14th December 2017

It’s that time of year when everyone chooses their favourite books and we are no exception. As avid readers we have read hundreds of books in 2017 – here are our favourites…

The Dry by Jane Harper  |  Paperback £8.99Tracey says this is one of the best crime books she has read this year – set in the Australian outback…amid the worst drought in a century, Aaron Falk, returns to his hometown in Australia to mourn and inevitably investigate his best friend’s apparent suicide. The tension and stifling heat running through the small town of Kiewarra crackle off the pages, with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  |  Hardback £12.9(signed stock available)Hazel says “It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been in the shop that this is my Book of the Year. Gail Honeyman has created a character with a unique voice – Eleanor’s story is touching, unpredictable and unexpectedly funny. This is the most joyous, life-affirming book, and I am thrilled that it’s been short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award. I can’t wait to see what Gail writes next.”

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths  |  Paperback £7.99Hazel says “I’m going to cheat a bit here – I can’t let the year end pass without saying how much pleasure I’ve got from reading Elly Griffiths’ wonderful novels about the fabulous Dr Ruth Galloway. They are superb crime novels – with a cast of characters that the reader really cares about, and the most evocative description of place. The tenth in the series comes next year, and Elly will be doing an event with us in February. I highly recommend them, and Elly Griffiths is my Author of the Year.”

Two Kitchens by Rachel Roddy  |  Hardback £25.00Sophie says “Rachel Roddy’s Two Kitchens is essential for anyone who feels the need on occasion to be transported through food to Rome. It’s filled with beautiful photographs and recipes that work, are simple, don’t take too long and are delicious, the perfect cookbook in my eyes.”

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay  |  Hardback £16.99
“This is a hilarious, and heart-warming tale, of how truly excellent the staff in the NHS are. The urge to share it with friends is irresistible and I found myself laughing out loud in public. Although the book has many moments that are sidesplittingly funny, there are times when you will reach for the tissues. The emotional roller coaster that is This is Going to Hurt is not just one of the best books of the year, but one of the best autobiographies I’ve read.” says Olivia

The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich  |  Paperback £12.99
Hannah says “I thought I’d pick this collection of the real-life stories of soviet women, collected and compiled by Svetlana Alexievich, of their experiences during the Second World War. The Unwomanly Face of War does much more than highlight the contribution of women to the war effort; it lets you in on the more personal stories that previously have remained hidden away. I really liked the mix of tales included; some of the women’s recollections are funny, lots are heartbreakingly sad and others are bleakly honest about their experience. A great book to dip in and out of.”

The Power by Naomi Alderman  |  Paperback £8.99
Ella, who joined us last month, has chosen The Power  “This was a brilliant, lightening-fast read. Alderman tips a traditional power imbalance in society on its head by imagining a world in which women are able to electrify men. Her prose is thrilling and compelling, but nuanced and beautiful in moments too. One of my flatmates brought this home a few months ago, and now all four of us have read it – definitely a must-read!”

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne  |  Paperback £8.99
Sheila says “A stunning piece of storytelling by a genius at his best is how I’d describe The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Beginning in 1945 with one of the most vivid scenes of any opening chapters I have read we see Catherine Goggin being shamed in her parish church which will send shivers down your spine and a stark reminder of how life was in Ireland not so long ago. I absolutely loved Boyne’s style of writing, there’s humour, sadness, sex, lots of it, love, death, murder and his writing is sharp, crisp and fresh, visual, descriptive and confident.”