Books for March chosen by our independent booksellers.

Hello and welcome to the books chosen by independent booksellers as recommended new reads. Every month we will be highlighting fifteen books hand-picked for you, and why these booksellers think you should be reading them.

Just click on any of the titles to read more and purchase from Hive, where every sale benefits your local independent bookshop.


Treachery by S.J. Parris

“This is the fourth historical crime thriller to feature heretic philosopher and spy, Giordano Bruno, once again set in 16th century England and Spain. Here he meets up with Elizabethan characters Sir Philip Sidney and Sir Francis Drake in a powerful combination that leads to an action packed adventure of intrigue and skullduggery. The previous three novels have met with great success and this new tale seems set to follow them up the bestseller charts.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles – Rickaro Books

Four Sisters by Helen Rappaport

“We often hear of the tragic end of the Romanovs in a cellar in Ekaterinburg, but how often do we hear about the four Romanov sisters who were shot there? This is the history of four very privileged girls forced to face extreme hardship. A fascinating glimpse into a lost world.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson – Red Lion Books

Dreams of the Good Life by Richard Mabey

“The biography of Flora Thompson, writer of the Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy. It tells of her life in rural England – from leaving school at 14 to becoming a much-loved writer. Richard Mabey brings his knowledge of the English countryside to this biography. A very respected nature writer.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson – Red Lion Books

The Galapagos by Henry Nicholls

“The story of these islands charting their geological history, their human history and most of all the story of their fascinating unique wildlife. How can its delicate environment survive the impact of mass tourism? Very interesting.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson – Red Lion Books

Pasta by Antonio Carluccio

“With seven decades behind him, there is little if anything Antonio Carluccio does not know about pasta. This book combines his enthusiasm and knowledge to guide the reader through a range of wonderful recipes including how to make pasta and choosing which sauce goes with which dish.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins – Urmston Bookshop


The Life of Rebecca Jones by Angharad Price

“This tale of a Welsh farming family in a remote valley over the span of a hundred years covers all human life; its challenges and emotions, and the changes which inevitably have to take place. The central character describes her life, and the rhythms of the seasons, with a lyrical poetic style. The tenderness in her depiction of the blindness which afflicts the family gives it a special quality which will make it a book to be treasured and remembered, and become a fixture on our shelves for a long time to come.”

Chosen by: Jill Pattle – Far From The Madding Crowd

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

“I love anything by Fannie Flagg so this is a real treat. As always a mix of quirky characters and an unusual storyline make it great entertainment.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins – Urmston Bookshop

“A new title from Fannie Flagg is a real must-read for all of her fans. An outstanding story as might be expected and one that will capture your imagination.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles – Rickaro Books

The Ruby Slippers by Keir Alexander

“A really entertaining story about how a pair of ruby slippers, supposedly stolen from the set of The Wizard of Oz, touched and changed the lives of a group of people in modern day New York. I gobbled this up in practically one go!”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins – Urmston Bookshop

The Bloomsbury Cookbook by Jans Ondaatje Rolls

“With over 170 recipes from the leading lights of the Bloomsbury Group, this is a delight for all lovers of that period. Accompanied with original artwork by Cressida Bell on the cover and hundreds of original paintings inside, this is a gem.”

Chosen by: Sheila O’Reilly – Dulwich Books

See You in the Morning by Barry Norman

“A tender and very moving story of the enduring relationship between Barry Norman and his late wife Diana. His style is caring and loving without being sentimental, and his characteristic dry wit and insightful turn of phrase make this an immensely readable account of their lives together and of his total sense of loss at her passing.”

Chosen by: Jill Pattle – Far From The Madding Crowd


Hog in the Fog by Julia Copus

“A new picture book series from Faber & Faber is launched with this great tale of Harry the Hog and his little friend the mouse, Candy Stripe Lil. Told in original rhyme, it relates how Harry is lost in the fog and his friends set out against all odds to find him. Beautifully illustrated by Eunyoung Seo, it will appeal to many young readers and their parents.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles – Rickaro Books

Stinky Space Race by Tim Collins

“This is the first in a hilarious adventure featuring Colin, who one day in class inherits a strange new classmate – Harry. With silliness and mayhem, this pictorial style book is perfect for engaging young and reluctant readers.”

Chosen by: Sheila O’Reilly – Dulwich Books

Cow Girl by G.R. Gemin

“Gemma lives in a tough neighbourhood, her dad is in prison, and her Mum is depressed – but the social realism is not dwelt upon. Instead the story moves out to the countryside where she meets a legendary character and the action which follows is gentle, funny, and very much an uplifting tale for our times. Well done, and I hope the author has some more memorable characters and tales to tell.”

Chosen by: Jill Pattle – Far From The Madding Crowd

Sun Catcher by Sheila Rance

“Exotically located in the Far East in an age when trading and communities were gaining more exposure to a wider world than ever before, this debut novel is beautifully and richly written, thoroughly researched and a pleasure to read. We did an event with Sheila in 2013, she was fantastic and the librarian said that this book would be a classic of the future.”

Chosen by: Sheila O’Reilly – Dulwich Books

The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup

“Children of all ages will love this book with its simple ‘spotting’ challenge and delightfully poetic and lyrical text. It will become a great favourite with nurseries and child care groups, offering endless opportunities for language development and general discussion, individually and in groups.”

Chosen by: Jill Pattle – Far From The Madding Crowd

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