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Author Events

We host regular author events and often invite authors of books we've selected for our Reading Group Recommendations list. These make great outings for book groups, and are a perfect opportunity to meet and ask questions of writers in a relaxed and intimate environment.

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Reading Group Recommendations 2018

The books on this list are either already available in paperback or due to be published in paperback on the date shown.


A Gentleman In Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A life spent under house arrest in a grand hotel in Moscow at the time of the Russian Revolution – hugely enjoyable and memorable read with one of the most endearing characters in contemporary fiction.

A Boy In Winter

Boy In Winter by Rachel Seiffert
A grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. A Boy In Winter tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process.

The Children Of Jocasta

Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
Fresh take on the tale of Oedipus from the broadcaster, writer and classicist. Excellent historical novel bringing the world of ancient Greece and the characters to luminous life.
Paperback 22 Mar. £8.99

Conversations With Friends

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
Impressive debut novel - modern romantic comedy/feminist text from the winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.
Paperback 1 Mar. £8.99

Edith And Oliver

Edith and Oliver by Michele Forbes
Tender and vivid novel about a failing marriage set in the milieu of the Edwardian music hall.
Paperback 1 Mar. £8.99

Exit West

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Extraordinary story of love and hope in a city full of unrest, from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Paperback 8 Feb. £8.99


Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
Hilarious contemporary retelling of The Tempest set in a minor offenders’ unit. Very clever, with masses to discuss!

Lincoln In The Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son: an unforgettable story of familial love and loss.
Paperback 8 Feb. £8.99

Midwinter Break

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
Beautifully observed account of an elderly couple’s disintegrating relationship and the ties that bind.

Reservoir 13

Reservoir 13 by John McGregor
Costa Prize-winning and universally acclaimed novel telling the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss.


Sand by Wolfgang Herndorf
A man who has forgotten his identity is fleeing armed pursuers in the North African desert during the cold war… bold anarchic and original thriller.
Paperback 29 Mar. £8.99

Stay With Me

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings, weaving a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood.
Paperback 1 Mar. £8.99

The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times

The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks
Dark social-realist fairytale, spotlighting the shadowy underside of 1920s England.

The Lark

The Lark by E. Nesbit
"When did two girls of our age have such a chance as we've got - to have a lark entirely on our own? No chaperone, no rules, no...""No present income or future prospects," said Lucilla. Feminist classic re-issued to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote.
Paperback 1 Feb. £8.99

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges
Small town America – delightful book that inspired the 1990s film.




Non Fiction

A Woman's Work

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman
Personal memoir and story of women in politics and public life. Winner of best memoir at the Parliamentary Book Awards.
Paperback 1 Feb. £9.99

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

Fall Down 7 Times, Get up 8 by Naoki Higashida
From the bestselling Japanese author of The Reason I Jump, giving new insight into his son’s autism as he gets older.
Paperback 22 Mar. £8.99

In The Days Of Rain

In The Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
Winner of the Costa Biography Award: enthralling, at times shocking, and deeply personal family memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Christian cult.

M: Maxwell Knight

M: Maxwell Knight by Henry Hemming
Biography of the great MI5 spymaster with a television adaption coming. Evening author event in the bookshop on 1 Mar.
Paperback 8 Feb. £9.99

Testosterone Rex

Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine
Prize-winning and brilliantly written book on gender bias: evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history. Cordelia is the daughter of the children’s writer Ann Fine.
Paperback 8 Feb. £8.99