Bernardine Evaristo£8.99 £8.36
Girl, Woman, Other is one of the best books Ella has read in years. It is an expansive, glittering, vibrant novel which follows the lives and struggles of twelve characters. Through these interlocking stories, Evaristo masterfully reflects on womanhood, on the diverse Black British experience, and on modern British life.
Zadie Smith£5.99 £5.57
Ella is a big fan of Zadie Smith so raced through these powerful and timely essays. Crafted with sharp intelligence, Smith reflects on the experience of lockdown with clear-sightedness and compassion. Ella will be giving this to a number of friends for Christmas as essential reading for this extraordinary year.
Rosamund Lupton£8.99 £8.36
Hazel has been raving about this thriller - not only is it gripping, it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. A school in rural Somerset is under siege during a blizzard. Inside, the headmaster lies wounded in the library, while outside parents gather desperate for news. In just three intense hours, all must find the courage to stand up to evil and save the people they love.
Richard Osman£14.99 £13.94
Hazel devoured The Thursday Murder Club in a few sittings and gave it to Tracey who also couldn't put it down. It is the first in a series by TV presenter Richard Osman in which four unlikely friends meet up once a week in an otherwise peaceful retirement village to investigate unsolved murders. It's sharp, it's funny - it's just a terrific read.
Marian Keyes£20.00 £18.60
We love Marian Keyes here at the bookshop, and her latest novel is full of her trademark humour and Austenesque insight. In Grown Ups, the Casey family seem like a happy - even glamorous - family, but secrets which lie beneath the surface are about to be spilled. This is Sophie's top pick for a gripping, laugh-out-loud read.
Linn Ullmann£14.99 £13.94
Sophie loved this tender and beautiful book by Linn Ullmann, a seamless blend of fiction and memoir. Based on Ullmann's relationship with her father, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergmann, this is an absorbing account of childhood summers drenched in crisp, bright sunshine on a remote Swedish isle and a gorgeous meditation on love, loss, and age.
Clare Chambers£14.99 £13.94
As one customer told us, this book is no small pleasure. It is set in the south-east suburbs of London in 1957 and Jean Swinney is the editor of a local paper. Unlucky in love and living with a difficult mother, Jean's life is about to change when a young woman contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Hazel thinks this book is a real treasure - beautiful inside and out!
Maggie O'Farrell£20.00 £18.60
Hamnet has been a huge bestseller in the bookshop and Tracey thought it was wonderful. Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020, Hamnet is a poignant period tale inspired by the devastating account of Shakespeare's son. It is the tender and unforgettable story of the bond between twins, and a marriage pushed to the brink by grief.
Francesca Wade£20.00 £18.60
As a fan of all things Virginia Woolf, Ella loved this group biography about the lives of five different women who once lived on Mecklenburgh Square: the poet H. D., detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and writer Virginia Woolf. This would make a gorgeous present for any literature lovers, flâneurs, or 'street-haunters' in your life.
Catherine Belton£25.00 £23.25
Hannah loves a good Putin biography, and this one in particular. In Putin's People, former Moscow correspondent and investigative journalist Catherine Belton delves deep into the workings of Putin's Kremlin and the KGB. Based on years of research, Belton meticulously charts the seizure of private companies and the installation of those closest to Putin into the richest, highest seats of power.