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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.

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Bibliophile Episode 8: in which we learn that Julie definitely likes sci-fi

Welcome to episode 8 of Bibliophile, in which we discuss our current reads, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and the Man Booker winner for 2018, Milkman by Anna Burns. David gives us more miserable nonfiction to read, Jonathan hands out interesting facts, and Julie definitely, definitely likes sci-fi. Continue reading Bibliophile Episode 8: in which we learn that Julie definitely likes sci-fi

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Readers’ Salon Recommendations (November 2018)

Braving the suddenly biting cold of a November night in Edinburgh, our readers came out in force to let us know what they were reading as the days turn short and dark.

From excellent non-fiction recommendations to metamorphic classics to bizarre and hilarious fiction via an exploration of psychopaths in literature, we had a really wonderful time. We hope that the books listed below give you a flavour of the vibe from Readers’ Salon, as well as prompting more inspiration for your own winter reading! Continue reading Readers’ Salon Recommendations (November 2018)

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Why Anna Burns’ Milkman was a worthy 2018 Booker Prize Winner

Well, who saw that coming? Anna Burn’s Milkman came through an incredibly strong field and was the judges’ unanimous pick for the Man Booker Prize 2018. Becoming the first ever Northern Irish winner, Burns picked up the £50,000 prize for her confrontational and experimental novel, described by judge Kwame Anthony Appiah as “challenging, but in the way a walk up Snowdon is challenging. It is definitely worth it because the view is terrific when you get to the top”.

So what was all the fuss about and why was this left field pick chosen ahead of other strong entries, such as youngest ever shortlist nominee Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under or Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room? Continue reading Why Anna Burns’ Milkman was a worthy 2018 Booker Prize Winner

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Readers’ Salon Recommendations from October

Exposing our minds to new high quality literature is one of our favourite things at Golden Hare, and nothing does that in a more compelling way than our Readers’ Salon. This is an open evening where we encourage people to come along and share what is moving their souls, stimulating their brains or stirring their passions (in a literary sense, naturally!). All the choices on this list were contributed by our fantastic and supportive Readers’ Salon attendees.

The large number of excellent recommendations from those who attended the salon really impressed us this week, so we’ve compiled a list from what was an absolutely heaving and fun-filled Readers’ Salon! We’d heartily recommend diving into any of our readers’ recommendations below.

Make sure that you come along to next month’s Readers Salon on Monday 5th November for more friendly book talk and excellent recommendations!

 

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Bibliophile Episode 7: in which David ruins children’s books

In this episode of the podcast, we bid a fond farewell to Alice Tarbuck and introduce the dulcet tones of David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor. As usual we dicuss what we’re reading and discuss the book group book which was My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. Continue reading Bibliophile Episode 7: in which David ruins children’s books

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Bibliophile Episode 6 | Behind the Scenes at the Bookshop Edition

It’s episode six! This episode, co-hosts and co-booksellers Julie Danskin and Alice Tarbuck delve into the world of running bookshop events, as well as the ups and downs of creative nonfiction, current reads and plenty chuckling.

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Uncomfortably Female: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

In life as in fiction, women are often forced into unnaturally sanitised and sexualised roles in society. The burgeoning acknowledgement of this long term reality has given birth to the #MeToo movement online, as well as an increasing sense that women are rightly seizing the chance to present their lives and views as they really are, without the modifications that patriarchal societies demand. Continue reading Uncomfortably Female: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

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Literature to Empower Yourself #1

“What is the best way to empower yourself and those around you?”

In our experience, its to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. You start to understand the trials, traumas and triumphs of those you emulate, which often leads to greater empathy and solidarity.

But we can’t literally walk a mile in everyone’s shoes or we’d have a collection of footwear that would even make Imelda Marcos blush!

So how do we empower ourselves through understanding others? Unsurprisingly for a book shop, we have a suggestion in mind: read! Continue reading Literature to Empower Yourself #1