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Books of the month

Holy moly, what a haul! Our favourite books this month are just astounding! From The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair the brilliant new novel from the author of A Boy Called HopeLara Williamson, to Marilynne Robinson's Lila, the latest in her acclaimed Gilead series, take a look below to see our hand-picked books this month.

Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson has a way of capturing a world in a sentence. A way of making you look at the smallest things with careful consideration. She makes you look at human existence and wonder about salvation and grace. Lila is a story about being unready and unable to understand redemption when it comes. 
The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel

Deferring gratification is not something our culture encourages us to do. Slogans and advertising say to take, and to do, now. But legendary psychologist, Walter Mischel has spent a life studying the opposite and its effect: how waiting until later can make you a brighter, healthier person. This book shows you the benefits and the tricks to self-control.

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson

A gorgeous, life affirming tale about a boy whose father takes him on an adventure of sorts in the middle of the night. Mysterious and wonderful, the book has a hilarious way of showing the difference between seeing the world from an adult’s and a child’s perspective. Readers will have fun as they learn to think a little deeper - and emerge a little wiser at the end.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Nights are drawing in, the days are getting chillier and Halloween is round the corner – what better time, then, to rediscover this classic American Gothic novel. A sinister murder mystery set in a creaky old house furnished with tension and unease, it is the story of two sisters, Merricat and Constance Blackwood and their very unusual (mostly dead) family. Gaiman fans, take note.

The Marvels by Brian Selznick
One of the rare and beatutiful 'artifact books' that gets us really excited, The Marvels, penned by Brian Selznick of The Invention of Hugo Cabret fame,  is set to blow away anyone who reads it. Exquisitely designed, it tells two stories - one in pencil drawings and one in words. It really is the most marvelous (forgive us) book and we know you will treasure it.
After the Crash by Michel Bussi

Nordic crime is dead. Long live French crime! We are excited to introduce a startling new voice to (English language) crime fiction. After the Crash is a dark, unnerving but highly-addictive French whodunit. You may not have read any of Michel Bussi’s other books – trust us, after this one, you will.