06 Feb 2014
Received a text from a very good friend: "You have to buy this book and when you get it, take the next day off work to read it. It's amazing, amazing, amazing" An account of the author's time in an asylum and a history of attitudes to mental health. A fascinating read if you are interested in any sort of mental health issues.
01 Mar 2014
"Daddy, can you draw me a tiger?" "Daddy, can you draw me a monkey?" "Daddy, can you draw me a giraffe?" "Daddy, can you draw me a famingo?" "Daddy, that's not a squirrel!" A book for parents of 4 year olds everywhere.
02 Sep 2014
Ciao Bella! Where do we start…? La Dolce Vita… Vespas… Marcello Mastroianni… 8 1/2… Armani… Gucci… Versace… Missoni… Valentino… Carlo Palazzi… Ferrari… Lamborghini… Juve… Milano… Internazionale… Amore!
06 Jun 2013
The promise of old world magic combined with modern adventure in the Middle East was too good to resist. When demons hang out with hackers, you just know everything will go happily wrong. Add a very mysterious old book in the centre of the story and the 2013 World Fantasy Award and you have yourself a deal.
06 Feb 2014
To be honest, if Toby Barlow decided to write a 500-page essay on esoteric washing machines, we’d still run to buy it. This one luckily didn’t push us that far. Set in 1950s Paris, it features spies, witches and a police officer turned into a flea! Genre-bending story inspired by Slavic folklore? Sold.
06 Mar 2014
We don’t always go by reviews in The Guardian or The New Yorker but when they’ve been as outstanding as they have about Dept. of Speculation we just had to give it a go. And it is outstanding. Laugh-out loud funny and deeply moving. Look out for it in the shortlists.
02 Jan 2014
We love short stories and George Saunders is an absolute master of the category. Tenth of December won the prestigious Folio Prize this year and rightly so; wryly funny as well as disturbing, these stories will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.
03 Jun 2014
A collection of stories and experiences from the Iraq war - the author served in the military. We’ve read the first few and it’s a very ‘male’ book, not macho but about men. It seems shocking and harrowing as you’d expect with some genuine moments of poetry.
05 May 2011
It’s taken a couple of years on my wish list to make its way to the top but as a rabid cyclist this surely ticks all the boxes. As the old joke goes; ‘What’s your favourite bike? The next one.’ Nothing quite like reading a book that confirms one’s obsessions ;-)
06 Mar 2014
Just who is this tiny person I’m holding in my arms? Do they think the way I do? Do I want them to? Aren’t they already their own autonomous human being? Where does that leave me? So many questions a parent asks seem to be asked in this book too.