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.
Cyclist Who Went Out In The Cold
Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. In this book, he reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream, and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse – at a time of ratcheting East-West tension.
From one of the biggest personalities in British politics, Clarke reveals his remarkable journey from working-class scholarship boy to high political office.
The Guardian said “Despite this extraordinary act of self-harm, Clarke maintains his jolly air throughout this memoir. “
Just out in paperback Sheila is enjoying the humorous novel set in an English old people’s home in the 1970s as 15-year-old Lizzie Vogel finds herself working there. From the author of the memoir Love, Nina.
You can hear the brilliant and unique voice of Stibbe coming through the story and it’s a joy to read. One of the summer bestseller I am sure.
From the author of The Shore, Sara Taylor returns with a dazzling new novel set against the North American landscape. Follow the story of Alex and her mother as they travel from Virginia to California, retracing the steps of her mother’s past: from a childhood spent in foster care to a teenager on the run. “An extraordinary journey… There’s violence and pain in The Lauras…” says Helen Dunmore, in The Guardian.
The authorised biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard is a revealing and in-depth account of the famous novelist and literary femme fatale, Elizabeth Jane Howard.
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo
The highly anticipated memoir from the award-winning American comedian, producer and actor was described by J. K. Rowling as “the most I’ve ever laughed out loud at a book”.
A captivating gem of a novel that is an engrossing and wonderful read.
The story set mainly but not exclusively in the present day crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, a marriage of intense love that when it falls apart your heart breaks for Claudette and Daniel. Although at times I did get a little irritated with Claudette but forgave her as she is basically a complex character who had been hurt many times. Maggie has developed the characters brilliantly that at times you feel they are your friends.
I loved the scenes she depicts in the kitchen and home life in Donegal conveying the warmth and love, there are wonderful descriptions of life in Ireland and I felt I was in Jardin du Luxembourg when Claudette and Daniel met again. This is masterful storytelling as she effortlessly weaves the complex threads of relationships and loves in what is surely her best novel to date.
‘I’ve lived through ten iOS upgrades on my Mac – and that’s just something I use to muck about on Twitter. Surely capitalism is due an upgrade or two?’ When Caitlin Moran sat down to choose her favourite pieces for her new book she realised that they all seemed to join up. Turns out, it’s the same old problems and the same old ass-hats.
Then she thought of the word ‘Moranifesto’, and she knew what she had to do…This is Caitlin’s engaging and amusing rallying call for our times. Combining the best of her recent columns with lots of new writing unique to this book, Caitlin deals with topics as pressing and diverse as 1980s swearing, benefits, boarding schools, and why the internet is like a drunken toddler. And whilst never afraid to address the big issues of the day – such as Benedict Cumberbatch and duffel coats – Caitlin also makes a passionate effort to understand our 21st century society and presents us with her ‘Moranifesto’ for making the world a better place.
The polite revolution starts here! Please.
At The Existentialist Cafe
Paris, near the turn of 1932-3. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking…”It’s not often that you miss your bus stop because you’re so engrossed in reading a book about existentialism, but I did exactly that…The story of Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus, Heidegger et al is strange, fun and compelling reading.
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.