Ros Ephraim I’m currently reading I Am Dynamite by Sue Prideaux, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

I’ve recently read and enjoyed:- The Long Take by Robin Robertson, Girl, Balancing & Other Stories by Helen Dunmore. Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale, All The Winding World by Kate Innes, The Happy Brain by Dean Burnett, The Lost Boys by Gina Perry, Deeds not Words by Helen Pankhurst, The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook by Michael Brook.

Hilary Jones

About to start The Chess Men by Peter May (having just read the first two books in his Hebridean trilogy, The Blackhouse and The Lewis Man). I’m completely hooked, having recently spent two weeks in The Outer Hebrides where the novels are set!
I’ve recently read The Devil’s Claw by Lara Dearman; The Corset  (proof copy prior to publication) by Laura Purcell; Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon (witty, moving, beautiful read).

Natasha Savage (currently studying for a BSc at Bangor University)

Recently read Dairy Of A Bookseller by Shaun Bythell and The History Of Bees by Maja Lunde. Both amazing.

I’ve recently enjoyed re-reading The Dark Tower:The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King and  Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling.

Alun Ephraim (studying for a PhD at Bangor University) Currently reading Patient X by David Peace, In A Free State by V.S. Naipaul, and the second volume of Stephen Kotkin’s terrifying but important biography of Stalin (Stalin II – Waiting for Hitler).


Some of Our Favourite Books

Ros Ephraim Craeft by Dr Alex Langlands, Winter by Ali Smith, Goldie: All Things Remembered by Goldie with Ben Thompson,  1947 by Elisabeth Asbrink, and Exit West by Mohsin Hami, The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer – now in paperback, The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro; who has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, The Music Shop  by Rachel Joyce, January Man by Christopher Somerville, Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis Stempel, Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney, Client Earth by James Thornton and Martin Goodman, The Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore, Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, Persuasion by Jane Austen, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton; Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach; The Last Runaway by Tracey Chevalier, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, The Box of Delights by John Masefield.

Hilary Jones How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn, Any of the Merrily Watkins books by Phil Rickman; The Trumpet Major by Thomas Hardy; Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte; The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough; On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin

Heather Millar The Night Circus by by Erin Morgenstern, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell; The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon; How they Met by David Levithan

Natasha Savage

Favourite books include Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; Return of The King by JRR Tolkien; Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett.

‘Books are the carriers of civilisation. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.’

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)