Newsletter 17th April 2021

Posted 22nd April 2021

WE ARE OPEN AGAIN FOR BROWSING
It has been so lovely to welcome our customers back inside the shop after such a long time. Thank you to all of you who used our doorway collection service, we had a wonderful time recommending books by email and over the phone. Our website is the best place to place an order and we have listed our favourite recommendations, but you can order any available book, just fill in the ‘order a book’ form and we will do the rest. If you prefer to speak to someone please call 020 7485 7793, we are more than happy to help over the phone.    
KENTISH TOWN’S TOP FIVE
Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell – £8.99
Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart – £8.99
In the Garden – Various Authors – £9.99
Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro – £20
Our Lady of the Nile – Scholastique Mukasonga – £9.99
THIS WEEK’S RECOMMENDATIONS

The Absolute Book
by Elizabeth Knox
£14.99
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Taryn Cornick barely remembers the family library. Since her sister was murdered, she’s forgotten so much. Now it’s all coming back. The fire. The thief. The scroll box. People are asking questions about the library. Questions that might relate to her sister’s murder. And something called The Absolute Book. A book in which secrets are written – and which everyone believes only she can find. They insist Taryn be the hunter. But she knows the truth. She is the hunted . .

Rhapsody in Green
by Charlotte Mendelson
£9.99
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Novelist Charlotte Mendelson has a secret life. Despite owning only six square metres of urban soil and a few pots, she is an extreme gardener; the creator of a tiny but bountiful edible jungle. And like all enthusiasts, she will not rest until you share her obsession.

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again
by M. John Harrison
£8.99
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Shaw had a breakdown, but he’s getting himself back together. He has a single room, a job on a decaying London barge, and an on-off affair with a doctor’s daughter called Victoria, who claims to have seen her first corpse at age thirteen. It’s not ideal, but it’s a life. Or it would be if Shaw hadn’t got himself involved in a conspiracy theory that, on dark nights by the river, seems less and less theoretical…


The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym
by Paula Byrne
£25.00
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Barbara Pym became beloved as one of the wittiest novelists of the late twentieth century, revealing the inner workings of domestic life so brilliantly that her friend Philip Larkin announced her the era’s own Jane Austen. But who was Barbara Pym and why was the life of this English writer – one of the greatest chroniclers of the human heart – so defined by rejection, both in her writing and in love?

Nature Trail
by Benjamin Zephaniah & Nila Aye
£12.99
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At the bottom of my garden, there’s a hedgehog and a frog,And a lot of creepy-crawlies living underneath a log . . All around us, from parks to gardens and flowerpots to pavements, there’s a world of wonder just waiting to be discovered. Why not look a little closer and see what you find? This joyful celebration of nature reminds us all to take a closer look at the world around us, and enjoy the wonder of nature wherever we find it. Packed with animals and minibeasts galore, this imaginative rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud.

Counting on Katherine
by Helaine Becker & Dow Phumiruk
£7.99
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Katherine Johnson is the mathematical genius who helped make the historic Apollo 11 moon landings possible and made sure that Apollo 13 returned home safely when the mission was in critical danger. As a child, Katherine loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about maths, about the universe . . .
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