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Rabbit Run by John Updike

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It's 1959 and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one time high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence - stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job. With no way to fix things, he resolves to flee from his family and his home in Pennsylvania, beginning a thousand-mile journey that he hopes will free him from his mediocre life. Because, as he knows only too well, 'after you've been first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate'.

Costa Book of the Year

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Sebastian Barry has won the |Costa Book of the Year award for the second time, with his latest novel, Days Without End.

Judges' chairman Professor Kate Williams said Mr Barry was the unanimous choice for his "searing, magnificent and incredibly moving description of how the West was won".

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Their lives are further enriched and imperilled when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive. Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past, Days Without End is a novel never to be forgotten.

These are the books that were most popular with our customers last week......

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1. The Proms Guide 2017

2. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

3. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

4. Earthly Remains by Donna Leon

5. The Couple Next Doot by Shari Lapena

6. Landskipping by Anna Pavord

7. East West Street by Philippe Sands

8 I See You by Clare Macintosh

9. Great Small Things by Jody Picoult

10. How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster

If you would like to read any of these books, please send us a message from our contacts page, and we will reserve a copy for you.

Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh

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With his distinctive dark wit, Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall is a masterful social satire sending up the social mores of 1920s England, edited with an introduction by David Bradshaw in Penguin Modern Classics. Expelled from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. Hi colleagues are an assortment of misfits, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe, least of all Paul. Taking its title from Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Evelyn Waugh's first, funniest novel immediately caught the ear of the public with his account of an ingenu abroad in the decadent confusion of 1920s high society.

Coming up

  • Vienna Spies by Alex Gerlis
  • Claire Fuller in Conversation
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Local author Alex Gerlis will be joining us on 25th May to discuss and read from his latest thriller, Vienna Spies.

With the end of the Second World War in sight, the Allies begin to divide up the spoils and it proves to be a dangerous game. The British have become aware that, contrary to what’s been agreed, the Soviet Union is intent on controlling Austria once the war ends. And Major Edgar is given the job of establishing an espionage unit in Vienna. He sends in a married Swiss couple – Rolf Eder and Katharina Hoch – who, in fact, have only met each other a week before their journey. Their job is to track down Austria’s most respected politician – in hiding from the Nazis – and bring him over to the British cause. But the feared Soviet spy Viktor Krasotkin is already in the wartorn city, embarking on exactly the same mission.

A taut, tense masterclass in espionage fiction from the author of The Best of Our Spies and The Swiss Spy, the new novel by Alex Gerlis takes place in a fiercely pro-Nazi city in the final months of the Second World War – a place where the Wehrmacht patrol the streets and the Gestapo rule unchecked. As the former Austrian capital faces the onslaught of the Allies from one side and the Red Army from the other, it provides an unforgettable backdrop to a chess-like game of oneupmanship and political ideology.

To find out more, do join us but please do let us know if you are coming.

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Very excitingly, Claire Fuller is travelling to Ealing especially to visit the Pitshanger Bookshop!

Claire is joining us on the evening of Wednesday 17th May to talk about her second novel 'Swimming Lessons'. Claire's first novel 'Our Endless Numbered Days' received widespread acclaim and won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize.

In 'Swimming Lessons' Gil's wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother. Is Ingrid dead? Or did she leave? And do the letters hidden within Gil's books hold the answer to the truth behind his marriage, a truth hidden from everyone including his own children?

If you would like to hear more, join us from 7pm for a drink and snack, and then settle back and listen to the author reading from, and discussing this wonderful novel. Booking is essential. Please contact us by 'phone on 020 8991 8131 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or of course in person.