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Independent Bookshop Week 18th – 26th June 2022

Independent Bookshop Week is nearly upon us and we’ve got LOTS of brilliant things going on in and around the shop!

A fantastic week to spread the indie love, do lots of reading, support local and meet some great authors!

Here’s what you can look forward to at The Edge of the World this Indie Book Week!!


Saturday 18th June 10am – 2pm
Start Painting Now with Emily Powell and Sarah Moore
Emily and Sarah want everyone to see how much artistic potential you have! They will be painting our window in her exuberant style between 10 and 12. Come and see her exuberant style that is full of colour and joie de vivre.

From 1-2pm both Emily and Sarah will be chatting about how fantastic art can be for your mental wellbeing and where to start if you want to develop your own artisitic potential, as well as signing copies of their fabulous book, ‘Start Painting Now’!

Come along and get some tips and tricks.


Monday 20th June 11am – 1pm
Patrick Gale comes to work in the shop!

Local author Patrick Gale will be popping in to the shop 11am-1pm to help out behind the counter as guest bookseller!
Pop down to say hi, have a chat & grab a signed copy.


Thursday 23rd June
Joanna Nadin

Joanna will be visiting a local Primary School and entertaining them with stories about The Very Worst Class In The World.


Thursday 23rd June 7pm
‘Mother of the Brontes’
Event at the Bookshop with Author Sharon Wright
Tickets £6.00
at The Edge of the World Bookshop, Penzance
Sharon Wright author of ‘Mother of the Bronte’s shares the secrets behind Penzance’s connection to the most famous literary family of all.


Friday 24th June 11am-1pm
Author Emma Stonex comes to work in the bookshop!

Emma Stonex, author of the incredible ‘The Lamplighters’ will be popping in to the bookshop to help out as a guest bookseller for a few hours! Pop in a say hi, have a chat about The Lamplighters and grab a signed copy!


Friday 24th June 6pm – 8pm
Book Launch for the New Book by Jane Johnson.
Solomon Browne Memorial Hall, Mousehole
Free event
We join Jane Johnson for an evening in beautiful Mousehole to launch her brilliant and much anticipated new novel ‘The White Hare’.


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Live Author Event – Friday 11th November 2022 @7.30pm —- Joanna Kavenna, Duncan Minshull and Irenosen Okojie on ‘Where My Feet Fall’

As part of the North Cornwall Book Festival Author Tour, join us in the bookshop with writers Joanna Kavenna, Duncan Minshull and Irenosen Okojie as they discuss their contributions to the collection of essays ‘Where My Feet Fall’.

In Where My Feet Fall, editor and erstwhile radio story specialist, Duncan Minshull has commissioned a series of essays in which writers explore the part walking plays in their working lives and the rhythm of their days, whether in pursuit of health, inspiration or for research.

Sadly we couldn’t bring the full incredible array of talent he has brought together to Cornwall but we have secured both Duncan and two wonderfully contrasting contributors. Recently awarded an MBE for services to literature, Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian-born short story and novel writer working in London. Her stories incorporate magic realism and also make use of her West African heritage. Her first novel, Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask Award in 2016, and her story Grace Jones won the 2020 Caine Prize for African Writing.

Joanna Kavenna grew up in Britain, of Welsh heritage, and has also lived in the US, France, Germany, China, Sri Lanka, Scandinavia, Italy and the Baltic states. She is the author of several critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Ice Museum, Inglorious, Come to the Edge, A Field Guide to Reality and – most recently – Zed. Her novel Inglorious won the Orange Award for New Writing, and her novel The Birth of Love was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Irenosen and Joanna will be in conversation with Duncan Minshull quite possibly after taking a walk together.

Friday 11th November, 7.30pm

Tickets £8


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Live Author Event – Wed 10th August 2022 @ 7.30pm — Sean Hewitt in Conversation with local poet Katrina Naomi

Join us in the bookshop with author & poet Sean Hewitt as he discusses his new memoir with local poet Katrina Naomi.

Seán Hewitt was born in 1990. He lectures in English literature at Trinity College Dublin and is a Book Critic for The Irish Times. He won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2016, the Resurgence Prize in 2017, and an Eric Gregory Award in 2019.

Tongues of Fire is his truly astonishing debut collection of poetry.

In a formal departure for him, however thematically linked to the themes in his poems, All Down Darkness Wide is a prose memoir. When Seán meets Elias, the two fall headlong into a love story, but as Elias struggles with severe depression, the couple comes face-to-face with crisis. Wrestling with this, Seán Hewitt delves deep into his own history, enlisting the ghosts of queer figures and poets before him.

From a nineteenth-century cemetery in Liverpool to the pine forests of Gothenburg, he plumbs the darkness in search of solace and hope. All Down Darkness Wide is an unflinching meditation on the burden of living in a world that too often sets happiness and queer life at odds, and a tender portrayal of what it’s like to be caught in the undertow of a loved one’s suffering. By turns devastating and soaring, it is a mesmerising story of heartache and renewal, and a work of rare and transcendent beauty.

Friday 12th August, 7.30pm

Tickets £8


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Live Author Event – Friday 22nd July 2022 @7.30pm —- Sophie Pierce and Matt Newbury on Wild Swimming Walks

Friday 22nd July, 7.30pm

As part of the North Cornwall Book Festival, come and join us in the bookshop with Matt and Sophie as they reminisce about their adventures writing Wild Swimming Walks Cornwall in the most unexpected of years.

From lockdowns, to not being allowed over the border, and even a few research trips that went dramatically wrong, Sophie and Matt will share some amusing anecdotes behind their best-selling book.

The pair, who have four wild swimming guides to their name, the latest being Wild Swimming Walks Dorset and East Devon, will inspire you to explore the beauties of the English coast and countryside not just on foot, but in the water. In a richly illustrated talk, they will reveal the joy of discovering the true beauty of Cornwall and further afield, from spectacular sea caves, to deserted moorland lakes, and from emerald creeks to wave battered coasts.

They firmly believe you do not have to go abroad to have adventures in wild landscapes, and will share some of their tips for planning great days out, as well as sharing some inspiring locations.

Tickets £8


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Live Author Event – Thurs 28th July 2022 @7.30pm — Wyl Menmuir in Conversation at the bookshop!

In thirteen interlinked chapters, The Draw of the Sea portrays the lives of fishermen, surfers, sailors, conservationists, freedivers, swimmers and artists whose lives revolve around the coasts of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. In the specifics of these livelihoods and their rich histories and traditions, Menmuir captures the universal human connection to the sea. The ocean fires our imagination, provides joy, solace and play but also wields immense destructive power. Into this seductive tapestry, Wyl reveals the grief that underpinned his settling in Cornwall and how living by the sea has consoled and restored his family.

Funny and uplifting, personal and profound, The Draw of the Sea will delight anyone familiar with the intimate and powerful pull of the sea. It’s the must-read of summer 2022.

Wyl will be in conversation with the bookshop’s Rachael Howorth.


Tickets £6

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Lisa Woollett talking

One of the events we sadly had to cancel this year was with Lisa Woollett talking at the Solomon Browne Hall about her new book ‘Rag and Bone is coming out next week. Part family history and part history of what we throw away, it is a fascinating look into our everyday possessions and how the materials they are made from impact on our beaches and riverbanks. Full of amazing facts and interesting finds it is a really great read and Lisa’s beachcombing makes for fascinating reading. Here’s Lisa herself, talking about her beach finds.

We will have signed copies in stock when it’s out next week.

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Katrina Naomi signing

The lovely local poet Katrina Naomi has just popped in to the shop to sign copies of her wonderful new book of poetry, ‘Wild Persistence’.

Following her move from London for a life in Cornwall her new collection references this new life. Cornwall is not seen as picture-box pretty but from the perspective of a dedicated walker, someone who relishes the outdoors, and as an environmentalist. Signed copies now in stock. .

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First Day Open

Our first day open since the lockdown for ‘orders and collection’ has been a delight – obviously there were computer problems and half of the book industry isn’t working yet but we will get there.

Happily, by far the majority of orders we received today were for books that unpick and explain racism in all its forms.
Hurrah for all you lovely people. Black Lives Matter, let’s build a better world.

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Open for collections


We have been spending a lot of time together and we need to see all you lovely people again! We are open for collections today and from Monday we will be open for browsing too. Phone or email orders if you would prefer not to come in. Stay safe and (sane if you can!)