Staff Picks

Picked by Justina

The Whalebone Theatre

by Joanna Quinn
£14.99

I instantly adored almost all of the very English, eclectic, eccentric, and beautifully described characters in this well-rounded, multi-generational family story.
If you loved "I Capture The Castle" this heart-breaking, humorous, and captivating story will be for you. Enjoy!

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Picked by Mia

Ruth & Pen

by Emilie Pine
£14.99

A very warm and gentle book. A tale of two characters in the city of Dublin, Ruth & Pen takes place over one day. The alternating viewpoints give us a wonderful overview of mirrored and overlapping inner thoughts between two lives. While Ruth and Pen may lead very different situations, Emilie Pine shows us their similarities in their struggles with daily life and existence. I would really recommend this book as one to relate to when life feels a bit uncertain!

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Picked by Justina

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting

by Sophie Irwin
£14.99

The foundations of this plucky, witty, and thoroughly enjoyable Regency romp may have begun firmly in the hands of Jane Austen and Georgette Hayer but this charming and swooningly romantic story is very much in the hands of Sophie Irwin. Who doesn't love a Regency romance, especially when it has a bit of an edge...

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Picked by Aude

This Time Tomorrow

by Emma Straub
£16.99

I love Emma Straub. Her writing is fluffy but not silly, skilled but not overbearing, gentle yet incisive. If I have a holiday booked, I always look forward to taking one of her books with me.
This Time Tomorrow is no exception and will be your perfect (time?) travelling companion.

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Picked by Mia

Spring Cannot Be Cancelled

by Martin Gayford and David Hockney
£14.99

A sunny day book to dip in and out of. I love love love this. Beautiful David Hockney paintings to look at, and interesting conversations to think about. A celebration of colour, life and spring!

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Picked by Grace

These Violent Delights

by Chloe Gong
£8.99

A Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s gangster-run Shanghai about star-crossed exes from rivalling gangs who must work together to stop a monster from terrorising their city. What more could you want?! Beautifully written with a heart-wrenching ending that will have you both grabbing for the tissues and begging for the sequel!

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Picked by Mia

Elizabeth Finch

by Julian Barnes
£16.99

I really enjoyed this captivating and thoughtful character portrait! Julian Barnes can retell history in a way that makes it seem entirely new; the story of Elizabeth Finch and the impact she has on one of her students is interspersed with interesting delves into civilisation, and the patterned nature of history. I’ve made that sound a bit intense, but it is an extremely readable, warm, and entertaining book.

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Picked by Justina

A Little Hope

by Ethan Joella
£12.99

If you love Mary Lawson and Ann Tyler you will absolutely love Ethan Joelle's debut novel. Hopes, dreams, disasters, and resilience among a small group of neighbours in small-town Connecticut.
I will definitely be reading anything he writes in the future!

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Picked by Aude

Real Estate

by Deborah Levy
£8.99

If you haven’t yet stumbled upon this gem of a trilogy, you are in for a wonderful treat.
These books are in turn a literary essay, an autobiography, and a feminist reflection on our world.
Levy’s writing is masterful, and her insights are invaluable.

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Picked by Grace

Circe

by Madeline Miller
£9.99

Circe is a feminist retelling of a little-known Greek mythical figure - Circe - who is given both a voice and a story by Madeline Miller. Yet Circe is not just a fantasy but also a coming-of-age story, exploring the intensity of emotions in falling in love for the first time and the ensuing heartbreak, as well as the many joys and struggles of single motherhood. An incredible, beautifully-written read for those who are fans of Greek myths and also for those who just fancy tipping their toes in.

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