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Bibliophile Episode 11: “Classic Arch-Enemy Banter”

In this episode, David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan (JT) Taylor talk about the best Westerns in the first of a new ‘Genre Breakdown’ series. How much does JT know about Bitcoin? Can the gang finish recording in time for David to fetch his moving van? Will Julie ever finish another book again? And from now on, there will be two Bibliophile episodes each month! All this and so much more in the latest episode…

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Golden Hare nominated for Nibbie’s Independent Bookshop of the Year!

The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, has revealed the regional shortlists for the 2019 Independent Bookshop of the Year, sponsored by
Gardners Books. But we need your help!


P.S. Thanks for the prosecco and sweeties, Canongate.
You know how to show a bookseller a good time!

Golden Hare Books is proud to announce that we have been nominated for this prestigious honour, along with all the other fabulous bookshops nominated. However, we need YOUR help to see if we can become Scotland’s favourite bookshop for 2019!

“But how can I help, as a humble Golden Hare patron?”

Why, simply by clicking this link and voting for us as your favourite Scottish bookshop. Feel free to leave a longer comment about us if you can, detailing the positive experiences you have had in our lovely bookshop!

We really appreciate you taking the time to vote for us and we’re very excited to see what feedback you all have for us. Thank you for helping to make Golden Hare Books the space that it is; we couldn’t have done it without you!

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The Reading Habit: The Best Books for Bedtime Reading

I can’t read personal development books before bed.

I get too excited to implement their ideas, so they keep me up at night.

As Golden Hare’s Blogger in Residence, I’ve taken up a monthly challenge in becoming acquainted with myself as A Reader. February’s focus was to identify what types of books are best for me to read at what time of day.

I used to be a staunch believer of reading only one book at a time, but lately I’ve had two on the go – one in the morning, and one at night.  


In the morning, seek books worth waking up for.

This is my favourite time slot for the page turners in my pile. Mine tend to be business, lifestyle, and personal growth books. Reading them gets me excited to take action on their suggestions. Besides, it seems sensible to read fashion books just before getting dressed.

Like a nutritious breakfast, books packed with positive energy set the inspirational tone for the day.

Or, Start the Day in Another World

Another way to start the morning is to read fiction. When my mind is empty, there’s something special about waking up in the world of another, and letting that world drift through my day as I explore my own.

Brainy Books for Bedtime

At night, there’s a delicate balance between reading something that is enjoyable enough to get into when I’m tired, but challenging enough to lull me off to sleep.

Ever since Julie introduced me to reading cookbooks for fun during my LitFix appointment, I’ve found that they slot nicely into this evening session. Wrapping my head around Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat tires out my mind, and as I sleep, the lessons organise themselves into my memory.

I also wind down through the puzzle of poetry, or any other text that makes me think.

What do you read before bed? Let us know on Instagram.

Xandra Robinson-Burns is a personal development author and founder of HeroineTraining.com. She is spending a year getting to know herself as a reader.

For assistance in selecting the books perfectly suited for your schedule, ask a bookseller in person, or book a LitFix appointment.


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Sometimes I Disappear Review

An unmissable exhibition showcasing the work of four artists who use self-portraiture to confront, and evade, the viewer’s gaze.

Oana Stanciu !EU (!ME) – Part I

Francesca Woodman [1958-1981] plays the ghost in her small, exquisitely crafted photographs of abandoned interiors; half there, half absent, presaging her own tragic disappearance at the age of 23; a short life to give birth to such hauntingly beautiful work.

The current Ingleby Gallery exhibition would be worth seeing for Woodman alone, but alongside her are Zanele Muholi [b 1972] a black South African whose strong, confrontational self portraits dominate and entrance the viewer with their steely glare, Oana Stanciu in stances at once unsettlingly provisional and wryly timeless, and presiding over them all Cindy Sherman [b1954] grand master of the posed self-portrait as mirror to our weird world. All self-absorbed, but in ways that reach well beyond the self to touch us all.

Not to be missed.

Reviewed by Mark Jones

Sometimes I Disappear is at the Ingleby Gallery until the 13th April 2019.

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Bibliophile Episode 10: “That’s a good name for a taxidermist”

In this first podcast of 2019, Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan “JT” Taylor discuss their most recent book picks, and in lieu of discussing a book group book talk how to track your reading. Lastly, they discuss reading resolutions for 2019!

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Matty Matheson Signing Cancelled

Golden Hare is sad to announce that, due to an unforeseen family emergency, our upcoming signing event with Matty Matheson at 5pm on Monday 21st January has been cancelled.  As we’ve heard from Matty on Instagram, this is something that he deeply regrets but is unfortunately unavoidable. He has publicly stated that he may be able to return and fulfil his events schedule in March but also that he can’t yet guarantee his availability. For those of you who have pre-ordered and paid for a copy of the book, we will be in touch to ask whether you would like to pick up your copy, or alternatively a full refund will be issued. This was an unticketed, free event so hopefully this won’t cause too much inconvenience.
Obviously, we’re disappointed that we won’t be able to put on a fabulous event with Matty quite yet but we hope that in the near future another opportunity will present itself. We wish Matty and his family our very best wishes and hope that all is well back in Ontario.  Thank you for your understanding,
The Golden Hare Team
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Readers’ Salon Recommendations (January 2019)

On a dark and blustery night, with nary a Christmas twinkle to be seen, our readers came out in force for an superbly rejuvenating Readers’ Salon (the first of the year). There were some tremendous recommendations from some new faces and regulars, plus a spirited discussion on various topics, including (but not limited to) the size of Africa, the dispiriting effect of small town support for their local sports teams, Irish historical accuracy from British correspondents and the annoyance of writing supplementary novels in the footnotes. Enjoy our readers’ excellent selections below, all available either within Golden Hare or upon order! Continue reading Readers’ Salon Recommendations (January 2019)
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The Reading Habit: Reading Makes You A Better Chef

I’m obsessed with selecting the right book for the right moment. I let go of switching between fiction and non-fiction. I let go of limiting my rereads. I let go of annual reading goals. (Decembers in particular held no reading joy as I scrambled for the quickest reads). There was a time when I believed I needed to get through my TBR pile before letting myself add new books. Why buy more when there are already so many on standby? Continue reading The Reading Habit: Reading Makes You A Better Chef
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Bibliophile Episode 9: Recent Reads | The People in the Trees | Favourite Books of 2018

In this episode of Bibliophile, Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor reveal their most recent reads, then discuss the first novel by Hanya Yanigahara, The People in the Trees, then share their best books of 2018. Continue reading Bibliophile Episode 9: Recent Reads | The People in the Trees | Favourite Books of 2018