What’s in the box? The first new publishing of 2024

Our Hideous Progeny Book by C E McGillThe publishing output can seem to take a while to get going in January. So we were delighted that the first tranche of mouth-watering new books for 2024 have started to arrive.

2024 First Slice…

Last week Sathnam Sanghera’s much anticipated reassessment of the British Empire’s legacy, Empireworld arrived. We still have a very limited number of signed copies in-store while they last.

New fiction always features strongly in the early part of the year and we have picked Piglet by Lottie Hazell and Loot by Tania James as ones to watch. If it’s a more established author you’re after, then revered author of The Hours Michael Cunningham peeks into the lives of a New York family with his new novel Day.

For fans of fantasy…

it doesn’t get much better than a new Sarah J Maas novel. So it wasn’t a great surprise that House of Flame and Shadow barely touched the shelves before we had to order more. We had some great tote bags to give away too, but they might be all gone.

If you are looking for a paperback to read, then Cuddy by the brilliant weaver of history, poetry and myth, Bejamin Myer will on our shelves today. Also of note, is Old God’s Time from Booker Prize shortlisted author Sebastian Barry. Looking for something traditionally ‘gothic’, then C.E. McGill’s Our Hideous Progeny certainly fits the bill. Or a story of smuggling and adventure set in The South Hams, then what better than Kim Sherwood’s novel, A Wild & True Relation whom you can hear in person at the bookshop in March.Empireland book by Sathnam Sanghera

Go Naturist…

We are big supporters of rewilding projects, and while beavers take a lot of the limelight, we are delighted to see author Chantal Lyons getting close up and personal to the complex, intelligent and beguiling wild boar in Groundbreakers: The Return of Britain’s Wild Boar. You will be able to hear Chantal talk about these amazing creatures at our third Restoring Nature Festival in May, and there will be more of that soon…

Cuddy book by Benjamin MyersNero Book Awards: Winners Announced!

Drumroll… Meet the four winners of the inaugural Nero Book Awards. Nominated across four categories, the winners are…

  • Fiction: The Bee Sting by Paul Murray
  • Debut Fiction: Close to Home by Michael Magee
  • Children’s Fiction: The Swifts by Beth Lincoln
  • Non-Fiction: Strong Female Character by Fern Brady

We think they are worthy winners, and you can browse these and the original shortlist here.

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