Gayle recommends

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


Nora Ephron, introduction by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

Gayle recommends:

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 kinder, and with more food.

Roast Chicken and Other Stories

Simon Hopkinson and Lindsey Bareham

Gayle recommends:

I once read this book, cover to cover, by candlelight during a power cut. Not all cookbooks warrant such behaviour, but this one certainly does. Full of musings and stories on ...

The Hate u Give

Angie Thomas

Gayle recommends:

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give pulls no punches in dealing with its difficult subject matter - it's shocking and heartbreaking, and offers no easy ...

Summer Will Show

Sylvia Townsend Warner, introduction by Claire Harman

Gayle recommends:

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

Gayle recommends:

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

Gayle recommends:

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

Gayle recommends:

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

Gayle recommends:

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 ...

1982, Janine

Alasdair Gray, introduction by Will Self

Gayle recommends:

Funny, heartbreaking and totally filthy. Everything a novel should be.

The Dud Avocado

Elaine Dundy, introduction by Terry Teachout

Gayle recommends:

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!