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A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard


Karl Ove Knausgaard writes with exhilarating honesty about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and unpredictable father, and his bewilderment and grief on his father's death. When Karl Ove becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. A Death in the Family is the first of the six books in the My Struggle cycle. In it Knausgaard has created a universal story which is gripping, hugely readable and written as if the author's very life were at stake. Another international sensation from the publishers of HHhH, 1Q84 and Coetzee's Summertime.

Costa Book Awards Category Winners






The five category winners for this year's Costa Book Award have just been announced; these are the books that will now compete for the ultimate overall winner which will be announced on January 31st.

These are the books that were most popular with our customers last week......


1. The Sellout by Paul Beatty

2.Crisis by Frank Gardner

3 The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

4. Silence by Shusaku Endo

5. The Shipping Forecast by Nic Compton

6. The GCHQ Puzzle Book

7. Nutshell by Ian McEwan

8. A Florence Diary by Diana Athill

9. The Muse by Jessie Burton

10. Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett

If you would like to read any of these books, please send us a message from our contacts page, and we will reserve a copy for you.

Silence by Shusaku Endo


David Mitchell Father Rodrigues is an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest who, in the 1640s, sets sail for Japan on a determined mission to help the brutally oppressed Japanese Christians and to discover the truth behind unthinkable rumours that his famous teacher Ferreira has renounced his faith. Once faced with the realities of religious persecution Rodrigues himself is forced to make an impossible choice: whether to abandon his flock or his God. Winner of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, Silence is Shusaku Endo's most highly acclaimed novel and a classic of its genre. It caused major controversy in Japan following its publication in 1967.

Coming up

  • Stasi Wolf by David Young

The second title in the Oberleutnant Karin Muller series will be published on 9th February 2017 and David Young will be joining us to talk about the book and what inspired him to write it

How do you solve a murder when you can't ask any questions? Karin Muller, sidelined from the murder squad in Berlin, jumps at the chance to be sent south to Halle-Neustadt, where a pair of infant twins have gone missing.But Muller soon finds her problems have followed her. Halle-Neustadt is a new town - the pride of the communist state - and she and her team are forbidden by the Stasi from publicising the disappearances, lest they tarnish the town's flawless image. Meanwhile, in the eerily nameless streets and tower blocks, a child snatcher lurks, and the clock is ticking to rescue the twins alive ...

If you want to find out more, do join us. And if you're feeling brave, you can volunteer for David's West v East taste test which has been a big hit at literary festivals.

Booking essential so please contact us on 020 8991 8131 or by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.