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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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Feminist Book Fortnight

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:


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Our Favourite Picture Books

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 Our Favourite Picture Books

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What does Shakespeare mean to me?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“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.”

Continue reading What does Shakespeare mean to me?

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Could YOU be our Blogger in Residence?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Independent bookshop Golden Hare Books in Stockbridge, Edinburgh is looking to collaborate with a book blogger/vlogger. This is a new role and we are looking to build a relationship with an experienced blogger with a passion for physical books and bookshops.

We don’t want to say too much in the ad as we are really looking for someone to bring great ideas to the table! Some things we’d be keen to get underway are a blogger review column as well as events (book blogging workshops?) and competitions.

In return we can offer:

Continue reading Could YOU be our Blogger in Residence?