from our favourite local book shop, The Book Case
Monday, 4 January 2010
BESTSELLERS OF 2009 at The Book Case
1. Summat A'Nowt - Steve Murty;
TOP TEN: December's bestsellers at The Book Case
1. Summat A'Nowt - Steve Murty, £9.95
2. Calder Valley Christmas DVD - Nick Wilding, £11.99
3. Book of Funny Signs - Eleanor Morton, £4.99
4. Mrs Scrooge: A Christmas Tale - Carol Ann Duffy, ill. Posy Simmonds, £4.99
5. Lecardo, £5.99
6. Red Sky at Night - Jane Struthers, £9.99
7. Hebden Bridge: a short history of the area - Peter Thomas, £5.99
8. Gone Walkabout - Anna Carlisle, £6.95
9. Lunar Calendar 2010, £5.25
10. Cloudspotter’s Guide - Gavin Pretor-Pinney, £8.99
THIS MONTH'S FEATURED BOOKS
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 Children's Book - A S Byatt (£7.99). A famous writer is interviewed with her children gathered at her knee. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world - but their lives, and those of their rich cousins and their friends are already inscribed with mystery.
Adult Non-fiction: Smile or Die - How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World - Barbara Ehrenreich (£10.99) Explores the tyranny of positive thinking, and offers a history of how it came to be the dominant mode in the USA. Ehrenreich conceived of the book when she became ill with breast cancer, and found herself surrounded by pink ribbons and bunny rabbits and platitudes. Rigorous, insightful, bracing and funny, this book uncovers the dark side of the 'have a nice day' nation. Children: Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster - David Conway (£5.99). Little Miss Muffet is bored with her tuffet, and goes in search of a new nursery rhyme to be in. Before you can say "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers," the whole book of rhymes is in chaos. Ages: 3+ yrs
CD: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - John Le Carre (£15.65). The first in the Karla trilogy starring Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a star cast including Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, Kenneth Cranham and Bill Paterson.
What Brass Bands Did For Me - Chris Helme (£12.99) Chris Helme is a retired police officer living in Brighouse and has been associated with brass bands for 50 years; he edits The Conductor magazine and also writes for The British Bandsman. This new book celebrates the world of brass bands and remembers the unforgettable characters - performers, composers and arrangers - that live on through their music. It's a record of life in the mill towns as it once was and a triumphant celebration of the brass band community of today, with over 100 previously unpublished archive photographs from private collections.
Congratulations to Halifax historian and author John Hargreaves for his personal achievement award from the British Association of Local History. Dr Hargreaves is well-known as the author of Halifax, editor of the Halifax Antiquarian Society's Transactions and as a lecturer.
Falling through Clouds - Anna Chilvers (£7.99)
It's a new year and the publishers' production lines are rolling again. In Fiction, there's a new Orhan Pamuk in hardback, and lots in paperback, including A S Byatt, Sebastian Barry, Barry Unsworth, Anita Brookner, Dai Sijie, Raymond Feist and many others, with reissues from Conan Doyle, Wilde, Rose Macaulay, Mikhail Bulgakov and P D James.
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