Just returned from my monthly (or thereabouts !) slot with Nick Coffer. We had a good chat about books, what constitutes a summer read and Independent Booksellers Week.
Six books mentioned, well 5 and a 1/4 really as the Unknown Unknown is more of a pamphlet but really good for a quick 10 minute read.
The books are:
The Beach Hut next door by Veronica Henry published by Orion at 7.99 Published 03/07/14
This Boy by Alan Johnson published by Transworld at £7.99
The Unpredictable Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell published by Headline at £7.99
The Best British Short Stories 2013 collected by Nicholas Royle published by Salt Publishing at £9.99
The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman published by Transworld at £7.99
And The Unknown Unknown by Mark Forsyth, a special publication for Independent Booksellers Week. It is about the reasons for keeping the independent bookshop alive. There are things we know we know, things we know we don’t know and things we don’t know that we don’t know. And books are the same – there are those you have read that you know you know; those that you know that you haven’t read that you know you don’t know and there are tose that you have never heard of that you don’t know you don’t know! You will never discover these on the internet. he takes the example of Romeo and Juliet who might in the modern day have tried internet dating. However, one would have stipulated ‘no Montagues’ and the other ‘no Capulets’ so they would never have met that way. (They might have lived longer if they had!) So with books – talk to an independent bookseller next week, ask for their recommendations and see where it takes you. It might get an unknown unknown to at least a known unknown!
Bye for now!