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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If I wrote this blog post about my actual To Be Read pile (an entire bookcase) we would be here for days, so I’ve painstakingly whittled it down to my top five. Just the process of confronting my book-hoarding addiction has left me feeling a little helpless: will I ever read all these? Should I stop buying so many? Happily, however, we all know that the answer to both of these questions is a resounding no. That’s the beauty of the TBR books: they’re always around when you need them. Here’s a selection of the ones I’ll be making my way through this month. Continue reading →



CHILDREN

Our children’s book of the month is ‘Franklin’s Flying Bookshop’, written by Jen Campbell and illustrated by Kathie Harnett. It tells the story of Franklin the dragon who loves to tell stories, but because he is a dragon, people are too scared to listen to them. Continue reading →