Gayle recommends

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

LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL

Rónán Hession

Gayle recommends:

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 ...

£8.99

Tiny Moons

Nina Mingya Powles

Gayle recommends:

Few things have made me feel as hungry as I felt while reading this book. Tiny Moons explores the connections between food, language, inheritance and belonging, and contains a ...

£8.99

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

Gayle recommends:

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.

£8.99

Happy All the Time

Laurie Colwin

Gayle recommends:

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 ...

£14.00

Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

Alix Kates Shulman

Gayle recommends:

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 ...

£8.99

The Wolf Wilder

Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Gelrev Ongbico

Gayle recommends:

Katherine Rundell is one of the best children’s writers going. Every one of her books is a joy to read, packed full of excitement, adventure and wonderful characters, but ...

£7.99

Pond

Claire-Louise Bennett

Gayle recommends:

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 ...

£10.99

With Nails

Richard E. Grant, introduction by Steve Martin

Gayle recommends:

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 ...

£9.99

Swansong

Kerry Andrew

Gayle recommends:

If you like your romantic heroes moody, taciturn and Scottish, get involved.

£8.99

Gaudy Night: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 12

Dorothy L. Sayers

Gayle recommends:

Harriet Vane appears in far too few of Dorothy L. Sayers’s novels, but she does take centre stage in the best, Gaudy Night. The mystery itself – a poison-pen in an Oxford ...

£9.99

Strong Poison: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 6

Dorothy L. Sayers

Gayle recommends:

I’ve never been so invested in a romance – even the ones I’ve been personally involved in – as I am in that of Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey. Strong Poison is ...

£9.99

The Last Samurai

Helen Dewitt

Gayle recommends:

This book inspired me to start learning ancient Greek. There's not many books I can say that about.

£8.99

Heartburn

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.

£9.99

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 ...

£18.99

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 ...

£7.99

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 ...

£10.99

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.

£8.99

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 ...

£10.00

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 ...

£6.99

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 ...

£10.99

The Dud Avocado

Elaine Dundy

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!

£9.99