Summer Reading

There's nothing like getting outdoors and finding time in nature with a great book. Or starting your holiday with time stretching ahead to sink your teeth into a new title. 

Ready to try something new this summer?

Here are some of our sensational summer stories for you. 

I have recently read A Spool of Blue Thread and really enjoyed Anne Tyler's ability to pull you in and invest in the lives of the various Whitshank family members through time, challenge and the changeable dynamics of family relationships. An effortless and rewarding read! 

A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler

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'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that summer's day in 1959.

The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family.

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain - Barney Norris

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There exists in all of us a song waiting to be sung which is as heart-stopping and vertiginous as the peak of the cathedral.

That is the meaning of this quiet city, where the spire soars into the blue, where rivers and stories weave into one another, where lives intertwine.'

One quiet evening in Salisbury, the peace is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide - a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower - all facing their own personal disasters.

The Village - Nikita Lalwani

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On a winter morning Ray Bhullar arrives at the gates of an Indian village. She is here to make a film. But this will be no ordinary tale about India - for this is no ordinary village. It is an open prison, inhabited by murderers.

An apparent innocent among the guilty, Ray tries hard to be accepted. But the longer she and the rest of the crew stay, the more the need for drama increases. Soon the fragile peace of the village will be shattered and, despite Ray's seemingly good intentions, the motives of the visitors and the lives of the inhabitants will be terrifyingly, brutally exposed.

Shadow of the Yangtze - Julian Sedgwick (Teen Read)

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J G Ballard's Empire of the Sun meets Susan Hill's The Woman in Black in a compelling teen thriller ...

Ruby - a Western girl who feels more Chinese than English - and her friend Charlie must follow the Yangtze hundreds of miles upriver, travelling by Chinese junk and rogue steamer, through bandit and ghost haunted countryside - doggedly tracking Moonface as he spirits Charlie's sister Fei off to his home village.

Pip - Nov 2007 - 6th June 2023

Finally a little tribute to my dear friend and companion who was never happier than going on new adventures with me and then sleeping contently while I read.

Like his namesake, he didn't have the best start in life but found his way to me aged 4. (big shout out to Wood Green Pet Charity)  

He was always trusting and had the greatest expectations. 

Sadly, he won't now make it to the bookshop with me when I finally open one, but at almost 16 years of age, he squeezed the very best out of his life. Always by my side and never forgotten.

Rest well Pip  xx

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