Book of the Week, October 6th 2018

Melmoth

Sarah Perry

Melmoth

Sarah Perry

The eagerly anticipated follow up to Sarah Perry’s award winning ‘Essex Serpent’ has finally hit the shelves and her new novel is a very different kind of tale. Darker and disturbingly atmospheric it is a gothic chiller of rare grace and power. It opens in Prague where Helen Franklin, lonely and remorseful, leads a sad … Continue reading Book of the Week, October 6th 2018

The eagerly anticipated follow up to Sarah Perry’s award winning ‘Essex Serpent’ has finally hit the shelves and her new novel is a very different kind of tale. Darker and disturbingly atmospheric it is a gothic chiller of rare grace and power.

It opens in Prague where Helen Franklin, lonely and remorseful, leads a sad and reclusive life working as a translator. A collection of manuscripts is passed to her which describes the mythical being, Melmoth, a tormented soul destined to roam the earth through the ages to bear witness to the violence and cruelty of humankind.

We discover the reason for Helen’s guilt as the narrative springs back to her earlier life and the events that traumatised her.  Within the main plot are spliced a number of storylines from other times and places but all are linked by the shadowy figure of Melmoth, always watching from the margins and forever attracted to the lonely and the tormented.

Beware reading this on your own in the dark.

Serpents Tail hardback, £16.99

Meet the Book Champions of Red Lion Books!

We have seven book champions here at Red Lion Books and each of them is championing the book that they love and want to see read by more people. Some are very well known, some less so. Here are our book champions and their chosen books.  

We have seven book champions here at Red Lion Books and each of them is championing the book that they love and want to see read by more people. Some are very well known, some less so. Here are our book champions and their chosen books.

 

Book of the Week, September 29th 2018

Transcription

Kate Atkinson

Transcription

Kate Atkinson

In 1940, aged just 18 and recently orphaned, Juliet Armstrong is recruited by MI5. Her initial work is boringly secretarial, transcribing the secretly recorded meetings of British Nazi sympathisers but before long she is sent out to infiltrate these pro Hitler activists. The unfolding story of Juliet’s wartime years are spliced between her very different … Continue reading Book of the Week, September 29th 2018

In 1940, aged just 18 and recently orphaned, Juliet Armstrong is recruited by MI5. Her initial work is boringly secretarial, transcribing the secretly recorded meetings of British Nazi sympathisers but before long she is sent out to infiltrate these pro Hitler activists.

The unfolding story of Juliet’s wartime years are spliced between her very different life ten years later. By 1950 Juliet is working for the BBC in a dark annex devoted to school’s broadcasting. When she receives a note: “You will pay for what you did.”, she begins a search to uncover which part of her shady past is catching up with her.

The tangled lies, inventions and compromised loyalties of espionage are at the heart of this novel. Who can be trusted when everyone is involved in an elaborate game of deception? Through it all, Juliet’s bright, perceptive and often humorous observations on the grey, humdrum word of post-war London make this a stylish and entertaining spy thriller.

Transworld, Hardback £20.00

Book of the Week, September 22nd 2018

Radical Essex

edited by Hayley Dixon and Joe Hill

Radical Essex

edited by Hayley Dixon and Joe Hill

Home to Essex girls and Basildon Man, our county has suffered from unfair stereotyping as a place of fake tans, boy racers, chavs and bling. Part of a long-term project, ‘Radical Essex’ is a book which overturns that warped view of our county. For Essex has always been a place of new ideas, pioneering communities, … Continue reading Book of the Week, September 22nd 2018

Home to Essex girls and Basildon Man, our county has suffered from unfair stereotyping as a place of fake tans, boy racers, chavs and bling. Part of a long-term project, ‘Radical Essex’ is a book which overturns that warped view of our county. For Essex has always been a place of new ideas, pioneering communities, innovative social experiments and bold new architecture.

The Othona Community, established in 1946 in the Dengie Peninsula, is a religious retreat dedicated to enlightened spiritual dialogue and ecological self-sufficiency.

Earlier, in 1924, Wickford was the location for Britain’s first nudist colony. It was called Moonella and amongst its residents was novelist Ursula Bloom who earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for writing over 500 novels.

And in architecture Essex has led the way. From the 1920’s worker’s village at Silver End with flat roofs, white rendered walls and art deco detailing to the new brutalism of Essex University’s iconic towers.

Also covering art and culture this book really gets beneath the skin of our fascinating county.

Focal Point Gallery, paperback, £20.00