Rye Books


Upcoming Events:

Saturday 19th November 2pm at Rye Books
Come and celebrate 5 years of Rye Books!

Tuesday 22nd November 7pm at Rye Books

'London In Fragments, A Mudlark's Treasures'
slideshow and talk with author Ted Sandling

We are very much looking forward to meeting Ted and discussing his excellent new book 'London In Fragments: A Mudlark's treasures'
Mudlarking, searching the Thames foreshore, has a long tradition: mudlarks used to be small boys grubbing a living from scrap. Today’s mudlarks unearth relics of the past, from Roman tiles to elegant Georgian pottery.

Here are Ted Sandling's most evocative finds, gorgeously photographed in colour. Together they create a mosaic of everyday London life through the centuries, touching on ideas of Journeys, Pleasure and Vice, Industry, Adornment and Comfort. There are two themes behind the account: celebrating the beauty of small things, and making sense of the intangible connection that found objects give us to the individuals who lost them.

An evocative and detailed text places the fragments back in the objects they came from, and places the objects in the flow of London's history. The French fold jacket is printed on the reverse with a map of access points to the river, and the book concludes with advice on how to start mudlarking yourself.

After studying History of Art at The University of Bristol, Ted Sandling moved to London and became a garden designer and landscape historian. In 2008 he returned to the fine arts when he joined Christie’s. He now works at Christie's Education. He first went mudlarking in 2004 and was instantly hooked.

if you've ever dabbled with mudlarking for fun or perhaps more seriously we will be inviting you to bring to the shop any relics and fragments you may have found, and share the stories connected with them.

Free event.

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

For inspiration on gifts this year, try our new digital Christmas Catalogue, we offer next day delivery!

Link to catalogue

Opening Hours
Monday – Saturday:

Sunday / Bank Holidays:

Next day and free local delivery

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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