from our favourite local book shop, The Book Case
Thursday, 5 November 2009
TOP TEN: October's bestsellers at The Book Case
1. Summat A'Nowt - Steve Murty (£9.95)
2. Yorkshire Dales Textile Mills - George Ingle, £9.99
3. Fun with Hallowe’en Stickers - Paul E Kennedy, £1.25
4. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel, £16.99 at The Book Case
5. Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives - David Eagleman (£9.99)
6. Gone Walkabout - Anna Carlisle, £6.95
7. Rebel Girls - Jill Liddington, £14.99
8. We’Moon Diary 2010: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn, £15.99
9. Moods of the Pennine Moors - John Morrison, £12.95
10. Hebden Bridge: a short history of the area - Peter Thomas, £5.99
Earlier this year Abebooks asked readers to identify their most depressing books. The results are now in, and the Top Ten Bleak Books were voted as follows:
1. The Road - Cormac McCarthy - "crushingly bleak"
and now Hallowe'en is past, we're discreetly putting out a selection of our wide range of Christmas cards and mini Advent Calendars for customers who like to get them early. Ness has indicated where they are with tasteful strands of tinsel.
Another cheering new arrival is a CD from Todmorden Orchestra of two new suites celebrating Ted Hughes and his work - see below! The weasels movement is apparently very lively.
We have in the latest big beautiful Landscape Photographer of the Year book, including Nigel Hillier's stunning view of Hebden Bridge in winter, which was one of the winners.
Letters of Ted Hughes, ed. Christopher Reid (£14.99) At the outset of his career Ted Hughes described letter writing as 'excellent training for conversation with the world', and he was to become a prolific master of this art which combines writing and talking. This selection begins when Hughes was seventeen, and documents the course of a life at once resolutely private but intensely attuned to other lives (including both adults and children): a life pared down to essentials and yet eventful, peripatetic, at times publicly controversial. Now in paperback at 784 pages.
The Celtic Revolution: in search of 2000 forgotten years that changed our World - Simon Young (£14.99) Shows how the Celtic Empire ruled the world from Spain to Egypt for two thousand years in a way that drew the blue print for today's Europe. The author grew up in Hebden Bridge so it gets a mention, as does Mankinholes.
Almost a Lifetime - Vikki Egerton (£9.99) Vikki Egerton is based in Luddenden, and this is her autobiography, covering her Royal Artillery service in the war, and her work as a librarian, teacher and author. She is now in her 90s.
Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957-1980 - Lesley Jackson. From the locally-based writer, curator and design historian, a big colourful book about the gifted textile designer who specialised in bold abstracts. Hull Traders were based at Trawden, and the accompanying exhibition will be visiting Bankfield Museum in Halifax. More info
Deadly Focus - Bob and Carol Bridgestock (£10.99)
Landscape Photographer of the Year, Collection 03 (£25.00)
Austin Mitchell's Grand Book of Yorkshire Humour (£7.99)
Owt, Nowt & Summat: a toast to all Tykes – Len Markham (£6.99)
Jimmy Mac, Prince of Inside Forwards - Dave Thomas (£17.95) Now in stock.
For National Bookstart Day (9 October), the theme was "My Favourite Rhyme". A survey of 2,500 people showed that knowledge of traditional rhymes is fading, 33% of young parents saying they were too old-fashioned to interest their children, and 20% saying they weren't educational enough. The most popular rhyme was "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". You can download a report here.
But at The Book Case, the Orchard Book of Nursery Rhymes and Oxford's Lavender's Blue, which both have a good range of traditional rhymes and are nicely illustrated, are good steady sellers: our customers clearly have proper values! We've just started stocking the Chester Book of Nursery Rhymes and Children's Songs, which has the music too, and for adults who like a challenge, we have Luis D'Antin Van Rooten's glorious Mots D'Heures: Gousses Rames.
A survey for Booktime on children's reading habits showed a 40% increase in fathers reading to their children since last year, and 96% of children enjoying reading - but pressures on parents' time and the ever-present computer or TV screen were pushing book reading out. Here's the survey
It's not so busy in November, but amongst the month's hardback fiction are Barbara Kingsolver and Paul Auster. Paperback fiction includes Tove Jansson, Prue Leith, David Baldacci and Marcia Muller, with reissues including John le Carre, John Fowles, an occult book from 1904 and Martin Jarvis reading A Christmas Carol. Click here for the full list.
November's Non-fiction includes:
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 Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver (£16.99 at The Book Case). A man's search for safety, torn between the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthyite America. The first novel in ten years from the author of The Poisonwood Bible.
Adult non-fiction: Letters of Ted Hughes (£14.99). Now in paperback, the highly-praised and wide-ranging selection of the late Poet Laureate's correspondence. See below.
Children: Crocodile Tears - Anthony Horowitz (£12.99 at The Book Case). Alex Ryder's eighth adventure sees him reluctantly turning to MI6 for help when he is targeted by a hitman, and his past is threatened to be exposed. But MI6 has a price - Alex must spy on the activities of a GM crop plant, but he's soon in danger. Ages 9+
Remains: The Elmet Suite by John Reeman & the Ted Hughes Suite by Lawrence Killian, performed by the Todmorden Orchestra (CD: £8.00). The Elmet Suite is inspired by five Ted Hughes poems ("Remains of Elmet", "Football at Slack", "In April", "The Weasels We Smoked Out of the Bank" and "There Come Days to the Hills". The Ted Hughes Suite is a descriptive piece celebrating the poet’s life: "His Youth", "Affairs of the Heart", "The Poet Laureate". Attractively presented CD commissioned by the Elmet Trust, with explanatory notes.
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