Bibliophile Episode 5 | Uncivil Wars, Tortured Women and the Man Booker Longlist

Booksellers Julie Danskin and Alice Tarbuck share what they’re currently reading and recommending, discuss this month’s book group book American War by Omar el Akkad and dig into 2018’s varied Man Booker longlist. Grab a pen as you’re going to need to write down some recommendations! Also, we learn why Alice should never be left alone in a car…

Let us know what you’re reading in the comments below or on our Facebook group!

NB: Sorry about the background noise in this episode, we recorded in a different place with lots of road noise! We’ll make sure it’s cool and crisp next time…

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Bibliophile Episode 4 | Current reads, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo & summer reading

Bibliophile is back! Julie Danskin and new co-host Alice Tarbuck discuss what they’re currently reading, delve into June’s book group pick Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo including audio clips from the in-store discussion and the best books to pick up this summer. Let us know what you’re reading in the comments below or on our Facebook group!

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This month at the Golden Hare we are over the moon to be taking part in Feminist Book Fortnight from 16th – 30th June! The first ever nationwide celebration of feminist publishing in the UK set up by our friends at Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham, this is set to be a highlight of our 2018! We’re jam-packed with exciting events this month and we are of course bringing you all the best feminist books from our favourite indie presses to celebrate.

 

An extra big shout out goes to BRILLIANT indie publisher And Other Stories, who are publishing only female writers for the whole of 2018 to highlight the ongoing problem of gender inequality in the book trade. We are crazy about their output so far this year: a new collection of rare stories and fragments by cult 1960s author Ann Quin; the first-ever English language translation of an intense and beautiful novel by Swiss-Italian author Fleur Jaeggy; an intriguing, experimental expedition into the unknown by prize-winning Catalan author Alicia Kopf; and a book of short stories shot through with dark humour and satire by American author Christine Schutt. Keep up the amazing work guys!

  

 

Yep, you guessed it – our events have a decidedly feminist flavour this month too! First of all we kick off the Fortnight by welcoming luminous debut author A.J. Pearce to the shop on Monday 18th June to discuss her WW2-based novel Dear Mrs. Bird – a guaranteed heart-warmer with a cracking female protagonist to boot. We follow this up with our Book Group on Tuesday 26th June where we’ll be reading the stunning Women’s Prize shortlisted novel Stay With Me by Nigerian author Ayòbámi Adébáyò – 10% off in the bookshop all month! Finally we round off the celebrations by hosting an evening with Caroline O’Donoghue, who will present her hilarious and timely debut novel Promising Young Women. You can’t say we don’t spoil you…

 

Last but not least, we wanted to give a special mention to our non-fiction Book of the Month, Talking to Women by Nell Dunn. The wonderful feminist publisher Silver Press have unearthed and reissued this previously out-of-print collection of essays written by Nell and her friends about life as a woman in 1964 and it’s a real corker. With a new introduction by favourite-of-the-shop Ali Smith and a beautifully minimalist cover, we can’t get enough of it.

 

Make sure to check out our friends at Lighthouse Bookshop too, who’ve got some amazing events lined up! And if you’re not in Edinburgh, never fear – over 30 bookshops across the UK are taking part in Feminist Book Fortnight so check out the FBF website for more info and a huge list of participating bookshops and events: https://feministbookfortnight.wordpress.com/

 


This year, as you may have heard, is the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth! We love her work here at the Golden Hare and our copies of Polygon’s beautiful editions have been selling like hotcakes. At the beginning of April we had a wonderful event with Alan Taylor, Candia McWilliam and Rosemary Goring to discuss Spark’s life and our window is all Sparked up this month.

While we love Muriel, we won’t pretend to be as well-versed in her life as the wonderful experts we had at our event. So, instead of trying to impress you with Spark facts from Google, we thought we would introduce you to some of the other literary anniversaries being celebrated in 2018.

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To celebrate the wonderful, amazing, magnificent news that we’ve been nominated for the British Book Awards Children’s Bookseller of the Year, we wanted to put together a list of some of our all-time favourite picture books. There’s a common theme throughout the list: these are innovative, gorgeously written and beautifully illustrated wonderbooks which all of us at the Golden Hare are crazy about. We’d love to hear from you too – which do you think are the best children’s books and why? Continue reading →


There’s a copy of Romeo and Juliet somewhere in my old high school which is badly graffitied. If you turn to the back of the small book, there are countless quotes scratched across the final pages in black and blue ink. The largest reads:

“And when I shall die,

Take him and cut him out in little stars,

And he will make the face of heaven so fine

That all the world will be in love with night

And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

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And, just like that, February has passed us by. One moment it’s Burns’ Night, the next you’ve realised it’s almost Mother’s Day. That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy February while it was here – au contraire, we had a wonderful month full of fascinating events and some exciting new releases. Hopefully, too, your month included a book set in Edinburgh as per the instructions of the Reading Challenge! If not, never fear, we aren’t teachers chasing up your homework, that’s the beauty of the challenge – it can be something you keep track of throughout the year, or it can be a helpful way to pick up a book you wouldn’t have normally read.

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Birds of America by Mary McCarthy

FICTION

We are, undeniably, living in changing times. The news is full of apocalyptic sentiment and terrifying stories of a world gone mad. It feels like this is the end, that this is the world changing beyond recognition and any sense of idealism is naïve and utopian. No, I am not describing 2018; instead, it is the world that Mary McCarthy paints for us in our fiction choice this month.

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We love what we do. And we like to think we do it well, so being shortlisted for the British Book Awards for our region (Scotland, obvs!) means an awful lot. It’s so rewarding to see the projects and work we put into our shop paying off and recognition from the BBA (affectionately known as the ‘Nibbies’ because the trophy is shaped like a pen nib!) is so encouraging.

All across the UK we’ve seen some of our very favourite bookshops shortlisted (hello, Pages of Hackney and Imagined Things in Harrogate!) and we’re sharing the Scottish list with the best of a very bright bunch of Scottish bookshop crops. Our lovely neighbours at Edinburgh Bookshop are also on the list, as well as Linlithgow’s brilliant Far From The Madding Crowd, The Orcadian Bookshop in Orkney and new kid on the block Highland Bookshop in Fort William.

After the shortlist was announced, the British Book Awards opened a web page to the public where everyone can vote for their favourite bookshop, and we’d love it if you could fill it out! This award means a lot to indie booksellers for all the work we do year-round and it’s a chance to give someone a really big smile. Continue reading →