The great surprise on this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist. Published by tiny Scottish imprint Saraband, the novel initially attracted little attention and no mainstream reviews. It reads “as if Umberto Eco has been resurrected in the 19th-century Scottish Highlands.” Brilliantly unputdownable, it should have won the Man Booker. Which is probably why it didn’t. Goodreads page Continue reading 8pm, 9th May – His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
“The virtue of maps, they show what can be done with limited space, they foresee that everything can happen therein.” ― Jose Saramago In her “lively and informative narrative, Hewitt highlights the Ordnance project’s legion of draughtsmen, surveyors, dreamers and eccentrics, and the disagreements that flared among them.” Goodreads page Continue reading 8pm, 11th April – Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt
“If M R James had visited the Arctic, this is what he’d have written” or so says the producer of films such as Never Let Me Go, 28 Days Later and The Last King of Scotland. We thought it’d be good to mark the end of winter with a chilly chiller. So, grab a hot chocolate, wrap yourself up in a throw and lob another … Continue reading 8pm, 14th March – Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
Alan Partridge: “That is the best Valentine’s I’ve had in eight years.” Jill: “What did you do eight years ago?” Alan: “Just had a better one… Went to Silverstone. Shook Jackie Stewart’s hand. Superb. My marriage fell apart soon after that.” Yes, yes, yes… we’ve decided to go for it. Call it the seven year itch… but having founded in 2010, we felt it was … Continue reading 8pm, 14th February – Short Cuts by Raymond Carver
“Feeling a little blue in January is normal.” Marilu Henner Croeso nol… Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a good break and managed to find time to read Burgess’s cheery tome! As well as, of course, your Secret Santa… have you found a bookish soul mate, or unearthed someone with decidedly odd taste? We can’t wait to find out. As ever, we look forward to … Continue reading 8pm, 10th January – Junk by Melvin Burgess
“I-i-i-i-i-i-it’s Chri-i-i-i-i-istmas!” or so yelped Noddy Holder. As such, it’s time for our annual Secret Santa. Pick a book off your shelf that you’ve love, love, LOVED and write a little note to explain why, but don’t sign off: it needs to be a surprise. Wrap it up in the cheapest wrapping paper you can find and bring it along. We’ll pop them all in a … Continue reading 8pm, 13th December – Any Roald Dahl book + Secret Santa!