Welcome to the bit of the year where you don’t just have to look for books that you might love, but also books for the assembled throng of friends, family & colleagues that you might be shopping for this season.
So, in the spirit of being helpful, here’s a bunch of our current bestsellers (our top 21…because we just couldn’t bear to leave number 21 off) plus a selection of books that we, the staff of your friendly, neighbourhood bookshop, would recommend without a nano-second’s hestitation:
The Book Off Dust, Philip Pullman
21st Century Yokel, Tom Cox on family, folklore & the countryside that shapes us
A Short History Of Drunkeness, Mark Forsyth, supremely erudite, knowledgeable & funny
Life In The Garden, Penelope Lively, a Radio 4 Book of the Week & a real treasure
Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman, a must for anyone enjoyed the film (it’s leagues better)
Gentleman In Moscow, Amor Towles, charm, intelligence & insight & a NYT bestseller
Winter, Ali Smith, dazzling 2nd part of her seasonal quartet
Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks, it turns out that he can really write
Private Eye 2017 No explanation required, ed
Dead Now Of Course, Phyllida Law, thespy reminiscences from NW6’s National Treasure
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, what if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but went on to become an astronaut? Every home should have a copy!
My Life, Our Times, Gordon Brown, ’nuff said
Belsize Remembered, beautiful collection of well illustrated personal histories
The Bad Mood And The Stick, Lemony Snicket, one of our favourite picture books of the year
Anatomy, beautifully realised large format non-fiction for kids
Here We Are, Oliver Jeffers,subtitled Notes For Living On Planet Earth, stunningly lovely hardback picture book written to welcome the author’s newborn child
The Wind In The Willows, a gift edition, lavishly illustrated, to last a lifetime
The Sparsholt Affair, Allan Hollingsworth, this writer back in sparkling form in a novel set over 3 eras of 20th & 21st century
The Dreams Of Bethany Mellmoth, William Boyd, One of the country’s finest writers doesn’t disappoint in these mesmeric and moving short stories
Autumn, Ali Smith, Booker shortlisted, now in paperback
Eleanor Oliphant, Gail Honeyman, a real shop favourite and a breath of fresh air: funny, moving and completely captivating
Some of our own favourites:
Spook Street, Mick Herron, Improving with every novel, the Jackson Lamb series of smart, zeitgeisty and wickedly funny wonky spy stories is peerless
The Lie Of The Land, Amanda Craig, town v country/ heart v head: an unhappy 21st century London couple relocate to the country for a year to make enough money to divorce. Brilliant
Anything Is Possible, Elizabeth Strout, One of the US’ finest writers since Updike IMO
The Dry, Jane Harper, out of nowhere a completely dazzling Aussi thriller set in the badland of the outback and beyond
The Locals, Jonathan Dee, Pulizter nominated novelist in devastating form on the American self and selfishness
Reservoir 13, Jon McGregor, the rhythms of the natural world as a backdrop to a story of loss that ripples through a community
The Awkward Age, Francesca Simon, A North London blended family gets more blended than anyone foresaw
The Other Woman, Laura Wilson, Domestic Noir at its finest from Guardian crime reviewer
Posted on 28th November 2017
What turns an already wonderful book into a perfect gift? Getting it signed by the author, of course!
We’ve amassed a treasure trove of such literary riches ready for you to browse, whether you live nearby and can pop in and pick up or far, far away–in which case we can post to whatever far flung corner of the world you happen to inhabit.
Here follows two lists–adult and children’s titles–of what’s currently on offer and we’ll keep updating it so that if you are on the lookout for something a little bit special, we just might be able to offer a solution!
General signed titles:
Munich, Robert Harris
The Word Is Murder, Anthony Horowitz
Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss
Some Fantastic Place, My Life In and Out Of Squeeze, Chris Difford
The Marsh King’s Daughter, Karen Dionne
How Not To Be A Boy, Robert Webb
The Writers’ Retreat, Indu Balachandrian
October, China Mieville
Her Every Fear, Peter Swanson
Slade House, David Mitchell
The Inside Track, Laura Trott & Jason Kenny
Out of Heart, Irfan Master
Children’s signed books:
A Skinful of Shadows, Frances Hardinge
Mr Penguin, Alex T Smith
Hortense & The Shadow, Natalia & Lauren O’Hara
This Zoo Is Not For You, Ross Collins
Posted on 24th October 2017
One of the truly scariest things a parent can do is to throw a party for their children! The noise! The mess! The expense! The faff! We can’t help with the noise and the mess but we can mitigate the faff and the expense with our book-themed Party Bag service for all ages/interest and budgets.
Simply tell us what age children/ interest/ how many books/your budget and we will do the rest: we’ll order your books, add balloons, stickers, bags, bookmarks etc and bag them all up for you.
You can choose between 20% off the books or a free book for the birthday child. And you only pay for the books, we throw everything else in completely free and that’s one little birthday item you can cross of your To Do list! A couple of days’ notice is preferable, but, in an emergency we can source stock from the shop or offer an overnight service!
Posted on 12th May 2017