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‘I adored this: it’s pure escapism, and the cover is also a stunner.’ Thank you @alisonflood at The Bookseller for making The Ninth Child an Editor’s Choice in October’s Paperback Preview. Available in hardback and ebook now, paperback out 1st October
Kathleen Jamie’s terrific, luminous essay collection is Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month again for August. Second month in a row! ‘It is as if Jamie, wherever she goes, functions as a lightning rod, drawing past, present and future together.’ New Statesman ‘This is wonderful writing, testing the limits of nonfiction’ Observer
Three cheers for Patrick Laurie whose magnificent book NATIVE is on the shortlist for the Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing. Published by Birlinn ‘[A] beautifully written memoir, a mesmerising account of a year of back-breaking labour, personal despair and piercing moments of joy… unforced and utterly authentic.’ FIVE STAR REVIEW – Mail on Sunday
A thing of beauty arrived in the post today : the German edition of Polly Clark’s outstanding novel TIGER, published by Eisele. ‘Fierce, elegant and compelling as the tiger itself, this is less a novel than the very force of nature caught in fiction’ Laline Paul Published in UK by riverrun, in Bulgaria by KRYG, in Italy by Edizione di Alantide. ‘
From The Bookseller today: Profile Books will publish Shaun Bythells Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops on 5 November. Editorial director Cecily Gayford acquired the title from Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates. Bythell has owned The Bookshop in Wigtown since 2001. Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops is a guide to the flora and fauna waiting to be rediscovered in local bookshops. Gayford said: Shaun is an indispensable part of the Profile list, and we’re beyond delighted to have another brilliant book with him. Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops is everything you’d expect from the author of Diary of a Bookseller: witty, mordant and filled with unexpected nuggets of literary history and bookshop wisdom. It’s even – although Shaun doesn’t want you to find out – actually pretty warm and affectionate too. Bythell commented: After the publication of The Diary of a Bookseller, a reader pointed out that I had made completely unfair, sweeping generalisations about the customers on whom I depend for a living. Confessions of a Bookseller just made these even worse. Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops is likely to offend almost everyone who has ever crossed the threshold of a bookshop.
Its been a hard four months seeing no authors - but this week that changed with outdoor meetings and flasks of coffee : to Leith Links to discuss historical fiction with Sue Lawrence, to Claremont Gardens to talk Italian wine writing with Davy Zyw - and yesterday a celebration with Kathleen Jamie and editor Francis Bickmore of Canongate to receive the beautiful finished copy of ANTLERS OF WATER which is published next month.

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Happy July! And here is Waterstone’s Scottish Book of the Month, Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie. Just out in paperback. A superb and luminous essay collection ranging from Alaska to Scotland and offering a profound sense of time passing and an antidote to all that is instant, ephemeral, unroofed. Joint winner of Highland Book Prize, longlisted for Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing

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Beautiful. Just purchased for myself and as a present.

So good!

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