Published in 2018 by independent Edinburgh-based publisher Charco Press, Fireflies is an astounding account of modern history that manages to weave together multiple strands of life stories and lessons to create an engrossing tapestry of the human experience.
Fireflies joins together the lived experiences of Stanley Kubrick and The Beatles, connects Wittgenstein and Antoine de Saint-Exupery to the greater picture that is our modern world, and manages to do it all within the confines of a short, beautiful novel.
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.
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.
As a card-carrying member of the “I Take History Seriously” Team, I’ve gained a reputation for my love of miserabilist non-fiction. From How Europe Underdeveloped Africa all the way to Late Victorian Holocausts (an actual book title!), if there’s been a vaguely depressing title to read, I’ve sought it out.
But I’ve decided to start a clean slate as of this moment: I’m reviewing something contemporary(!), fictional(!!) AND only partially depressing(!!!). And what could be a better fit with those three qualities than Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under.
An unmissable exhibition showcasing the work of four artists who use self-portraiture to confront, and evade, the viewer’s gaze.
Francesca Woodman [1958-1981] plays the ghost in her small, exquisitely crafted photographs of abandoned interiors; half there, half absent, presaging her own tragic disappearance at the age of 23; a short life to give birth to such hauntingly beautiful work.
The current Ingleby Gallery exhibition would be worth seeing for Woodman alone, but alongside her are Zanele Muholi [b 1972] a black South African whose strong, confrontational self portraits dominate and entrance the viewer with their steely glare, Oana Stanciu in stances at once unsettlingly provisional and wryly timeless, and presiding over them all Cindy Sherman [b1954] grand master of the posed self-portrait as mirror to our weird world. All self-absorbed, but in ways that reach well beyond the self to touch us all.
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.
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)
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
[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