Top 10 Bestsellers
May 2016

  1. My Brilliant Friend
    Elena Ferrante
  2. Just Kids
    Patti Smith
  3. The Argonauts
    Maggie Nelson
  4. The Bricks that Built the Houses
    Kate Tempest
  5. The Utopia of Rules
    David Graeber
  6. A Little Life
    Hanya Yanagihara
  7. Adventures in Human Being
    Gavin Francis
  8. The Story of the Lost Child
    Elena Ferrante
  9. A Fortunate Man
    John Berger & Jean Mohr
  10. Sapiens
    Yuval Noah Harari

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THE BICYCLE BOOK|Bella Bathurst|Paperback|8.99 

Bella Bathurst

Cover: Paperback
Price: £8.99

For someone who never learnt to ride a bike… I still like to go on long journeys with an adventurous cyclist and their amazing two wheeled companions. Bella Bathurst has brought together one’s own best friend ‘The Bicycle’ and the stories of its many journeys, riders and incarnations across the globe for over a century.

For anyone who loves their bicycle, battered, worn, but still spinning a ripping yarn (to steal some Michael Palin - though sure he would approve) - then I believe you are on to a sure thing with this book.

THIS SPORTING LIFE|David Storey |Paperback|7.99 

David Storey

Cover: Paperback
Price: £7.99

Published in 1960, this classic slice of northern kitchen-sink realism about the world of rugby league is essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of post-war English fiction. Although somewhat neglected today, David Storey - himself a former professional rugby player - is an important post-war English writer, and won the Booker in 1976 for his novel SAVILLE

THE BREAK and FISTS |Pietro Grossi |Paperback|7.99 

Pietro Grossi

Cover: Paperback
Price: £7.99

Two sport-themed stories by an up-and-coming star of the Italian literary world. The Independent said of FISTS, a rites-of-passage tale about a young boxer: “There is more power and pathos in this short piece of spare, timeless prose than in most densely-written novels.” The novella THE BREAK is an intriguing story about a passionate young billiards player, and is definitely worth a look for anyone interested in contemporary European fiction in translation.

NOT JUST A GAME - SPORTING POETRY |ed Croft & Dymoke|Paperback|9.99 

ed Croft & Dymoke

Cover: Paperback
Price: £9.99

An eclectic collection - 30 different sports represented - even Ping Pong. One would never think of 30 poems about football - try Mike Jenkins ‘The Pwll Massacre’. Lovely.

THE STORY OF FOOTBALL|V. Southgate |Paperback|4.99 

V. Southgate

Cover: Paperback
Price: £4.99

First published in 1968 this is part of a reprinting of original Ladybird books. It is what the titles says and includes some lovely facts - apparently you could be sent to prison for playing footbal on the village green instead of practising your archery - thereby letting down the country’s defences….

MOUNTAINS OF THE MIND|Robert McFarland |Paperback|8.99 

Robert McFarland

Cover: Paperback
Price: £8.99

This was the now well known writer and broadcaster’s first book and his energy and freshness make exhilarating reading.
Its about man’s need to get somehow ‘higher’ Watch out for the bit about Coleridge - fits both meaning of the word.

CHINAMAN|Shehan Karunatilaka  |Paperback|8.99 

Shehan Karunatilaka

Cover: Paperback
Price: £8.99

This is one for the true fanatic.If you have ever played dot cricket during a tedious maths lesson, dreaming of you all time 11, been a 12th man … you will appreciate what is going on here. ‘Funny and original’ - its true.

THE ART OF FIELDING|Chad Harbach|Paperback|8.99 

Chad Harbach

Cover: Paperback
Price: £8.99

If you like to experience your sport up close but from a seated position this enormously enjoyable story of American campus life and baseball folk will totally absorb. Chad Harbach doesn’t put a literary move wrong in a beautifully crafted novel that explores the nature of sporting and intellectual genius and how they are compromised by the more commonplace confusions of love and desire. Descriptions of the baseball matches are epic - a touching, throught provoking and exhilarating read.


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