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Wednesday
Jan302013

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 The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester's 

Part mystery, part psychological drama, Julia Rochester's The House at the Edge of the World is a darkly comic, unorthodox and thrilling debut.

The compellingly told story of how family and home can be both a source of comfort and a wholly destructive force. Cutting to the undignified half-truths every family conceals, it asks the questions we all must confront: who are we responsible for and, ultimately, who do we belong to?

A story that carries you along - clever plotting and a startling outcome. An impressive first novel. Penelope Lively.

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 AND THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2016


The Ploughman by Kim Zupan

….is simply splendid; lyrical, surprising, authoritative and starkly honest in its rendering of the human soul. The relationships between Mr. Zupan's complex and heartbreaking characters gripped me from the first page and have left me wondering still at the grace that affords us moments of generosity and compassion 

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'Sapiens is a fast-paced, witty and challenging romp through 70,000 years of human history...I did love it, and if you are interested in the whole story of humankind, I'm confident that you will love it too'Literary Review

'A rare book...thrilling and breathtaking' The Observer

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood £7.99 £1.00 OFF
In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley's best friend. She is also Ernest's lover. Hadley is the first Mrs. Hemingway, but neither she nor Fife will be the last. Over the ensuing decades, Ernest's literary career will blaze a trail, but his marriages will be ignited by passion and deceit. Four extraordinary women will learn what it means to love the most famous writer of his generation, and each will be forced to ask herself how far she will go to remain his wife...Luminous and intoxicating, Mrs. Hemingway portrays real lives with rare intimacy and plumbs the depths of the human heart.

This is a wonderful book: carefully written, richly imagined and emotionally wise ... It is all meticulously researched, but, as in the best of Penelope Fitzgerald, the research is worn lightly and never threatens to dominate ... Even the well-known details of Hemingway's life are made fresh, given a new significance ... Mrs. Hemingway feels truer than most of the biographies, and more real than many novels. Wood's method is an effective way of getting to grips with the central enigma: Hemingway himself, a man tortured by masculinity. But it is also a sensitive and moving evocation of those women he depended on, who his life often overshadowed.

Wednesday
May302012

Books in the News

The Fear Index by Robert Harris

Meet Alex Hoffman: among the secretive inner circle of the ultra-rich, he is something of a legend. Based in Geneva, he has developed a revolutionary system that has the power to manipulate financial markets. Generating billions of dollars, it is a system that thrives on panic-and feeds on fear.

 

The Juice by Jay Mcinerney

One of America's best novelists Jay McInerney is also well-known for being a wine connoisseur. Since beginning to drink wine, in emulation of his literary and cultural heroes - which he admits were not only Hemingway and Fitzgerald but also the characters that they gave birth to - the writer's understanding of and fascination with wine has only grown. The Juice gives an insight into a passion and pastime that McInerney believes should be accessible to everyone, from those popping down to the supermarket to those popping down to their wine cellars. Using his trademark flair and expertise, McInerney paints a collage of the almost infinite varieties of wine across the globe, extracting the best and the most affordable from the intimidating selection offered by the modern world.

Velocity by Ajaz Ahmed & Stefan Olander

 Whatever you do and wherever you are, "Velocity" is coming to get you. Don't hesitate and get taken by surprise. Evolve now, rise to the challenge and create a better, smarter and more inspiring future. Digital technology is changing the way we do business in every way imaginable and if there is anything worth knowing about how to use it to innovate and grow, Stefan Olander and Ajaz Ahmed know it. Stefan Olander is the vice-president of Digital Sport at Nike and Ajaz Ahmed is the founder of legendary independent innovation agency AKQA. Between them they have invented some of the most influential and iconic work for many of the world's leading brands.

 

How England Made the English by Harry Mount

For all their sophistication, Roman roads are responsible for the narrowness of our train seats today. This book explains how our national characteristics - our sense of humour, our hobbies, our favourite foods and our behaviour with the opposite sex - are all defined by our nation's extraordinary geography, geology, climate and weather.

 

When I Die by Philip Gould

In January 2008 the political strategist Philip Gould was diagnosed with Castro-oesophageal cancer and given a 50/50 chance of recovery. “I made an immediate decision to be as open and honest as I possibly could about what had happened, reaching out to people rather than trying to do it alone,” he writes in his posthumously published memoir of his illness.

 

Just Send Me Word by Orlando Figes

Just Send Me Word is a uniquely powerful and moving experience. It is the story of the relationship between Lev and Sveta, two young Muscovites separated by the Second World War and then the Gulag, where the Soviet state sent Lev for ten years on absurd and arbitrary charges. Extraordinarily, during Lev's long exile in an Arctic camp they were able to smuggle letters to each other and even meet. Both sides of the entire correspondence have survived and these letters (of which there are some 1,500) form a detailed and agonizing account of life in Stalin's Soviet Union. They are a testament to human constancy under impossible circumstances - a love story like no other.

Dam Busters by James Holland

The night of May 16th, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge 9,000lb cylindrical bomb strapped underneath them. Their mission: to destroy three dams deep within the German heartland, which provide the lifeblood to the industries supplying the Third Reich's war machine. From the outset, it was an almost impossible task, a suicide mission: to fly low and at night in formation over many miles of enemy occupied territory at the very limit of the Lancasters' capacity, and drop a new weapon which had never been tried operationally before at a precise height of just sixty feet from the water at some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. More than that, the entire operation had to be put together in less than ten weeks. When visionary aviation engineer Barnes Wallis' concept of the bouncing bomb was green lighted, he hadn't even drawn up his plans for the weapon that was the smash the dams. What followed was an incredible race against time, which, despite numerous set-backs and against huge odds, became one of the most successful and game-changing bombing raids of all time.


Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer

Roger Mortimer's generous letters to his son are packed with anecdotes and sharp observations, with a unique analogy for each and every scrape Charlie Mortimer got himself into. This title includes 150 letters written to his son as he left school, and lived in places such as South America, Africa, Weston-super-Mare and eventually London.

 

Higher Gossip by John Updike

 'Gossip of a higher sort' was how the incomparable John Updike described the art of the review. Here then is the last collection of his best, most dazzling gossip. Influential reviews of Toni Morrison, John le Carre and Ann Patchett and expert critique on exhibitions of El Greco, Van Gogh and Schiele are included alongside previously uncollected short stories, poems and essays on his 'pet topics'. Following earlier prose collections "More Matter and Due Considerations", Updike began compiling "Higher Gossip" shortly before his death in 2009. Displaying his characteristic humour and insight on subjects as varied as ageing, golf, dinosaurs, make-up and his own fiction, the delightful "Higher Gossip" bookends a legacy of over fifty celebrated titles. This is essential reading for admirers of the deeply 

The Trapeze Artist by Will Davies

An extraordinary tale of tragedy and failure in love, told with great panache Edmund White Will Davis is a witty writer who effortlessly conjures up the frenetic detail of Jaz's sixteen-year-old world Independent on Sunday on My Side of the Story A fresh and funny novel about growing up gay, with absolutely no help from a mad family. Davis gives his narrator a wonderfully wry outlook Kate Saunders, The Times The dialogue fizzes with savvy one-liners ... Davis's observations of the dysfunctions of family and school are as sharp as his prose is fresh, and his debut is intriguing, touching and entertaining Time Out missed John Updike, and for any who profess a love for art and literature.

The Great Railway Revolution by Christian Wolmar

In the 1830s, The United States underwent a second revolution. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line, the first American railroad, set in motion a process which, by the end of the century, would enmesh the vast country in a latticework of railroad lines, small-town stations and magisterial termini, built and controlled the biggest corporations in America. By the middle of the twentieth century, however, as the automobile and the aeroplane came to dominate American journey-making, the historic importance of the railroads began to be erased from America's hearts and minds. In The Great Railway Revolution, Christian Wolmar tells us the extraordinary one-hundred-and-eighty-year story of the rise, fall and ultimate shattering of the greatest of all American endeavours, of technological triumph and human tragedy, of visionary pioneers and venal and rapacious railway barons. He also argues that while America has largely disowned this heritage, now is the time to celebrate, reclaim and reinstate it.

 

Friday
Apr062012

Books in the News

 

 Wonder by R.J. Palacio

 This publishing sensation of 2012 tells the story of August , a schoolboy born with a facial   deformity. Its is dark, funny, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. We challenge anyone not to well up when August says "Why do I have to be so ugly, Mommy"

Ages 9+

 

 

Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding

It is the early 1950s in Lasi, a small city in Communist Russia. A deaf mute collapses on his way to the hospital where he is found by nurses. Safta, one of the nurses gives him a pen and paper and encourages him to write and draw.  She knows who the deaf man is but tells nobody. Loved this book for its mystery amd atmosphere.

Cheek by Jowl by Emily Cockayne

Come out, you B----, [and] I’ll maul you!” is the spirited challenge offered by one disgruntled woman to her neighbour in a 17th-century engraving in Emily Cockayne’s lively new history of neighbours from medieval times to our own, Cheek by Jowl.

Cockayne crisply accounts for our disappearing notion of neighbourliness: “We have lost the grinding poverty that nurtured it.” And concludes wryly, but with a strong grain of truth: “The Facebook wall has replaced the garden fence.”

The Meadow by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clarke

The shocking true story of a brutal kidnapping high in the mountains of Kashmir that marked the beginning of modern terrorism. In July 1995, ten Western backpackers take a trip of a lifetime. They have come in search of many things -- nirvana, exhilaration, a sense of self. But over the course of the next week, their holidays take a terrifying turn when they become entangled in a nail-biting hostage drama that will suck them into an alien world of jihad and Islamic fundamentalism. In the months that follow, their fates will become caught-up in a bloody struggle between India and Pakistan, fought out in the airless heights of Kashmir.

 

Sandstorm by Lindsey Hilsum

The inside story of Gadaffi's regime, from the award-winning Channel 4 and CNN journalist. Hilsum traces the history of his strange regime from its beginnings, when Gadaffi had looks, charisma and popular appeal, to its paranoid, corrupt and final state. At the heart of her book is a brilliant narrative of Libyan people overcoming fear and disillusionment and finding the strength to rebel, and Hilsum follows five of them through months of terror and tragedy.