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4 11, 2017

Book of The Week: Get Me The Urgent Biscuits

2017-11-03T15:56:53+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Categories: News, Non-Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

Get Me The Urgent Biscuits by Sweetpea Slight   This is the story of how Jane became Sweetpea. Swept up at age 18 by the whirlwind world of theatre, a glorious cacophony propelled by people larger than life and more eccentric than the characters on stage, Sweetpea recounts the true story of how she met [...]

28 10, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #4 • A Clockwork Orange

2017-10-26T12:19:36+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, News, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

First and foremost, this is a book only recommended for adults. Trust me. The saving grace in regards to the now-infamous horror between the pages of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is that, through the narrator, everything from milk-drinking to ultra-violence is filtered. While civilians are terrorised by each other in Burgess' dystopia, these [...]

14 10, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #3 • Poe’s Tales and Poems

2017-10-26T09:23:03+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, News, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , , |

There are few names that loom larger in the darkness of horror than Edgar Allan Poe. In the Macmillan Collector's Library edition of his Tales and Poems, his sway over all as a storyteller is completely indisputable. As the author of the first modern detective stories, it's a fair conclusion to draw that Poe's own [...]

30 09, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #2 • Strange Practice

2017-10-26T09:23:26+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, News, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

London is in a state of unrest, our medical practitioners are overworked, and the world seems to grow more grim by the day. If this all naturally culminates in a society of underworld figures hiding at the fringes of mundane life, dabbling in dark magic and advanced science, Vivian Shaw's Strange Practice called it first! [...]

23 09, 2017

Book of The Week: Oi Cat!

2017-10-07T12:09:58+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Kids, News, Staff Picks|Tags: |

Oi Cat is the Independent Booksellers Children's Book Of The Season! This children's picture book is ridiculous in the very best way. A hilarious and totally silly story about animals and on what/whom they should sit depending on what rhymes with their species - you'll find alpacas on cream crackers and armadillos on soft pillows, [...]

16 09, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #1 • The Hate U Give

2017-09-30T11:59:43+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, News, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks, Teen|Tags: , , , |

Welcome to our new biweekly column! In SKETCHY REVIEWS, we will be reviewing and celebrating some of our favorite books - giving you a treat for the mind and the eye, with our signature "only-a-little-nonsense" approach. Without further ado...   The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas gave me, conversely, zero hate. What it did [...]

16 09, 2017

Book of The Week: Thornhill

2017-09-16T10:19:37+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Thornhill by Pam Smy   When people tell stories, do they always tell them to their fullest extent? Pam Smy does. Thornhill is a beautiful, frightening, and mesmerizing Children's Book - and not only does it include delicate and atmospheric illustrations, but the entire story is told through them. Narrated by entries found in a [...]

9 09, 2017

Book of The Week: This is Going to Hurt

2017-09-09T11:59:30+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Categories: News, Non-Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay   Doctors see more in a day than most of us see in our lifetimes. They are also apparently funny, feeling, and incredibly dedicated. Well, they rather have to be, given how appallingly they are treated by politicians (always) and patients (more often than fair). Junior Doctors [...]

3 08, 2017

Book of the Week: Best Laid Plans

2017-08-17T09:33:45+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Fiction, News, Staff Picks|Tags: |

Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette Normal secondary school English teachers simply don't get arrested for trying to solicit prostitutes on behalf of their autistic, and sexually challenged sons.  But, as the single mother of an autistic young man, Lucy has a whole new definition for normal.  Heartrending, hilarious and raunchy, Best Laid Plans is [...]