from our favourite local book shop, The Book Case
Thursday, 1 April 2010
TOP TEN: March's bestsellers at The Book Case
As always, World Book Day dominated March sales at The Book Case, with five adult novels also selling well. Peter Thomas’s ever-popular local history, weird Calderdale goings-on, an alternative election manifesto and a book analysing what’s wrong with our society made up the remainder.
1. World Book Day Special: Kitten Chaos by Anna Wilson with Magic Ballerina: The Magic Dance by Darcey Bussell (£1.00). All of the World Book Day Specials for children were popular, but ballerinas and kittens took first place!
2. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (£8.99). Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 and our March Fiction Book of the Month. 'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.'
3. Hebden Bridge: a short history of the area - Peter Thomas (£5.99). Peter Thomas’s account of the history of our area keeps selling! A Royd Press publication.
4. The People's Manifesto by Mark Thomas (£4.99). Mark Thomas’s entertaining guide to what people really want from their government. If only!
5. Falling through Clouds - Anna Chilvers (£7.99). Hebden Bridge author Anna Turner’s novel, a contemporary retelling of the medieval English tale "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", is selling well.
6. We Are All Made of Glue - Marina Lewycka (£7.99). Georgie Sinclair's life is coming unstuck. Her husband's left her. Her son's obsessed with the End of the World. And now her elderly neighbour Mrs Shapiro has decided they are related. The latest entertaining novel from the author of "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian".
7. The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone - Richard Wilkinson (£9.99). Still selling well is this groundbreaking book demonstrating that more unequal societies are bad for almost everyone within them - the well-off as well as the poor. Our February Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
8. Weird Calderdale - Paul Weatherhead (£8.50). Back in stock, this collection of strange local legends is always popular.
9. Little Stranger - Sarah Waters (£7.99). A chilling ghost story set in a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire. A doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, home to the Ayres family for over two centuries. Our Fiction Book of the Month for February.
10. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (£7.99). First in the popular Millennium series and now a film. The original Swedish title was "Men Who Hate Women"! Book 3 is now out and expected to be popular.
In celebration of the the 500th anniversary of the Old Bridge, The Book Case has produced two bridge-related quizzes and a timeline. The adult quiz and timeline - which celebrates 500 years of Hebden Bridge and literature - is available now at the shop, with a prize of a £20 book token, and the children's quiz will be ready soon.
The Observer contacted us to ask for our top three sellers of the week for their "Culture Map" feature; we're waiting to see if they appear. (Since you ask, they were Anna Chilver's "Falling through Clouds", Peter Thomas's "Hebden Bridge: a short history of the area" and Mark Thomas's "People's Manifesto").
THIS MONTH'S FEATURED BOOKS
Adult fiction: Trespass - Rose Tremain (£15.99 at The Book Case). In a silent valley in the Cevennes stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his violent past that he's incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. His sister, Audrun dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life.
Adult Non-fiction: Map Addict: A Tale of Obsession, Fudge and the Ordnance Survey - Mike Parker (£7.99) On an average day, we will consult some form of map approximately a dozen times, often without even noticing. At a stroke, they convey precise information about topography, layout, history, politics and power. They are the unsung heroes of life: Map Addict sings their song.
Children: Ghost Hunter - Michelle Paver (£6.99). Paperback edition of the finale of the acclaimed Wolf Brother series. As winter approaches and Souls' Night draws near, the Eagle Owl Mage holds the clans in the grip of terror. To fulfill his destiny, Torak must seek his lair in the Mountain of Ghosts. Ages: 10+
CD: Sylvia Plath: The Spoken Word (£9.99). This new CD from British Library Publishing brings together BBC recordings from the British Library Sound Archive, and includes Plath discussing and reading from her work. A particular highlight is a 1961 recording of a BBC programme Sylvia Plath recorded with Ted Hughes, where they talk about their marriage and what it means to live with your muse. Many of these recordings are published here for the first time. The publication date has slipped, and we now expect this mid-April.
Windyridge: a classic Yorkshire novel - Willie Riley (£9.99)
Pennine Way North, National Trail Guide - Tony Hopkins (£12.99)
The Heritage Trail - Tom Schofield (£8.99)
Out of Office - Mick Piggott (£7.99)
Memories of Ted Hughes 1952-1963 - Daniel Huws (£5.99)
Sylvia Plath: The Spoken Word
Last Voyage of the Olivebank - Len Townend, ed. Elvin Carter (£9.99)
Love and War in the Pyrenees: A Story of Courage, Fear and Hope, 1939-1944 - Rosemary Bailey (£8.99)
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