really pleased to be able to look back on a very successful Warwick Words again. We do our bit and provide some of the speakers but it is really down to Helen Meeke and her team who work all year round to enable Warwick to punch above its weight and put together a program of which anywhere would be proud. A terrific achievement.
One important bit of news is that our shop at Kenilworth will have new owners as from December, and we will be at least half way to retirement. In charge at Kenilworth will be Judy Brook and, knowing her as we do now, we are sure Kenilworth will go from strength to strength. Judy is very keen indeed to build on the foundations we have established and we wish her the very best. Do call in to Kenilworth and meet her.
Christmas is almost upon us. We try to delay it as much as reasonably possible, remembering in our own childhood the excitement of the few days leading up to Christmas Day rather than the extended commercial extravaganza it seems to have become. Still, that’s not to say we haven’t got a lot of new books for you to look at, admire and, hopefully, buy! You can’t go wrong in this celebration year with Dylan Thomas’s ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ a beautiful little hardback at £4.99. Our favourite read at the moment is, of all things, (because I often don’t like Booker winners!) ‘Narrow Road To The Deep North’ a wonderful, wonderful love story and history of survival under the Japanese….. our top recommendation. For foodies, ‘The New Classics’ by Donna Hay is a really sumptuous cookbook, huge in scale and with full page pictures of every dish to whet your appetite. Great, especially if you replace some of the double cream with low-fat creme freche….Helen Castor gave a marvellous talk for us on ‘Joan of Arc’ and we can recommend the book unreservedly. Also I am particularly enjoying ‘England Arise’ by our next speaker Juliet Barker..it is just as much about the people and the times as about the Peasants Revolt itself, a fascinating and eye-opening read.
We tend to think about films at Christmas and for film buffs ‘All The Best Lines’ is a real treasure trove and highly entertaining. And for pure entertainment you will never go wrong with Gervase Phinn whose ‘The Virgin Mary’s Got Nits’ is up to his usual hilarious standard. Of course this time of year sees a flood of biographies many about ‘B’ and ‘C’ list personalities about whom most people couldn’t give a hoot, so it’s a relief to recommend Alan Johnson’s second installment of his life story ‘Please Mister Postman’. (could still be Prime Minister…..) already flying off our shelves.
Trying to cover a few more areas of interest, how about Clive James’ ‘Poetry Notebook’, ‘The 2014 Bedside Guardian’, for nature-lovers ‘In Praise of Bees’, ‘Proud’ by Gareth Thomas definitely an unusual sporting read, and The Times’ ‘Great Womens’ Lives’?
For children, you know what they like, but we can recommend David Walliams (of course) but not only his ‘Awful Auntie’ for older readers but his brand-new ‘The First Hippo On The Moon’ for pre-schoolers. Also a current hit is the latest Wimpy Kid episode ‘The Long Haul’. Want a wonderful and magical picture book? Look no further than ‘The Sleeper and The Spindle’ by Neil Gaiman and cHris Riddell, both names to conjure with. There are Annuals aplenty as usual, and for the teen in your family (or for yourself) ‘Us’ by David Nicholls is a certain best-seller.
For other recommendations, why not pick up a catalogue in our shop, or just come and browse our shelves. You’ll never go wrong in a bookshop………
And as usual we hope you enjoyThis Months Reviews. ….Keith & Frances Smith
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