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Kindertotenwald, Franz Wright
The Pulitzer-prize winning author – as his father was before him. This is a dark, but beautiful, collection of prose poetry. I’d strongly recommend hearing him read some of the pieces on Youtube. His delivery is unsettling and memorable.
Eve Booker – Assistant Manager
Italian Shoes/ After the Fire, Henning Mankel
Although both stand alone novels, you really need to read Italian Shoes first to understand the background of the characters. Mankell is a master storyteller. As well as the Wallander books, he also has many stand alone novels. Italian Shoes and After the Fire must be two of my favourite all time books. His writing is so immersive. He creates a story that for that short period become part of your world. His stories are so fascinating and his books remain locked in my memory.
Sophie Barker-Wood – Bookseller, Online Orders, YFRP
Beautifully stark and illuminating prose telling the story of the Cragg Vale Coiners. Set in pre-industrial revolution Yorkshire Dales, this book has a powerful sense of place and pioneers fictional nature-writing and alternative historical fiction.
For fans of: Jon McGregor, Amy Liptrot and Roger Deakin.
Les Hurst – Finance Manager & Health & Safety
The Mass Psychology of Facism, Wilhelm Reich
“Like sadism, war among one’s own kind is an acquisition of ‘civilized’ man…” In this great work written at Hitler’s rise and revised during Worl War II, Reich examines the irrational hateds which still permeate society in the 21st Century.
Charlotte Lunn – Bookseller, Social Media & Events Co-ordinator
Rabbit, Sophie Robinson
Rabbit is caught in the age of social media yearning to connect. Poignant images weighted in trauma and structurally playful. Chosen for the Poetry Book Society Wild Card.
Ashton Marriott – Bookseller
Ghost World, Daniel Clowes
Not many authors get late-adolescent angst and inertia as bang on as Daniel Clowes. The friendship between Enid and Rebecca is developed through beautifully devised set pieces and Clowes’ standard observations of everyday grotesqueness. Never just laughed at but recognised via that tightrope between irony and sentiment which categorises much of his work. Revisiting it again, it holds up as well as ever. Highly Recommend.
Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization, Branko Milanovic
Milanovic, a world-leading economist scholar, sets out the findings of his ground-breaking empirical study with – thankfully – crystal clarity. Appropriating and reformulating Kuznet’s Waves, he leads us, via mixed diagramatical metaphor, to an inverse elephant’s trunk and a Global economics connundrum. A surprising page-turner!
Ruben Ramirez – Cafe Staff (& Susan Sontag Impersonator)
The Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
The Hungry Caterpillar is a great read for all. A highly esteemed and delicatley subtle comment on the lie of consumerism – consume, consume, consume and one day you’ll be beautiful. Even a 3 year old can see through that one!
Gareth Hill – Part-Time Shop Assistant
The Descent of Man, Grayson Perry
I liked it so much, I wrote a poem about it:
I said hold on my Son/ I held my Daughter’s hand./ These things that you must know/ If you’re to walk this land:/ He’d have you undrstand/ This land was built by man/ So you must fight to be/ A better man than he./ Admit your flaws my girl/ And you will gain the world./ Care more than being right/ Will always win the fight./ Don’t be the best my son./ Look to the rest to run/ The Human Race for all.
Ride the descent, not fall.