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An appreciation of Tove Jansson

Three of our booksellers reflect on the works of author Tove Jansson, and explain why everyone should be reading them.

“I came to Tove Jansson later in life. So while I didn’t have the Moomins to travel through childhood with, I’ve been lucky to have had Tove herself to travel through adulthood with.

I first picked up her work, Fair Play because it had an introduction by Ali Smith (my hero) a…

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Readings booksellers recommend: Books that make us happy

We ask our booksellers to share books that make them happy. Find plenty of recommendations for books to make you feel happy by browsing this collection. Jeremy George recommends A car, a man, a maraca by Oscar Perry

I have been reading and re-reading Oscar Perry’s debut poetry collection A car, a man, a maraca since it was released last year. The collection grapples (like so much other c…

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Melanie Cheng on Thuy On’s debut poetry collection

by Melanie Cheng

The launch of Turbulence, Thuy On’s debut poetry collection, was sadly cancelled this month due to the ongoing public health crisis. Here we share the speech that author Melanie Cheng would have shared on the night were the event to have gone ahead.

It gives me great pleasure to launch Thuy On’s debut poetry collection, Turbulence. The title alone is such an apt word for this particular moment…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty (translated by Arthur Goldhammer) Weather by Jenny Offill Trace Elements by Donna Leon Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Our bestsellers this week are…

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Literary crime novels to get under your skin

Here we share eight of our best picks for literary crime crossover reads – from exciting recent releases, to established staff favourites, to must-read classics that we recommend again and again. Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth (translated by Charlotte Barslund)

When a dispute over her parents' will grows bitter, Bergljot is drawn back into the orbit of the family she fled twenty years …

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Translated fiction to read this month

If you’re looking to read more works in translation this year, we’ve compiled a list of 12 new works of fiction that bring you voices from around the world. Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor (translated by Sophie Hughes)

The Witch is dead. After a group of children playing in the murky waters of the irrigation canals discover her decomposing corpse, the village is rife with rumours and s…

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Bookseller raves about Jenny Offill’s new novel

The long-awaited new novel from author Jenny Offill, Weather, has arrived in-store this month and we’re already sure it’s going to be one of the best books of 2020. Our booksellers share why they love it here.

“Jenny Offill is a writer of our time. Her insights are luminous and startlingly familiar, her style effortless. I loved this book, I only wish there was more of it! Weather is sure to b…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel 1989: The Great Grand Final by Tony Wilson Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know by Sophie McNeill Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe We Were Never Friends by Margaret Bearman Blueberries by Ellena Savage Truganini by Cassandra Pybus Weather by Jenny Offill

Hilary Mantel’s final book in her Wolf Hall trilogy…

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For book clubs who get excited to discover great debut authors… The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham

Vincent Tran has returned after two years in juvie, and his childhood friend Sonny Vuong looks on from a distance at this boy she once knew so intimately, now an intriguing stranger. The two are unexpectedly drawn back together by a series of strange events – a drunk grandma, a secret porn sta…

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