Happy New Year. We want to start by thanking all our wonderful customers for their support in 2018 which culminated in us winning Independent Retailer of the Year at The Halifax Courier Business Awards. It was a fantastic way to end our first year of trading and we want to thank everyone who played a part in getting us there. We are a very passionate, dedicated team and it was a proud moment for us.
Thank you for keeping us super busy throughout December. We hope you all had stacks of books to open on Christmas Day and plenty of time to read them in.
We had several great events in November and December.
Andrew Bibby did a book signing for his non-fiction English landscape book Back Roads Through Middle England.
Horatio Clare came to talk about his latest book – The Light in the Dark:A Winter Journal.
Martine McDonagh did a book signing for her latest title Narcissism For Beginners.
Local author Ben Myers is moving publishers to Bloomsbury so we had a farewell evening and book signing with him and his current Hebden Bridge based publishers Bluemoose Books. The Gallows Pole is our best-selling title, we sold 244 copies in December alone!
The Quality Street Girls by Penny Thorpe was our second biggest selling title in December with 180 copies sold. Penny came in to meet her readers and sign some copies.
This pile features our best-selling titles from our adult fiction, non-fiction and poetry sections. Lots of people must have unwrapped a copy of John Cooper Clarke’s latest collection on Christmas Day as we sold 51 copies.
There was a lovely range of children’s Christmas books to choose from.
We are working on our programme of events for 2019, keep checking here for news, as well as on our Twitter,Facebook and Instagram.
We are very excited to announce the dates for the second Halifax Festival of Words , 4th – 6th October. Get the dates in your diary!
Here are seven brilliant books that we highly recommend for your summer reading. We are delighted to offer £1 off each of them.
Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll.
London, 1922. A discovery from ancient Egypt. A cursed package. The untold story of a young pharaoh. When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad’s doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England!The mysterious package holds the key to a story about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for. Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey – to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh’s curse .
Shiny Pippin and the Monkey Burglars by Harry Heape.
Permit me lovely readers to take you back in time. The first thing that I want you to do is to close your eyes and breathe deeply. Okay, great, now open them again very slowly.
Are you ready? Good, then let us begin. Featuring Lady Eliot! A brand new detective agency with a terrible mystery to solve! An awful burglary! Mungo’s heroics! Lady Eliot falling in love. A dazzlingly beautiful song about eggs.
The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle.
When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet. Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise. But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.
The Hippo At The End Of The Hall by Helen Cooper.
The invitation was delivered by bees. It wasn’t addressed to anyone at all, but Ben knew it was for him. It would lead him to an old, shambolic museum, full of strange and bewitching creatures. A peculiar world of hidden mysteries and curious family secrets
and some really dangerous magic. Filled with her own wonderful illustrations, The Hippo at the End of the Hall is Helen Cooper’s debut novel.
Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson.
Rose Rivers lives in a beautiful house with her artist father, her difficult, fragile mother and her many siblings. She has everything money can buy – but she’s not satisfied. Why can’t she be sent away to a good school like her twin brother? Why can’t she learn to become a famous artist like her father or his friend Paris Walker? Why is life so unfair for people who were not born rich?When a young girl, Clover Moon, joins the household as a nursemaid to Rose’s troubled sister Beth, Rose finds a true friend for the first time and she starts to learn more about the world outside. Will Rose finally achieve her dreams? And will she be able to help Clover find her own dream?
The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess
Bea has started to hear and see things that no one else can – creatures, voices, visions. Then strangers visit Bea and tell her she is different: she has the rare powers of a witch. They warn her she is being hunted. Her parents think she is hallucinating and needs help. All Bea wants to do is get on with her life, and to get closer to Lars, the mysterious young man she has met at the skate park. But her life is in danger, and she must break free. The question is – who can she trust? Melvin Burgess returns with a powerful, thrilling fantasy for young adults about magic, myth and following your instincts.
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan.
They think I hurt someone. But I didn’t. You hear?Cos people are gonna be telling you all kinds of lies. I need you to know the truth. Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?
Needing some help to decide what to read next? Wondering what books to pack in your suitcase? Having a staycation and giving yourself plenty of reading time? Here are the books we will be reading over the summer and we’re delighted to offer £1 off each of them.
The Beginning of The World in the Middle of The Night by Jen Campbell.
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls. Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows. Mermaids are on display in the local aquarium. A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island. And a couple are rewriting the history of the world in the middle of the night.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.
We meet Anjum, who used to be Aftab, who runs a guesthouse in an Old Delhi graveyard and gathers around her the lost, the broken and the cast out. We meet Tilo, an architect, who, although she is loved by three men, lives in a ‘country of her own skin’. When Tilo claims an abandoned baby as her own, her destiny and that of Anjum become entangled as a tale that sweeps across the years and a teeming continent takes flight . . .
Other People’s Houses by Lore Segal.
Nine months after the Nazi occupation of Austria, 600 Jewish Children assembled at Vienna station to board the first of the Kindertransports bound for Britain. Among them was 10 year old Lore Segal. For the next seven years, she lived as a refugee in other people’s houses, moving from the Orthodox Levines in Liverpool, to the staunchly working class Hoopers in Kent, to the genteel Miss Douglas and her sister in Guildford. Segal evokes with deep compassion, clarity and calm the experience of a child uprooted from a loving home to become stranded among strangers.
The Beautiful Summer by Cesare Pavese.
Under the spell of her new friends, Ginia soon falls in love with Guido, an enigmatic young painter. It’s the start of a desperate love affair, charged with false hope and overwhelming passion – destined to last no longer than the course of a summer. The Beautiful Summer is a gorgeous coming-of-age tale of lost innocence and first love, by one of Italy’s greatest writers
Raising Sparks by Ariel Kahn.
Malka Sabbatto is a young woman who flees the confines of her traditional family in Jerusalem, followed by Moshe, a Russian immigrant and her father’s top student. After falling in with a sinister cult in Safed she escapes to Jaffa, where she starts to build a new life under the wing of an Arab chef. When she feels she has finally found contentment, a family tragedy forces her to return to Jerusalem.
The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri.
Four friends have a pact: to meet up on the same day every year in their small hometown in southern Italy. Art, the charismatic leader of the group, has always been adamant about the pact. But this year, he doesn’t show up. Searching for him, the friends make a worrying discovery: Art has been farming marijuana, a very dangerous activity in mafia-controlled country. And then, amongst the chaos of his house, they find a curious manuscript written by Art called The Book of Hidden Things, which promises to reveal secrets enchanting as flames, and just as treacherous…
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre.
Peter Guillam, former disciple of George Smiley in the British Secret Service, has long retired to Brittany when a letter arrives, summoning him to London. The reason? Cold War ghosts have come back to haunt him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of the Service are to be dissected by a generation with no memory of the Berlin Wall. Somebody must pay for innocent blood spilt in the name of the greater good .
The Book Corner & Bookworms are excited to introduce ‘Book of the Month’.
Every month we will be selecting a new or recently published title for adults and/or younger readers that will be offered to our customers for a special price. Whether it be the latest fiction or a magical picture book, a poetry collection or a literary prize contender, every pick will be as thoughtful and as discerning as our customers. So what are you waiting for… Find our latest book of the month here https://bookcornerhalifax.com/book-of-the-month/