‘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 ‘All Along The Barley’ – Melissa Harrison
A portrait of rural life in 1930’s Sussex, alongside the looming threat of fascism.
#3 ‘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.
#4 ‘The Old Roads of Derbyshire’ – Stephen Bailey
A journey through Derbyshire’s rich history by road.
#5 ‘Walks Around The High Peak Trail’ – Karl Barton & Mark Titterton
12 Circular Walks in the High Peak.
#6 ‘The Descent Of Man’ – Grayson Perry
The performance artist’s take-down of toxic masculinity and hope for humanity.
#7 ‘The Overstory’ – Richard Powers
An ambitious journey through nine characters lives, from root to blossom – balanced with affectionate forest metaphor.
#8 ‘The Testaments’ – Margaret Atwood
The Booker-Prize winning sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, on gender, politics and oppression.
#9 ‘The Body: A Guide for Occupants’ – Bill Bryson
A head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body.
#10 ‘Unsheltered’ – Barbara Kingsolver
Equal parts heartbreaking and hilarious – Kingsolver’s timehopping riposte on family and inherited politics in America.
#11 ‘The Salt Path’ – Raynor Winn
A heartwrenching memoir on loss and purpose on the South West coast.
#12 ‘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.
#13 ‘La Belle Sauvage’ – Philip Pullman
Set 12 years before the start of His Dark Materials, this exciting prequel follows the events prior to the arrival of the six-month-old Lyra Belacqua at Jordan College, Oxford.
#14 ‘Help the Witch’ – Tom Cox
Spooky, funny – unearthing the hidden nature of England through ghost stories and folk fiction.
#15 ‘The Hidden of the Life of Trees’ – Peter Wohlleben
Never forget the forest has its own vibrant social network.
#16 ‘Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm’ – Isabella Tree
The account of a transformation of a farm back to its biodiverse potential.
#17 ‘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.
#18 ‘T’was the Nightshift Before Christmas – Adam Kay
A love letter to all those (1.4 million hospital staff) who spend their festive season on the front line
#19 ‘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.
#20 ‘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.
#21 ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ – Charlie Mackesy
A book of hope for uncertain times. Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends & his search for affirmation.
#22 ‘There Is No Planet B’ – Mike Berners-Lee
A Handbook for the Make or Break Years of climate change.
#23 ‘Underland: A Deep Time Journey’ – Robert Macfarlane
The relations of landscape and the human heart in Macfarlane’s enchanting prose, linking wonder, loss, fear, and hope.
#24 ‘This Is Not A Drill’ – An Extinction Rebellion Handbook
The go-to guide on the climate crisis.
#25 ‘Ness’ – Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood
A freewheeling prose poem turns nature writing into an apocalyptic vision set in a mythic modern Suffolk.