Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle

A mix of memoir and narrative non-fiction, White Spines is a book about Nicholas Royle’s passion for Picador’s fiction and non-fiction publishing from the 1970s to the end of the 1990s. He talks to author Lee Rourke about how his 'Confessions of a Book Collector' explores the bookshops and charity shops, the books themselves, and the way a unique collection grew and became a literary obsession. Expect a love song to books, writers and writing.

‘A fiercely intelligent memoir of an obsession by one of our leading prose stylists, but also a loving and enormously warm-hearted record of a life lived in books. I adored White Spines and will treasure my copy every bit as much as Royle treasures his beloved Picadors.’ —Alex Preston

Nicholas Royle is a novelist, literary reviewer, publisher and creative writing lecturer. He is the author of seven novels, including: CounterpartsSaxophone Dreams, and First Novel, and a short story collection, Mortality. He has edited sixteen anthologies, including A Book of Two Halves and Neonlit: Time Out Book of New Writing.

Lee Rourke is a writer and literary critic. His books include the short story collection Everyday, the novels The Canal, Vulgar Things, and Glitch, and the poetry collections Varroa Destructor and Vantablack.

Event Information

Event Date Sat 19 Feb 12:00 pm
Individual Price £6.00
Location Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre