Ros Ephraim I’m currently reading Crushed by Kate Hamer and Blood Ties by Ben Crane

I’ve recently read and enjoyed:- The Hidden Horticultralists by Fiona Davison, Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck, The Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver, The Familiars by Stacey Halls, The The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, Something of His Art by Horatio Clare, The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst, The Long Take by Robin Robertson, I Am Dynamite by Sue Prideaux, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

I also love The Secret Starling by Judith Eagle

Clara has lived a life of solitude, homeschooled under a mean uncle’s regime … until now. The day that Uncle abandons Clara, leaving her with nothing but a wedge of ‘guilt money’…



Hilary Jones  I’m currently reading a proof copy of The Jesse Tree by Linda Hurcombe, a young adult novel set in Shropshire. Recently read Crushed by Kate Hamer (Kate will be coming to do a talk for us on June 12th) and Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy by Steve Mann, a great book for ALL dog owners, full of practical training advice that really works.  I recently finished The Redeemed  by Tim Pears (the final part of his West Country trilogy). I have loved the whole trilogy, his lyrical writing and knowledge of country life is inspirational.

Natasha Savage (currently studying for a BSc at Bangor University) Currently reading Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan and The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst

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 Solovyov and Larionov by Eugene Vodolazkin translated by Lisa C Hayden, and is also reading a lot of poetry: ‘Crow’ (Ted Hughes), ‘The Wrecking Light’ (Robin Robertson) and the Collected Poems (1934-53) of Dylan Thomas.

Recently read 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).

Gwen Hunter  I’ve just started The Gallows Pole (Benjamin Myers). It’s good, it involves some baddies and an alchemist – no spoilers!

Some of Gwen’s favourite reads: Reaper Man, Nightwatch, The Wee Free Men all by Terry Pratchett, The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake, The Scottish World by Billy Kay, Cops and Robbers by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

….and a few more of Our Favourite Books

Ros Ephraim The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, The Box of Delights by John Masefield, The Lion, thee Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis, Craeft by Dr Alex Langlands, Winter by Ali Smith, 1947 by Elisabeth Asbrink, Exit West by Mohsin Hami, The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer, The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro; winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, The Life of Rebecca Jones  by Angharad Price,  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, January Man by Christopher Somerville, Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis Stempel, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

Hilary Jones How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn, any of the Merrily Watkins title 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  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)