Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Parts 1 &11 - by J K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on 30th July 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Book of the Week
Wish Lanterns by Alec Ash
This is the generation that will change China. The youth, over 320 million of them in their teens and twenties, more than the population of the USA. Born after Mao, with no memory of Tiananmen, they are destined to transform both their nation and the world. These millennials, offspring of the one-child policy, face fierce competition to succeed. Pressure starts young, and their road isn't easy. Their stories are also like those of young people all over the world: moving out of home, starting a career, falling in love. Wish Lanterns follows the lives of six young Chinese. Dahai is a military child and netizen; 'Fred' is a daughter of the Party. Lucifer is an aspiring superstar; Snail a country migrant addicted to online games. Xiaoxiao is a hipster from the freezing north; Mia a rebel from Xinjiang in the far west. Alec Ash, a writer in Beijing of the same generation, has given us a vivid, gripping account of young China as it comes of age. Through individual stories, Wish Lanterns shows with empathy and insight the challenges and dreams that will define China's future global impact.
Eight Months on Ghazzah Street by Hilary Mantel
From the two-time Man Booker Prize winner, a prescient and haunting novel of life in Saudi Arabia. Frances Shore is a cartographer by trade, a maker of maps, but when her husband's work takes her to Saudi Arabia she finds herself unable to map the Kingdom's areas of internal darkness. The regime is corrupt and harsh, the expatriates are hard-drinking money-grubbers, and her Muslim neighbours are secretive, watchful. The streets are not a woman's territory; confined in her flat, she finds her sense of self begin to dissolve. She hears whispers, sounds of distress from the 'empty' flat above her head. She has only rumours, no facts to hang on to, and no one with whom to share her creeping unease. As her days empty of certainty and purpose, her life becomes a blank - waiting to be filled by violence and disaster.
If you are one of the many of us who will be glued to the TV late at night watching the latest from Rio, you may also be interested in some accompanying books.
Most recently published is 'The Games' by David Goldblatt in which this award winning author examines the complex global history and evolution of the Olympics.Illuminated with dazzling vignettes from over a century of olympic completion - this stunningly researched history captures the excitement of sporting brilliance and the kaleidoscopic experience of the Games. It shows us how this sporting spectacle has come to reflect the world we hope to inhabit and the one we actually live in. There is also an updated edition of Goldblatt's 'How to Watch the Olympics' which offers each sport's backstory and culture, and explains the finer points of strategy, skulduggery and skill. Once you've read the book, you'll be on tenterhooks to see whether the Danes triumph at handball, what the Italian fencers are up to and why Greco-Roman wrestling is so crucial to Kasakhstan. You'll know who invented the butterfly stroke, where water polo serves as the closest expression of warfare and how shuttlecocks travel faster than tennis balls.
There are also lots of books for children including Usborne's 'The Story of the Olympics', 'Flaming Olympics' which is written very much in the style of Horrible Histories, a picture book for younger children which introduces the main sports, various sticker books and even a book of poetry!
We like this short, insightful verse by Roger Stevens, called 'The Real Battle':-
"On the school field
Or in the Olympic stadium
Your competitors smile
While plotting to beat you
But the real battle Is in your head"
These are the books that were most popular with our customers last week......
1.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
2. Where my Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks (now in paperback)
3. Exposure by Helen Dunmore
4. Sweet Caress by William Boyd (now in paperback
5. Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
7. The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths
8. X by Sue Grafton
9. All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
10. The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien
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.
The BFG by Roald Dahl
On a dark, silvery moonlit night, Sophie is snatched from her bed by a giant. Luckily it is the Big Friendly Giant, the BFG, who only eats snozzcumbers and glugs frobscottle. But there are other giants in Giant Country. Fifty foot brutes who gallop far and wide every night to find human beans to eat. Can Sophie and her friend the BFG stop them? Let's hope so - otherwise the next child a gruesome giant guzzles could be you.