84, Charing Cross Road: A Timeless Classic from a Bygone Era

This year marks the 51st anniversary of the publication of what may be the most unlikely New York Times bestseller ever: Helene Hanff’s 84, Charing Cross Road. It is not even a book in the conventional sense, but rather a collection of letters exchanged by Ms Hanff and London bookseller Frank Doel between 1949 and 1969. The factContinue reading “84, Charing Cross Road: A Timeless Classic from a Bygone Era”

Crime Authors to Read If You Love Agatha Christie

And the best books to start with. Agatha Christie reigned over my teenage years. I was obsessed with her witty, character-rich novels. She formed my taste for the mystery-thriller genre. I consumed every Christie book under the sun, some of them more than once. “Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.” — Agatha Christie ForContinue reading “Crime Authors to Read If You Love Agatha Christie”

“Where the Crawdads Sing” Challenges Preconceptions of Loneliness and Leading a Simple life

This is a beautiful story and one that contains a timely and important message. Where the Crawdads Sing, has received a lot of media attention and has become one of those books that many people recognise, regardless of whether they have read it or not. As a bookseller, I can say it went through theContinue reading ““Where the Crawdads Sing” Challenges Preconceptions of Loneliness and Leading a Simple life”