Posted by: Natalie | March 1, 2011

New To The Pile

Along with purchasing The Lovely Bones from Derian House, I was also able to partake of some more charity book-shopping courtesy of Chorley’s excellent St. Catherine’s Hospice book shop. I love it, absolutely rammed with £1 books all neatly and alphabetically organised by genre (novel for Charity shops) and a lovely old leather sofa to flump in while browsing – why can’t all book shops be so warm and accommodating?!

So, joining the pile this week are (details from

The Icarus Girl

by Helen Oyeyemi

Category: Fiction / M- O
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 6 February 2006
Number of pages: 336
Prizes: Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Writer of the Year 2006.

Jessamy Harrison is eight years old. Sensitive, whimsical, possessed of a powerful imagination, she spends hours writing, reading or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard. As the half-and-half child of an English father and a Nigerian mother, Jess just can’t shake off the feeling of being alone wherever she goes, and other kids are wary of her terrified fits of screaming. When she is taken to her mother’s family compound in Nigeria, she encounters Titiola, a ragged little girl her own age. It seems that at last Jess has found someone who will understand her. TillyTilly knows secrets both big and small. But, as she shows Jess just how easy it is to hurt those around her, Jess begins to realise that she doesn’t know who TillyTilly is at all.

White Teeth

by Zadie Smith

Category: Fiction / S – U
Publication date: 25 January 2001
Number of pages: 560
Prizes: Winner of Whitbread Prize (First Novel) 2000.
Winner of Guardian First Book Award 2000.
Winner of WH Smith Book Awards: New Talent 2001.
Winner of Betty Trask Award 2001.
Winner of Whitbread Book of the Year Award First Novel Category 2000.

One of the most talked about fictional debuts of recent years, “White Teeth” is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing – among many other things – with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book.

The White Tiger

by Aravind Adiga

Category: Fiction / A – C
Publication date: 1 March 2008
Number of pages: 336

Balram Halwai is the White Tiger – the smartest boy in his village. His family is too poor for him to afford for him to finish school and he has to work in a teashop, breaking coals and wiping tables. But Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. As he drives his master to shopping malls and call centres, Balram becomes increasingly aware of immense wealth and opportunity all around him, while knowing that he will never be able to gain access to that world. As Balram broods over his situation, he realizes that there is only one way he can become part of this glamorous new India – by murdering his master.”The White Tiger” presents a raw and unromanticised India, both thrilling and shocking – from the desperate, almost lawless villages along the Ganges, to the booming Wild South of Bangalore and its technology and outsourcing centres. The first-person confession of a murderer, “The White Tiger” is as compelling for its subject matter as for the voice of its narrator – amoral, cynical, unrepentant, yet deeply endearing.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

by Washington Irving , Introduction and notes by William L. Hedges

Category: Fiction / G – I
Publication date: 27 January 2000
Number of pages: 368

Originally entitled, “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.”, this collection of essays, sketches, and tales established Washington’s reputation as America’s foremost professional author. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle” are classics of American fiction and display Irving’s ability to depict American landscapes and culture. This volume also contains a number of gently ironic pieces about life in England that reflect the author’s interest in the traditions of the Old World and his longings for his home in the New.

And Steve invested in:

Boiling a Frog

by Christopher Brookmyre

Category: Crime, Mystery & Thrillers / Thrillers
Publication date: 20000907
Number of pages: 400

Jack Parlabane, the investigative journalist who is not averse to breaking the law for the sake of a good story, has finally been caught on the petard of his own self-confidence and is experiencing accommodation courtesy of Her Majesty. The fledgling Scottish parliament is in catatonic shock after experiencing its first dose of Westminster sleaze. The Catholic Church of Scotland is taking full advantage of the politicians’ discomfort and is riding high in the polls as the voice of morality. Behind the scenes the truth is obscured by the machinations of the spin doctors and in prison, aware he’s missing out on a great story, Parlabane discovers that contacts and a pretty way with words are no defence against people he has helped to put away. Part political satire, part cliff-hanging thriller this is high calibre entertainment. And for the author’s own view on his books visit his website at And for the author’s own view on his books visit his website at

The Complaints

by Ian Rankin

Category: Crime, Mystery & Thrillers / Crime & Mysteries
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 5 August 2010
Number of pages: 480

Nobody likes The Complaints – they’re the cops who investigate other cops. Complaints and Conduct Department, to give them their full title, but known colloquially as ‘the Dark Side’, or simply ‘The Complaints’. Malcolm Fox works for The Complaints. He’s just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself. But he’s middle-aged, sour and unwell. He also has a father in a care home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship. In the midst of an aggressive Edinburgh winter, the reluctant Fox is given a new task. There’s a cop called Jamie Breck, and he’s dirty. Problem is, no one can prove it. But as Fox takes on the job, he learns that there’s more to Breck than anyone thinks. This knowledge will prove dangerous, especially when murder intervenes.


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