Good morning my loves!
If you regularly read my posts, you’ll know that I recently attended the Headline New Voices 2019 event in Bath. As I was staying overnight, I think it was pretty clear that I was going to make a little stop at Mr B’s Emporium, which I have been told, is one of the most glorious indie bookshops in the city.
Now, you may already know that I picked up some books from the New Voices event, and while I did not need (debatable) to buy more books. We all know it was gonna happen! Here is what I picked up!
Restless by William Boyd
She continued her cross-examination and watched Romer’s pleasure grow; he was enjoying this, she saw, and his enjoyment began to anger her. This wasn’t some pastime, some idle flirtation – her brother was dead. Eva Delectorskaya, a beautiful Russian emigree living in Paris, is recruited for the British Secret Service by the mysterious Lucas Romer. Under his tutelage she becomes the perfect spy – trusting no one, even those she loves most. Since the close of the Second World War, Eva has carefully rebuilt her life as a typical English wife. But once a spy, always a spy. Now she must complete one final assignment, and this time Eva can’t do it alone: she needs her daughter’s help…
Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin
Unearthly and unexpected, the stories in Mouthful of Birds burrow their way into your psyche and don’t let go. Samanta Schweblin haunts and mesmerizes in this extraordinary, masterful collection. Schweblin’s stories have the feel of a sleepless night, where every shadow and bump in the dark take on huge implications, leaving your pulse racing, and the line between the real and the strange blur.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel, follows the intertwined destinies of two families – the Trasks and the Hamiltons – whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
Sugar, 19, prostitute in Victorian London, yearns for a better life. From brutal brothel-keeper Mrs Castaway, she ascends in society. Affections of self-involved perfume magnate William Rackham soon smells like love. Her social rise attracts preening socialites, drunken journalists, untrustworthy servants, vile guttersnipes, and whores of all kinds.
Cold Earth by Sarah Moss
A darkly atmospheric, intelligent novel about a team of young archaeologists in Greenland, unearthing the remains of an extinct Norse community while a plague rages in the outside world.
Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton
First published in 1948, this novel is about the life of two families during the inter-war years. We are shown the matriarchs around whom their families spin; but whether they direct their children gently or forcefully, in the end they have to accept them as they are.
And there we have it, all of the books that I picked up on my little outing to Mr B’s Emporium in Bath. I must say, this shop is absolutely lovely and the next time that I’m in Bath, I’ll be sure to pay them another visit. Have you visited this shop before? Do you love it as much as I do?! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books.
Peace and pages