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Staff Pick Recommendations and Reviews from the Gutter Bookshop

As an independent bookshop, our booksellers like to uncover new and interesting books that you might not see everywhere else, so have a browse of our very own staff pick selections with accompanying reviews and maybe you’ll find your next great read right here!

  • "When an embalmer, his grandmother, a young carer and her ward embark on a road - trip together, you know it's going to be a good ride! Despite the dark subject matter, this is an incredibly uplifting and fun read. Full of heart and humour, this is a story with characters that will leave you smiling. Enjoy with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, preferably Black Forest Gateaux." Rebekah ISBN 9781509840366
  • "Stuck and in need of a heart-warming read? Look no further, just dive straight into the life of Ellis & the people that walk through his life and change it forever. Tender, touching, beautiful – another gem of Winman’s not to be missed." Marta. ISBN 9780755390977
  • "A stunning re-telling of the Trojan War, this novel will transport you back into Ancient Greece and the Age of Heroes. Miller’s writing is fresh and full of energy – and her engaging characters will stay with you long after the last sword is thrown down. Great for readers looking for an epic tale of love and revenge." Rebekah. ISBN 9781408821985
  • "I'm reading my way through all of the Lord Peter Whimsy vintage crime thrillers at the moment and this one remains my favourite! When Harriet Vane's ex-lover is murdered by arsenic poisoning, it is obvious to the police that she is the murderer. But Whimsy is not so sure… Brilliant writing, clever twists and a classic denouement make this a most enjoyable crime novel!" Bob. ISBN 9781473621336
  • "Have you ever woken from a dream that felt like it was real? For Kitty Miller, the line between dreams and reality has begun to blur. She imagines an alternate life for herself, one with a perfect husband and children, but the more time she spends in this world the harder it becomes to leave it. Part psychological thriller, part character study, this novel is gripping from the start. If you have ever wondered 'What if?' then this is for you." Rebekah. ISBN 9781509853922 (duplicate error)
  • "A young shepherd travels across the Arabic desert to fulfil his destiny. What he discovers along the way will inspire you to go on your own adventure - even if you end up back where you started. This is a novel that has stood the test of time, one that continues to engage the imagination and remind us that it is never too late to dream." Rebekah. ISBN 9780722532935
  • "Living in London during the Blitz, a young Emmaline Lake simply wants to Do Her Part. So when an opportunity appears at a newspaper, she jumps at the chance to become a Lady War Correspondent. Yet all is not what it seems.... A beautifully balanced novel about the heartbreak of wartime London and the resilience of its people, it manages to make you laugh with a lump in your throat. Great for reading with a cup of tea!" Rebekah ISBN 9781509853922
  • "When four siblings in New York sneak out to visit a fortune-teller who, rumour has it, can tell them the exact day that they will die, the repercussions will echo through the lives whether they choose to believe her prediction or not. This beautifully written novel is both a joy to read and deeply affecting." Bob ISBN 9781472245007
  • "I do love the quirkiness of a good Japanese novel and this is no exception! When a young man is told he only has a few weeks left to live the Devil appears and offers him an extra day of life - but for every new day he is given, the young man must choose something to disappear forever from the world. And that's where it gets complicated! Funny, clever, sad and philosophical, this is a beautiful read!" Bob ISBN 9781509889174
  • "Recent winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, this powerful and moving novel is Shamsie's modern take on the Greek tragedy 'Antigone' by Sophocles. The story of three siblings - Isma and twins Aneeka and Parvaiz, it is a devastating portrayal of Islamic radicalism, regret, passion, and the lengths people will go to to protect those that they love. Shamsie's stunning writing draws you into the world of the characters and reveals the tragedy of the mistakes we make in life." Bob. ISBN 9781408886793
  • "If you love a story with a twist, these dark tales from Shirley Jackson will delight and intrigue you. From the woman who gets off her bus at the wrong stop, to the man who is convinced he's being followed home, each of these brilliant tales is a study in how to write the perfect short story and the unexpected endings are guaranteed to surprise and disconcert you. Shirley Jackson is a master at writing our darkest fears!" Bob ISBN 9780241308493
  • "Fantastic short stories, majority of which are set in 1950s Latin America with all its passionate, multilingual vigour and political tension. There are stories of passion, betrayal, families, illnesses, moments of beauty and of pain. One to savour, not to be rushed." Marta. ISBN 9781447294894
  • "When tragedy strikes, three siblings Marty, Liz & Jules have only each other to depend on. The book follows them into fractured adulthood through trials & transformations into what is supposed to resemble a recovery. Fascinating and heartbreaking, a must-read story of love, friendship & family." Marta ISBN 9781473654044
  • "A fascinating portrayal of modern day France with its various secrets, prejudices, and delights. It's structured around one apartment block and the arrival of Edward into the city of light, and the attic. As tensions within the building and the city intensify we have to ask ourselves a question: do we ever really know what's happening behind our neighbours' doors?" Marta ISBN 9781473641563
  • "An absolutely delightful true story of a lovely written interaction between Helene & the staff at Marks & Co Booksellers that will amuse you, warm your heart and make you laugh at times. Set between post war Britain & slightly better off America - it's a fantastic pick-me-up, even if you don't need one." Marta. ISBN: 9780751503845
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