Books for September as 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.

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The Philosophy of Snoopy: Peanuts Guide to Life by Charles M Schulz

“This book and The Genius of Charlie Brown are beautifully presented books and will make excellent gifts this Christmas – whether the recipient is a Snoopy fan already or not! They are lovely little hardbacks, full of the wisdom of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang – just great!”

Chosen by: Jill Pattle, bookseller at Far From the Madding Crowd

The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

“Set in Cyprus during the turbulent summer of 1972, this is the story of two families who find themselves trapped in a deserted city. As always Victoria Hislop hits just the right balance of historical fact and fiction.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

“A further mammoth blockbuster from the pen of Ken Follett. This, the third in his trilogy of modern times, will keep all of his many fans on the very edge of their seats as he brings the tale of these families into our own time. Passing through familiar events it is sure to prove a bestseller, just so long as you can lift the 1000+ pages from the shelf!”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Tessa Kiros: The Recipe Collection by Tessa Kiros

“This elegantly designed and beautifully bound hand picked selection of Tessa Kiros’ best recipes will delight the food lover. Her range of mouth-watering tasters from all around the globe spanning her lifetime of travelling is wonderfully diverse and family-friendly. This mix of traditional and quirky recipes is a collection to be treasured.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music edited by Hunter Davies

“It is hard to pick out the best Beatles books each Christmas, however this is one of the best for 2014. It will be a fascinating read for any lover of musical lyrics and will also be the bible for Beatles lovers.”

Chosen by: Sheila O’Reilly, bookseller at Dulwich Books

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Woolly Woofers by Debbie Bliss

“This barking mad book will delight dog lovers and dogs alike with fantastic ideas and patterns for dressing your pooch up appropriately. Be it for Christmas or holidays, or whether it is to match a style such as country chic or Parisian pooch, this book has it all. Your dog will be snug and stylish with this guide to doggie couture.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Breeds: A Canine Compendium by Fenella Smith & The Brothers McLeod

“This is a wonderfully illustrated and delightfully humorous guide to over 100 different breeds of dog (and one cat). You will see your favourite dog reflected in these drawings, from scrawny pups to glamorous hounds, each page will bring a smile of delight to dog lovers in every bookshop and home.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

“Can a High Court judge in the Children’s division always keep away from involvement from the cases she hears? And if she can’t, will this destroy her? A profound and riveting story set in the rarefied world of the Inns of the Court. Unmissable.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

Secrets of the National Archives, Curated by Richard Taylor

“The National Archives is an incredible collection – one of the finest in the world – and there can’t be many people who wouldn’t want to spend an hour or two (or day or two!) rooting about to see what they can unearth. Here, Richard Taylor opens a door to the past and brings some pivotal moments in history vividly to life. A fascinating, sometimes poignant, look at our national record.”

Chosen by: Jill Pattle, bookseller at Far From the Madding Crowd

A History of Loneliness by John Boyne

One of Ireland’s greatest writers now not only writes about his own country but tackles the issue of abuse in the Catholic Church. This is a powerful novel, taking the reader to dark places and is a highly personal tale. Having grown up in the suburb of Dublin John writes about, and knowing the college, he captures life in Dublin in each of the periods the story is set and portrays with brilliance the esteem that priests were once held in.”

Chosen by: Sheila O’Reilly, bookseller at Dulwich Books

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Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman

“The first in what will surely be an amazing YA series. It’s a cracking read, lyrical with love, pain and fantasy. What more could a reader want. For anyone who has finished The Hunger Games or Patrick Ness, this must be their next read.”

Chosen by: Sheila O’Reilly, bookseller at Dulwich Books

Busy Bookshop by Marion Billet

“This has to be a title stocked in all bookshops. A delightful board book for children of all ages, with all those things that are happening in your shop featured. It is interactive so you can really enjoy all those busy times in your shop and it will encourage a whole host of new young booksellers.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Itchcraft by Simon Mayo

“The Itch series is growing in popularity and this third in the series has Itch venturing in Europe with exploding Euros! He heads off on a school trip to Spain when he finds out that the lives of the people closest to him are in danger. He must solve this problem and look for answers.”

Chosen by: Sheila O’Reilly, bookseller at Dulwich Books

Bear Hug by Katherine McEwen

“A coming-of-age story about the experience of all things new and about learning to go it alone. A little bear has to cope with winter alone and after he has been taught life lessons by his parents. An adorable tale with delightful illustrations to encourage the little ones to take what they learn and apply it to the cycle of life in order to survive.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

“A great pre-historic re-telling of the boy who cried wolf, except this time it’s the dinosaur who cried ‘Gigantosaurus!!’”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

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