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.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Currently the bestselling books in Village Books, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, mended by love-and by hope. For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender. This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be. And it demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Hardback Special Price in Village Books £10
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.
Local author Laura Barnett had the biggest selling debut of 2016 and she follows up this month with a wonderful and hugely enjoyable novel, Greatest Hits.
Sheila absolutely loved this novel which tells the story of Cass Wheeler, a fictional singer who enjoyed huge success from the early seventies, only to retire mysteriously at the height of her fame. Two decades later, she is spending a single day in her recording studio, picking out tracks for a very personal Greatest Hits album. Each chapter of Greatest Hits opens with one of these songs and takes the reader back through Cass’s life, from her childhood, through her earliest days as a singer, to the terrible crisis that caused her to flee her own life.
And in a wonderful addition the amazing singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams – a woman who spins musical magic out of thin air is launching an album to bring Cass’s songs to life. The sixteen tracks in the book, with music by Kathryn and lyrics by us both.
A sweeping love story set during the 1950’s in Italy, filled with mystery, glamour and danger which Sheila loved reading. The story took her back to a period in time that oozes glamour and Foley depicts the images beautifully.
Everyone is very much looking forward to hearing Lucy talking about the book in the bookshop on Tuesday 13 June.
The Woolgrower's Companion
Set in Australia in 1945, this is the story of Kate, a young woman brought up to be a lady, who has to fight against social conventions to try to save her family’s sheep farm. Hazel loved this – it is a gripping tale beautifully told that has been described as “Captain Corelli meets The Thornbirds”, though she thinks it has a flavour of
A Town Like Alice.
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.