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1 09, 2018

Book Of The Week: I Want My Hat Back

2018-09-01T11:47:03+00:00 September 1st, 2018|Categories: Kids, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen In honour of Bridport Hat Festival and our appropriately themed window display - we present Jon Klassen's incredible, inimitable, surreal and hilarious children's book. So simple in illustration and text, but packing such a powerful punch in terms of laughs and suspense, the book is a gem [...]

25 08, 2018

Book Of The Week: VOX

2018-08-25T09:46:47+00:00 August 25th, 2018|Categories: Mystery/Thriller, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

VOX by Christina Dalcher "Shrill" has long been used to describe women who refuse to be silenced. So, if they won't know their place, the new US government introduces a law to enforce women to choose their words carefully. Very carefully - as they can only use 100 per day, enforced by technology-induced pain. Dr [...]

11 08, 2018

Book Of The Week: The Tao Of Pooh + the Te Of Piglet

2018-08-11T12:51:02+00:00 August 11th, 2018|Categories: Non-Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

The Tao Of Pooh and the Te Of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff Blending together two of the most serene and wholesome understandings of life - meaning, of course, Taoism and the personal philosophies of the cast of Winnie-The-Pooh - this book is a gentle and resonant reflection on life, mind, body, and spirit. Using the [...]

4 08, 2018

Book Of The Week: The Pebbles On The Beach

2018-08-04T12:55:36+00:00 August 4th, 2018|Categories: Non-Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

The Pebbles On The Beach by Clarence Ellis   "We must always bear in mind that a pebble is a transient thing. It is in the half-way stage of a long existence..." - This book is a reinvigorated classic, a reprinted and reupholstered from the edition first published in 1954. A beautifully written guide to [...]

28 07, 2018

Book Of The Week: How Not To Be A Boy

2018-07-28T12:47:24+00:00 July 28th, 2018|Categories: Non-Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb   In this memoir-turned-social-commentary, comedian Robert Webb navigates what it means to grow up male in a world in which doing so has long been a life sentence to repression. Starting in his childhood, Robert explores a lifetime of happenings that lead him to question why [...]

21 07, 2018

Book Of The Week: Think Small

2018-07-21T12:33:24+00:00 July 21st, 2018|Categories: Non-Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

Think Small by Eva Katz This compendium of the smallest works of art in the world is mind-boggling. The book itself is tiny! Ranging from crochet to coffee-stain art, to carved pearls and tobacco-tin paintings in which the tin contains the paint and the painting all in one - these examples of attention, imagination and [...]

14 07, 2018

Book Of The Week: Hope Never Dies

2018-07-14T12:41:01+00:00 July 14th, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer   A thrilling, smouldering, unbelievable mystery story that crackles with chemistry - and did we mention that former POTUS Barack Obama and and former vice-POTUS Joe Biden are the detective protagonists? After the dust has settled following their completed second term in the White House, Biden is summoned from [...]

7 07, 2018

Book Of The Week: You’re Called What?

2018-07-07T10:45:44+00:00 July 7th, 2018|Categories: Kids, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

You're called What? by Kes Gray This complete jewel of a picture book is set at an animal-renaming bureau; the place critters such as the Blue Footed Booby and the Aha-Ha Wasp go with their respective tails between their legs, hoping for a change of name! The situation gets out of hand when the animals [...]

30 06, 2018

Book Of The Week: Sing, Unburied, Sing

2018-06-30T10:22:03+00:00 June 30th, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward This book is set in the American Deep South. Looking at the contemporary underbelly of American society it addresses race, prejudice, poverty. This is beautifully written with wonderful dialogue and almost painterly descriptions of landscapes and sensory experiences such as smell and taste. Though shocking and awful, it feels [...]

23 06, 2018

Book Of The Week: Lincoln in The Bardo

2018-06-23T11:57:39+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , , |

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders   This story takes place over one night. President Lincoln, irreconcilably grieving the loss of his young son, visits the cemetery which is full of restless souls in the state of transition described by Buddhists as the Bardo. All are struggling with accepting the fact of death, and [...]