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Summer Reading! Grab yourself a treat!

 

Sunday Times top ten bestseller, this dazzling novel from Costa Novel Award-winner Maggie O’Farrell crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart.

This Must Be the Place, Maggie O’Farrell’s seventh novel, is a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.

 

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them. Moving from north-west London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.

Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.  To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman’s place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all.

 

An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong.  “Spellbinding . . . A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story hinged on Charles Manson, told in sentences at times so finely wrought they could almost be worn as jewellery . . . “ The New York Times Book Review

 

Pachinko – Yeongdo, Korea 1911. A club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then a Christian minister offers a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife. Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country where she has no friends and no home, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her  story.

We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?

In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we’re going. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind’s extraordinary history – from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age – and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas, and concrete. To understand world events, news organizations and other authorities often focus on people, ideas, and political movements, but without geography, we never have the full picture. Now, in the relevant and timely Prisoners of Geography, seasoned journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan and Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic—their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders—to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders…

Timekeepers: This is a book about our obsession with time and our desire to beat it. It considers how, over the last 250 years, time has become such a dominant and insistent force in our lives, and asks why, after tens of thousands of years of looking up at the sky for vague and moody guidance, we now take atomically precise cues from our phones and computers not once or twice a day but continually and compulsively. The book has but two simple intentions: to tell some illuminating stories, and to ask whether we have all gone completely nuts.

 

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

 

In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it’s all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, what forms extra-terrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid.

The relationship between Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is one of the most remarkable love stories of the age. It has endured against all the odds, and in the process nearly destroyed the British monarchy. It is a rich and remarkable story that has never been properly told indeed, it is one of the most extraordinary, star-crossed love stories of the past fifty years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Film Night – To Have and Have Not

We are showing the ‘shimmering, silvery testament to love and joy’ To Have and Have Not, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

‘I don’t think there’s a better movie than To Have and Have Not. There are greater films, and more profound films, and films of more ambition and more scope and more depth. But there’s not a better movie.’ Jake Hinkson, author of The Posthumous Man and Saint Homicide.

Tuesday 18th July at 7pm

Urmston Bookshop

Tickets cost £7.00; this includes popcorn and an ice cream at the interval.

To book tickets phone 0161 747 7442, email books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk, or call in.

A book lover’s dream…meet the author of Lost for Words

Stephanie Butland will be appearing at Urmston Bookshop on Friday 30th JuneCome and meet Stephanie and hear about how she became a novelist, a motivational speaker, and sometimes even a performance poet – and about her ‘beautifully written and atmospheric’ acclaimed new novel that everyone is talking about…

Lost For Words truly is a book lover’s dream… an intriguing story set in an irresistibly charming bookshop, packed with literary references, featuring a cast of eclectic characters and with a gripping and unexpected dénouement guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats.’

Friday 30th June at 7pm

Tickets cost £3.00 and this is redeemable against the cost of a book on the evening. It also includes a glass of wine or two!

To book: email: books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk, phone 0161 747 7442, or call in.

Classic Film Night

We are showing David Lean’s delightful film version of Noel Coward’s theatre sensation, Blithe Spirit.

Rex Harrison stars as Charles who, with his second wife, Ruth, are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira.  Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost…

Thursday 1st June at 7pm

Tickets cost £7.00 and include popcorn, plus an ice cream at the interval.

To book phone 0161 747 7442, email books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk or call in.

Book Launch

Join us to launch Sarah Tierney’s ‘beautifully assured debut’ Making Space.

Why do we hold onto things we don’t need?

Miriam is twenty-nine: temping, living with a flatmate who is no longer a friend, and still trying to find her place in life. She falls in love with Erik after he employs her to clear out his paper-packed home. They are worlds apart: he is forty-five, a successful photographer and artist and an obsessive hoarder still haunted by the end of his marriage. Miriam has an unsuccessful love life and has just got rid of most of her belongings. Somehow, they must find a way to reach each other.

‘Part love story, part psychological slow-burner… Making Space …marks the arrival of an elegant and thrilling new voice in literary fiction.’ – Emma Jane Unsworth.

Tuesday 16th May at 7pm

Urmston Bookshop

Tickets cost £3.00; this includes a glass of wine and is redeemable against the purchase of a book on the evening.

To book tickets call in, phone 0161 747 7442, or email books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk