‘Scarthin Books’ Top 25 Bestsellers’
A refreshing mix of national treasures, rural volumes and local curiosities.
#1 ‘No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference’ – Greta Thunberg
The 16 year-old activist’s stirring environmental manifesto.
#2 ‘The Testaments’ – Margaret Atwood
The Booker-Prize winning sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, on gender, politics and oppression.
#3 ‘Walks Around The High Peak Trail’ – Karl Barton & Mark Titterton
12 Circular Walks in the High Peak.
#4 ‘Ring The Hill’ – Tom Cox
Nature-writing with charm, about hills and what they mean to us.
The go-to guide on the climate crisis.
#6 ‘The Secret Commonwealth’ – Philip Pullman
The sequel to La Belle Sauvage and the second in The Book of Dust trilogy, revisiting Lyra as an adult, and her pursuit for justice against the Magisterium.
#7 ‘The Old Roads of Derbyshire’ – Stephen Bailey
A journey through Derbyshire’s rich history by road.
#8 ‘Unsheltered’ – Barbara Kingsolver
Equal parts heartbreaking and hilarious – Kingsolver’s timehopping riposte on family and inherited politics in America.
#9 ‘The Salt Path’ – Raynor Winn
A heartwrenching memoir on loss and purpose on the South West coast.
#10 ‘The Silence of the Girls’ – Pat Barker
‘A feminist Iliad.’ A searing retelling of Homer’s epic poem, voicing the women left behind by war and betrayal.
#11 ‘The Diary Of A Bookseller’ – Shaun Bythell
A true-to-life account of the band of eccentrics and book-obsessives that frequent Scotland’s largest secondhand bookshop.
#12 ‘All Along The Barley’ – Melissa Harrison
A portrait of rural life in 1930’s Sussex, alongside the looming threat of fascism.
#13 ‘Fall Down Dead’ – Stephen Booth
Local crime-author extraordinaire continues his Cooper & Fry saga with an account of a walking group struck by tragedy.
#14 ‘The Descent Of Man’ – Grayson Perry
The performance artist’s take-down of toxic masculinity and hope for humanity.
#15 ‘The Hidden of the Life of Trees’ – Peter Wohlleben
Never forget the forest has its own vibrant social network.
#16 ‘The Librarian’ – Salley Vickers
A new librarian in a quaint Middle England town causes ripples across its children’s behaviours, ideologies and agency.
#17 ‘There Is No Planet B’ – Mike Berners-Lee
A Handbook for the Make or Break Years of climate change.
#18 ‘Paris Echo’ – Sebastian Faulks
A vivid account of transformative friendship and intertwining pasts between young Moroccan Tariq and American Hannah.
#19 ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – Margaret Atwood
Dystopia done like no one else can – startling, timely and astonishingly gripping. One woman’s insight on a world turned cruel.
#20 ‘Overstory’ – Richard Powers
An ambitious journey through nine characters lives, from root to blossom – balanced with affectionate forest metaphor.
#21 ‘Who Owns England?’ – Guy Shrubsole
How We Lost Our Green and Pleasant Land, and How to Take It Back – an exploration of the privatisation of the countryside and the diminishing truly ‘public’ outdoors.
#22 ’21 Lessons for the Twenty-First Century’ – Yuval Noah Harari
The author of ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’ returns with an up-to-the-minute account of what’s eating our attention today, including war, meditation, economy and religion.
#23 ‘The Little Book of Bees’ – Hilary Kearney
A beautifully illustrated look at all things bee. From their arrival 130 million years ago to the present day.
#24 ‘Help the Witch’ – Tom Cox
Spooky, funny – unearthing the hidden nature of England through ghost stories and folk fiction.
#25 ‘The Body: A Guide for Occupants’ – Bill Bryson
A head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body.