Ros Ephraim I’m currently reading Girl, Balancing & Other Stories by Helen Dunmore and All The Winding World by Kate Innes.

I’ve recently read:- The Happy Brain by Dean Burnett, The Lost Boys by Gina Perry, Deeds not Words by Helen Pankhurst , The History of Bees by Maja Lunde, The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook by Michael Brooks – fascinating insight into the life and work of Jerome Cardano, and Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon – Flo and Elsie is story is a moving tribute to lost lives, I’ve not read any book since Deric Longden’s Lost for Words.

Hilary Jones

Currently reading Curfew by Phil Rickman (working my way through his early titles).
I’ve recently read December by Phil Rickman (one of his early, pre-Merrily ones: very spooky but loved it); Questions Asked  by Jostein Gaarder (a very quick, thought-provoking read); 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 The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov; Confusion by Stefan Zweig;  A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre – i.e. different things on the go depending on mood.

I’ve recently enjoyed  India by V.S. Naipaul, and The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1915 by Richard J Evans, The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf.

Heather Millar (now working in London) I’m currently reading The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (2nd in series). I have just finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (1st of the series), Magician by Raymond E. Feist, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.


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)