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Christmas at the Borrow a Bookshop

By Kiley Dunbar With just two weeks until Christmas, everything in Clove Lore should be perfect. But the latest holidaymaker to the Borrow a Bookshop is feeling far from festive… Icelandic ex-bookseller Magnús Sturluson might be surrounded by love stories in the Bookshop, but he's nursing a sadness that not even fiction can fix. When Alexandra Robinson finds hersel...

December 2nd 2022

Zero Waste Christmas: Crafty Ideas for a Sustainable Christmas

By Christine Leech & Emma Friedlander-Collins Celebrate Christmas the zero-waste way with these crafty solutions for everything from Christmas tree decorations to advent calendars. The zero-waste movement is huge and this collection of crafty ideas will help you to create your own zero waste solutions for a sustainable Christmas. It's time to reclaim Christmas - this collec...

December 2nd 2022

Festive Spirits

By Kate Atkinson Three short but exquisitely formed tales with a yuletide theme from the pen of the mercurial Kate Atkinson, Festive Spirits is a diverse and winning collection. Easily digestible in one sitting, this volume makes the perfect pick-me-up for the whirlwind festive season.

December 2nd 2022

Many Different Kinds of Love

By Michael Rosen In March 2020, Michael Rosen became unwell. Soon he was struggling to breathe, and he was admitted to hospital with coronavirus. What followed was months on the wards: a month in an induced coma, and weeks of rehab and recovery as the NHS saved his life, and then got him back on his feet. Throughout it all, a diary was kept at the end of Michael's bed, where his nurses wrot...

November 3rd 2022

Scars Do Heal

By Kayode Akinropo In a chain of events, Omoye is married off at an early age, her much-loved brother dies suddenly, her four children are left ‘motherless’. Tayo, the only boy among four, is at the centre of a bitter dispute between his grandparents and his father over his primary school education. His sisters are even less fortunate, their potential for getting any education di...

November 3rd 2022

Bamburgh

“Characters can be quite overpowering, can’t they,” she said. “I can vouch for that, myself, because Professor Soames can certainly be very demanding around the guest house. Fold the sheets, this way. Make my coffee, that way. Anyone would think he was the Queen of Sheba.” When a cantankerous old woman dies at her home in the sleepy, picturesque village of Bamburgh, DCI Ryan...

July 29th 2022

The Man Who Died Twice

“More women are murdering people these days,” says Joyce. “If you ignore the context, it is a real sign of progress.” It's the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to hi...

July 1st 2022

A Life on Our Planet

“I’ve had an extraordinary life. It’s only now that I appreciate how extraordinary.” As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day - the loss of our planet's wild places, its biodiversity. I have been witness to this decli...

June 8th 2022

Women and Power: A manifesto updated

Acclaimed classicist Mary Beard presents a revolutionary manifesto for our time, exploring women in power from Medusa to Merkel and presenting a new feminist roadmap. Hard-hitting, unapologetic and wise. Beard explores the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, considering the public voice of women, our cultural assumptions about women's relationship with power, and how powerful women ...

March 2nd 2022

Mr. Loverman

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris. His...

February 2nd 2022