Hatchards Piccadilly with Iain Sinclair

John Rogers and Iain Sinclair at Hatchards Piccadilly
photo by Johanne Adams https://www.instagram.com/johanneadams/

What an amazing night at Hatchards Bookshop on Piccadilly with the great Iain Sinclair talking about my book, Welcome to New London and getting a preview of Iain’s forthcoming publication, Pariah Genius.

John Rogers and Iain Sinclair at Hatchards Piccadilly
John Rogers and Iain Sinclair at Hatchards Piccadilly
John Rogers and Iain Sinclair at Hatchards Piccadilly
John Rogers at Hatchards Piccadilly
Welcome to New London and This Other London at Hathcards Piccadilly

After the talk and book signing, I wandered with a friend up to the Old Coffee House in Soho to remind myself of the glory of Brodie’s Beer (brewed in Leyton), sinking a couple of pints of Piccadilly Pale. It seemed the most appropriate place to delve into Iain’s ‘fictionalised biography of the afterlife of the photographer John Deakin‘.
The Buxton reference in the Truman’s mirror nicely echoed the discussion with Iain over the influence of the Buxton family in East London and their mention in Welcome to New London. Iain also recalled his time working at Truman’s with the sculptor and author Brian Catling in the 1970s.

The Old Coffee House Soho
Pariah Genius by Iain Sinclair on the bar of a Soho pub


  1. grahamlarkbey   •  

    Brodie’s Beer not been brewed in Leyton for some years now. Believed to be brewed in Battersea at present, though exact info is hard to come by. Brodie’s unfortunately peaked too early to be part of the East London brewing renaissance of recent & current times.

    • JohnR   •     Author

      Thanks for the info Graham. They weren’t sure at the pub and seemed to think it ‘probably’ still came from Leyton. That’s a shame but it’s still a great pint. I do miss those Bunny Bashers at the William IV

  2. AJ   •  

    Wish I could have been there. Your channel is the best thing on YouTube by a mile! Keep up the good work, thanks & all the best.

    • JohnR   •     Author

      Thank you so much AJ

    • JohnR   •     Author

      Many thanks AJ

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