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53 London Street
Norwich
United Kingdom

01603219268

Situated in the heart of Norwich in the Lanes area of the city, The Book Hive is a beautiful three storey building housing a unique collection of books in a quirky and stylish setting. As the city’s only truly independent new bookshop, it stocks a personally chosen and intriguing selection of titles, often hard to find elsewhere, in five main categories; Fiction, Poetry, Art & Design, Children’s Books and Cookery.

New Year's Day Is Black - launch of new book from our own imprint

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Situated in the heart of Norwich in the Lanes area of the city, The Book Hive is a beautiful three storey building housing a unique collection of books in a quirky and stylish setting. 

New Year's Day Is Black - launch of new book from our own imprint

We are thrilled to announce the launch of New Year's Day Is Black by Nicky Loutit, the new book from Propolis, The Book Hive's own imprint. It is - as you can gather from just some of the early reaction to it below - a remarkable book, unlike anything else and told in a stunning combination of words and paintings. Come along on the night for signed copies and to meet the author, or pre-order from the Propolis site. www.propolisbooks.co.uk

New Year's Day Is Black

In 2015 the artist Nicky Loutit began making paintings and putting down thoughts which evolved as she walked the coast of North Norfolk. New Year's Day Is Black is a visualization of memory; of how our past returns to us when we least expect or want it to. It is a meditation on motherhood, ageing and the journey of a life fully lived.

As the child of prominent members of London's cultural elite in the '40s and '50s, her place was that of an infant hanger-on, mostly ignored by the artistic and intellectual crowd she was born into. But beneath that veneer of bohemian eccentricity, Loutit silently endured a life marked by physical, mental and sexual abuse at the hands of some of those responsible for her.

Recounting the occasional kindness of the people she knew, including George Orwell, Cyril Connolly and Frances Partridge, alongside the trauma of her abuse, Loutit paints a life which triumphs over regret and adversity. Her story affords those who experience it the chance to be moved and inspired by a remarkable woman in a remarkable way.

 

Right from the start I found it completely gripping. Beautiful and horrifying... The human story had me at its beck and call the whole way through - utterly extraordinary. The evocation of that very particular loneliness irrelevant children feel was almost unbearable: Congratulations to Nicky Loutit for making work out of the terrible.

Eimear McBride

What follows is a story of neglect and but also of survival and, in the end, renewal…It is a quietly devastating book, which deserves the widest possible circulation. 

D.J.Taylor

Nicky Loutit's words, drawings and paintings combine in an urgent and original way to propel us along the rocky road of her journey. It is disturbing territory and the adventure is brave, compelling and moving.  
Maggi Hambling
Can a child's pain be assimilated into art? Can joy emerge from a determination not to turn away from darkness? Do age and introspection have the power to heal the soul? The answer according to Nicky Loutit’s haunting visual memoir is yes, yes, defiantly gloriously yes.  
Meg Rosoff