We’re big fans of Hoxton Mini Press here at Time Out Towers. The independent publishing house brings out books that champion London life and its people, from swimmers frequenting London Fields Lido to east London mums and their day-old babies, and users of the night bus shot through steamed up windows.
One of its top sellers, and the first ever published by the Press, is a book titled ‘I’ve Lived in East London For 86.5 Years’. It depicts the life of Joseph Markovitch, who left the city only once to visit the seaside with his mother.
A reprint of 1,500 copies of the book recently came back to Hoxton Mini Press with a small mark across the back, but instead of sending them to the pulping machine, founders Ann Waldvogel and Martin Usborne (the latter actually shot the images in the book) have decided to save the slightly blemished stock and dish the copies out for free on what is said to be the most depressing day of the year.
On Blue Monday (January 15) the books will be handed out to commuters at London tube stations in an effort to lift spirits. Each copy will include a note asking them to pass it on to a stranger once they’ve read it to continue the chain of positivity. Look out for them at Old Street, Farringdon, King’s Cross and Shoreditch High Street Overground from 7.30am onwards.
Need an extra dose of happiness? Get through Blue Monday with free Konditor & Cook cake or bat the January blues away at the Winter Happiness Festival