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Readers’ Salon Recommendations (January 2019)

On a dark and blustery night, with nary a Christmas twinkle to be seen, our readers came out in force for an superbly rejuvenating Readers’ Salon (the first of the year). There were some tremendous recommendations from some new faces and regulars, plus a spirited discussion on various topics, including (but not limited to) the size of Africa, the dispiriting effect of small town support for their local sports teams, Irish historical accuracy from British correspondents and the annoyance of writing supplementary novels in the footnotes. Enjoy our readers’ excellent selections below, all available either within Golden Hare or upon order! Continue reading Readers’ Salon Recommendations (January 2019)
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Readers’ Salon Recommendations (November 2018)

Braving the suddenly biting cold of a November night in Edinburgh, our readers came out in force to let us know what they were reading as the days turn short and dark. From excellent non-fiction recommendations to metamorphic classics to bizarre and hilarious fiction via an exploration of psychopaths in literature, we had a really wonderful time. We hope that the books listed below give you a flavour of the vibe from Readers’ Salon, as well as prompting more inspiration for your own winter reading! Continue reading Readers’ Salon Recommendations (November 2018)
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Uncomfortably Female: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

In life as in fiction, women are often forced into unnaturally sanitised and sexualised roles in society. The burgeoning acknowledgement of this long term reality has given birth to the #MeToo movement online, as well as an increasing sense that women are rightly seizing the chance to present their lives and views as they really are, without the modifications that patriarchal societies demand. Continue reading Uncomfortably Female: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
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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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A young reader reviews… The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here at Golden Hare Books we are big fans of Young Adult fiction – it’s sadly a much-overlooked genre by adults and we want that to change. We’ve always tried to promote our YA books in more prominent ways in the shop, such as having the YA section in the fiction room instead of the children’s room and hosting events with YA authors. Continue reading A young reader reviews… The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
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A bookseller reviews… It’s A Book by Lane Smith

[vc_row][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There’s a video making the rounds on YouTube at the moment: A Magazine is an iPad that Does Not Work. In the video, we see an adorable one year old girl gleefully swiping left and right on an iPad screen. Her face lights up as icons bounce back and forth, moving in and out of focus, when – all of a sudden – she finds the iPad replaced with a paper magazine. With a look of bewilderment on her face, the girl prods the magazine’s cover. She swipes at the photos inside, and tries to scroll down the columns. When the pictures fail to move, or light up, or grow, or shrink, the girl gives up – after all, where is the fun in a boring old page?! Continue reading A bookseller reviews… It’s A Book by Lane Smith
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A Bookseller Reviews…The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There is, doubtless, a thread of magic that runs through the way books come to us. As if we emit a pulse, like deep-sea locators, calling toward us certain books at certain times. Books to console. Books to bolster. Books to nourish. These books, when they come, assume a place in the pantheon of favourite books, and often, we return to them in times of unrest, because we require their solace once again. Continue reading A Bookseller Reviews…The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
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A Bookseller Reviews… See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7456″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7462″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The true tale of the Borden house is a terrifying one: the apparently haunted scene of a double murder, the main suspect the daughter of one of the deceased. For over a century ghost hunters from across the world have travelled to the town of Fall River, Massachusetts, to provoke the ghost of the accused Lizzie Borden and ask her if she truly was the one who killed her father and stepmother. A nursery rhyme about the story has frightened children for years. There are theories upon theories about who really killed Andrew and Abby Borden. This is by no means an easy story to tell. Continue reading A Bookseller Reviews… See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
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A Bookseller Reviews… Lullaby by Leila Slimani

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Do you ever read a book at the start of the year so good you wonder if anything can top it? That’s happened to me two years running! Last year the culprit was an advance copy of George Saunders’s breathtaking Lincoln in the Bardo; this year I picked up Lullaby by French author Leila Slimani on a whim and…let’s just say I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish it. Continue reading A Bookseller Reviews… Lullaby by Leila Slimani