John recommends

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

The Caiplie Caves

Karen Solie

John recommends:

Karen Solie carries on going from strength to strength. Read the one about the uncooperative storage heater on p. 8 if you need convincing. The whole collection is a banger and ...


Nancy Gaffield

John recommends:

Meridian charts in beautiful poetry Nancy Garfield's 270 mile journey down the Greenwich Meridian through the UK. An important contribution to place-writing in the UK, for fans ...

If Beale Street Could Talk

James Baldwin

John recommends:

If you haven't read a James Baldwin yet, here's a good one to start with. He's as good as everyone says he is – one of the best prose stylists of hte twentieth century – ...

The Enchanted April

Elizabeth von Arnim, introduction by Salley Vickers

John recommends:

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim is one of the most joyful books I've read – funny and weightless and sun-drenched and deeply moving. The perfect read for a dismal ...

On Bunyah

Les Murray

John recommends:

Les Murray's tour, through photos and poems, of his farmstead in Bunyah, New South Wales. This is a beautiful business.

Measures of Expatriation

Vahni Capildeo

John recommends:

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot prize, the sixth full collection by Vahni Capildeo is a charged and bracing act of reclamation: 'our pack of languages, fluid as hounds / all ready:'

In Pursuit of Spring

Edward Thomas

John recommends:

Edward Thomas's long-out-of-print masterpiece, now reissued with a batch of newly discovered photos from the poet himself. Bicycling across a forgotten England.