MARCH BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Monday 2nd March at 10.30am & 7pm.
Wednesday 4th March at 7pm and Friday 6th February at 10.30am.

MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson

Sometimes it takes a stranger to really know who you are

When Tina Hopgood writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, she doesn’t expect a reply.

When Anders Larsen, a lonely museum curator, answers it, nor does he.

They’re both searching for something, they just don’t know it yet.

Anders has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. Tina is trapped in a marriage she doesn’t remember choosing.

Slowly their correspondence blossoms as they bare their souls to each other with stories of joy, anguish and discovery. But then Tina’s letters suddenly cease, and Anders is thrown into despair.

Can their unexpected friendship survive?

A deep and luminous story of late love and second chances – an enduring novel of ideas about life, love and the surprises it throws at us.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD

‘A moving tribute to friendship and love, to the courage of the ordinary, and to starting again’ RACHEL JOYCE

FEBRUARY BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Monday 3rd February at 10.30am & 7pm.
Wednesday 5th February at 7pm and Friday 7th February at 10.30am.

EVERYONE’S INVITED.
EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT.
AND EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT IT.

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

Ripping, riveting’ A. J. Finn
‘Clever, twisty and sleek’ Daily Mail
Unputdownable’ John Boyne
Foley is superb The Times
Chilling’ Adele Parks
‘Terrific, riveting’ Dinah Jefferies

JANUARY BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Monday 6th January at 10.30am & 7pm.
Wednesday 8th January at 7pm and Friday 10th January at 10.30am.

Not every journey takes you far from home…

Mr Doubler is an expert in many things. He can bake the fluffiest lemon drizzle cake, distil divine gin, and grow perfect potatoes. But when it comes to company, he’s not so confident. Since he lost his wife, he’s been living on his own on top of a hill, with just one regular visitor: his housekeeper, Mrs Millwood, who visits every day.

Until the day she doesn’t.

With Mrs Millwood missing, Doubler’s routine is thrown into chaos – and he begins to worry that he might have lost his way. But could the kindness of strangers bring him down from the hill?

Mr Doubler Begins Again is a nostalgic celebration of food, friendship, kindness, and second chances, perfect for fans of Rachel Joyce and Joanna Cannon.

DECEMBER BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Monday 2nd December at 10.30am & 7pm.
Wednesday 4th December at 7pm and Friday 6th December at 10.30am.

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

‘Infused with the spirit of Jane Eyre, Rebecca and The Woman in White‘ – Independent
‘I was completely spellbound‘ – Ruth Hogan
‘A delight…I devoured it’ – Jo Baker
‘Truly extraordinary’ – Dinah Jeffries

Some say the river drowned her…Some say it brought her back to life

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child.

Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.

Is it a miracle?  Is it magic?  And who does the little girl belong to?

“Diane’s masterful storytelling draws you in to a beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing.” (M L Stedman, bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans)

Swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful. Give yourself a treat and read it!” (Madeline Miller, Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles and Circe)

NOVEMBER BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Monday 4th November at 10.30am & 7pm.
Wednesday 6th November at 7pm and Friday 8th November at 10.30am.

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

A young farmer named Chinonso prevents a woman from falling to her death. Bonded by this strange night on the bridge, he and Ndali fall in love, but it is a mismatch according to her family who reject him because of his lowly status. Is it love or madness that makes Chinonso think he can change his destiny?

Set across Nigeria and Cyprus, An Orchestra of Minorities, written in the mythic style of the Igbo tradition, weaves a heart-wrenching tale about fate versus free will.

‘A remarkable talent’Independent

‘Few contemporary novels achieve the seductive panache of Obioma’s heightened language, with its mixture of English, Igbo and colourful African-English phrases, and the startling clarity of the dialogue. The story is extreme; yet its theme is a bid for mercy for that most fragile of creatures – a human’ Eileen Battersby, Guardian

OCTOBER BOOK CLUBS in the SHOP

Monday 30th September at 10.30am & 7pm.
Wednesday 2nd October at 7pm and Friday 4th October at 10.30am.

SO MUCH LIFE LEFT OVER by LOUIS de BERNIERES

A heartbreaking story of love, loss and survival from the multi-million copy bestselling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Returning from life as a fighter pilot in the First World War, Daniel is struggling to put the trauma of the Western Front behind him.

As the 1920s dawn, he and his wife Rosie move to a tea plantation in Ceylon with their small daughter to make a fresh start. Yet navigating their new world could test their marriage to its limits.

Back in England, Rosie’s sisters are dealing with impossible challenges in their searches for family, purpose and happiness. These are precarious times, and taking unconventional means may be the only way to get what they want. Around them the world changes, and events in Germany take a dark and forbidding turn. And soon there is no going back…

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUBS in the SHOP

Monday 2nd September at 10.30am & 7pm.
Wednesday 4th September at 7pm and Friday 6th September at 10.30am.

CLOCK DANCE by ANNE TYLER

A bittersweet novel of family and self-discovery from the bestselling, award-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: her mother’s disappearance when she was just a child, being proposed to at an airport at the age of twenty-one, the accident that would leave her a widow in her forties. Each time, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others.

So when she receives a phone call from a stranger informing her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the moment decision to look after this woman and her nine-year-old daughter leads Willa into uncharted territory and the eventual realisation that it’s never too late to choose your own path.

‘She is and always will be my favourite author’ Liane Moriarty

AUGUST BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Monday 5th August at 10.30am & 7pm.
Wednesday 7th August at 7pm and Friday 9th August at 10.30am.

The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen

SHORTLISTED FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR, IRISH BOOK AWARDS

Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . .

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names – they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

When William discovers letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’ his work takes on new meaning.

Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn’t know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?

William must follow the clues in Winter’s letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.

‘If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You, you will love Cullen’s nostalgic debut. This life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there’ Independent

JULY BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Monday 1st July at
10.30am & 7pm.
Wednesday 3rd July at 7pm and Friday 5th July at 10.30am.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

SHORTLISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL WRITER OF THE YEAR, SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2018

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town – and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost…

‘Beautifully written, completely charming, and extremely wise on the subject of adolescence and influence’ Nick Hornby

JUNE BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Monday 3rd June at
10.30am & 7pm.
Wednesday 5th June at 7pm and Friday 7th May at 10.30am.

In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever.
**The magnificent new novel by award-winner Kate Atkinson**