MAY BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Monday 29th April at 10.30am and 7pm. Wednesday 1st May at 7pm and Friday 3rd May at 10.30am.

The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline.

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER & SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD & WAINWRIGHT GOLDEN BEER BOOK PRIZE 2018

‘A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance’ Guardian

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.

The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

APRIL BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

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

From the Man Booker shortlisted author of Harvest.

Alfred Busi, famed in his town for his music and songs, is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days in the large villa he has always called home. Then one night Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, ‘innocent and wild’, and his words fan the flames of old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town – and new controversy: the town’s paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all.

Lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, The Melody by Jim Crace tracks the few days that will see Busi and the town he loves altered irrevocably. This is a story about grief and ageing, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. And it is a political novel too – a rallying cry to protect those we persecute.

Strange, unsettling, brilliant . . . one of our most original and inventive novelists (Observer)

MARCH BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

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

SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2018

Set in a frozen winter landscape, the new novel from the prize-winning, acclaimed author David Park is a psychologically astute, expertly crafted portrait of a father’s inner life and a family in crisis

An Irish Times Book of 2018

I am entering the frozen land, although to which country it belongs I cannot say.

The world is shrouded in snow. Transport has ground to a halt. Tom must venture out into a transformed and treacherous landscape to collect his son, sick and stranded in student lodgings.

But on this solitary drive from Belfast to Sunderland, Tom will be drawn into another journey, one without map or guide, and is forced to chart pathways of family history haunted by memory and clouded in regret.

Written in spare, crystalline prose by one of the most important voices in contemporary Irish writing, Travelling in a Strange Land is a work of exquisite loss and transformative grace. It is a novel about fathers and sons, grief, memory, family and love; about the gulfs that lie between us and those we love, and the wrong turns that we take on our way to find them.

FEBRUARY BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

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

It’s never too late to bloom … People aren’t sure what to make of Susan Green – family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself.

Age 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward – a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits.
Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. And things can only get worse … at least in Susan’s eyes.

This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project’s Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it’s a joy to watch her bloom.


JANUARY BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Monday 7th January 2019 at 10.30am and 7pm. Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 7pm. Friday 11th January 2019 at 10.30am.

Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award

‘The UK’s new spy master’ Sunday Times

You don’t stop being a spook just because you’re no longer in the game.

Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent’s Park for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb’s misfit crew of highly trained joes don’t run ops, they push paper.

But not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a ‘slow horse’.

A boy is kidnapped and held hostage. His beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net.

And whatever the instructions of the Service, the slow horses aren’t going to just sit quiet and watch .

OCTOBER BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

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

If you liked Eleonor Oliphant, you’ll love Elsie!

 

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she considers the charming new resident who looks exactly like a man she once knew – a man who died sixty years ago. His arrival has stirred distant memories she and Elsie thought they’d laid to rest. Lying prone in the front room, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light …

‘Lovely, lovely, lovely… Sue Townsend meets Kate Atkinson meets Nina Stibbe’ MARIAN KEYES

‘Powerful and profound’ Guardian

‘Another sure-fire hit’ Daily Mail

‘Funny, melancholy, acutely observant’ Sunday Express

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUBS in the Shop:

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

Lullaby by Leila Slimani is the number-one bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt – a compulsive, riveting and bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity and motherhood.

When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.

The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…

The smartest thriller you’ll read all year. (Independent)

Compulsively readable. I read it in one sitting. (The Times)

Thrilling . . . Intelligent and unerringly humane. (Julie Myerson Observer)

AUGUST BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

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

I AM, I AM, I AM is a memoir with a difference – the unputdownable story of an extraordinary woman’s life in near-death experiences. Insightful, inspirational, gorgeously written, it is a book to be read at a sitting, a story you finish newly conscious of life’s fragility, determined to make every heartbeat count.

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Timesbestselling author Maggie O’Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose?

AS SELECTED FOR THE ZOE BALL BOOKCLUB, A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE SUNDAY TIMESTHE TIMESGUARDIANIRISH TIMESOBSERVER, RED and THE TELEGRAPH.
*SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN ACKERLEY PRIZE FOR MEMOIR AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY 2018*

JULY BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Friday 6th July at 10.30am.

Monday 9th July at 10.30am and 7pm.  Wednesday 11th June at 7pm.

These Dividing Walls by Fran Cooper

Step into Paris as you have never seen it before. . .

What building doesn’t have secrets? 
How much does anyone know of what goes on behind their neighbour’s doors?

On a hot June day, grief-stricken Edward arrives in Paris hoping that a stay in a friend’s empty apartment will help him mend. But this is not the Paris he knows: there are no landmarks or grand boulevards, and the apartment he was promised is little more than an attic room.

In the apartments below him, his new neighbours fill their flats with secrets. A young mother is on the brink, a bookshop owner buries her past, and a banker takes up a dark and malicious new calling.

Before he knows it, Edward will find himself entangled in their web, and as the summer heat intensifies so do tensions within and without the building, leading to a city-wide wave of violence, and a reckoning within the walls of number 37.

With a sultry heat to rival A Year in Provence and all the sharp perception of Leila Slimani’s LullabyThese Dividing Walls is a beautifully written and eye-opening novel about the Paris we don’t see.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE HAYES & JARVIS FICTION WITH A SENSE OF PLACE,2018 EDWARD STANFORD TRAVEL WRITING AWARD

JUNE BOOK CLUBS in the Shop:

Monday 4th June at 10.30am and 7pm.  Wednesday 6th June at 7pm and

Friday 8th June at 10.30am.

JUNE BOOK CLUBS IN THE SHOP

Friday 8th June at 10.30am.

‘One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read…Read it!’ David Baldacci

WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?

I just can’t understand how someone like him could do something like that.

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.

Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime.

WINNER OF THE CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD 2017

THE SIMON MAYO RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB CHOICE
SUNDAY TIMES CRIME THRILLER OF THE MONTH

‘Packed with sneaky moves and teasing possibilities that keep the reader guessing…The Dry is a breathless page-turner’ Janet Maslin, New York Times