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.
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!
Golden Hare staff offer their favourite novels of the year for consideration for the Not the Booker Prize…
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!
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.
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…
Our bookseller David reviews this interesting non-fiction book about the transformative effects of nature when its largely left to its own devices…
Combining personal insight and experience with a mixture of devastating and uplifting facts, Isabella Tree’s Wildingis an unusual but powerful beast. From a fabulous section on the names for different types of mud (gubber, a thick black mud of rotting matter, is my personal favourite) to beautiful descriptions of the largely lost calls of mating turtle doves, this book has something for everyone who admires nature.
In this episode of Bibliophile, booksellers Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor catch up with what they’ve each been reading. They pause for a moment to reflect on a recent victory, winning Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019at the British Book Awards, and talk sagely about their experiences running a small bookshop and all it entails. Even answering a few questions! From you!
Apologies for background noise in this episode, our dulcet tones were accompanied by football fans outside the pub beneath our bookshop…
Getting into the occasional reading rut is something that even the most ardent bibliophile can relate to. We’ve all been in one and they can be easy to slip into. Getting out of them? Not always so easy.
In fact, one of the most common reasons for people coming into our Stockbridge store is to ask us how to get out of this slump and what books we’d recommend to ignite their reading passion again.
That’s why Golden Hare have created Post Books, our new service designed to excite and intrigue those who subscribe to it!
Sexy segueways, Freudian complexes and bad times on the canal, we could only be discussing the 2018 Man Booker shortlisted debut novel Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. What is the bonak? Can we ever avoid our fate? What will our booksellers David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan Taylor make of it?