These are books that we come back to again and again. We have hand-sold hundreds in the bookshop because we just love them and we know our customers will too. Here is a selection of brilliantly written, thoroughly enjoyable, foolproof favourites.
Katherine Heiny£8.99 £8.36
This is such a wry, funny, and gentle book and everyone in the shop has just loved it. In the midst of the day-to-day difficulties and delights of marriage and raising a child with Asperger’s, Graham Cavanaugh's first wife, Elspeth, suddenly reenters his life . . . This is a novel about love, life, family, connections and broken hearts.
Jane Gardam£8.99 £8.36
One of Hazel's favourite books - Jane Gardam writes with elegance, insight, and razor-sharp wit in Old Filth, a novel which tells the story of a former Raj orphan, from his birth in what was then Malaya to the extremities of his old age. A tragicomedy and mock epic, this book - partly based on the early life of Rudyard Kipling - has hints of both Dickens and Austen and is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Crow Lake: Discover the author Graham Norton praised for her 'poised, elegant prose, paired with quiet drama that will break you
Mary Lawson£9.99 £9.29
We like everything that Mary Lawson writes, but her first novel really was a masterpiece. A quiet, taut, and gorgeous book, Crow Lake is set in Northern Ontario and centres around the Morrison family, whose tragedy and hardship will haunt Kate Morrison even when she's grown up and thinks that she's outgrown her past.
Curtis Sittenfeld£9.99 £9.29
Hazel, Tracey and Sophie all wax lyrical about American Wife. Taking inspiration from the real life story of Laura Bush, this is the story of Alice Blackwell, a quiet, bookish former librarian who never dreamed of being First Lady. From the author of Rodham and You Think It I'll Say It, this is a remarkable, ambitious book, and a compelling portrait of a woman caught between her feelings for her husband, her country, and herself.
Gail Honeyman£8.99 £8.36
We are proud to have hosted an event with Gail Honeyman right before the world went wild for Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Hazel read it is as a proof and fell completely in love (and can't wait for her second novel)! Eleanor is an out-of-the-ordinary, deadpan heroine who struggles with appropriate social skills and is suffering with the damage of her past. But Eleanor's world begins to change when she meets Raymond, the IT guy in her office. A hilarious and uplifting story!
Elinor Lipman£8.99 £8.36
Fans of Nora Ephron will love this book. This is our favourite Eleanor Lipman - a fantastic screwball romantic comedy. At thirty-two, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown and bought a bungalow. She feels that her life is finally on track. That is, until she finds some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new home, and begins to wonder whether anything in her life is as it seems. Funny, poignant, sharp - this book is a real treat.