metamorphoses and Modernity: Joint Book Launch

This November, The Second Shelf welcomes Megen de Bruin-Molé and Liz Gloyn to talk about monsters and modernity as they launch their new books. In Gothic Remixed: Monster Mashups and Frankenfictions in 21st-Century Culture, Megen looks at what the current popularity of the ‘monster mash’ can reveal about our assumptions regarding originality, monstrosity, authorship, and historiography; Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture takes Liz on a journey around the contemporary world to explore why the monsters of ancient myth continue to survive in our world. Liz and Megen will read extracts from their books before a short discussion around the continuing power and meaning of monsters.

Megen de Bruin-Molé (@MegenJM) is a media studies scholar and university lecturer working in the UK. She specialises in adaptation, (neo-)Victorian fiction, popular feminism, and contemporary remix culture, and has published a number of open-access articles and reviews in these areas. Follow her latest work on

Liz Gloyn (@lizgloyn) is Senior Lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Beyond classical reception, her research focuses on the intersections between Latin literature, ancient philosophy and gender studies; she is the author of The Ethics of the Family in Seneca (2017, Cambridge University Press), as well as many articles in academic and mainstream publications

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Fairs, FESTIVALS, & Conferences:

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October 7 2019: New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival, Barbican, London

3 October, 2019: Women Writing and Picturing War: a Conversation

26 September, 2019: The Second Shelf hosts Desperate Literature Salon

19 September, 2019: A Celebration of the Life of Tove DitlevsenSept 14 & 15, 2019: York National Book Fair, York Racecourse

12 September, 2019: The Lives of Five Women Artists: Eiderdown Books and The Second Shelf

Sept 7-8 2019: Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center

7 September 2019: Women’s History Network Annual Conference, LSE Library

5 September 2019: Beyond Brontë: The Essential Act of Collecting Books by Women, AN Devers at The Smithsonian Libraries

29 August, 2019: Women In Translation By English Pen / Tilted Axis Press + Khairani Barokka

22 August, 2019: The Second Shelf Salon: Sarah Henstra

24 July, 2019: The Second Shelf X Ache18 July, 2019: Iris Murdoch Centenary Readings and Panel Discussion at The Second Shelf

16 July, 2019: GRITS, by Lili Hamlyn at The Second Shelf

28 June, 2019: Book Launch: Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure, by Anna Backman Rogers

11 July, 2019: Ariana Reines X The Second Shelf

4 July, 2019: A Celebration of Elizabeth Hardwick at The Second Shelf

26 June, 2019: Esmé Weijun Wang at The Second Shelf

20 June, 2019: The Second Shelf Salon: Sara Collins

19 June, 2019: Book Launch: Rules for Visiting, by Jessica Francis Kane

13 June, 2019: Book Launch: insect & lilac, by Amy Key and Rebecca Perry

7 June, 2019: Books and Books by Women with A N Devers, at Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair

June 6-7, 2019 London Antiquarian Book Fair

6 June, 2019: Book Launch: The Ungrateful Refugee, by Dina Nayeri

31 May, 2019: Book Launch, Blitz Writing, by Inez Holden

23 May, 2019: The Second Shelf Salon: Wayétu Moore

March 27-30, 2019 AWP 2019, Portland, Oregon

22 March, 2019: Book Launch: What Not, by Rose Macaulay

15 March, 2019: The Second Shelf x Ache - An Evening of Readings

11 March, 2019: A Public Space + The Second Shelf Celebrate Bette Howland


Sept 7-9, 2018: Cardiff Book Festival

Sept 8-9, 2018: Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair

Sept 14 & 15, 2018: York National Premium Fair

Sept 18 & 19, 2018: INK London

May 25 & 26, 2018: London Antiquarian Book Fair

May 15, 2018: Rare Book London: The Book Collector Presents Modern First Editions

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival