Summer Books 2019

//Summer Books 2019

Summer Books 2019

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01. Summer Books 2019: Biography

02. Summer Books 2019: History & Current Affairs

03. Summer Books 2019: Fiction

  • Big Sky

    Kate Atkinson

    A clever plot for Jackson Brodie to unravel.

    Hardback £20.00
  • I Am Sovereign

    Nicola Barker

    An oyster shell falls from the sky in Llandudno, where a maker of fancy teddy-bears is trying to sell his nondescript house, onto the head of a prospective buyer. Epiphanies abound in this joyful adventure.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Night Boat to Tangier

    Kevin Barry

    Two fading Irish gangsters sit in the port of Algeciras, a sort of purgatory for this mouthy pair as they wait for their own Godot. A lyrical, dark and outstanding portrait of this dented pair. Unforgettable and brilliant.

    Hardback £14.99
  • A Nail, A Rose

    Madeleine Bourdouxhe

    Short stories by the Belgian author who has been likened to Proust and Woolf. Long out of print.

    Paperback £12.00
  • Madeleine

    Euan Cameron

    The discovery of love and betrayal in Vichy France: sleeping dogs awoken by a young Englishman. By a writter known for his exemplary translations of Modiano, de Beauvoir, Morand, Claudel, etc.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Travellers

    Helon Habila

    A novel of interwoven strands, set mostly in Berlin, about migrants – some privileged, others less so.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Joe Country

    Mick Herron

    The sixth Jackson Lamb story: and still the most popular new spy series in a decade.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Vivian

    Christina Hesselholdt

    A fictionalised life of Vivian Maier, the photographer of everyday life whose work was found by chance relatively recently. Documentary fiction at its best.

    Paperback £12.99
  • Fabulous

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett

    Beguiling reworkings of myths and folk tales, set in contemporary Britain.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Live A Little

    Howard Jacobson

    Two ancients-of-days fall in love; one has two carers, delightfully called Nastya and Euphoria. Jacobson is funny and acerbic, tender too.

    Hardback £18.99
  • The Marquise of O-

    Heinrich Von Kleist

    A new translation of Kleist’s famous novella; and dinkily served up by Pushkin Press as one of their elegant, small-format paperbacks.

    Paperback £12.00
  • Three Summers

    Margarita Liberaki

    A re-issue of a modern Greek classic: three sisters growing up outside Athens in the years before WW2.

    Paperback £10.99
  • When We Were Rich

    Tim Lott

    Lott picks up the characters from his first novel, ‘White City Bue’ and deposits them in the first decade of the new millenium. Very funny, rather wicked, and humane underneath it all.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The Archipelago of Another Life

    Andrei Makine

    A novel set in Makine’s native Siberia, about the pursuit of a fugitive across the Taiga. Makine’s writing is sparse and beautiful.

    Paperback £14.99
  • The Warlow Experiment

    Alix Nathan

    An unsettling experiment in solitude and voluntary imprisonment, set in the Welsh marches in the 1790s. A brilliantly imagined novel.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Knife

    Jo Nesbø

    Harry Hole wakes up with blood on his hands and doesn’t know where it came from.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Vanishing Hours

    Barney Norris

    Compassionate, dreamy novel about lost love from the author of ‘Fiver Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain’.

    Hardback £12.99
  • A Double Life

    Karolina Pavlova, translated by Barbara Heldt

    A forgotten classic of mid-C19th Russian literature which contrasts the exterior and interior worlds of the young heroine, limited by privilege and liberated in her dreams.There is also a hardback edition.

    Paperback £11.99
  • The Second Persephone Book of Short Stories


    Their hundredth book! Huzzahs to Nicola Beauman and her wonderful team. Thirty stories from 1896-1984, presented in chronological order.

    Paperback £15.00
  • White Hot Silence

    Henry Porter

    Sequel to ‘Firefly’: a kidnapped woman, Peshmergas and the Mafia have Paul Sansom, former MI6 agent, in a race against time.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Abel And Cain

    Gregor von Rezzori

    ‘The Death of My Brother Abel’, Rezzori’s monumental and turbulent turn through the C20th, and its short pendant novella ‘Cain: The Last Manuscript’, together for the first time in English.

    Other £14.99
  • Quichotte

    Salman Rushdie

    A slanting gaze on contemporary America, from the ever mercurial Rushdie who relishes his inversion of Cervantes: picaresque and satirical.

    Hardback £20.00
  • 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

    Elif Shafak

    Moments of life relived at the moment of her protagonist’s death allow Shafak an extraordinary cast of characters and for powerful images of modern Turkey. Lyrical, compelling.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The New Girl

    Daniel Silva

    James Bond goes to Malory Towers… revenge, betrayal, deceit, abduction, all starting in a Swiss boarding school.

    Hardback £20.00
  • This Poison Will Remain

    Fred Vargas

    A death by spider bite… and another… and another. Cunning, twisted, clever stuff.

    Hardback £16.99
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

    Ocean Vuong

    Arresting first novel by the young American-Vietnamese poet, pitched as a letter from a son to his mother and at least partly autobiographical. Vuong won the both the Forward and T S Eliot prizes in 2017.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Milton Place

    Elisabeth de Waal

    A previously unpublished novel by the author of ‘The Exiles Return’, centres around a love affair and an English country house in the 1950s.

    Paperback £13.00
  • The Memory Police

    Yoko Ogawa

    The problem of not forgetting: an Orwellian tale about truth, autonomy and surveillance.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Nickel Boys

    Colson Whitehead

    By the Pulitzer Prize winning author of ‘The Underground Railroad’. Set in an unspeakable reform school in 1960s Florida, CW’s new novel engages with a shocking strand of recent US history.

    Hardback £16.99

04. Summer Books 2019: Poetry and Essays

05. Summer Books 2019: Art & Architecture

06. Summer Books 2019: Travel

07. Summer Books 2019: Nature

08. Summer Books 2019: Food

09. Summer Books 2019: Childrens

  • Mighty Min

    Melissa Castrillon

    Min is tiny, and lives at the bottom of the garden with her tiny aunts. How to be brave if one is tiny? With rather gorgeous illustrations. Ages 3 – 6.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Top Marks for Murder

    Robin Stevens

    Murder and boarding school – an irresistible combination already familiar to fans of the ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ series. Ages 7-10.

    Paperback £6.99
  • Ancient Wonders

    Iris Volant & Avalon Nuovo

    A marvellous introduction to the Seven Wonders of the World and some extras (Stonehenge, the Terracotta Army, the Nazca lines, etc) with tangents on the technologies used to build them. Ages 7-10.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Fantastic Toys: A Catalog

    Monika Beisner

    A ‘catalogue’ of zany delights – Jumping Boots, Inflatable Flowers, Animal Umbrellas and, best of all, the Sheep Toboggan. Ages 4-6.

    Hardback £11.99
  • Lampie and the Children of the Sea

    Annet Schaap

    A lighthouse keeper’s daughter is blamed for a wreck, and is sent away to work as a maid; her adventures take her amongst mermaids and pirates. Determined and resourceful, Lampie is a delightful heroine. Ages 8 -11.

    Hardback £12.99
  • The Boy Who Flew

    Fleur Hitchcock

    A home-made flying machine, a murder, rooftops and rogues… a spirited adventure for ages 7 – 10.

    Paperback £6.99

10. Summer Books 2019: Some of our Recent Favourites

  • The Pine Islands

    Marion Poschmann

    A wry novel in which a middle-age, unsuccessful lecturer (beards in cinema is his field) travels in Matsuo Basho’s footsteps towards the islands of Matsushima, with a suicidal young man for company. Dry, dead-pan, detached and funny. Short-listed for the German Book Prize (2017) and now long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize 2019.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Celestial Bodies

    Jokha Alharthi

    The evolution of traditional Omani society into its contemporary form, shown through the lives of three sisters. Alharthi has constructed a complete world in this short novel, accessed through the domestic rather than the grandiose. Compelling for its human insights, not just for the exoticism of the unfamiliar. Winner of the 2019 International Man Booker, and deservedly.

    Paperback £8.99
  • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

    Hans Rosling

    Is everything horrible and only likely to get worse? Not according to the famous Swedish statistician, a global TED phenomenon and author of this engaging and entertaining book about how most of us are wrong about the state of the world. Passionate about a fact-based worldview, he advocates factfulness: “the stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts”. There is also a hardback edition of this.

    Paperback £9.99
  • Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain

    Fintan O'Toole

    If you read nothing else on our present crisis, try these incisive and often funny essays by the admirably dispassionate Irish commentator. He gives cultural context, draws parallels, and gracefully illuminates some of the lies and mysteries that have brought us to the current impasse. He also shows that Brexit expresses a particularly English discomfort within the British Union, menacing it from within.

    Paperback £7.99
  • Tragedy, the Greeks and Us

    Simon Critchley

    Poets should be exiled from the Republic according to Plato, Simon Critchley radically disagrees. In a profound intellectual excavation of Greek thought he elucidates the essential role tragedy plays in what it means to be human.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The Power and the Glory

    Graham Greene

    Set in Mexico, Greene’s classic tells the tale of a fugitive Catholic priest. On the run he must discover if he is a good priest and, more importantly, a good man.

    Paperback £9.99
  • 28 Paradises

    Patrick Modiano, illustrated by Dominique Zehrfuss

    An unassuming, gentle and mysterious reverie by the Nobel laureate and his wife, with hummingbirds and ibis under a turqoise sky, grazing on wild strawberries, where the roses grow without thorns and reality and dream melt into one another. This is a beautiful thing.

    Paperback £8.95