The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4: Adrian Mole Book 1 Jude the Obscure Naive. Super HOLY BIBLE: King James Version (KJV) Black Presentation Edition
William Shakespeare: The Complete Works Talking It Over The Luminaries Alias Grace
The Overstory Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: A Book-to-Table Classic All the Light We Cannot See Where the Crawdads Sing
Jane Eyre Wuthering Heights (Vintage Classics Bronte Series) To Kill A Mockingbird Love in the Time of Cholera

Desert Island Books...as chosen by customers

By Green Heart Books

Desert Island Books...as chosen by customers

By Green Heart Books

Novelist Mike Gayle is our Reader-in-Residence, and has been offering book "prescriptions", discussing customers' Desert Island Books and talking about his own work.  

 

His final event on February 10th Desert Island Books, will be an informal, lively chat about those books which mean most to us: a skip through all the books YOU wouldn't be without on a hypothetical desert island.  Here's what you chose....

 

The Reader in Residency project for Bournville Hub and The Bookshop on the Green is organised in partnership with West Midlands Readers' Network.  Tickets for Mike's Reader-in-Residence events at Bournville Hub are here: https://www.bournvillehub.com/whats-on

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4: Adrian Mole Book 1

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4: Adrian Mole Book 1

Sue Townsend

£8.99 £8.54

MIKE GAYLE'S DESERT ISLAND BOOK: How can one book be THAT funny and yet THAT truthful? A stone cold classic.

Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure

Thomas Hardy

£5.99 £5.69

MIKE GAYLE'S DESERT ISLAND BOOK: I first read this when I was 17 and I adored it and underlined so many passages in it that my highlighter pen ran out!

Naive. Super

Naive. Super

Erlend Loe

£9.99 £9.49

MIKE GAYLE'S DESERT ISLAND BOOK: I'm a big fan of books that appear to be about nothing but are really about people feeling lost.

HOLY BIBLE: King James Version (KJV) Black Presentation Edition

HOLY BIBLE: King James Version (KJV) Black Presentation Edition

Collins KJV Bibles

£16.99 £16.14

MIKE GAYLE'S DESERT ISLAND BOOK: There's a reason everyone on Desert Island Discs gets given a copy (along with the complete works of Shakespeare) and it's not just because it's long!

William Shakespeare: The Complete Works

William Shakespeare: The Complete Works

William Shakespeare

£19.99 £18.99

Desert Island dwellers get this one for free, but some asked considered it too vital to risk not having and requested it again. A world of humanity in one volume.

Talking It Over

Talking It Over

Julian Barnes

£9.99 £9.49

NATALIE HAYNES'S Desert Island Book choice 1

The Luminaries

The Luminaries

Eleanor (Y) Catton

£9.99 £9.49

NATALIE HAYNES'S Desert Island Book choice 2

Alias Grace

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood

£10.99 £10.44

NATALIE HAYNES'S Desert Island Book choice 3

The Overstory

The Overstory

Richard Powers

£9.99 £9.49

NATALIE HAYNES'S Desert Island Book choice 4

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: A Book-to-Table Classic

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: A Book-to-Table Classic

Jane Austen

£4.99 £4.74

This classic (unsurprisingly!) scored 4 votes

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr

£9.99 £9.49

3 votes

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

£9.99 £9.49

3 votes

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

£7.99 £7.59

3 votes

Wuthering Heights (Vintage Classics Bronte Series)

Wuthering Heights (Vintage Classics Bronte Series)

Emily Bronte

£8.99 £8.54

3 votes

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee

£9.99 £9.49

2 votes

Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

£9.99 £9.49

2 votes

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Large Print Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Large Print Edition

J. K. Rowling

£8.99 £8.54

2 votes were cast for "Harry Potter". This is the first in the 7-part series.

Chocolat: (Chocolat 1)

Chocolat: (Chocolat 1)

Joanne Harris

£9.99 £9.49

Me Before You

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

£9.99 £9.49

David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Charles Dickens

£7.99 £7.59

A Fine Balance: The epic modern classic

A Fine Balance: The epic modern classic

Rohinton Mistry

£9.99 £9.49

Half a World Away: The heart-warming, heart-breaking Richard and Judy Book Club selection

Half a World Away: The heart-warming, heart-breaking Richard and Judy Book Club selection

Mike Gayle

£8.99 £8.54

Mike Gayle's own novels scored a place on the list, including this one and "The Importance of Being Batchelor" which isn't on Bookshop.org. Sometimes characters just grab hold of you and demand to tell their story and this is certainly what happened here. Word of warning though. Bring tissues.

Burial Rites

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

£9.99

Meditations

Meditations

Marcus Aurelius and Evi O Studio

£8.99 £8.54

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

£9.99 £9.49

Rock Paper Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors

ALICE FEENEY

£8.99 £8.54

The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies

John Boyne

£9.99 £9.49

Crime and Punishment (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Crime and Punishment (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Fyodor Dostoevsky

£12.99 £12.34

A Little Life

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

£10.99 £10.44

Yanagihara's new novel "To Paradise" has had rapturious reviews. Will it make its way onto this list too?

The Enchanted April

The Enchanted April

Elizabeth Von Arnim

£6.99 £6.64

Hamnet

Hamnet

Maggie O'Farrell

£9.99 £9.49

The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco

£10.99 £10.44

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

£12.99 £12.34

It

It

Stephen King

£12.99 £12.34

The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

£9.99 £9.49

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess

£8.99 £8.54

The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules

John Irving

£10.99 £10.44

Atonement

Atonement

Ian McEwan

£9.99 £9.49

Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin

Hans Fallada

£9.99 £9.49

The Information

The Information

Martin Amis

£12.99 £12.34

Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Philip Larkin

£14.99 £14.24

Our only nomination for poetry.

The Warden

The Warden

Anthony Trollope

£6.99 £6.64

Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall

Evelyn Waugh

£9.99 £9.49

The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory

Iain Banks

£9.99 £9.49

The Beach

The Beach

Alex Garland

£9.99 £9.49

Choke

Choke

Chuck Palahniuk

£9.99 £9.49

Forbidden Flowers

Forbidden Flowers

Nancy Friday

£10.99 £10.44

This customer really wanted Nancy Friday's "My Secret Garden" - a compliation of women's fantasies, but it's not in stock at Bookshop.org, so we've plumped for this one.

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

Joseph Heller

£9.99 £9.49

Kim, A Longman Cultural Edition

Kim, A Longman Cultural Edition

Rudyard Kipling, Paula Krebs, et al.

£24.32

I am David

I am David

Anne Holm

£8.99 £8.54

To Throw Away Unopened

To Throw Away Unopened

Viv Albertine

£12.99 £12.34

Voss

Voss

Patrick White

£10.99 £10.44

A novel set in 19th century Australia about (a lot of) suffering, love, ego and redemption.

Rivals

Rivals

Jilly Cooper

£11.99 £11.39

How to Build a Girl

How to Build a Girl

Caitlin Moran

£7.99 £7.59

Lilac and Flag

Lilac and Flag

John Berger

£14.99 £14.24

How to Save Your Own Life

How to Save Your Own Life

Erica Jong

£14.99 £14.24

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading

Lucy Mangan

£9.99 £9.49

The Witches

The Witches

Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

£7.99

We're a nostalgic lot! Three Roald Dahl novels made it onto the list.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

£6.99

The Jewelled Moth

The Jewelled Moth

Katherine Woodfine

£7.99 £7.59

These last 4 nominations came from a young customer. Great choices!

Mistletoe and Murder

Mistletoe and Murder

Robin Stevens

£7.99 £7.59

Kidnap on the California Comet

Kidnap on the California Comet

Sam Sedgman, M. G. Leonard, et al.

£7.99 £7.59

Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

Michael Morpurgo

£7.99 £7.59

Some nominated books aren't currently available at Bookshop.org: 

Manuscript Found in Acora by Paulo Coelho

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Give the Anarchist a Cigarette by Mick Farren

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