When Irish eyes are smiling it is often because they are reading one of these terrific books. It could also be because some banker has finally got his comeuppance in a tribunal, but for now, let's just celebrate Irish literature in some of its many forms. We like to think we float in our own peculiar way here at the bookshop and being big Bowie fans, we are thrilled that the extraordinary exhibition, David Bowie Is , has finally come to Paris.
So take your protein pills and enjoy our literary tribute to our favourite space oddity. Rebecca Solnit wrote that, "writing is saying to no one and to everyone the things it is not possible to say to someone.
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Here we have let our selection of books speak for themselves, click on each book for a beautiful quote, and fall in love with books all over again. Follow us down the rabbit hole this Easter. Forget about hunting for eggs, or parading about in a new bonnet, hunt down a new book at your local bookshop and enjoy the read. International literary giants Haruki Murakami and Erwin Mortier have made the shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the 25th anniversary of the Prize.
Toklas , and Sylvia's own writings her memoir Shakespeare and Company and her collected letters.
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Once you've read those, you can move on to these gems, all written by her friends and associates. A few notes on this list: If you have a modernist turn of mind and haven't had the pleasure of discovering it yet, Walter Benjamin's book on Charles Baudelaire, The Writer of Modern Life , is a once-in-a-lifetime treasure and the perfect gateway to Benjamin's Arcades Project. Richard Wright, Paul Robeson, and H. When her students travel to Paris, she advises them to make two pilgrimages: one to Oscar Wilde's grave, and the other to Shakespeare and Company. This week we celebrate the life of our namesake, William Shakespeare, whose birthday falls in April.
Of all the dynasties that have succeeded one another on the English throne, the Tudors, who reigned between and , are one of the most popular. Brush up on your history with some of these fascinating reads before checking out this exhibition which is the first in France on the subject. Can't make it to Cannes?
Curl up in your armchair with a book and a bowl of popcorn. Or you could watch a movie. But books last longer. Make a lot of popcorn. If you want to delve further into this topic, try one of the following books. But enter at your peril. The bibliophile bug, once caught, can make one, like me, its slave for life.
He is the co-director of the Paris Writers Workshop and gives walking tours through Paris. John Baxter lives with his wife and daughter, in the same building Sylvia Beach called home.
I remember so fondly that age when, though I was able to read alone, my Mum would choose books to read to me before bed, one chapter a night. Suspense, fantasy and magical lands, these are all titles that will grip you as much as they will the child listening. The Avignon Festival is one of the most important performing arts events in the world. It takes place every summer in July in the courtyard of the Popes' Palace as well as in other locations around the city of Avignon. Get a flavour of this year's events with some of the following books. Sit on your verandah with a mint julep in one hand, a classic of the American South in the other and raise a glass to the publication of Harper Lee's surprise second novel, Go Set A Watchman.
A good book is as important an item in your suitcase as sunscreen, mosquito repellent, plug converters and other such holiday prerequisites, in fact, I'm going to go the distance and say that it is probably even more important, more essential to your enjoyment of your holiday than any of those potenially life-saving items.
Whether you're looking for heartbreak or humour, mysteries or mayhem, there's something in the following list for anyone looking for a captivating read this summer. This is a bookshelf for young people who are just starting to feel they are ready to venture out of the young adult section of the shop and downstairs into adult fiction. These titles make a smooth bridge between the two, with themes you might be familiar with from Young Adults that are here being dealt with in more adult ways.
All of them are excellent reads but are written in a way that you won't find daunting. Plus they are so good that you'll want to come back to them in years to come!
If you can't handle the queues but want to immerse yourself in the world of French fashion, stroll on over to your local bookshop and take a look at one of the following. Every year Sam Jordison leads a hunt by readers of the Guardian books blog to find the year's best book , which may — or may not — tally with the assessment of the Man Booker prize judges. The winning book will be announced on 12 October The prize? A Guardian mug. They are books which speak of similar concerns. Some of them are directly related to the subject matter; mourning, childhood and poetic obsession.
Some of them are by the writers I think of as my permission givers, writers who do things with language and form that have moved or shocked or inspired me. Some of them are books I have loved and returned to many times, such as Angry Arthur , which I consider to be a book of complete perfection. They are all books I would want with me in my shack in the woods, when that time comes.
If anything gathers them all together, from the deep peace and rural quiet of late John McGahern, to the roaring dream-time brilliance of Riddley Walker , it is that these are books which celebrate language. He previously managed an independent bookshop and won the Young Bookseller of the Year award.
He lives in South London with his wife and children. Grief is the Thing with Feathers is his first book. There's long been a creative connection between extreme weather and extreme behaviour. In these books, the sun bakes down, steamy indolent summers linger on, and the weather becomes a force and a character in its own right, unleashing all sorts of strange and wild occurrences. I always used to shy away from Fantasy and Sci Fi feeling I would find it exhausting to get my head around all the worlds and the lineages with unpronounceable names.
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- The Mirror of the Soul.
- Oil: Politics, Poverty and the Planet (Global Issues).
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This selection is not too "genre heavy" so they make good points of entry in the world of other worlds. Am I the only totally obsessed with all things Mitford? Of course not! Love them or love to hate them depending on which of the sisters we're talking about they are undeniably totally fascinating and I can't get enough.
Make sure you listen to Decca and Dianas desert island discs! Autumn is always an exciting time for new fiction and an exciting time generally if you're someone who doesn't like blistering summer temperatures. Read a book while you're at it. Oh, the books you can read, You can read about the tiger, and when he came to tea, You can read about the rabbit, the one made from velveteen, You can read about Charlotte and her web, oh so wide, A book is just perfect when you're in the mood to hide, Oh, the books you can read!
When two of my books Vertigo and Hotel were published within a week of each other in the US, I dealt with the terror by trying to build some new book shelves. Not able to carpenter, or to afford readymades, I bought some scaffolding planks that I was surprised to find as thick and heavy as young trees. They lay across the floor of my workroom for a long time, which made it difficult to get to and from my desk until I got hold of some bricks to stack between them.
Now they hold almost all my books. These are the books published in that I was happiest to add to my shelves. Joanna Walsh 's books include Hotel , Vertigo , and Fractals.
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Discover more about one of the leading proponents of pop art with some of the following titles. The Guardian First Book Award celebrates first-time writers across all genres who have had their first book published in English during the last year. This year's shortlist includes poetry, prose-poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Last Christmas, I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away, this year, to save me from tears, please give me some books.
We called upon our booksellers to tell us their favourite reads of and this is what they came up with. There are prize-winning novels, unsettling short story collections, works of history, anthropology and philosophy, and a timely, deeply moving essay on race relations. Click on any of the titles to read more about why the book was chosen. Compiling this list of exciting forthcoming titles really got my heart racing.
And this is just a fraction of the fantastic new reads coming our way. Will there be enough time to read them all? How quickly can we get our mitts on them? Which ones will be the ones that no-one can agree on? Shiny new books: pure catnip. There are people who leave their bodies and their bodies go on living without them.
- The Last Patriot?
- Claimed (The Circulate Series).
- Rescuing Rosalind (Six Rogues and Their Ladies Book 4).
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- A Touch of Kindness.
- Braving House Calls;
- Collected Works of Watchman Nee, The (Set 2) Vol. The Open Door (2) - by Watchman Nee.
These people are named Natasha. Here are some other Natashas I have gotten to know, part of a diaspora of voices for whom language is sometimes damage, and damage an aphrodisiac. Where eroticism is called home, and comes home, claiming its own welcome. The daring essays on healing our perspectives on love, gender, and sex by the African-American writer and social activist Bell Hooks. Some people say it with flowers. Others with chocolates. Your choice should be personal, elegant and loaded with double meaning or double entendre , if you prefer.
Should you need a little inspiration our booksellers have selected these few titles to get you started. In my series of linked short stories This Is the Ritual , I took great pleasure in creating fictions that drew inspiration from books such as these. Thus there are essays that are stories and vice versa , autofictional self-assassinations, and deadpan biographies of imaginary authors - in short, fictions that keep the reader guessing how much is truth and how much is fabrication. What binds together many of the books I find fascinating is a spirit of playfulness, along with a genre-bending willingness to disregard the conventions of much so-called literary fiction.
Summertime by J. Coetzee was a novel comprised of fictitious interviews with figures from the life of the deceased South African author, J. These are all writers whose natural instinct is to make it new, recasting literary forms in their own mould and jettisoning the parts they find boring, rather than merely inheriting the common ways of doing things. As such, they thrill me as a reader and inspire me as a writer. The days are short, the month is short, tempers are short when you lose yet another umbrella, why not keep the stories short too?