Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
A ‘classic’ novel that I only got around to reading quite recently and which I found totally captivating. As soon as I’d finished, I went straight back to the start. Loved it.
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.
Sophie Barker-Wood – Bookseller, Online Orders, YFRP
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.
Charlotte Lunn – Bookseller, Social Media & Events Co-ordinator
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.
Tenth of December, George Saunders
One of the greats of current American fiction, Saunders’ Tenth of December is a masterful exercise in short fiction. With an absurdist edge in line with Kafka or Vonnegut, Saunders constructs psychologically complex ‘moral tales’ that are both incredibly funny and with a form of compassion not usually found within such satirical descriptions of contemporary culture.
A must in these times where empathy, compassion and complexity are sorely lacking in our immediate cultural landscape.
Bev De’Ath – Bookseller & Second-hand Stock Control
Men and the Fields, Adrian Bell
I have a button from my late grandfather’s shirt. Trapped within it is a grain of corn. This book brought to life my grandfather’s days spent out in the East Anglian fields. I also recommend Bell’s triology, Cherry Tree; Corduroy and Silver Ley – a wonderful evocation of a bygone country life. Bell’s father incidentally, devised the first Times crossword and his son is Martin Bell: the news correspondent and politician.