London Review of Books reveals plans for 40th anniversary celebrations

London Review of Books reveals plans for 40th anniversary celebrations

The London Review of Books will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a series of events and the first ever history of the publication, to be released by Faber.

A month of activity will begin with a launch event for London Review of Books: An Incomplete History at Conway Hall on 7th October, featuring Mary-Kay Wilmers, Nicholas Spice, Andrew O’Hagan and special guests from LRB's past and present.

The coffee table book will shine light on the LRB’s relationship with writers and thinkers including Isaiah Berlin, Angela Carter, Bruce Chatwin, Martha Gellhorn and Christopher Hitchens. Containing letters, drawings and typescripts, it also contains more than 100 captions and commentaries by the LRB’s editors, writers and friends, alongside introductory essays by editor Mary-Kay Wilmers and editor-at-large O’Hagan.

The London Review Bookshop will host a series of “birthday conversations” throughout October, with contributors and editors reflecting on the last four decades.

A live edition of the Talking Politics podcast, produced in partnership with the LRB, will see Rory Stewart interviewed by David Runciman and Helen Thompson at a venue in Westminster in the week of the Brexit deadline.

The anniversary celebrations conclude with an evening of readings and music at the Southbank Centre on 30th October. 

Wilmers, one of the LRB’s founders, said: “Back in 1979, I’m not sure any of us would have held out much hope that the paper would still be going 40 years later. Yet here we are, with a circulation that’s grown from the low thousands to more than 75,000, new generations of writers and editors, and a new website that I don’t entirely disapprove of. The LRB’s future looks bright. What I’m less sure of is whether we’ve ever managed to produce another issue as good as the first one.”

A limited edition facsimile of Vol. 1 No. 1 will be part of a range of anniversary gifts available at the London Review Bookshop and its online store.