Alina: A Song for the Telling by Malve von Hassell tells the story of Alina, a 14-year-old girl in 12th century France who has lost ….
We’re drawing close to the Regional Independent Bookshop of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, with the shortlisted shops chosen. Obviously, the past year has been very different from usual, for all of us but especially for bookshops! To find out more, I wanted to get in touch with some of my favourite shortlisted bookshops, asking what they had been up to over the past year and how it had worked.
Last month, we’ve all been stuck in total lockdown, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been coping with it by listening to copious amounts of my favourite music and reading anything I can get my hands on. If you’re like me and a huge Taylor Swift fan, then this is the article for you.
Without a doubt, 2020 has been one of the weirdest years that we, as a planet, have ever encountered. A huge number of great books have come out this year, and there have been some which truly transported me away from everything that’s been going on. Here are my top five reads of 2020 (plus an honorary mention) and five books to look forward to in 2021!
With everything going on, it can feel hard to know what to do – we all want to support independent businesses, but with companies like Amazon surrounding us, it can feel hard to know how. Luckily for you, I’ve compiled the ultimate guide to supporting your local bookshops this Christmas…
Cold, bare, unfamiliar and all too lonely, this Falkland island was perhaps the vital ingredient in the creation of Nell’s not-quite-novel-almost-memoir-mashup-masterpiece. She had travelled, after a Global Fellowship scheme run by Boston University, motivated by the frustration and fear of artistic failure, to this small island in the Atlantic Ocean. All in the name of an unwritten novel.