Christmas Musings 2018: Rather than Collapsing in Front of the Telly

We may not necessarily admit it but, for many of us, television is as important a part of Christmas as the tree and the turkey. This year, between the re-runs of Morecombe & Wise, may we suggest that you gain a new insight into a wonderful war film, discover the story of one of our best actors, and learn how to make cocktails that would please James Bond.

(Oh, and a reminder: we do gift wrapping at the shop, free of charge!)

‘BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY’: On Where Eagles Dare
Geoff Dyer
In ‘Broadsword Calling Danny Boy’, Dyer provides a scene-by-scene breakdown of the film combining a multitude of interesting facts within a hilarious commentary. How did the Germans manage to fly American Bell 47 helicopters two years before they came into service; and was Richard Burton worrying the mission, or simply nursing a terrible hangover?
£7.99 Hardback

BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF: And Other Lessons in Life
Sir Michael Caine
Michael Caine has starred in over a hundred films, including The Italian Job from which the title originates, won two Oscars and has been awarded a knighthood. Rising from a humble background, he has remained a resolute Cockney. In this wise and witty memoir he describes his life – from the bottom to the very top. If you’re terribly fortunate, we may even have some of our signed copies left for you at the shop…
£20 Hardback

SHAKEN: Drinking with James Bond & Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming Publications & Estate & Bar Swift, foreword by Fergus Fleming
Cocktails are an integral part of all the Bond books and films with ‘shaken, not stirred’ being as memorable as ‘Bond, James Bond’. Featuring extracts from the novels, Ian Fleming’s writing on spirits, and cocktails created by the award-winning Bar Swift in Soho, this book will allow you to recreate every drink 007 enjoyed.
£15 Hardback

To order any of these books please email books@hatchards.co.uk, telephone (020 7439 9921) or, better still, visit the shop this festive season. From now until December 23rd, we are open from Mondays to Saturdays 9am to 9pm and 12.30pm to 6.30pm on Sundays. On Christmas Eve, we shall be open 9am to 6pm. We look forward to seeing you.

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