Paperback Books of the Year, 2023

By East Gate Bookshop, Totnes

Paperback Books of the Year, 2023

By East Gate Bookshop, Totnes

As the weather turns colder are you looking for a good book to curl up with ? Then look no further than our selection of thirty of the best paperbacks published in 2023; selected  from what we've enjoyed reading and feedback from our customers  There was a feast of great books to consider..

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Gabrielle Zevin

£9.99 £9.49

It is the 90s, and anything is possible! Video games unite a young couple and sets off a creative collaboration that will make them superstars.

The Slow Road to Tehran: A Revelatory Bike Ride Through Europe and the Middle East by Rebecca Lowe

£11.99 £11.39

Lowe recalls the beauty, kindnesses and complexities of the lands she travels through during her amazing 11,000k bike ride to Tehran

Really Good, Actually

Monica Heisey

£9.99 £9.49

An irresistible 'Sex and The City for social media-obsessed millennials. Razor-sharp observations of modern love, friendship, and happiness

Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne - Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2022

Katherine Rundell

£10.99 £10.44

Rundell brilliantly captures the many sides of Donne's extraordinary life and his poetic eloquence, declaring him, ‘the greatest writer of desire’.

Trespasses: The most beautiful, devastating love story you’ll read this year

Louise Kennedy

£8.99 £8.54

Set in 1975 Belfast, amid a background of sectarian hatred and violence, Kennedy skilfully evokes the authentic voices of ordinary people.

When We Were Birds: Winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the Author's Club First Novel Award 2023

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

£9.99 £9.49

In Banwo’s dazzling debut, her rich use of language shines out, bringing the colourful Trinidadian culture to life in this tale of magic and love.

Lessons: the Sunday Times bestselling new novel from the author of Atonement

Ian McEwan

£9.99 £9.49

McEwan is in top form as baby boomer Rowland’s encounter with his piano teacher pins him to a life drifting through the history of post-war Britain.

Demon Copperhead: Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction

Barbara Kingsolver

£9.99 £9.49

This gripping, ‘surviving against the odds’ retelling of David Copperfield received glowing accolades from our customers right from publication.

Nights of Plague: 'A masterpiece of evocation' Sunday Times

Orhan Pamuk

£10.99 £10.44

Pamuk's storytelling flair propels this tale of an Aegean island torn apart by revolution and an epidemic in the last days of the Ottoman empire


Amy-Jane Beer

£10.99 £10.44

The loss of a cherished friend leads Amy to write this profound, immersive exploration of rivers, and the restorative effects of nature.

The Lost Rainforests of Britain

Guy Shrubsole

£10.99 £10.44

Few people realise that temperate rainforests, a globally rare and vital habitat are native to Britain. Shrubsole aims to change that perception.



£9.99 £9.49

This meticulous research novel addressing the legacy of enslavement and racism in America, deftly weaves together history and the present day.


Arno Geiger

£10.99 £10.44

A young German soldier recovers from the fog of battle fatigue in this timely study of a society reaping the consequences of its terrible actions.

Hagitude: Reimagining the Second Half of Life

Sharon Blackie

£10.99 £10.44

For woman who flourish without chasing eternal youth; weaving myth, psychology and ‘place’ Blackie’s inspiring book reclaims the mid years.

The Marriage Portrait: the Instant Sunday Times Bestseller, Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2023

Maggie O'Farrell

£9.99 £9.49

Inspired by a Browning poem, and evoking the life of Lucrezia, a young woman whose proximity to power places her in mortal danger.

Faith, Hope and Carnage

Nick Cave and Sean O'Hagan

£10.99 £10.44

Cave, his life and his music are complexed. In over forty hour conversation O’ Hagan reveals what really drives his life and creativity.

Shrines of Gaiety: The Sunday Times Bestseller, May 2023

Kate Atkinson

£9.99 £9.49

Atkinson’s brilliantly applies all her energy, wit and writing skills in bringing London’s criminal underworld, between the wars, vividly to life.

Cleopatra and Frankenstein

Coco Mellors

£9.99 £9.49

Cleo and Frank’s impulsive marriage changes everybody’s live in ways they never could've predicted in this poignant and tender debut.

Essex Dogs: The epic Richard & Judy Summer Book Club Pick 2023 from a Sunday Times bestselling historian

Dan Jones

£9.99 £9.49

A ‘dogs of war’ epic soaked in blood a battle. July 1346. The Hundred Years' War has begun, and King Edward is on the march through France.

Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: an Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution

R.F. Kuang

£9.99 £9.49

An intelligent and thought-provoking fantasy: but there’s no escape from reality here; Kuang’s sharp use of the genre is skilfully accomplished.


George Monbiot

£10.99 £10.44

The 'inconvenient truth' is that the activity of agriculture takes the most land away from nature. Monbiot puts a strong case to reverse that trend.

Lessons in Chemistry: The multi-million-copy bestseller

Bonnie Garmus

£9.99 £9.49

If there is one book that’s had the most positive feedback from customers this year – it’s this. So, we read it too, and agree, it’s a brilliant book.

The Satsuma Complex

Bob Mortimer

£9.99 £9.49

Mortimer’s fiction debut is packed with surrealist humour. There are squirrels, duck gags and a detective with a ‘thing’ for novelty socks.


Jonathan Coe

£9.99 £9.49

Deftly interweaving places, plotlines, and recent British history; from VE Day to the Covid crisis, Coe is maturing into one of our finest writers.

Lucy by the Sea: From the Booker-shortlisted author of Oh William!

Elizabeth Strout

£9.99 £9.49

Strout’s much-loved narrator Lucy Barton returns tentatively to the company of her first husband in this pitch-perfect and insightful novel.

Finding Hildasay: How one man walked the UK's coastline and found hope and happiness


£10.99 £10.44

Lewis recounts his gruelling, yet restorative walk around the entire coast of the UK in this testament to healing power of nature and landscape.

The Restless Republic: Britain without a Crown

Anna Keay

£10.99 £10.44

It’s 1649, Britain had no king, is engulfed by revolution and is a republic. Keay’s brings an extraordinary decade vividly to life.

Ithaca: The exquisite, gripping tale that breathes life into ancient myth

Claire North

£9.99 £9.49

Bringing a fresh voice to ancient myth, North’s retelling of Penelope awaiting her husband, Odysseus return from the Trojan War is a triumph.

The Whalebone Theatre: The instant Sunday Times bestseller

Joanna Quinn

£9.99 £9.49

Bringing a fresh voice to ancient myth, A compulsive story following three children growing up in a crumbling ivy -draped English manor house, with and a library full of books.

The Murder Game

Tom Hindle

£9.99 £9.49

Perfect for Christie fans. A murder mystery party gets real, now trapped in the house together, can the killer be found before they strike again.

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