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Bibliophile Book Chat: A Civilised, Sensible Discussion

Bibliophile is back! After a humidity-induced hiatus, we’re back in full flow and coming at you across the airwaves (that’s how podcasts work, right?).

In this episode, we discuss racist horror novels, space operas set on ice planets (In space! On ice!), and New York utopian fiction covered in gorgeous gold foil! We also chat about our reaction to the Booker Longlist, and raise more questions than ever: can David get through a review without being contrarian? Can Julie avoid getting egg on her face? Is crank a sensual word??

Our book recommendations:

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
The Heavens by Sandra Newman
The Hiding Game by Naomi Wood
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Groundings with my Brothers by Walter Rodney
Rebel Cities by David Harvey

Booker Longlist:

Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
The Wall by John Lanchester
The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
Lanny by Max Porter
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

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Love and Ennui in Fictional Belfast with Wendy Erskine

Wendy Erskine’s debut collection of short stories Sweet Home is a gorgeous, melancholy, and deeply evocative exploration of daily life in East Belfast. Fans of her work for the longest time, we were delighted to welcome her to Golden Hare Books as part of our Book Fringe line up. Wendy chatted to our very own manager Julie Danskin about the writing process, her interest in the underdog, and what she feels the short story genre offers, in what was a generous, honest, and insightful discussion about the mechanics and impetuses of fiction. 

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Water Shall Refuse Them with Lucie McKnight Hardy and Claire Askew

Our second Golden Hare Books Book Fringe event was prefaced by a deluge of Biblical proportions, appropriate for the launch of a novel set in extreme weather conditions.

The weather was a marked contrast from the considerable heat of our Nan Shepherd event the day before, but just as with Nan Shepherd, a flock of literary enthusiasts braved the torrential conditions to celebrate Lucie McKnight Hardy’s gorgeous and unsettling debut novel Water Shall Refuse Them.
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Svein Clouston and Rowan Morrison, hosts of the Have You Ever? podcast, and Golden Hare’s special guests!

Our very first Book Fringe 2019 event at Golden Hare Books may well have broken records.  The seats were filled by 6pm, the room was full by 6:15pm, and by the time the talk started at 6:30pm, personal space had become a thing of the past!

It’s a testament to Nan Shepherd’s incredible legacy, the stunning new edition of The Living Mountain published by Canongate, and the popularity of the folks at Have You Ever? who recorded the event as part of their podcast, that everyone braved the queues and rising heat to hear about Shepherd’s gorgeous volume of seminal nature writing.

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Welcome to Book Fringe!

August is upon us once again and with it the return of Book Fringe! We’re extremely excited about this year’s Fringe, and we’re sure that our lineup will have you racing to both Lighthouse Book and Golden Hare Books for these completely free events! And with no tickets, there’s no need to book!

But who can we expect at the Book Fringe, you say? Well, you can sign up to our newsletter to get updates through the month! Additionally, you can check out our fab new website here! In the meantime, we’ll give you some of our highlights for the opening portion of the Fringe…

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Our personal picks to win Not the Booker!

Golden Hare staff offer their favourite novels of the year for consideration for the Not the Booker Prize…

Serious debate going on at Golden Hare HQ over our Not the Booker picks.

We were recently approached by The Guardian to offer one pick for the Not the Booker Prize. Our pick will be put forward as one of six choices on the final shortlist but we thought we’d let you in on our individual picks before we whittle them down to Golden Hare’s final nomination.

As usual, we all had completely different opinions before we manage to settle on one glorious nominee. Below are our picks, straight from the pens/keyboards of the Golden Hare team!

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Review: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Being aware of your “privilege” has become a go-to phrase in modern anti-racist discourse, especially in reference to ignorant white people blundering into discussions they might not be as qualified for as they imagine. But how many of us understand what “white fragility” is? Our bookseller David finds out!

Setting out to show white people what their white fragility actually entails, author Robin DiAngelo skillfully shows that other ethnic groups understand exactly how white fragility works (and the results aren’t pretty). DiAngelo uses examples from her long experience as a consultant on racial issues to show that the way white people usually think of racism is completely wrong and actually bolsters the racism in our societies.

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Golden Hare’s Observer Summer Reads

Summery recommendations and glamorous photoshoots: standard stuff for the GH crew.

Golden Hare manager Julie and bookseller David were recently asked for their summer read recommendations by The Observer newspaper. While being superstar-level famous types is part of a normal day at Golden Hare, we thought we’d share this one for those looking for some compelling holiday reads!

You can find the Observer article here or, if you want to get a little more detail for each recommendation, continue reading below…

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Comfy, Cosy, & Creative: 6 Great Places to Read in Edinburgh

Our bookseller Sarah (@strikesofluck) gives us her guide to the best cosy, creative spots Edinburgh spots to snuggle up with a book...

The cafe scene in Edinburgh is one that begs the question: where are the best cafes for voracious readers to consume their favourites and their discoveries?

We obviously prefer ones within a ten to fifteen minute walk from Golden Hare because when you inevitably finish your current read, you have to come back for another!

With that, we present our picks for the “Comfy, Cosy, and Creative: 6 Great Places to Observe, and, Of Course, Read,” Golden Hare style:

“The reinvention of the wine bar gallops apace across the city, but S&G are still the daddy. Brilliant curation, brilliant concept, it’s a voyage of wine based discovery.”
— Eating and Drinking Guide 2018, The List
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