from our favourite local book shop, The Book Case
Thursday, 3 December 2009
TOP TEN: November's bestsellers at The Book Case
1. Summat A'Nowt - Steve Murty, £9.95
2. Ten Poems about Christmas - ed. Carol Ann Duffy, £4.95
3. Gone Walkabout - Anna Carlisle, £6.95
4. Mrs Scrooge: A Christmas Tale - Carol Ann Duffy, ill. Posy Simmonds, £4.99
5. A Place Like This - Jill Robinson, £6.95
6. Yorkshire Dales Textile Mills - George Ingle, £9.99
7. Lecardo, £5.99
8. Stick Man - Julia Donaldson, £5.99
9. Hebden Bridge Town Trail, £2.00
10. John Muir Trust Wild Nature Diary, £13.50
Now in stock is our selection from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild, with "magnetic personality" finger puppets-cum-fridge magnets (including Sherlock Holmes, the Scream, Nelson Mandela, Machiavelli, the Devil, Monet, Verdi, Shakespeare and Shiva, plus last year's favourites) mugs, some with disappearing pictures (the Cheshire Cat, Global Warming, Henry VIII & wives, dinosaurs, Adam and Eve, Shakespeare, Descartes, Maths) and "Quotable Notables", a new line of die-cut cards with stickers (including the Mad Hatter, Leonardo da Vinci, Jane Austen, and many more).
We highlight every month books we think are of particular interest: from adult fiction and non-fiction, a children's book and a CD. Adult fiction: The True Deceiver - Tove Jansson, trans. Thomas Teal (£7.99). In the deep winter snows of a Swedish hamlet, a strange young woman fakes a break-in at the house of an elderly artist in order to persuade her that she needs companionship. But what does she hope to gain by doing this? And who ultimately is deceiving whom? Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? - Michael Sandel (£14.99). An exhilarating and informed discussion from this year's BBC Reith lecturer. Is killing sometimes morally required? Is the free market fair? It is sometimes wrong to tell the truth? What is justice, and what does it mean? Children: Tabby McTat - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (£10.99). Fred, the busker, and his cat, are purr-fectly happy, singing together all day long. But then one day Fred has an accident, and he and Tabby are separated: how will they ever find each other again? This is the latest book by the award-winning duo behind The Gruffalo. Ages: 2-6yrs.
CDs: Classic Children's Songs (£11.99) 35 song settings of classic children's poems, including "The Owl and the Pussy Cat", "Wynken Blinken and Nod", "Duck's Ditty", "Smuggler's Song", several Spike Milligans and many more. And The Manchester Carols - Carol Ann Duffy & Sasha Johnson Manning (£5.99). This new sequence of Christmas carols was recorded at St Thomas's Church, Stockport by the Manchester Carollers and Northern Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Tanner. They retell the Christmas story for the 21st century, celebrating a child's birth and a man who lived by a humble selfless creed championing the marginalised.
A Calder Valley Christmas - DVD by Nick Wilding, £12.99
The Law Family of Todmorden and the Upper Calder Valley, 16th-20th centuries by Frank T Haylett, £20
The Shepherd Lord - George Peter Algar, £9.99
John Hodgson's Textile Manufacture in Keighley: a facsimile reprint (£9.95)
Congratulations to Jean Illingworth of Sowerby (NOT Sowerby Bridge) who with Sowerby Residents' Association enterprisingly sent a copy of her book Growing Up in Sowerby to Prince Charles in the hope he might help do something about the dilapidated shops which replaced the lovely old almshouses in Towngate.
Happy Christmas Hammy the Wonder Hamster - Poppy Harris, £4.99
The Inshallah Paper - Andrew Trimbee, £15.00
A Useful Spelling Handbook For Adults - Catherine Taylor, £5.99
Precious Moments by Susie Field, £5.95
Wasted by Alastair Sinclair, £8.99
BAD SEX AWARD 2009
This year's winner of a plaster foot is Jonathan Littell, as announced on 30 November. Previous winners include Sebastian Faulks, AA Gill and Giles Coren, while last year's ceremony also saw John Updike given a lifetime achievement prize after four consecutive nominations. The shortlist consisted of: Paul Theroux - A Dead Hand Nick Cave - The Death of Bunny Munro Philip Roth - The Humbling Jonathan Littell - The Kindly Ones Amos Oz - Rhyming Life and Death John Banville - The Infinities Anthony Quinn - The Rescue Man Simon Van Booy - Love Begins in Winter Sanjida O'Connell - The Naked Name of Love Richard Milward - Ten Storey Love Song The brave can find the offending extracts at the Guardian website
Or on HebWeb books