Staff Top Picks - Bee

By The Eagle Bookshop

By The Eagle Bookshop

We're going to be highlighting some of the recommended books by those of us who work in the shop. This time it’s Bee’s turn!

 

Hi, I’m Bee - shop manager at the Eagle Bookshop. I’m a Bioarchaeologist with an MSc in forensic science (I see dead people), I have a very wonderful cat called Felix, and I love books - no surprises there - but particularly science fiction/fantasy. 

Monstrous Regiment: (Discworld Novel 31)

Terry Pratchett

£14.99 £13.94

Oh Polly Perks. This is a fairly standalone discworld title, as much as any of them are! I have loved it for years, and return to it frequently, like a snuggly jumper.

The Eyre Affair: Thursday Next Book 1

Jasper Fforde

£9.99 £9.29

The first in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, set in a parallel universe/alternate history. It's chock full of literary references, and is a wildly funny sort of fantasy. Looking for a book series with black market cheese? This is a goodun.

The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien

£22.00 £20.46

I'd argue it doesn't need much introduction. This is not the copy I own, because my set came from the Eagle Bookshop, but it is a beautiful omnibus edition of a book I love very much.

Good Omens

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

£14.99 £13.94

There was no way I was only including one Pratchett on my list, but I can at least make him share with Neil Gaiman... I almost lost my copy of Good Omens, but thankfully got it back from a 'borrower' (good rule of thumb, folks, don't lend books you wouldn't want to lose). I really love Good Omens, and felt the adaptation wasn't too shabby either tbh. Plus it has a bookshop!

Alanna: The Song of the Lioness: Song of the Lioness & In the Hand of the Goddess

Tamora Pierce

£7.99 £7.43

Tamora Pierce is a YA author I measured the others against. These were her first 2 books, but I have a lot of nostalgia for all of her Tortall works.

The Princess Bride

William Goldman

£9.99 £9.29

The film is a must-watch a couple of times a year in my family. I can recite good chunks of it. It's a cult classic. And this book adaptation ties into it so well that it's difficult to tell which came first! It's inconceivable!

Dune

Frank Herbert

£9.99 £9.29

Ah, Dune. Certainly a book with far reaching sci-fi influence, I didn't enjoy it much the first time round, but it grew on me. I know it's not exactly a ringing endorsement, but the Dune books are classics for a reason!

Poster Art Of The Disney Parks

Vanessa Hunt and Daniel Handke

£33.99 £31.61

Without wanting to sound *too* much like a Monty Python sketch, one of my other loves is Disney Parks history, and this is a beautiful collection of the artworks found in the parks.