Recommendations for Reading Groups 2018

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

Book groups ordering four or more copies of a book will receive a 15% discount if the books are ordered, collected and paid for by one person (our Loyalty Scheme card cannot be used in conjunction with this).


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.

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.
Bookshop Book Club Tuesday 27 March

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.

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.


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


Kitchen by Banana Yashimoto
Japanese bestseller first published in 1987. Two tales of mothers, transsexuality, bereavement, kitchens, love and tragedy.

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.

Let Go My Hand

Let Go My Hand by Edward Docx
" A father and sons road trip with real emotional pull" - Sunday Telegraph.

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

Sing Unburied Sing

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesamyn Ward
"This wrenching new novel digs deep into the not-buried heart of the American nightmare" - Margaret Attwood.
Paperback 19 April. £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.

We Have Always Lived in a Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
A dark, unsettling world of family rivalries, suspense and black comedy.
Bookshop Book Club Tuesday 22 May




Non Fiction

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.

A Forger's Tale

A Forger's Tale by Shaun Greenhalgh
The Bolton forger's memoir of his career forging art fakes in his parent's shed.
Paperback 5 April. £8.99
Bookshop Book Club Tuesday 26 June

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.

The Wild Other

The Wild Other by Clover Stroud
After her mother was severely brain damaged when Clover was just 16 she travelled with gypsies to Ireland, cowboys in Texas and outlaws in Russia., taking herself to the darkest edges of human experience.

Previous Book Lists

Each year we produce lists with suggestions for books that are perfect for summer holiday reading, Christmas presents and book group discussions.

The most recent is shown above and previous ones are available as PDFs below.

Christmas Reads 2017

Some our favourite books for giving at Christmas.

Summer Reads 2017

Some of our favourites for taking away on holiday or luxuriating with at home.

Book Groups reading list 2017

Perfect books for getting discussion going.