Books for November 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.

November-IBAP-banner-1The Silk Tree by Julian Stockwin

“A fast-paced historical adventure of friendship and courage. The tension and thrill of this book is rooted in the fascinating history of silk and follows a quest that spans a vast geographical canvas. With an air of myth, mystery and intricacy this epic tale will have every reader gripped.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Academy Street by Mary Costello

“This is a powerful debut novel that I read as soon as I received it in early September and I’m still thinking about Tess, her life and the sadness of it. Despite being a short book, the story spans decades from growing up in Ireland through to experiencing 9/11 in New York. For lovers of Colm Toibin or William Trevor – this is the next read.”

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

The Ariel Poems by T.S. Eliot

“Six poems reissued with their accompanying art works with a broad Christmas theme. T.S. Eliot used to send them as Christmas cards, and they will surely be just the thing for all poetry lovers this Christmas.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

Emma by Alexander McCall Smith

“A further volume in the series of re-creations of Jane Austen’s novels. Told in Alexander McCall Smith’s inimitable manner, a re-imagining of Emma as a thoroughly modern girl, with a father full of worries and concerns. Austenites will love or hate this approach, but it will certainly find a vast number of avid readers.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

“How much should a parent sacrifice for their child? That is the question asked of Jake Buckman, one of the central characters in this emotionally-charged novel. Great for reading group discussion.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

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The Antiques Magpie by Marc Allum

“Another wonderful insight from the Magpie Collection, this time focusing on the world of antiques. Allum guides you through the fascinating history of antiques and combines it with essential facts and techniques. This is a treasure of a book for anyone excited by this interesting theme.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Christmas Carols by Andrew Gant

“I can’t wait for the publication of this book as it will be a joy to hand-sell it in the run up to Christmas. It gives a history of twenty carols, telling the stories behind them and adding a touch of magic with little anecdotes and background detail. “The packaging, design and price make it the perfect gift – I do hope I’ll find one under the tree on Christmas morning.”

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

Lingo by Gaston Dorren

“Europe seen through the peculiarities of its many languages. Language has a lot to answer for. It explains why the Bretons can’t add up and why the Spanish speak so fast. Geography and culture have never been so linguistic.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

The American Lover by Rose Tremain

“I have to say even if this book wasn’t written by Rose Tremain I would still have to read it because of the stunning cover. A collection of sumptuous short stories featuring a diverse range of characters from the adorable to the downright embarrassing.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Sanctuary by Robert Edric

“A recreation of the life of Branwell Bronte. The story follows Branwell in the final months of his life and illuminates the background to this tragic but ultimately triumphant family. A book that will be enjoyed not only by Bronte fans but by all those who like a good literary read.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

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Illustrated Old Possum by T.S. Eliot

“For fans of poetry and cat lovers alike comes this delightful new gift edition of a classic. These playful poems inspired the musical ‘Cats’ and continues to inspire and amuse all ages today. The crazy world of cats, so whimsically told by Eliot, is fantastic to read aloud and comes in this new smart edition.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

The Day No One Was Angry by Toon Tellegen & Marc Boutavant

“This is a beautiful picture book aimed at 7+ which deal with anger issues through twelve chapters where we see different animals in a state of anger. The stories are funny yet offer a gentle reflection on anger and how to deal with it.”

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

The Book Of Storms by Ruth Hatfield

“Hot Key really do produce the most fantastically original books and this is no exception. Full of magic, adventure and danger, this is the story of a boy who doesn’t think he is brave but finds that actually he is!”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Five Minutes’ Peace Jigsaw Book by Jill Murphy

“Brilliant, this is one of my all-time favourite stories. Loved by children everywhere, this is a stroke of genius to extend the fun into a real activity. The jigsaws will prove really popular; elaborating on the story, and giving hours of entertainment.”

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

Q Pootle 5: The Great Space by Nick Butterworth

“I absolutely adore the Q book series from Nick and was thrilled to hear of a new tale. The Great Space Race is a big event for the residents of planet Okidoki. Oopsy wants to win, but she forgets to fix her booster. When inevitable disaster strikes, Pootle stops to help. This is a fun story perfect for reading aloud to any book lover of 4+.”

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

 

 

 

 

 

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