What we’re loving at the moment…

Here are some of our favourite titles from the past few months…

The Dog, Ray

Linda Coggin
Published by Hot Key

A thoughtful, charming and moving children’s novel about friendship, grief, reincarnation and life as a dog. When 12 year old Daisy is involved in a fatal car crash, she wakes up in a heavenly waiting-room, where she is allocated a new life, and finds herself back on earth…in the body of a dog. After escaping… Read More

Detective Dog

Julia Donaldson
Published by Macmillan

We’re very excited about this one… Britain’s best-selling picture book author and local resident, the wonderful Julia Donaldson has chosen to collaborate with one of our favourite illustrators, Sara Ogilvie, to create a fantastic, fast-paced romp, The Detective Dog. ‘There once was a dog with a keen sense of smell. She was known far and… Read More

The Beauty of the End

Debbie Howells
Published by Macmillan

Local writer Debbie Howells whose novel The Bones of You was a Richard and Judy bestseller last year has now produced her second novel. Noah Calloway is an ex-lawyer who finds himself involved in a murder investigation centred on an ex-lover who has always haunted him. The scene is set for an intriguing journey through… Read More

Our Endless Numbered Days

Claire Fuller
Published by Penguin

Winner of the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for Fiction this is a striking and absorbing first novel inspired by the true life story of Robin van Helsum, a Dutch boy who walked out of a German forest in 2011 claiming to have survived there with his father The novel opens with the young narrator Peggy,… Read More

Strange Star

Emma Carroll
Published by Faber

From the author of In Darkling Wood and The Girl Who Walked on Air comes an enjoyably creepy story inspired by the summer when Mary Shelley created Frankenstein. There is a growing body of young readers who are great fans of this writer, a former secondary school teacher who creates deftly plotted involving stories with… Read More

Squirrel Pie (and Other Stories)

Elizabeth Luard
Published by Bloomsbury

Another book to contain a squirrel recipe, surely a first for the Bookshop reviews! This is renowned food writer Elisabeth Luard’s collection of stories of food from around the world. From bush-tucker in Australia, to snails in Crete, squirrel pot-pie from the grey squirrel’s native habitat of the forests of North America, to Ethiopian injeera,… Read More

The Wild Life

John Lewis-Stempel
Published by Penguin

Following the purchase of a run-down Herefordshire farm, and encouraged by dreams of roast duck with wild mushroom sauce, as well as a combination of being utterly broke, with natural bounty around him, farmer John Lewis-Stempel, whose previous book Meadowland was a runaway success, decides to eat only wild food for a year. It must… Read More

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara
Published by Picador

This is the story of four ambitious, talented friends who meet at college, and then move to New York to make their way in the world. Malcolm is a diffident aspiring architect, JB paints acclaimed pictures of his friend, Willem waits tables and auditions for parts and brilliant, enigmatic Jude is working at the district… Read More

Meadows at Great Dixter and Beyond

Christopher Lloyd
Published by PImpernel Press

Meadows: At Great Dixter and Beyond by Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett Pimpernel Press £30 This is a sumptuous new edition of Christopher Lloyd’s classic book on meadows. Starting with the origins of meadows in history, art and literature, Lloyd goes on to describe in detail the different types of meadow and prairie, how to… Read More

The Kindness

Polly Samson
Published by Bloomsbury

The Kindness by Polly Samson Pub Bloomsbury 8.99 At the outset of this assured second novel by Polly Samson we encounter Julian, prematurely aged at only 29, in a state of deep anguish at the loss of his lover, Julia, and their daughter, Mira. He drifts through his Sussex childhood home, consumed by their absence.… Read More