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BN1 Book Club X City Books – The Good Books List – November 2018

Independent Hove book shop City Books lists their bestsellers for this month…


Melmoth by Sarah Perry £16.99

Sarah Perry returns following the huge success of The Essex Serpent and is already drawing rave reviews for her Gothic masterpiece Melmoth. ‘Mythic, ominious and sensitively human, Melmoth is haunting in all the best ways.’ -Frances Hardinge

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks, £8.99

International treasure Tom Hanks demonstrates his wide reaching talent in this sweet, funny collection of short stories. Each story features a typewriter – Hanks collects them, and the book is peppered with photos from his collection – but vary in theme from space to war, Hollywood to American suburbia. Is there anything he can’t do?!

Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey, £8.99

Orwell Prize winning Poverty Safari comes with considerable praise – described by JK Rowling as ‘Savage, wise and witty…It is hard to think of a more timely, powerful or necessary book’, by Irvine Welsh as ‘nothing less than an intellectual and spiritual manual for the progressive left.’ McGarvey – who you may know as rapper Loki – takes the reader inside the realities of poverty in Britain and sets out what we can all do to make real changes.

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss, £12.99

Sarah Moss never fails to produce beautiful, thoughtful work and her latest novel does not disappoint. Teenage Silvie is living with her parents on an experimental dig in Northumberland, recreating life as it might have been in the Iron Age. Her relationship with her difficult, domineering father is tested in this harsh environment as past and present violences come to a head. 

The Flame by Leonard Cohen, £20

A stunning edition of Leonard Cohen’s last writings, featuring lyrics, prose and illustrations. The Flame offers an intimate and previously unseen window into the life and thoughts of an unforgettable poet and lyricist.

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