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Book of the Week

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla


How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport? Or be told that, as an actress, the part you're most fitted to play is 'wife of a terrorist'? How does it feel to have words from your native language misused, misappropriated and used aggressively towards you? How does it feel to hear a child of colour say in a classroom that stories can only be about white people? How does it feel to go 'home' to India when your home is really London? What is it like to feel you always have to be an ambassador for your race? How does it feel to always tick 'Other'? Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be 'other' in a country that doesn't seem to want you, doesn't truly accept you - however many generations you've been here - but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms. Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants - job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees - until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, editor Nikesh Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and - most importantly - real.

Book at Bedtime

Conrad and Eleanor by Jane Rogers


When Conrad fails to return home from a science conference, Eleanor guesses he may at last be reacting to her infidelity. Or has he finally tired of his stagnating job in transplant research? Eleanor's own scientific career has forged ahead, while Conrad played main carer to their children. The four children, now adult, fear for their father but seem to have little sympathy for their tough ambitious mother. Meanwhile, a long way from home, Conrad is alone, scared and on the run.

Man Booker Shortlist













This year's Man Booker Shortlist was announced in September and the Winner will be announced on October 25th. Amanda Foreman, chair of judges, said: "The Man Booker Prize subjects novels to a level of scrutiny that few books can survive. "In re-reading our incredibly diverse and challenging longlist, it was both agonizing and exhilarating to be confronted by the sheer power of the writing. "As a group we were excited by the willingness of so many authors to take risks with language and form. "The final six reflect the centrality of the novel in modern culture – in its ability to champion the unconventional, to explore the unfamiliar, and to tackle difficult subjects."

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


1 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

2. Conclave by Robert Harris

3. The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson

4. Spinderella by Julia Donaldson

5. French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain

6. Land Rover by Ben Fogle

7. Where my Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

8. Surviving Aberfan: the People's Story by Sue Elliott and Bevan Jones

9. The Pigeon Tunnel by John le Carre

10. The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey

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.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Coming up

  • Surviving Aberfan - the People's Story

Local authors Sue Elliott and Bevan Jones have written a new book about Aberfan, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the disaster on October 21st 1966. Thousands of tonnes of mine waste slid down a Welsh mountainside engulfing a primary school and surrounding houses. 116 children and 28 adults died under the slurry and rubble, making it one of the worst peacetime disasters in modern history. The book is based on interviews with many of those directly involved, and ties into a documentary to be shown on BBC 4 on October 4th.

If you want to find out more, do join us on November 2nd at 7pm when Sue and Bevan will be reading from and discussing the book. There will be time to ask questions, and wine and nibbles will be served.

Please do let us know you are coming though as we do tend to get a bit overcrowded!