• "A gentle and moving novel delving into the life of a piano tuner in Japan. It asks important questions about learning, talent, and vocation while in the meantime emphasizing lyrical connection between music and nature. Shy, uplifting gem that will stay on your mind forever." Marta What he experienced that day wasn't life-changing . . . It was life-making. Tomura is startled by the hypnotic sound of a piano being tuned in his school. It seeps into his soul and transports him to the forests, dark and gleaming, that surround his beloved mountain village. From that moment, he is determined to discover more. Under the tutelage of three master piano-tuners - one humble, one jovial, one ill-tempered - Tomura embarks on his training, never straying too far from a single, unfathomable question: do I have what it takes?Set in small-town Japan, this warm and mystical story is for the lucky few who have found their calling - and for the rest of us who are still searching. It shows that the road to finding one's purpose is a winding path, often filled with treacherous doubts and, for those who persevere, astonishing moments of revelation. Mega-bestselling winner of the Japan Booksellers Award, selected by bookshop staff as the book they most wanted to hand-sell: A tender and uplifting novel for fans of A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler. ISBN 9781784162986
  • "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
  • "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.
  • "I've been a big fan of Pat Barker since her Regeneration trilogy and in this new novel she shows us what a skilful & imaginative writer she is. History is so often told to us through the words and deeds of men, but what of women’s voices? I’ve never read The Iliad but this story of Briseis, the queen given to Achilles as a bed-slave after the murder of her family is enthralling. A clever & engaging re-telling of a classic story." Bob. When the Greek Queen Helen is kidnapped by Trojans, the Greeks sail in pursuit, besieging the city of Troy. Trapped in the Greek soldiers' camp is another captured queen, Briseis. Condemned to be bed-slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her family, she becomes a pawn in a menacing game between bored and frustrated warriors. In the centuries after this most famous war, history will write her off, a footnote in a bloody story scripted by vengeful men - but Briseis has a very different tale to tell... Shorlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel Award and the Gordon Burn Prize. ISBN 9780241983201
  • "This book just makes me chuckle! If you enjoy classical art, social commentary, and memes then look no further. A great pick-me-up." Rebekah ISBN 9781797202839
  • "An amazing novel about what it means to be a young black immigrant in America and how are presumptions about other cultures are usually wrong. This novel is also a love story about two people destined to be together but it's the blog posts on black culture that stick with you." Bob ISBN 9780007356348
  • Staff Pick: "I’m loving the Jackson Lamb spy thrillers and this is the place to start! Clever & addictive with a great range of characters and brilliant plotting, it’ll keep you turning the pages and coming back for more. Read them now before the TV series appears with Gary Oldman leading the way as Jackson Lamb – the TV series may be good, but it won’t be as good as the books…" Bob.
  • "The entire history of humankind (and some possible futures) in just 450 pages – this is an incredible book that puts our history, and our place in the history of the world, into perspective. It’s incredibly readable and stunning in its scope and achievement." Bob ISBN 9780099590088
  • "This memoir of a junior doctor on the front-line of NHS care in the UK is eye-opening, hilarious and bizarrely inspiring - even though his intention appears to be the opposite! From the toll it takes on his personal life, to uncountable times people accidentally 'fall on' things that end up in their bums, this 'warts and all' autobiography is very funny and also very important." Bob ISBN 9781509858637
  • "A phenomenal collection, Angelou's poetry is a joy to read. If you want poetry that pulls no punches then check out 'Family Affairs' - a dark, honest look at the difference skin colour makes for women - or 'Caged Bird'. If you're looking for a self-esteem boost then 'Phenomenal Woman' and 'Still I Rise' are a must read. Essential poetry for any time." Rebekah ISBN 9780860687573
  • "A debut novel from a new young Irish writer is always exciting and this one is just brilliant! The story of one man and his dog - but not as you would ever heard before. Dark and mesmerizing, Baume's use of language is extraordinary. A difficult but amazing novel!" Bob "Once there was a dog that'd been through a lot and one day he bumped into a man who, likewise, hadn't been spoiled by life. They became brave and adventurous together. Shockingly beautiful read, a bit on the sad side but a brilliant debut nonetheless." Marta ISBN 9780099592747
  • Staff Pick: "An anonymous figure is posting videos online boasting about setting fires across Belfast and Sammy Agnew suspects his own son. Set parallel is the story of Dr. Jonathan Murray, whose newborn daughter isn’t quite as she seems. A story of loyalist Northern Ireland with a dash of magical realism, this book will have you thinking over the nuances of family, loyalty, class and violence. The best book I’ve read in years – it’ll have you re-reading sentences because they’re just that good. Emilie.
  • "A comedy of manners, that is also a deeply moving story of unexpressed love. An aging butler allows his head to overule his heart in this beautifully contructed novel from one of our best contemporary novelists." Bob ISBN 9780571258246
  • "My first contact with Strout’s prose and I came away enchanted. Topics and characters stuck in my mind for days! Ah, the power of the things unspoken… It’s a very easy and quick read dealing tenderly with mother-daughter relationship and growing mentally out of extreme poverty." Marta Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how it was she eventually arrived in the big city, got married and had children. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she's made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found. ISBN 9780241248782
  • Staff Pick: "A well deserved Winner of Dublin Literary Prize in 2019, ‘Idaho’ tells a story of the aftermath of an unbelievable family tragedy – a mother killing her beloved daughter. Accident? Insanity? Set in the remote and unforgiving mountains of Northern Idaho the novel offers a variety of perspectives to try to explain the inexplicable. It’s a masterpiece touching upon so many topics I can’t fit them all in here." Marta
  • "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
  • 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. Can Lord Peter Wimsey prove that Harriet Vane is not guilty of murder - or find the real poisoner in time to save her from the gallows? Impossible, it seems. The Crown's case is watertight. The police are adamant that the right person is on trial. The judge's summing-up is also clear. Harriet Vane is guilty of the killing her lover. And Harriet Vane shall hang. But the jury disagrees... ISBN 9781473621336


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