John recommends

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

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 ...

A Nest of Ninnies

James Schuyler and John Ashbery

John recommends:

'A Nest of Ninnies' is the funniest American novel I've ever read - a perfect comedy of manners with beautifully evoked places (New York and environs, early '60s), sharp ...

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.