Raymond Carver, pictured in Syracuse, New York, in 1984.

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8pm, 14th February – Short Cuts by Raymond Carver

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

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8pm, 14th March – Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

“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

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8pm, 11th April – Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt

“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

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8pm, 9th May – His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

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