August 2023

I don’t know who needs to hear this but…September is coming! The season will soon start when the leaves start turning all shades of gold, and the best activity is to curl up in a comfy spot with a hot cup of something nice and…a good book, of course.

We have some new ones for you, ready to pre-order – and our newsletter subscribers get a 20% discount with the code n9adb299, remember!

We are thrilled about Zoë Strachan’s new book, Catch the Moments as They Fly. Zoë is one of Scotland’s most loved authors, and the winner of the Betty Trask Award. Her latest novel gives a beautiful insight into the rapidly changing Scotland of the ‘30s to the ‘60s, captured through the lens of her protagonist Rena Jarvie – a strong, ambitious, forward-thinking woman – in a time where such women are never quite heard.

And if you’re in Scotland, don’t miss her launch at Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street Waterstones! This event will also mark Vivien and John’s first ever in-person meeting after being business partners for several years, which is probably also worth a celebration in itself.

Guilt by Carter Taylor Seaton is part murder mystery, part examination of racial and class issues. Carter holds a Tamarack Foundation Fellowship Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, and the West Virginia Library Association honoured her with the 2014 WVLA Literary Merit Award. The book follows the life of Alexander Betts, from his segregated childhood in Southern Georgia to becoming an established judge. From the age of sixteen he has carried a heavy secret: will his position give him the chance to finally right his wrongs?

Lastly, Richard Robison will give you a glimpse of life in 1960s America in The Boy from Nowhere. In this striking autobiography, Richard shows us what it was like as a child to move from town to town without setting roots anywhere, always following his parents’  restless quest for the American Dream, struggling to belong and finding solace in cycling, baseball, and music.

And if you fancy something shorter, have a look at Melanie McGee Bianchi’s latest short story!

We hope we’ve given you enough inspiration for the next month. Happy reading!

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