Books posts

Our top picks of the month for book clubs

Chemistry by Weike Wang

The winner of this year’s PEN/Hemingway Award, Chemistry is a quietly funny and meticulously crafted work of fiction. Three years into her post-grad studies in chemistry and nearly as long into a relationship, our unnamed narrator is wavering. She doesn’t know how to answer her boyfriend’s proposal, her research is stagnating, and the demands of her Chinese parents are …

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Compelling fiction about the power of books

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

It’s 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer’s block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the …

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The best new crime reads of the month

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Live and Let Fry by Sue Williams

Honestly, how I’m expected to go past a title with a pun like this is beyond me. In the third book starring small-town fish-and-chip-shop-owner-and-also-detective-but-not-officially Cass Tuplin (the first one: Murder with the Lot), Cass is accosted one day by fellow resident and ex-let’s-not-mention-it Vern, who’s got a new girlfriend…

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Book recommendations for people who find Mother’s Day hard

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and this can be a challenging time for some people, whether due to death, difficulties with trying to conceive, or just regular old complicated feelings. A couple of years ago we published a blog post featuring reading recommendations for people who find Mother’s Day difficult. You can read our original post here and we’ve included additional suggestions below. …

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15 books to gift on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is around the corner (Sunday 13 May). Here are 15 books to appeal to all different kinds of readers, and you can find even more gift suggestions here – including cookbooks, crime thrillers, science books, and more. This month, we’ve also included a Mother’s Day Gift Guide as an insert in the Readings Monthly. You can pick up a copy of the newsletter from any of our shops, or you can…

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Dear Reader, May 2018

by Alison Huber

I sat down one Saturday to take a casual look at my advance copy of Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic, but found myself pinned to the couch for several hours by the force of Tumarkin’s writing; such is the power of this book. It is another major achievement for the author, who writes about history, trauma, the legacies of the past, and the experience of living in the present; it is a beautiful, challeng…

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