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Thursday, 6 February 2020 at 7.00pm

We are delighted to announce that Lars Iyer, author of the Spurious trilogy and Wittgenstein Jr, will be appearing at the shop on Thursday 6 February at 7 p.m. to read from and talk about his new novel Nietzsche and the Burbs (published by Melville House). Lars will be joined in conversation with Matthew De Abaitua, author of The Red Men, If Then, The Destructives and Self and I.

Tickets £5 (includes a drink). For booking please email: or call 020 7241 1626.

To find out more about Nietzsche and the Burbs, Lars Iyer and Matthew De Abaitua please read on below.

About the book:

Nietzsche and the Burbs
by Lars Iyer

Published by Melville House

When a new student transfers in from a posh private school, he falls in with a group of like-minded suburban stoners, artists, and outcasts—too smart and creative for their own good. His classmates nickname their new friend Nietzsche (for his braininess and bleak outlook on life), and decide he must be the front man of their metal band, now christened Nietzsche and the Burbs.

With the abyss of graduation—not to mention their first gig—looming ahead, the group ramps up their experimentations with sex, drugs, and… nihilist philosophy. Are they as doomed as their intellectual heroes? And why does the end of youth feel like such a universal tragedy?

And as they ponder life’s biggies, this sly, elegant, and often laugh-out-loud funny story of would-be rebels becomes something special: an absorbing and stirring reminder of a particular, exciting yet bittersweet moment in life… and a reminder that all adolescents are philosophers, and all philosophers are adolescents at heart.


Praise for Nietzsche and the Burbs:

”This is a near-perfect evocation of childhood’s elegiac end.”
—The New York Times

Praise for Wittgenstein Jr:

“An absolutely exquisite, elegant novel, with a cadence and rhythm all its own.”
—Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions

Praise for the Spurious trilogy:

“Just finished reading Lars Iyer's Spurious: it’s made me feel better about the Apocalypse than I have in ages.”
—Hari Kunzru, author of Gods Without Men

“The United Kingdom has a Thomas Bernhard, and his name is Lars Iyer... Dogma is hilarious and bleak and loaded with illuminating, brilliant passages, and Iyer’s rapid-fire staccato prose is well-suited to the task.”
—Hey, Small Press!

“The saddest, funniest undynamic duo since Vladimir and Estragon… Like Spurious and Dogma, Exodus is a novel which depends almost entirely on the quality of its scorn. And on any scorn-rating it scores pretty highly.”
—The Guardian


Lars Iyer is a Reader in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, where he was formerly a longtime lecturer in philosophy. He is the author of Spurious (Melville House, 2011), Dogma (2012) and Exodus (2013), collectively known as the Spurious Trilogy, and more recently the widely acclaimed Wittgenstein Jr (2014).

To find out more about Lars Iyer please visit his website.

You can follow him on Twitter: @UtterlySpurious


Matthew De Abaitua is the author of three novels: The Red Men (Snowbooks, 2007), If Then (Angry Robot, 2015) and The Destructives (Angry Robot, 2016). His memoir and history The Art of Camping: The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars (Penguin) was described by The Economist as one of the books of 2011. His most recent book is Self & I (Eye Books, 2018), described by Lauren Elkin (author of Flâneuse) as “A delicious peek into the Will Self 'industry' and the vanished publishing world of the Nineties”. He currently lectures on creative writing and science fiction at the University of Essex and lives in Hackney.

To find out more about Matthew please visit his website.

You can follow him on Twitter: @MDeAbaitua


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