Gayle recommends

Some of Gayle's favourite books from across the shop.


Elton John

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Exactly what you might expect: absurd outfits, mountains of coke, absolutely weapons-grade name dropping. But there’s also a sense of genuine self-examination here – and a ...


Shola von Reinhold

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The rediscovery of a forgotten Black modernist poet who hung out with the Bright Young Things sends Mathilda on journey involving a mysterious artists’ residency somewhere in ...


Rónán Hession

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A book about a friendship between two quiet men who like board games and comfortable silences. It is, from the first paragraph, extremely funny (‘Leonard was raised by his ...

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

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If you read The Iliad and your main thought was "I wish it read a bit more like YA romance," The Song of Achilles is for you. Sexy ancient Greek fan fic FTW.

Happy All the Time

Laurie Colwin

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Happy All the Time is a very rare thing: a novel about fairly contented people, in fairly happy relationships, that nevertheless manages not to be twee or shallow or boring. A ...

Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

Alix Kates Shulman

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This dark, funny, heartbreaking feminist cult classic is a joy to read – even if the fact that so much of it is still relevant after nearly 50 years is kind of depressing. If ...


Claire-Louise Bennett

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Not a day goes past that I don't shake a fist at the sky and cry in despair, "When will Claire-Louise Bennett publish something new?!" Until my cries are answered, I'll make do ...

With Nails

Richard E. Grant, introduction by Steve Martin

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Celebrate his long overdue Oscar nod by treating yourself to With Nails, Richard E. Grant’s glorious, funny, gossipy film diaries. Starting with his first film role in ...


Nora Ephron, introduction by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

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Finally I have something to recommend when people ask for a funny book! Heartburn is properly hilarious, like a 200 page stand up set, except less mean, and with more food.

Summer Will Show

Sylvia Townsend Warner, introduction by Claire Harman

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Pick up any Sylvia Townsend Warner book and you're in for a treat, but Summer Will Show is a particular favourite. It follows young English aristocrat Sophia Willoughby as she ...

Hotel du Lac

Anita Brookner

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A beautifully written novel about the quietly disappointing nature of life. Don't let anyone tell you it's the worst Booker winner - they're talking nonsense.

Martin John

Anakana Schofield

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A book about a sex offender who really likes the Eurovision Song Contest. Have I sold it to you yet? Just in case the answer's no: Martin John is also one of the most ...

I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen, illustrated by Jon Klassen

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One of the most finely tuned bits of storytelling you'll ever have the pleasure of reading. Funny, beautifully illustrated, and just dark enough to keep you entertained, even ...

Nairn’s London

Ian Nairn

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Long out of print, and now available again in this glorious facsimile of the 1966 original, Nairn's London is a funny, angry, stirring tour of London's architecture. Fifty ...

The Dud Avocado

Elaine Dundy

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The Dud Avocado is such fun. Sally Jay Gorce is my absolute hero - a fabulous American tumbling in and out of trouble and beds in Paris in the 1950s. Glorious!