Lily Recommends

Some of Lily's favourite books in the shop!

Timmy the Tug

Jim Downer and Ted Hughes

Lily recommends:

This book was dreamt up at 18 Rugby Street which is a) just around the corner and b) somewhere Ted Hughes lived for a bit in the 50s. There's a nice story in the afterword here, ...

Cassandra at the Wedding

Dorothy Baker

Lily Recommends:

Can't stop talking about this book! Won't stop talking about this book! Sisters, sunburn, brandy and soda. A dark and delightful summer read.

Stig of the Dump

Clive King, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

Lily recommends:

I must have read/been read this book a dozen times or more. It was first published in 1963 and has sold over 2 million copies since, probably because it's such a wonderful, ...

Our Andromeda

Brenda Shaughnessy

Lily Recommends:

I have many superlatives with which I'd like to describe this poetry collection, but turn to Hilton Als' blurb to see why I'm a bit hesitant to use them... Brenda Shaughnessy is ...

On Michael Jackson

Margo Jefferson

Lily recommends:

Margo Jefferson is the queen of cultural criticism. The details she homes in on in this remarkable book can be exquisite and excruciating. Re. child stardom: 'The longing for a ...

Vernon Subutex 1: English edition

Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne

Lily recommends:

This fast-paced and scrutinizing novel set in Paris is all at once retro and very, very modern; hip and also horrifying. Frank Wynne does a great job with the translation. I ...

The Lacuna

Barbara Kingsolver

Lily recommends:

If you're looking for a holiday read then STOP! and look no further. The Lacuna is an engrossing novel with some familiar figures as characters - reacquaint yourself with Frida ...

Mixed-race Superman

Will Harris

Lily Recommends:

I've been thinking about The Matrix recently because those small sunglasses are back in fashion. In this essay, Will Harris really thinks about The Matrix, among many other ...


Jane Yeh

Lily recommends:

No, I'm not just recommending this because of the cover. The poems are wonderful, too! Turn to page 27 for a blubbery taster.

Novel on Yellow Paper

Stevie Smith, introduction by Janet Watts

Lily recommends:

'Go away and write a novel, and we will then think about the poems,' came the reply from Chatto & Windus when Stevie Smith sent them her poetry. This is the novel she wrote. In ...


Niall Campbell

Lily recommends:

I recommend this book whenever I get the chance, so here I go again. Niall Campbell's 2014 debut blooms out of the same place that he did - South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. My ...


M. NourbeSe Philip, other Setaey Adamu Boateng

From the publisher:

A haunting lifeline between archive and memory, law and poetry

Fourth Person Singular

Nuar Alsadir

From the publisher:

Original and ambitious poetry that makes readers pay attention to the current conversation about the nature of lyric and human relationships in the 21st century.