Our Bestsellers in 2019

No one is too small to make a difference to Boris Johnson, even normal people can do it after a good meal and a dip on Hampstead Heath. Now the solstice is out of the way, Spring is just around the corner, so plan to keep a diary of your London walks in the footsteps of Blake. And if you're aiming to fly anywhere in the near future, bear in mind the cost of living, in the broadest sense possible.

Our Bestsellers in 2019: read, enjoy, read again, enjoy again and recycle.

Foodists: Writing about eating from the London Review of Books

John Bayley, Joanna Biggs, Angela Carter, John Lanchester, James Meek, Emma Rothschild, Steven Shapin, Adam Smyth, E.S. Turner, Margaret Visser, Bee Wilson, Francis Wyndham

‘Food, like sex, is mostly in the head,’ writes John Bayley in the piece which gives this anthology its title. Sure enough, in the LRB’s pages, food has often been a medium to think about ...

At the Pond: Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies’ Pond

Ava Wong Davies, Margaret Drabble, Esther Freud, Nell Frizzell, Eli Goldstone, Amy Key, Jessica J. Lee, Sophie Mackintosh, So Mayer, Deborah Moggach, Nina Mingya Powles, Leanne Shapton, Lou Stoppard and Sharlene Teo

From the publisher:

Tucked away along a shady path towards the north-east edge of Hampstead Heath is a sign: Women Only. This is the Kenwood Ladies’ Bathing Pond.


Ali Smith

Adam Smyth writes:

Ben Jonson’s comedy The New Inn (1629) was, by all accounts, a theatrical disaster: ‘negligently played’ at the Blackfriars Theatre, according to its title page, ‘and ...

The Diary of a Bookseller

Shaun Bythell

From the publisher:

Love, Nina meets Black Books: a wry and hilarious account of life in Scotland’s biggest second-hand bookshop and the band of eccentrics and book-obsessives who work there ...


Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft

From the publisher:

FLIGHTS, shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International, is a novel about travel in the twenty-first century and human anatomy. Olga Tokarczuk perfectly intertwines travel ...

The Cost of Living

Deborah Levy

From the publisher:

A Guardian Best Book of the 21st Century The powerful second memoir from the twice-Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home ‘Life falls apart. ...