A Bookshop on the Green Bookseller's List: Peter Simmonds


A Bookshop on the Green Bookseller's List: Peter Simmonds


Peter studied English and Spanish at the University of Edinburgh, spending a year in Seville before living in Buenos Aires for six months after graduation. He is currently studying a Masters in Creative Writing at University of Birmingham and is enjoying the trials and tribulations of trying to write a first novel.  Peter joined The Bookshop on the Green team in May. These are his favourite books....

The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro

£9.99 £9.49

Set in the mystical, foggy lands of Arthurian England, this is a beautiful story of love and memory with an emotional depth that exceeds the limits of the fantasy genre.

The Cider House Rules

John Irving

£10.99 £10.44

Few can paint a character's whole life as vividly as Irving. This sweeping story starring the orphan Homer Wells and the eccentric Doctor Larch is a shining example.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft: Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King

Stephen King

£10.99 £10.44

A bible for any aspiring writer, though King's typically charming delivery during the memoir section is enough to keep all kinds of readers glued to the page.

The Wasp Factory

Iain Banks

£9.99 £9.49

Banks' dark and twisted debut set the tone for his illustrious career- not one for the faint-hearted!

To Kill A Mockingbird: 60th Anniversary Edition

Harper Lee

£8.99 £8.54

What can I really say? Just read it!

The Colour Of Magic: (Discworld Novel 1)

Terry Pratchett

£9.99 £9.49

The whole Discworld series is a work of fantastical, satirical genius - and this is where it all started.


Maggie Nelson

£12.99 £12.34

A beautifully observed book of prose-poems centred around Nelson's own obsession with the colour blue and her struggle to move on from a painful break-up.

Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

James Hogg


Beyond the painfully stuffy title is a gripping and gruesome doppelgänger tale that pre-dates Jekyll and Hyde by more than sixty years.

I Am Legend: The Best of the SF Masterworks

Richard Matheson

£8.99 £8.54

Though technically featuring vampires, this brilliantly simple tale of loneliness and survival played a key role in the birth of the zombie-survival subgenre.

The Secret History: From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

£9.99 £9.49

A thrilling 'whydunnit' told in reverse as the reasons behind the opening's events are beautifully unravelled. I couldn't put it down!

Paradise Lost

John Milton


Okay, I confess - I haven't read this one cover to cover. But I was nonetheless mesmerised by the sheer scope of Milton's vision which still poses interesting questions about the nature of God, free will and religion.


Jorge Luis Borges

£9.99 £9.49

Nothing short of a literary deity, Borges' simply-told short stories take minutes to read, but once you have wandered the aisles of the infinite library containing every possible combination of texts, or peaked through the window that lets you see all the known universe, they will live in the memory forever.

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