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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.
I am, I am, I am, Maggie O’Farrell
As a massive fan of Maggie O’Farrell’s fiction works I thought I should read this book. I am not usually a fan of autobiography, but this book is written in such a unique way. It tells the story of her life in 17 near-death experiences. It is both shocing and heatbreaking. I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read her other books. Hopefully you will go on to read her fiction. She is an exceptional author with a fascinating and gripping style of writing. This book is a must read. Enjoy!
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.
Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
One Saturday morning I picked up a book – I was about twelve or thirteen – and started laughing within minutes of strating to read. Three Men… still has that affect on me. You, too, I think.
Charlotte Lunn – Bookseller, Social Media & Events Co-ordinator
I didn’t wnt to like this at first but then something happened and I consumed it quicker than cake! In terms of reviews, NOD appears to be very Marmite. See for yourself!
Ashton Marriott – Bookseller
There have recently been a redy slew of diatribes calling for immediate change/ return to old ways without ever adressing ‘why?’ this shift has occured in the first place. Monbiot is accessible, direct but above all thoughtful in his assertions and methodically lays the grounding for a slow, grass-roots social adaption with its base in a revivial of community. Without ever falling into jargo this is a political history, social commentary and ‘how to’ pamphlet. An excellent book and highly recommended.
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 refomulating 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 (& Polymath)
Necropolis, Ruben Ramirez
A perfectly orchestrated collection of short stories weaved into a narrative, progressively becoming less and less relevant to the ‘plot’ while delicatley framing humanity in a soft and gentle light. Picture Boccacio’s Decameron blended with psychedelic dreaminess; situated in the Middle East.
Gareth Hill – Part-Time Shop Assistant
The Book of Dust Vol. 1: ‘La Belle Sauvage’, Phillip Pullman
This book takes you back to when Lyra was a baby and the strange events surrounding how she came to lilve in Jordan College. An interesting read with lots of details which might lead into the sequels?! Which continue after the original His Dark Materials. A great excuse to read them again!