Rye Books


Upcoming Events:

Sunday 30th October 2pm at Rye Books
Art workshop & storytime with Samson The Mighty Flea

Come to the shop and meet Sampson the flea, star of the Fleabag's Circus – this strong-flea can lift a match, he can lift a pea, he can lift lovely flea Amelie. But it's not enough – Samson wants to be the biggest star anywhere, so he sets off into the big, wide world. Discover what happens to the world's smallest strongman in this hilarious, touching tale.

Join local illustrator Nathan Reed co-creator of ‘Samson The Mighty Flea’ for an art workshop (details to be confirmed).


Thursday November 10th. 7pm
To commemorate the 27th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall author Hester Vaizey will be discussing her compelling new book: Born In The GDR: Living in the shadow of the wall

On 9 November 2016 Berlin will be celebrating once again, this time commemorating the 27th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To coincide with this author Dr Hester Vaizey is joining us again to discuss her thought provoking book Born in the GDR: Living in the shadow of the wall, now published in paperback.

Some more about the book…
The changes that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 were particularly dramatic for East Germans. With the German Democratic Republic effectively taken over by West Germany in the reunification process, nothing in their lives was immune from change and upheaval: from the way they voted, the newspapers they read, to the brand of butter they bought. But what was it really like to go from living under communism one minute, to capitalism the next? What did the East Germans make of capitalism? And how do they remember the GDR today? Are their memories dominated by fear and loathing of the Stasi state, or do they look back with a measure of fondness and regret on a world of guaranteed employment and low living costs? This is the story of eight citizens of the former German Democratic Republic, and how these dramatic changes affected them.

All of the people in the book were born in East Germany after the Berlin Wall was put up in August 1961, so they knew nothing other than living in a socialist system when the GDR fell apart. Their stories provide a fascinating insight not only into everyday life in East Germany, but also into how this now-vanished state is remembered today, a quarter of a century after the fall of the Wall.

Free event.

Please email us if your planning on coming so we can get an idea of numbers, thank you.


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Sunday / Bank Holidays:

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Fiction, Children's Books,
Art & Design, Travel,
Food & Drink, Biography,
History, Gardening, Hard-to-find,
Foreign Language Books,
Gifts & Stationery

Regular Events
Tuesdays & Fridays at 11am
Children's Storytime
Ages baby – 4 yrs.
Thursday's at 10.30am
Bea's Baby Bop

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45 Upland Road
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