Tuesday, 28 December 2010

The Silly Season

We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year festivities!

We are holding our big sale on Thursday 30th December, so pop into the shop to pick-up a bargain and stock up on presents, for all those birthdays coming up.

Lauren Child visits The Golden Treasury!

We had the best time when author and illustrator of Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child came to the shop for a busy, busy, busy, booksigning!

We were so thrilled that she was able to come and promote her brand new Charlie and Lola picture book Slightly Invisible and to meet all her fans in Southfields.

Thank you to Fritha, Lucy and Philippa, Neil Cox our photographer and of course Lauren!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Djeco puzzles

This chilly weather is a great time to get out the jigsaw puzzles for fun indoors and we have a fabulous selection from the French company Djeco. Working alongside some wonderful illustrators and designers, they have some lovely puzzles. Perfect for Christmas gifts this year!

We have a wide selection available, all £9.99 each.

We love Trunki....

We have taken a new delivery of these beauties! We now have in stock Bernard Bee, Harley Ladybug, Tipu Tiger, Blue Terrance, Pink Trixie and our favourite The Gruffalo.

Perfect for travelling, we've had so many customers come back and tell us how great these cases are. Pack-up, sit and go!

Price range from £35.99 - £39.99

More photos from our party!

We have the loveliest customers!

Our 15th Birthday Party!

We had a brilliant, brilliant 15th birthday party last Saturday! Thank you to everyone for coming along to enjoy the stories, activities and mulled wine (just for grown-ups!). We had a great time and really appreciate the great community of local customers we have here.

We were lucky enough to have some "special guests" the Gruffalo, Mr Nosey, Horrid Henry and Winnie the Witch on the day and everyone, young and old very much enjoyed their funny dances, hugs and giant-ness.

A very special thanks to Neil Cox our photographer for the day, Dominic at Macmillan, Katy at Egmont, Charlotte at Oxford University Press and Jo at Orion and all the publishers who support us so wonderfully!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Corneila answers some questions from Moscow!

We were very excited when one of our favourtie authors Cornelia Funke came into the shop recently to sign all her books for us. Not only was she charming, but also very smart and quick witted! Cornelia took some time to answer our short questionnaire all the way from Moscow and it throws some new light on this amazing author of the Inkheart series and her new book, Reckless.

Q: What was your favourite book when you were young?
Tom Sawyer, the Narnia books and Michael Ende's JIM KNOPF books
Q: Do you have a current favourite book , author or illustrator? If yes, who?
Neil Gaiman is my favourite at the moment. I listened to his books while I was illustrating Reckless and loved every second of it. I'm not even able to decide which of his books is my favourite!

Q: Which of your characters did you most enjoy writing?
I enjoy writing all my characters. Otherwise I wouldn't put them in a book. They are of course all fun in very different ways. Some make you laugh, others make you feel adventurous or curious about them. And in some ways they are all part of me.

Q: Did you always want to be a writer and illustrator?
No, at 11 I wanted to be an astronaut and then later on a pilot. I was a social worker and recorded my own audio books, I also worked on movies but being a writer is for me still the most magical thing and much more wonderful than anything I ever imagined to do.

Q:If you weren't a writer and illustrator, what would you want to be and why?
I have no idea, I guess I would first of all get my pilot's license :)

Q:Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Of course :) I can't live without writing. I am deep into Reckless part 2.

Q: If you could be any fictional character, who would you want to be and why?
I think I would choose to be a dragon. I don't think I have to explain to anyone why. What can feel better than flying with the wings and strength of a dragon?

Q: You have twenty-fours hours to do whatever you want. What would you do?
Write :)!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

We're set for some fun and games with local author Simon Rose

From Google racing to geo-caching, from code breaking to filmmaking to robot baiting, it's bursting with over 200 new, exciting and creative ideas, for rainy days and sunny afternoons, for children's parties and car journeys, for the few minutes before bed or the whole weekend, and for all ages from 3 to 103.

Join local author Simon Rose in the shop on Sat 13th November at 3pm, where he will show how you and your family can have more fun together -- the 21st-century way. Simon will also be signing copies of his new book too!

Please book your places as space is very limited. Pop into the shop or contact us on by telephone or email.

Oliver Jeffers book signing!

Oliver Jeffers visited the shop last Friday for a book signing and it was busy, busy, busy! He was wonderfully charming and a hit with everyone. Thank you Tiffany and the team at HarperCollins for arranging everything.

Here are some photos of the afternoon and some very pleased fans!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Some of our Little Monsters!

Here are some of the wonderful little monsters and their proud creators at our Halloween event this year. Darcy was so pleased with hers that she also wanted to have her monster's photo taken with her grandpa!

We really enjoy holding these fun family events in the shop for our customers, so please ask to be added to our mailing list for details of all our up-coming events. We will be celebrating our 15th birthday this year, so look out for details of the party!

Thank you to everyone who supports The Golden Treasury, we are proud to be the largest independent children's bookshop in London and so happy that we have a great customer base in Southfields.

All aboard the Ghost Train

We had a brilliant Halloween storytime and craft event on Saturday, where we enjoyed the books Spookyrumpus, good old Funnybones and The Witch's Kitchen. Thank you to the very enthusiastic crowd (young and old!) for the excellent ghostly sound effects.

After storytime, we headed over to the craft tables to assemble our delightful monsters! Everybody stuck and glittered their new Halloween friends to life and we had some great fun all round.

Halloween Winners!

Wow! We were overwhelmed with the wonderful entries in our Halloween colouring competition this year, there were so many great submissions that they filled our entire window.

Thank you so much to everybody who entered, we really enjoyed all the inventive colouring and sticking. It was a hard decision to make, but we chose 5 winners and here are Sammie and William who came to pick-up their prizes on Saturday.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Creepy dark fiction night......

We were lucky enough to get an invitation from Oxford University Press, to an evening celebrating their best new dark fiction! We had a preview of two new titles due to be published in the new year by William Hussey (Gallows at Twilight) and Rhiannon Lassiter (Ghost of a Chance) and the dark teen novel out now by Joss Stirling (Finding Sky). We loved the hairy spider William had perched on his shoulder!

Great reads for this spooky time of year, ghosts, witches and bad boys!

Thank you Oxford, it was a suitably spooky evening......

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Halloween activites

Are you looking forward to the spooky season? Join us in the shop for a fun storytime and a simple craft activity on Sat 30th October at 4pm. Places are limited to 15 children, so please book your spot! Suitable for 3-6yrs.

We are also running a colouring competition with some great prizes up for grabs, so drop by and pick-up an entry form. Closing date Fri 29th Oct.

Oliver Jeffers coming to the Golden Treasury

We are very excited to confirm that illustrator and author Oliver Jeffers will be coming to The Golden Treasury on Tuesday 2nd November at 4.30pm-5.30pm. Come along to meet and chat with Oliver and get his new book Up and Down signed! Oliver will also be signing his full range of titles, all of which you can see in the shop now.

Please contact us if you cannot make it in person and would like to reserve signed copies.

Salman, Sue and Anna!

What an amazing week Wimbledon Bookfest was! We had the pleasure of bookselling at the Salman Rushdie headline event, where Salman was talking about his new book Luka and the Fire of Life.

It was a very entertaining evening and Sue and Anna were able to meet and chat with the man himself. Photo courtesy of John Stone Photography.

More photos to come...

Friday, 8 October 2010

Julia Golding - a quick interview!

We have been very lucky to have worked with Julia Golding recently on some school events and we took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her writing and who is her favourite fictional character...

Julia, what was your favourite book when you were young?
At around nine, The Little Princess by Frances H.B.

Do you have a current favourite book or author? If yes, who?
So many! Shannon Hale is a favourite you might not yet have read.

Which of your characters do you most enjoy writing?
Cat Royal

Did you always want to be a writer?

If you weren't a writer, what would you be?

A fantastic singer (but this is not a realistic dream)

Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Always. A new fantasy series in four books, provisional title Dark Lore.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?
Elizabeth Bennet because she gets Mr Darcy and Pemberley

You have twenty-four hours to do whatever you want. What would you do?
Pretty much what I usually do - write and spend time with my family.

Thank you Julia! Look out for some more short interviews with authors and illustrators.


We are getting towards the end of a very successful Wimbledon Bookfest this week, which has seen all the members of staff at various events bookselling.

Highlights so far this week have been Antony Gormley, Michael Morpurgo, Peter Snow, Tracy Chevalier, Michelle Magorian and tonight Olly Smith and Jay Raynor!

We are very much looking forward to the return of the Wombles on the Common and the headline of the festival, Salman Rushdie on Sunday.

Photos to come!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Wimbledon Bookfest!

Now in its fourth year, the festival is bigger and better than ever. Kicking
off the festival is children's book author and former Children's Laureate, Michael
Morpurgo, who will be in conversation with Virginia McKenna, founder of the
Born Free Foundation.

While many are events are now sold out, there are still tickets available, including
writer Lynda La Plante and and actress Lynda Bellingham in conversation, renowned psychologist Dorothy Row on Why We Lie, a Literary Lunch with journalist and author Virginia Ironside, Michelle Magorian talking about her classic 'Goodnight Mister
Tom', and a foodies delight with Olly Smith and Jay Rayner.

There really is something for everyone, so grab one of the last few tickets while you can!

We hope you enjoy the Wimbledon Bookfest, we hope to see some of you there!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Mr. Men and Little Miss Keyrings

Do you have a Little Miss Sunshine or Mr. Messy in your life? Pop into The Golden Treasury to pick up one of our new Mr. Men and Little Miss Keyrings. Each classic character keyring is available for only £3.99. Our Little Miss Helpful will be happy to help you make your selection!