Top 10 Bestsellers
January 2015

  1. The People of the Abyss
    Jack London
  2. The Guest Cat
    Takashi Hiraide
  3. We Should All Be Feminists
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. Do No Harm
    Henry Marsh
  5. H is for Hawk
    Helen Macdonald
  6. The Examined Life
    Stephen Grosz
  7. Of Walking in Ice
    Werner Herzog
  8. Nairn's London
    Ian Nairn
  9. Londoners
    Craig Taylor
  10. My Brilliant Friend
    Elena Ferrante

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My Dog Tulip|J. R. Ackerley|Paperback|9.99 

My Dog Tulip
J. R. Ackerley

Cover: Paperback
Price: £9.99

'Who would imagine that the bodily eliminations, impacted anal glads, and sexual dysfunction of an ordinary dog could inspire a story so delicate, so sensitive, so clearly understood, and so purely and delightfully composed as to rival an Elizabethan sonnet?' So begins Elizabeth Marshall Thomas' introduction to My Dog Tulip. It is indeed a love story; a romance with euphoric highs as when Tulip gives birth to her first litter and cruel lows as when J.R. thinks he must drown same due to lack of living quarters for eight. 'Tulip is an individual, as unknowable as she is familiar, and as such she is all dogs, all pets, and in the end, all animals in their marvelous complexity, among us but not of us, with their intricate, mysterious lives.'

Keeping Mum: A Wartime Childhood|Brian Thompson|Paperback|7.99 

Keeping Mum: A Wartime Childhood
Brian Thompson

Cover: Paperback
Price: £7.99

Mum is keeping the Allies happy, Dad is keeping up with the Jones' and keeping out of the way and Brian is....well, keeping going. A tale of touching resilience in the oddest of circumstances told with disarming humour and without a trace of sentimentality. You couldn't make it up.

Down and Out in Paris and London|George Orwell|Paperback|8.99 

Down and Out in Paris and London
George Orwell

Cover: Paperback
Price: £8.99

Although it was first published in the 1930's, Orwell's account of his first-hand experience is still relevant, with workers, often foreign, desperate and exploited, living a hand-to-mouth existence. Far more compelling than some of the slum-tourism on television, it describes how it actually feels to live below the poverty line.

If This Is A Man & The Truce|Primo Levi|Paperback|8.99 

If This Is A Man & The Truce
Primo Levi

Cover: Paperback
Price: £8.99

In the first book of this single volume, Levi describes his time in the Nazi concentration camps with outstandingly frank objectivity for one who suffered and witnessed such suffering. For this to continue in the second book detailing his release and convoluted and arduous journey home to Turin is almost too much to bear but it is the unfaltering flow of his writing that carries you on. As Philip Roth said, a 'truly necessary' book.

The Discomfort Zone|Jonathan Franzen|Hardback|16.99 

The Discomfort Zone
Jonathan Franzen

Cover: Hardback
Price: £16.99

Beginning and ending with his mother's death when the ties to his childhood home are finally severed, Franzen brings to life with affectionate detachment what could otherwise be a mundane upbringing in the American Midwest and subsequent escape to college and the East Coast. Written in the fluid style familiar from The Corrections, he captures perhaps not universal but certainly shared experiences of growing up.

Soul Mountain|Gao Xingjian|Paperback|7.99 

Soul Mountain
Gao Xingjian

Cover: Paperback
Price: £7.99

Xingjian's 'One Man's Bible' would perhaps be closer to a memoir but Soul Mountain was written whilst Xingjian journeyed along the Yangtze River, partly to avoid the glare of the Cultural Revolution and possible arrest, the threat of which had caused him to burn all of his works and plays up to that point. Soul Mountain has a dream-like quality and addresses some fundamental questions, with Xingjian's prose constantly undermining the authority of the text without ever losing its lucidity.

Here Is Where We Meet|John Berger|Paperback|7.99 

Here Is Where We Meet
John Berger

Cover: Paperback
Price: £7.99

As close to a biography as Berger will get. Tales from his memory, journeys to old acquaintances, conversations with the dead. Berger's stories are always intimate but these have a more personal edge and it is maybe because of this that, at times, they are more overtly imaginative than his other narrative works.


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