STOP PRESS: Margaret Atwood ‘The Testaments’

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Margaret Atwood fans, please read on.

Red Lion Books submitted an event idea to the publishers of Margaret Atwood’s forthcoming novel, THE TESTAMENTS and here is how the publisher responded,

“We love your idea of hiring an actor to read out personal and anonymous testaments. We sent the plans to Margaret and she was delighted!”

On the day of release, we hope to host a candlelit event at the shop where an actor will read from THE HANDMAID’S TALE and THE TESTAMENTS as well as reading our customers own testaments (which will be anonymous). We therefore urge you to send us your stories (which will be read in confidence and shared in anonymity). Please post them through our letterbox for total secrecy.

We hope it will be a powerful but sensitive event and ask you to email us at us@redlionbooks.co.uk if you are interested in timings and more information.

Book of the Week, August 3rd 2019

The Overnight Kidnapper

Andrea Camilleri

The Overnight Kidnapper

Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri was nearly 70 in 1994, when the first book was published in a series that would make him the bestselling and best-loved writer in Italy. Twenty-five years later he has just died, leaving 20 novels featuring the brooding Sicilian police chief, Salvo Montalbano, whose instinct for understanding ordinary people helps him to solve … Continue reading Book of the Week, August 3rd 2019

Andrea Camilleri was nearly 70 in 1994, when the first book was published in a series that would make him the bestselling and best-loved writer in Italy. Twenty-five years later he has just died, leaving 20 novels featuring the brooding Sicilian police chief, Salvo Montalbano, whose instinct for understanding ordinary people helps him to solve the most unusual crimes. Helped by a wonderful TV series Montalbano’s popularity has spread around the world.

In this book, Montalbano’s day does not start well as he becomes involved in a brawl over mistaken identities. It doesn’t get any better when a woman is chloroformed and kidnapped at gunpoint. But, strangely, a day later she is found in the countryside unharmed and with all her possessions. The plot thickens with arson, a missing lover and eventually an unidentified body as Montalbano picks his way through the red herrings in another entertaining case for Italy’s most charming detective.

Picador paperback, £8.99

 

Book of the Week, July 27th 2019

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

We booksellers are in the wonderful position of never being short of a book (or two!).  Every now and then one stands out amongst the myriad of titles, making us put the book we are currently reading to one side.  This week, the book to turn our heads is the novel, ‘On Earth We’re Briefly … Continue reading Book of the Week, July 27th 2019

We booksellers are in the wonderful position of never being short of a book (or two!).  Every now and then one stands out amongst the myriad of titles, making us put the book we are currently reading to one side.  This week, the book to turn our heads is the novel, ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’.   Both title and cover are utterly beautiful and the writing sublime. Ocean Vuong is a young Vietnamese man now living in Massachusetts and is a critically acclaimed poet.

His debut novel is a letter from a son to his illiterate mother – a concept as poignant as the writing itself, which has a stunning urgency and grace.   A paragraph where the protagonist recalls his refugee mother struggling to be understood in a new country is sharply observed and worth every penny of the cover price.   The title may be briefly gorgeous but the prose is consistently spectacular.

Jonathan Cape publishing, £12.99

Book of the Week. 20th July 2019

Colchester History Tour

Patrick Denney

Colchester History Tour

Patrick Denney

This may be rather a small book for a town with so much history but that makes it perfect for those wanting a short introduction to Colchester as well as for visitors. With a map at the front, it can be used as a walking tour guide by following the numbered stopping points. Each page … Continue reading Book of the Week. 20th July 2019

This may be rather a small book for a town with so much history but that makes it perfect for those wanting a short introduction to Colchester as well as for visitors.

With a map at the front, it can be used as a walking tour guide by following the numbered stopping points. Each page highlights one landmark and includes illustrations showing how Colchester’s streets and buildings changed through the ages.

The Red Lion Inn started life as the White Lion! One photograph of the High Street shows a temporary sign announcing the opening of the first Sainsbury’s store. The Victorian water tower was christened ‘Jumbo’ by a vicar who was upset at the giant structure being built at the bottom of his garden. And look out for the brass elephant on the weather vane atop the tower.

Whether you sit down to read it or follow the guided tour this is a fascinating collection of historical insights.

Amberley paperback. £7.99