Justine, Lawrence Durrell
The first – and most acessible – of the Alexandria Quartet. Dark and brooding with a sumptuous depiction of pre-war Alexandria. (The Cecil Hotel is still there today but, like the rest of the city, is a mere shadow of it’s former self).
All My Puny Sorrows, Miriam Toews
Toews’ writing is gripping. She often tells a difficult story out of personal events. The book is very funny and completely heartbreaking. The book is written so exquisitely, shedding light on the darkest of places.
Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit
“Victories may come as subtle, complex and slow changes. Anything could happen and whether we act or not has everything to do with it…” An inspiring call to arms in a time when it’s easy to feel gloomy. We are winning!
Rare Books Uncovered, Rebecca Rego Barry
52 ‘finds’ are packed into this fascinating account. There are also URL’s of websites after each chapter for further reading. A must for any bibliophile.
Death in the Tunnel, Miles Burton
Miles Burton’ was one of three pseudonyms used by Cecil Street. Difficult to find, this one of Detective Desmond Merrion’s most obstruss cases.
Staying Alive, Neil Astley (ed.)
A beautiful collection of poetry that got me through some difficult time at university! Whatever your situation there’s a poem for it.
Ashton Marriott – Weekend Bookseller
Part travel memoir, part cultural meditation; Rings of Saturn acts as a composite for the fine line between fiction/ truth and public/ private memory. Written in a beautiful poetic prose, Sebald constructs a parallel between the weaving tangents of his narrator’s thoughts and those of his wanderings through the Suffolk countryside, creating a binary between memory and space.
If you enjoy the work of Robert McFarlane, Bruce Chatwin and/or Iain Sinclair then I highly recommend this.
Ernest & Celestine, Gabrielle Vincent
A captivating classic children’s book. The illustrations perfectly capture the emotions of Ernest and Celestine in their unlikely ut totally believable relationships. A joy to read with 2-5 year olds.