New books for May 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 Battle of Waterloo Experience by Peter & Dan Snow

“This year is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and enormous publicity for the event is assured. This sumptuous volume is prepared by Peter & Dan Snow so the media machine should really ensure a high profile for this publication. It comprises lavish colour illustrations with an informative text that will really bring this historic event to life, together with facsimiles of contemporary
documents. In addition it will make an attractive addition to any bookshelf.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

“Long-awaited, this is the final part of the Ibis trilogy and is just as brilliant as the first two books – like meeting up with old friends you haven’t seen for ages. The story races along from colonial India to the opium wars in China, with a fascinating cast of lively characters and great historical detail. This is a rare treat, superbly written and hugely enjoyable.”

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

David Gower’s 50 Greatest Cricketers of All Time by David Gower

“David Gower takes his life in his hands by choosing the 50 cricketers he thinks are the best of all time. Bound to cause many an argument over a pint!”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Fern Verrow: Recipes from the Farm Kitchen by Harry Astley and Jane Scotter

“Praised by Nigel Slater as ‘tender and fascinating’, this wonderful recipe book from farming life highlights the individual and delicious nature of home-grown cooking. Its mouth-watering imagination is evident throughout and has been lovingly created to inspire passion in cookery. This is a bible that belongs in your kitchen.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

“One of my thriller picks for the perfect summer read in 2015. I absolutely loved this book with its fastpaced action, lots of twists and turns with an even bigger twist at the end. Translated from the French, this is not highbrow literature rather than a wonderful, enjoyable read.”

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

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Common Ground by Rob Cowen

“Moving and thoughtfully written, with a unique view of the world around him, the author immerses himself in a seemingly scrubby barren piece of land and then discovers the diversity and natural beauty of our landscape in a brilliant book, which I think will become a classic. Very much of our time – from the desperate demise of a fox trapped in barbed wire, to the gripping and very personal story of the birth of his son – he discusses and muses on the state of our countryside today.”

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

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

“Among some of the most beautiful storytelling, this novel will appeal to fans of Angela Carter, Eowyn Ivey and Erin Morgenstern. An enchanting and encapsulating story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home, it has a haunting narrative that drowns in the emotion and poetic beauty of this book. Brimming with original imagination this debut will delight readers of the world.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy

“A WWII page turner with beautifully drawn characters led by the wonderful Anthony, this is by turn a funny and moving great debut novel from the ever-popular Emma Kennedy.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction by Terry Pratchett

“With the desperately sad news of Sir Terry Pratchett’s death I found myself turning to A Slip of the Keyboard to get more of an idea of the writer behind Discworld. As wryly witty as any of his fiction, it is also a very moving collection of essays, articles and of course footnotes on life. He has left such a gaping hole in publishing, but it is lovely to be able to dip into a book such as this.”

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

A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson

“Not a sequel but a companion to the wonderful Life After Life, and I think even better – just thinking about Teddy makes me go all misty-eyed. If this book doesn’t win every literary prize going I’ll eat my proof copy.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

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Monkey and the Little One by Claire Alexander

“A charming and warm-hearted tale of the importance of friendships and the power of jam sandwiches – need we say more! Accompanied by soft and emotive illustrations, this picture book is perfectly suited to get a powerful message across.”

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

Kipper’s Little Friends by Mick Inkpen

“Kipper is playing with his little friends, piglet and owlet, but has he got it quite right with froglet and doglet? All the Kipper stories are very much loved and this one will be no exception.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bokseller at Red Lion Books

The Secret Rescuers: the Storm Dragon by Paula Harrison

“Sophy, a maid in Greytowers Castle, finds some magic crystals in a box that she has been told to send to market. Can Sophy rescue a little dragon that comes from these magical crystals? Just enough danger and excitement to enchant young confident readers, it is charmingly well-illustrated too.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bokseller at Red Lion Books

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith

“A classic fairy tale with a safari twist from the always wonderful Alex T. Smith. Love the story, love the illustrations but the best bit is the shiny golden cover!”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

How do Flowers Grow? by Katie Daynes

“Tackling questions not only about how plants grow, but also where seeds come from and why leaves fall, this lift-the-flap book answers questions about the natural world in a fun and engaging way, with fun insect and animal friends to help out too. Beautifully illustrated, this book will no doubt spark an interest about the world around us from a young age.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

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New books for April 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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Sous Chef: 24 Hours in the Kitchen by Michael Gibney

“If you ever wonder what really goes on behind the doors of your favourite restaurant, this book reveals all. It takes you into the heart of the kitchen for a 24-hour period and will leave you breathless with the pace and the detail. Be prepared to change your views when next you go out to eat.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Coastlines: The Story if Our Shore by Patrick Barkham

“Told through a series of walks beside the sea, this is the story of the coastlines around our island. Telling the story of the people and the landscape, this is the ultimate portrait of the British coastline.”

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

Adeline by Norah Vincent

“A well written novel re-creating the latter days of Virginia Woolf and the events that led to her suicide in the River Ouse in March 1941. The account provides an intense portrait of Woolf and her social circle, the infamous Bloomsbury Group. This will find appeal to those who enjoy a literary read with good content.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

“A touching and filmic novel capturing how the broken heart of an ‘apothecary bookseller’ is mended through friendship, gentle adventure and eventually love. After many years of prescribing reading material to ease the life problems of others he finds happiness himself. A very satisfying read.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Villa America by Liza Klaussmann

“I loved Tigers in Red Weather and in this her second novel, Klaussmann does not disappoint. Based around true events and a real life couple this is a ravishing and heart breaking novel that’s unforgettable.”

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

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The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin

“Set in 1919 against the heady backdrop of jazz-filled, mob-ruled New Orleans, this is an ambitious, gripping thriller that I could not put down. I loved Ida who is obsessed by Sherlock Holmes, felt sorry for Michael who is charged with finding the Axeman and was torn by his nemesis Luca. This is going to be one of the bestselling paperback crime novels of 2015.”

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

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood

“Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Marion Keyes! You can’t help but like Jessica Beam as she staggers through life, literally! The plot may have taken inspiration from My Fair Lady but it’s an enjoyable romp nonetheless. Now pass the peach cider!!”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

“Tang is the most delightful little robot, who Ben finds underneath a tree in his garden. I would love to find a Tang in my garden – he’s cute, clever, slightly broken, but begins to find a place in Ben’s heart and life, at a time when his marriage is becoming difficult. Their adventures together are fun, their empathy grows, and all concerned learn some important truths about themselves, and their relationships. This is a brilliant first novel, and I look forward to her next book.”

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

Barefoot at the Lake of Bruce Fogle

“Bruce Fogle is now an acknowledged expert in his field, but perhaps had an unusual childhood. With his easy and matter-of-fact style, we read about the idyllic summers spent in a remote log cabin beside a lake in Canada until the summer when the wilderness became a backdrop to a cataclysmic change within his family, and their lives were never the same again. A wonderful memoir, with the backdrop of his enduring love of nature.”

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

Dark Aemilia by Sally O’Reilly

“This wonderfully evocative book just draws you into Elizabethan London with all its sights and smells. Aemilia is a true heroine: intriguing, brave and passionate. Can’t wait to start hand-selling this.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

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Cinderella’s Sister and the Big Bad Wolf by Lorraine Carey

“Oh dear, we’ve been getting those Ugly sisters and the Big Bad Wolf all wrong. We forgot about the third sister – Gertie did all the work while Cinderella lazed around. It was Gertie who had to save Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel & Gretel – and she did want to go to the ball… and so did the wolf. Could it all turn out happily? A great hilarious take on some very traditional tales.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

The Wild Beyond by Piers Torday

“This is the story of a boy named Kester. He has brought the animals of his world back from the brink of disaster, and he believes there is hope on the other side. And, he might just be right. The final heart-stopping instalment of the Dark Wild Trilogy. I have read all the books in this trilogy and they are brilliantly written, very accessible and engaging for any readers of 9+.”

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

The Jolley Rogers and the Cave of Doom by Jonny Duddle

“It’s great to see a new title in this series as they really tick all the boxes for children just becoming independent readers. A great balance of text and Duddle’s detailed illustrations, and as usual full of mischievous mirth!”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Peep Inside the Garden by Anna Milbourne

“This book takes young readers to the heart of a sunny garden. Its delightful illustrations will make children see their own garden in a new light; you can discover things in the book and then explore the real world for yourself. A further title in the colourful Peep Inside series.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

My Dad’s a Birdman by David Almond

“Join a father and daughter as they find their wings and take to the skies in this funny tender story. The illustrations by Polly Dunbar are gorgeous.”

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

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New books for March 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.

March-2015-IBAP-banner-1The Free by Willy Vlautin

“There aren’t many writers who can drag the reader almost immediately into the lives of their characters like Willy Vlautin. I have just discovered him but have already devoured two of his earlier novels. His latest set after the Iraq war tells the story of three wounded characters and is like the others captivating; moving and unforgettable.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

“Set in the 1900s, a new, historical novel from the author of Notes from an Exhibition. The story is set around real mysterious events of the author’s own family. It takes us from a comfortable Edwardian England to the harsh environment of Canada where we follow the life of Harry Cane. A poignant read that should find real appeal.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence

“Melody has issues. Her life is spiralling out of control and all she asks is that we indulge her and ride along. From the author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods, comes this touching and humorous tale of one woman’s story as she attempts to live her life. It is warm and witty, a superbly written account of the struggles of life.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

King John: England, Magna Carta and the Making of a Tyrant by Stephen D. Church

“2015 is a major anniversary of the Magna Carta (1215). Stephen Church sheds a new light on the king who was forced to grant the civil rights of the country. A story of a young boy who became one of the most powerful men in Europe but managed to squander his riches, his land sand his power. A fascinating tale.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

A Curious Friendship by Anna Thomasson

“A vivid and moving account of the remarkable relationship between the writer Edith Oliver and the young artist Rex Whistler. This is a highly readable account of a strange friendship set against a backdrop of madcap parties of the 1920s.”

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

March-2015-IBAP-banner-2Everyday Maths for Grown-Ups by Kjartan Poskitt

“Many of us try to avoid mathematical calculations at all cost, but with this handy little book you will be able to divide the restaurant bill with confidence! It has all the shortcuts, fun tricks and new approaches you need to tackle even the most complex calculations with confidence.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Fashion on the Ration by Julie Summers

“An unusual subject matter that should appeal to fashion addicts. As the nation went into uniform and rationing took hold, the fashionable woman had to look more carefully to find style and elegance. Fashion looked not only to Hollywood and society, but to the workplace and applied a make-do-andmend approach to clothing. Nevertheless women managed to remain stylish and this book highlights a lesser known area of fashion.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Romantic Moderns by Alexandra Harris

“Covering people such as Virginia Woolf and John Piper, this is the essential book for lovers of Romantic Britain or readers who want to know. The writing flows with ease making it a very readable book – a joy in fact.”

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

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sanchez

“If you like books with unusual names and a quirky storyline (and who doesn’t), here is one for you! The story of a young Englishman, a publisher indeed, who travels with his favourite books and Earl Grey tea, and goes missing in deepest Spain. An amusing and well-written literary novel that with Inspector “Manchego” – not his real name – will keep you chortling and reading all the way to the edge of your seat.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Ghosting by Jonathan Kemp

“A fantastic little novella about a woman in her 60s who comes to realise her life has taken a wrong turn along the way. Grace lives on a narrow boat in London with her husband, they ‘rub along well enough’, but when she thinks she sees the ghost of her first husband, her past quite literally comes back to haunt her. A very moving book.”

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

March-2015-IBAP-banner-3The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs by Andrea Pinnington

“Twelve garden birds have sound buttons to press. A lovely way to enthuse children about the birds around them, beautifully illustrated. Our larger version of this push button bird songs book is a firm favourite with adults and children.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders

“From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees a sign with his own name on it from a bus window, he knows his life is about to change forever. He’s right! Horace is drawn into a strange and wonderful world when he visits the House of Answers, full of mysterious treasures, but he must be careful – he possesses something that others want, and they’re willing to do just about anything to get it. For young fans of Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell – he illustrates the front cover here – this will be ideal.”

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

Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Byrne

“From the creator of Open Very Carefully comes this witty and clever approach to the classic fairy-tale form. With vibrant and colourful illustrations, this story is jam-packed with imagination. Kids and adults alike will love the rabbit who outwits the big bad wolf and becomes the hero of this wonderful book.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Ten Little Princesses by Mike Brownlow

“What’s a princess to do when she’s in a rush to get to the ball, and witches, dragons and Big Bad Wolves keep getting in the way? Call on her Fairy Godmother of course! Colourful, rhyming, funny and it encourages counting – what more do you want from a picture book?”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Wind-Up Ladybird by Fiona Watt

“This wind-up series has been hugely successful for us. It’s robust and fun and appeals to the very youngest of book lovers. Taking on wildlife is a worthy departure and one which will have wide appeal.”

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

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New books for February 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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Neal’s Yard Beauty Book

“At last, a book about cosmetics and skincare which uses natural products, for a natural look, with easy to achieve routines, and leaves expensive commercial products behind.
Neal’s Yard has a long standing reputation for excellence, and gives tried and tested techniques and advice to improve health and well-being for the whole person, with some great ideas and help for this time of year.”

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

Where the Wild Mums Are by Katie Blackburn

“Quite simply a laugh-out-loud tribute to the children’s classic ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Illustrated by Sholto Walker, this modern and adult take on the original will appeal to mums everywhere, whether they are feeling the urge to dance the conga or go on strike. Brilliantly told and charmingly hilarious, this will make the perfect gift.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

“An amazingly imagined first novel set in a London where the memory of its people has been lost, which sees a young man sets out to seek his past and discovers that he may be able to change everything. An original story that will provoke thought and interest.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Favourite Love Poems by Dannie Abse

“I was lucky enough to host an event with Dannie Abse in 2013 and he was truly amazing. His poetry and lyrics just sang off the pages and the warmth he had as a person came through in everything that he wrote.  In this collection he has gathered his favourite love poems together.”

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

Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook by Rachel Khoo

I love this cookery book because it’s not just full of delicious recipes, but also offers an insight into the real Paris. After looking at all the gorgeous photographs and sketches I’m nearly talking with a French accent!”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

“The really enjoyable second novel featuring Rosie and Don, who have moved to New York and are surviving the trials and tribulations of marriage. But though Rosie has taught him the joys of unscheduled sex and spontaneous meal planning, life is still not plain sailing for Don. Not least with the sudden arrival of his best friend Gene, serial philanderer, who takes up residence on their sofa.”

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

Reckless by William Nicholson

“William Nicholson’s stories are always books to savour and enjoy, and this does not disappoint. Set in 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis, the central characters have military backgrounds from WW2, when they worked for Mountbatten, or had tea with Princess Elizabeth. But the world has changed, and the terrifying prospect of nuclear war is now a stark reality… A hugely enjoyable novel which I couldn’t put down.”

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

Neverhome by Laird Hunt

“Whilst this American author has had other titles published, this is his first novel to appear in the UK. A well written, taught tale set against the background of the American Civil War, the story follows a legendary hero who is secretly a woman, and this intriguing account illuminates dark corners of the American Civil War. A quirky book that will almost certainly find a following.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Scone with the Wind: Cakes and Bakes with a Literary Twist

“The most novel way to get to grips with the classics, Scone with the Wind features 75 literary inspired recipes.  With witty introductions and amusing illustrations, this is the ultimate treat for book (and cake) lovers.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

“This was one of my favourite thrillers of 2014. With a truly atmospheric setting and a chilling plot, this is a contemporary thriller and written in a brilliant style that makes you think not a lot is happening but you are still feeling scared. And this feeling increases as the story builds.”

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

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Oi Frog by Kes Gray and Jim Field

“This is a winning formula of hilarious rhyming text about a frog that discovers that all animals have their special places to sit, backed with wonderful and eye-catching illustrations from Jim Field. This will sit perfectly on the book shelves of anyone under 5.”

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

Farm Beneath the Water by Helen Peters

“Can Shakespeare help Hannah save her farm? It will be sunk beneath a reservoir if Hannah and her friends do not do something. A great story and a great feisty main character.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

There’s a Panda in My Picnic by Jo Lodge

“This slide-and seek-board book proved a winner with my one-year-old niece. Incredibly solid book, able to withstand pulling and chewing and with bold and colourful artwork this is a fun book to have.”

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

My New Home by Marta Altes

“Marta knows how hard it can be moving home and has created an endearing picture book to help children feel better about moving. This book acknowledges that change can be scary but then highlights that it can be exciting as well. Finding wonderful friends will make any place feel like home.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Sophie’s Snail by Dick King-Smith

“Delighted to see these stories available again, with new illustrator Hannah Shaw. Sophie is a five-year-old girl who loves animals, and would like to be a farmer. Dick King-Smith had a real gift for imagining the minds of young children, and written with wit and warmth, we look forward to the rest of the series of Sophie’s adventures. The format will be perfect for emergent readers, with short chapters to help build confidence.”

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

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Books for January 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.

IBAP-Jan-15-banner-1Behind God’s Back by Harri Nykanen

“There’s a killer on the loose in Helsinki and the target seems to be the small Jewish community. Detective Avi Kafka is drafted in to investigate – after all he may be able to get the inside track on ‘his people’. For fans of Borgen, The Bridge and Rankin, this excellent Scandi-noir thriller will be right up their street.”

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

The Peanuts Guide to Happiness by Charles M Schulz

“Snoopy and the gang reach across generations of people who fall in love with them all. This latest addition to the beautiful small format gift books is another instalment of a brilliantly funny and insightful observation of human life. From laughing and dancing, to toasting marshmallows over a fire, this guide to happiness will make everyone smile. ”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

Hope in a Ballet Shoe by Michaela DePrince

“This is an inspirational true story of a young girl’s journey from war-torn Sierra Leone to achieving her dream to become a ballerina.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

War at the Edge of the World by Ian Ross

“A swashbuckling novel set in northern Britain. The main character is a veteran centurion sent to the cold north to sort out problems in the long decline of the Roman Empire. It’s a fast-moving story which feels very real, recreating the harsh realities of that time.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

Juice by Liz Earle

“Perfect for this time of the year when we all decide to become healthier, this is a clear and comprehensive introduction to the benefits of juicing. There are lots of suggestions for tasty fruit or vegetable juices that will have us sparkling well into the new year!”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop
IBAP-Jan-15-banner-2Last Bus to Coffeeville by J. Paul Henderson

“It’s quite hard to categorise this brilliantly funny novel – it’s somewhere between The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and a Bill Bryson travelogue. Last Bus to Coffeeville follows a band of misfits who are all at crossroads in their lives trying to grant a dying woman’s wish, on a tour bus once used by Paul McCartney. I loved this.”

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

Barging Round Britain by David Bartley

“This is the official tie-in to a new ITV series Barging Around Britain, starting in January 2015 and presented by John Sergeant. The book is beautifully illustrated and is full of interesting facts about the people and places that make up our canal network across the United Kingdom.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

“One of our favourites from last year, the hardback sold very well and we have book groups waiting for the paperback. A mystery story about an old lady who has Alzheimer’s but she is sure someone is missing. Very sensitively written.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

Mini Knitted Woodland by Sachiyo Ishii

“I have recently become a knitting convert, though at the moment I’m generally still on scarves. At first I thought this book would be way too advanced for me, but the simple instructions and beautifully photographed step-by-step guides will have you pulling rabbits out of hats!”

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

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

“I am very happy to assure you that The Girl on the Train is a worthy successor to both Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep, as it lures you into the plot of what has happened to each of the main characters. This is a fast-paced, psychological thriller that will change your commute forever and a debut crime thriller which is sure to be a bestseller in 2015.”

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

IBAP-Jan-15-banner-3Because I Love You by David Bedford

“A new edition of a firm favourite in an even more appealing format. The story of the love of a mum for her baby bear and all that they share together, this is a heart-warming and a delightful story to read to the young.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

“This story follows Andy and Terry’s crazy adventure in their treehouse as they try to write a book, told through a combination of words and fantastic cartoon-style illustrations. Ideal for 7+.”

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

Don’t Chew The Royal Shoe! by Kate Leake

“An amusing tale about Chips, the Royal dog. He is always getting into trouble for chewing the Queen’s shoes, but one night he goes from zero to hero when he captures a burglar by chewing his boots. A mischievous story with delightful and colourful illustrations.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Doll’s House Sticker Book Country House by Megan Cullis

“Usborne have been producing some cracking sticker books recently and this one will delight kids from four years old upwards. If you could design the doll’s house of your dreams it would probably look a bit like this Edwardian mansion – hours of fun to be had here!”

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

Soonchild by Russell Hoban

“Young readers will truly be transported into another world amidst the thrilling adventures of Sixteen- Face John, in order to track down the World Songs to help his child come into the world. Fantastical beasts, demons and spirits haunt his journey as he shape-shifts through time and life. It will make you laugh and cry. Mind spinning storytelling and magic is at the heart of this amazing fable.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Books for December 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 Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura

“Ignore the size of this stunning novel and just dive into what is a Spanish literary gem. Beginning in Cuba when writer Ivan Cardenas encounters a man who confesses to killing Leon Trotsky, this is a story of revolutions fought and betrayed. A monumental work, ideal for reading over the long New Year holiday.”

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

Magna Carta by Dan Jones

“2015 is the anniversary of the Magna Carta signed by King John in 1215, and Dan Jones brings to life the events that took place in a marshy meadow. Beautifully illustrated, this is a fresh look at this cornerstone of our constitutional rights and liberties.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

En Brogue by Hannah Rochell

“Do you know anyone who loves shoes, particularly flat shoes, or are they your fetish? Here is a book to delight any shoe lover and make for an ideal gift. Pictured in glorious colour with accompanying text are some lovely and perhaps-not-so lovely shoes. If not well-heeled and this is your “sole” gift, this is for you.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Love Life and the Archers by Wendy Cope

“A delightful collection of short essays gathered together from the writings of Wendy Cope. An insight into Wendy’s world containing something for everyone, and is a book that can be purchased with confidence as a gift or personal reward.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Playing it My Way by Sachin Tendulkar

“This is bound to be an amazing autobiography from one of the world’s greatest sportsmen. Despite his celebrity status, Sachin Tendulkar has always remained a very private man, devoted to his family and his country. He is also the greatest run scorer in the history of cricket and with the backdrop of turmoil in his home country, this is a fascinating read.”

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

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The Virgin Mary’s Got Nits by Gervase Phinn

“We have had customer requests and orders for this for months. It is vintage Gervase Phinn, his much-loved charm and wit giving us lots of gentle chuckles, and a seasonal anthology to treasure.”

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

The Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler

“The first in a three part series, this is an exciting tale of intrigue and espionage. Among the battlefield of pre-war Mexico is a story of love, secrecy and adventure. An entertaining and informative read that will leave you wanting more.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Ridley Road by Jo Bloom

“Ridley Road is a colourful and extravagant story of a young girl’s journey into the heart of the Sixties in London. In her search for a man she met some months before, she gets swept up in the Jewish fight against fascism and uncovers the darkest secrets of those around her. Fans of Maggie O’Farrell will love this book.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

“This is a strange but alluring book. Libraries are not usually weird places but here we find one with odd and sinister inhabitants. Attractively produced, it should bring interest for readers who seek a book that is that bit different.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Washi Style! by Marisa Edghill

“I only recently discovered the hugely versatile Washi tape, so was delighted to find this book about it. It is an easy-to-use material, but the techniques do need a bit of explanation, especially how to personalise and decorate anything from a photo frame, to jewellery to toys. A crafter’s dream.”

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

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“Sticker books are always a hit and this should be no exception. It is packed with wonderful colour stickers of dinosaurs, robots, aliens, sea creatures, animals, trucks, surfing penguins and more, to delight children of all ages.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

The Usborne Amazing Activity Book

“There need never be a dull moment with this book to hand. Bubbling potions and green slime is just the thing for the dark days of winter. I’m not sure about the balloon rockets, they never seemed to work for our family. Maybe there are more tips in here!”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Gorgeously illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, this award-winning rendition is full of warmth and humour. The whole approach is contemporary and accessible: Alice herself is a child of today – casually dressed, personable and spirited.”

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

The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson

“This humorous, hearty and utterly delightful reworking of a 1910 story by Eden Phillpotts is perfect for an entire family to savour together or an adventurous youngster to devour. This is a very enjoyable read and you can safely add this to the Christmas idea list for 10+.”

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

Shaun the Sheep Movie: Flock in the City – Sticker Activity Book

“Oh dear. Shaun and the sheep have lost the farmer in the city. Can they find him and get him safely home? This new movie should be a hit for all Shaun’s many small fans.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

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