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Every month we pick three show-stopping, day-eating, unputdownable books which we recommend to you with all of our bookselling muster. We guarantee, pick up one of these books, start reading and you'll never know what hit you.

Fiction book of the month

We Are Not Ourselves
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We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Raised in the 1940s in the mostly Irish neighbourhood of Jackson Heights, Queens, by an alcoholic mother and a union-wage father, Eileen yearns for more from an early age. Driven by this longing, she places her stock and love in a handsome young scientist and with him begins a family. Once her childhood neighbourhood begins to slip below her standards, she pushes against her husband's reluctance to find a home elsewhere.

When it becomes clear that his reticence is part of a deeper, more incomprehensible psychological shift, the bricks of the life she thought she was building begin to crumble, and she and her son are left to grapple with a husband and a father who is, beyond their control, fading away.

Non-Fiction book of the month

The Establishment
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Owen Jones
£6.74 Paperback

The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It by Owen Jones

"Owen Jones is a phenomenon of recent times. Arriving on the British political scene in 2011 with his first book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, he has swiftly become one of the most important voices on the Left, winning plaudits across the board for his writing.

His second book, The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It, looks at the rise, fall and subsequent resurrection of the ‘ruling class’ in Britain. Jones argues that behind our democracy lies a powerful group: politicians, media owners, financiers and business people, who far from serving the interests of us, the people, rather serve, protect and further their own interests. This Establishment, he argues, has contributed significantly to the rising inequality in British society, where once again the town in which you were born, the jobs that your parents do, the school in which you attend, all determine your outcome in life.

Owen Jones’ second book is a powerful, fury-making but ultimately inspiring read. With the General Elections on Thursday 7th May, this is a book I urge everyone to read. Be informed, be inspired and make sure your voice is heard."

Susanne Ard - Non-Fiction Buyer

Children's book of the month

Enchanted Forest
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Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford

This stunning new colouring book by Johanna Basford takes readers on a inky quest through an enchanted forest to discover what lies in the castle at its heart. As well as drawings to complete, colour and embellish, there are hidden objects to be found along the way including wild flowers, animals and birds, gems, lanterns, keys and treasure chests. Beginning at the entrance to the forest, the journey progresses through woodland, rocky caves and tree-lined mazes, over streams and a waterfall, across the trees tops, to finally reach the castle.

Also hidden throughout the book are nine symbols. Readers must find all the symbols to unlock the castle door at the end of the quest and discover what lies within.


"Is this why I love colouring? It’s true that colouring makes me feel wonderfully calm. But I also love the simple action of creating something: at the end of a ‘colouring session’ you have something to look at and appreciate in a way that you don’t after spending an hour playing a computer game. It’s true that I feel calm, but I also feel like I’ve achieved something, even if it’s only small and it’s just for me."

Isabel Popple - Children's Bookseller, Waterstones Truro

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Non-fiction Book of the Month: The Establishment

Non-fiction Book of the Month: The Establishment

Our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for March is The Establishment by Owen Jones. Read the first chapter. Read an extract from the opening pages here.

Children's Book of the Month: Enchanted Forest

Children's Book of the Month: Enchanted Forest

The Children's Book of the Month for March is Johanna Basford's Enchanted Forest, a beautiful book already being described as one of the best colouring-in books ever published. And nowadays they aren't just for children. Adults across the country are turning to colouring books as a way to relax after a hard day at work. One of our own booksellers, Isabel Popple, counts herself amongst the grown-up converts.