We carry a wide range of new titles for adults – customers are often surprised to find that something they’ve only just read about is already on display in the shop. We’re not only about new books though – we have an extensive selection of backlist titles across all genres. Whether you’re interested in fiction, history, biography, politics or science, you’ll find a good read on our shelves. And we cater for practical needs too – we’ve a very well-stocked travel section, a great collection of cookery books, and much more.
Hazel is reading Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny. This debut novel relates the story of a mis-matched couple living in New York, with their young son Matthew who has Aspergers. The characters are wonderfully drawn – Audra over-sharing information and adopting every waif and stray she meets, while the introverted Graham wonders if he is living in a parallel universe. This is a superb read – funny, perceptive and moving. A complete treat.
The mesmerising new novel from the winner of the Costa Short Story Award is a joy to read says Sheila. Set in modern-day London and Dorset, this is a novel about life, death and unlikely friendships, with a generous dose of eccentric spiritualists, twisted comedy, saints and sinners.
“Comic and disturbing…”
“Kidd has imagination to die for.”GUARDIAN
Sheila is recommending Educated – a memoir she has read twice! A memoir about the author’s discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she had to pay for it. Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, and was not sent to school, but decided to educate herself at the age of sixteen. What she has achieved in her life is inspirational and has written a highly readable memoir.
Everything I Know About Love
Sophie is reading Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I Know About Love.’ The book explores love in it’s many guises, the man she met in New York and spent 3 days with to the best friend she has spent more than half her life with. Dolly talks honestly about her relationships with such warmth it’s hard not to wish you were her best friend, or that you could at least go out for a glass of prosecco with her.
A heart-wrenching love story from the bestselling author of My Name Is Leon. The Trick to Time is an unforgettable tale of grief, longing, and a love that lasts a lifetime. Highly recommended, wonderfully written tale that will have you crying and laughing and then recommending it to a friend to read – it’s that good.
The Little Book of Feminist Saints
From Maya Angelou and Jane Austen to Mae West and Malala Yousafzai, this is an inspiring and beautifully illustrated collection honouring 100 exceptional “female secular saints” throughout history and around the world accompanied by pen portraits by Pierpoint and Thapp.
On The Front Line with the Women Who Fought Back
In her first book, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back, Stacey draws on her encounters with these brave and wonderful women, using their experiences as a vehicle to explore issues at the centre of female experience.
Sharing what she’s learnt reporting on the frontline of woman’s issues, Dooley draws on her encounters with them to then use their experience as a vehicle to explore global issues including gender equality, domestic violence and prostitution, to reveal what it is to be a woman in the world today.
Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. Deft, spare and devastating, Rachel Seiffert’s new novel tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process.
Penned in with his fellow Jews, under threat of transportation, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons, missing since daybreak. A Boy In Winter is a story of hope when all is lost, and of mercy when the times have none.
One of our highly recommended reads.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Hazel’s favourite book of 2017, this is a debut title that’s a powerful tale that highlights the loneliness of life and the power – and changes – a little kindness can bring.
A delightful tale that we’d highly recommend for a good read. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.
The story slowly develops around Eleanor as you get to know her and Honeyman gently pulls you into the book. By telling little snippets of Eleanor’s life, how she lives you begin to form a warmth for her and an understanding of her. We know early that she is housed in social housing, with twice yearly visit to see how she is coping, we know that something terrible happened in her early life and that she is haunted by her relationship with her Mother.
There is delightful humour in Honeyman’s style for Eleanor, such as the tale of Eleanor getting a bikini wax. I loved the descriptions of Eleanor talking about “simple family meals” which included sourdough toast, manchego cheese and quince jelly. There’s a great description of a place when she calls it Spam Valley, or describing a person with “she wasn’t chewing gum but her demeanor was very much that of a gum chewer”.
The sinister and uncomfortable element comes through the Mother daughter relationship and Honeyman builds that into the story very well. The highlights for me were Eleanor’s conversations and relationship with Raymond. Here I thought the passages were at their strongest and most enjoyable.
With humour throughout the book makes this a highly readable novel of loneliness and isolation in cities.
Larchfield is the story of Dora Fielding, a young poet who struggles with isolation and sanity, interwoven with the story of W.H. Auden. Beginning in the present day, Dora is living in Helensburgh struggling to write her novel. As her mental state deteriorates she finds solace in Auden’s poems and begins to find out more about Auden’s life in 1930’s. Polly Clark is a poet who was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize who has produced a novel of poetic and imaginative writing.