Carnaby Street’s Great Uninivted

Safia Shah and Mark Reeve’s Carnaby Street is a rumbustuous maelstrom of a book, a book of unexpectedly-arriving eccentric relatives, knit-offs (maths-and-sun-loving mum wins) and unlikely cuisine.


With its dizzying cast of characters, both animal and human, and its love of almost-lost locutions, it’s a book where it’s a delight to get lost in the details, which Mark Reeve brings to life brilliantly.



And, it’s accessorized! There’s a credit-card sized magnifying glass, for looking at the really small details, and a ribboned bookmark for… well for bookmarking (without the possibility of losing the bookmark). You might want to bookmark this page for instance:


It depicts a knitted picnic. Unlikely you’d think, but then the book has led to a knitted garb for a London cab.


Here’s Safia Shah talking about the book:



  1. Eleni said

    How wonderfully British 1960s!

  2. Mackenzie said


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