Recommended Books

This month's new books:

Owls have captivated the human imagination for millenia.  we see the night hunter as predator, messenger, emblem of wisdom.  In this book Miriam Darlington sets out to tell a new story.

9.99 due to be published by end of January

Threads of Life stretches from medieval France to contemporary Mexico via a Scottish attic and tells the stories of men and women who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard.   £20.00

Malala Yousafzai presents true stories of the refugee experience interwoven with her own story of her displacement in this incredibly moving follow up to her internationally bestselling memoirir


A simple, practical, step-by-step guide to help you stop overbreathing and relieve the symptoms of panic, anxiety and stress.

A substantial biography of the Regency era openly gay heiress who kept a diary detailing her liaisons with women, but written in a code derived from Ancient Greek.

Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama reflects on the experiences that have shaped her, commenting with wit and warmth on the public and private ups and downs.

Sebag Montefiore selects from the most significant and pivotal letters written in history, revealing more intimately the world-changing figures who wrote them.

Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, FIRE AND BLOOD is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.

Cassandra Darke is an art dealer, mean, selfish, solitary by nature, living in Chelsea in a house worth GBP7 million. On the scale of villainy, fraud seems to Cassandra a rather paltry offence - her own crime involving `no violence, no weapon, no dead body'.

We sat down in a lovely hotel in a nice part of town, and she hit me with her first question: "This must mean a lot to you, with you coming from nothing?" I looked at her, and I laughed. A decent translation might be: `By all means punch me in the nose but prepare yourself for a kick in the arse.' I did'nae come from nothing: I come from Scotland.

Billy Connolly embarks on a unique and heartfelt portrait of his native Scotland, going through the Highlands, Lowlands and Barrowlands as well as his own memories and experiences to attempt to conclude on the nature of the essence of the place.

We love this book, a great read.

From the ingenious comic performer Eric Idle, founding member of Monty Python and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candour.

An edition of historian Peter Frankopan's exploration of the connections between people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology through the history of the Silk Roads, with illustrations from Neil Packer.

A really great book for older children as well as grown ups.   A great Christmas gift!

PHOTOGRAPHING CORNWALL AND DEVON is a photography-location guidebook.

Boasting much of the UK's most spectacular coastline, together with endless rolling hills of patchwork countryside and the high moorland of Exmoor and Dartmoor, the South West is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and is rich with photographic potential.Author and professional photographer Adam Burton describes 70 of the best locations in Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset for photography in this lavishly illustrated photography-location guidebook featuring 300 stunning photographs, including detailed advice on how to take great photographs.

The book features seascapes and beaches, Cornish tin mines, headlands and cliffs, villages and harbours, taverns and inns, packhorse bridges and megalithic sites, churches, rolling patchwork countryside, waterfalls, streams and mystical woodlands, granite tors and moorland.

There are detailed OS maps with directions and co-ordinates for each location, location accessibility notes, best time of day and year including seasonal highlights, sun compass, photographic tips and techniques, special advice on long exposures for seascape photography.