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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – Foyles Bookshop Event

A Little Life Hanya YanagiharaLonglisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara has been talked about as one of the novels of the year, if not the decade. On Wednesday night, Yanagihara appeared at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road in London in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink, the Associate Editor of The Bookseller, to talk about her astonishing second novel.
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Five Reasons To Support Your Local Indie Bookshop

This week is Independent Booksellers Week.  An interesting article in The Guardian yesterday outlined five reasons to support your local indie bookshop.  In order from worst to best, they are:

5) To maintain property prices in your area: Maybe this is because I am neither a Daily Mail reader nor a property owner, but this seems like a very strange reason to support an indie bookshop.  I suppose there is a tenuous link in that independent shops are generally found in nice places to live.  However, it isn’t really at the top of my list of priorities…

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Readings

Last night, I went to the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Readings event at the Southbank Centre in London and it was every bit as awesome as I hoped it would be.

Over the last couple of months, I have read five out of the six books on this year’s shortlist.  In summary, ‘May We Be Forgiven’ by A.M. Homes was the most dysfunctional (i.e. my least favourite), ‘Flight Behaviour’ by Barbara Kingsolver was beautifully written, ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson had an intriguing concept which was handled very well, ‘NW’ by Zadie Smith had excellent dialogue and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ by Hilary Mantel was an impressive interpretation of historical events.  Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to read ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ by Maria Semple yet but I will try and seek out a copy in the future.

Anyway, this is my ticket for which I paid the princely sum of £6 (gotta love student discounts).  I also took my copies of ‘NW’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ with me.

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Five Awesome Bookshops in London

In spite of the difficulties facing the publishing industry, there are still a lot of bookshops in London which are managing to survive.  Here are five I deem to be among the Most Awesome.

(1) Foyles

Foyles at Charing Cross

The flagship store on Charing Cross Road is a haven for book-lovers everywhere.  It is vast yet not at all intimidating.  Its specialisms include the Grant & Cutler foreign language department and the sheet music section on the top floor.  Ray’s Jazz Cafe is also very cool. Continue reading

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