Ros Ephraim I’m currently reading The Melmoth by Sarah Perry. I’ve recently read and enjoyed:- 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:- Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Pipp
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 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).
Gwen Hunter ( Gwen joined the Burway Books team in November 2018) I’ve just started The Gallows Pole (Benjamin Myers). It’s good, it involves some baddies and an alchemist – no spoilers!
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
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)