November Book Group: “The People in the Trees” by Hanya Yanagihara

November Book Group

November Book Group

Tuesday 27th November at Golden Hare Books, 6.30pm

The People in the Trees

by Hanya Yanagihara

From the author of A Little Life, we’re excited to be reading Hanya Yanigahara’s debut novel The People in the Trees for our final book group of the 2018. This novel is one of bookseller David’s all-time favourite novels, but what will you think?

Whether you’re a frequent Book Grouper or have never been before, you’re most welcome at the Golden Hare Book Group. No booking required, please RSVP below so we can gauge numbers, read the book and then arrive at the bookshop in time to start at 6.30pm – wine and soft drinks are provided free of charge!

As ever, those intending to attend will receive 10% off the book group book. See below for details!


The People In The Trees by Hanya Yanagihara


The stunning debut novel, from the author of A Little Life. It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumoured lost tribe. There he encounters a strange group of forest dwellers who appear to have attained a form of immortality that preserves the body but not the mind.

Perina uncovers their secret and returns with it to America, where he soon finds great success. But his discovery has come at a terrible cost, not only for the islanders, but for Perina himself. Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees marks the debut of a remarkable new voice in American fiction.

Our bookseller David’s favourite book ever!

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Weight 276 g
Dimensions 130 × 196 × 27 cm





384 pages


Pan Macmillan


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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)

In Conversation: Margarita García Robayo

Come and join acclaimed Colombian author in a rare visit to Scotland as she discusses Fish Soup, a dazzling book translated by Charlotte Coombe and published by Edinburgh-based Latin American champions Charco Press


Earlier this year we were lucky enough to host a book launch for Margarita Garcia Robayo’s Fish Soup with translator Charlotte Coombe, and now we are delighted to present the author herself. Fish Soup has been one of our favourite works of fiction this year. A collection of two novellas, Waiting for a Hurricane and Sexual Education, the book also contains award-winning short story collection Worse Things.

Robayo’s fiction is dark, fresh and cynical; she explores the role of women and sexuality. Some of her vivid prose will make you laugh aloud and the rest just might break your heart. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this bright voice in Latin American fiction talk about her work in person in this rare trip to Edinburgh. We are always delighted to welcome Charco Press back to Golden Hare Books – you won’t regret joining us!


Margarita García Robayo (Cartagena, Colombia, 1980) is the author of three novels, a book of autobiographical essays and several collections of short stories, including Worse Things, which obtained the prestigious Casa de las Américas Prize in 2014. Her work has appeared in several anthologies such as Región: cuento político latinoamericano (Political Latin American Short Stories, 2011) and Childless Parents (2014). In 2013, she was awarded a Literary Creation Grant from the Han Nefkens Foundation and the Pompeu Fabra University. Her books have been praised in Latin America as well as in Spain, and have been translated into French, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew and Chinese. Fish Soup is her first book to appear in English.

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Readers’ Salon Recommendations from October

Exposing our minds to new high quality literature is one of our favourite things at Golden Hare, and nothing does that in a more compelling way than our Readers’ Salon. This is an open evening where we encourage people to come along and share what is moving their souls, stimulating their brains or stirring their passions (in a literary sense, naturally!). All the choices on this list were contributed by our fantastic and supportive Readers’ Salon attendees.

The large number of excellent recommendations from those who attended the salon really impressed us this week, so we’ve compiled a list from what was an absolutely heaving and fun-filled Readers’ Salon! We’d heartily recommend diving into any of our readers’ recommendations below.

Make sure that you come along to next month’s Readers Salon on Monday 5th November for more friendly book talk and excellent recommendations!


Continue reading Readers’ Salon Recommendations from October

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Charco Press & the Art of Translation

Translating fiction can be extraordinarily difficult. So how do you find a publisher that guarantees high quality translations with every book?

We’ve all had that experience of reading a book that was apparently wonderful in the original French which then turns out to be disjointed, stilted and sometimes plain weird in the translation!

Translating fiction from other languages while retaining the spirit of the original is one of the toughest challenges out there for a publishing company. Many try but few succeed as consistently as our featured publisher: Charco Press.

Continue reading Charco Press & the Art of Translation

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To Be Read #2

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 To Be Read #2

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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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To Be Read #1

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We all have them. They sit there on our bedside tables, our shelves, our kitchen counters, anywhere they can make a home and they watch us. Taunting. Begging for us to look at them and despair, “Oh man, it’s definitely grown since the last time I looked.”

They waste our money. We buy so much to keep them happy and all they do is sit and wait for us to feed them more. Every time we tell ourselves we will wait until they’re truly hungry, until there’s nothing left, then we will feed them again. But, alas, that night we come home armed with fresh produce for them to gobble up without a second thought. Continue reading To Be Read #1

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‘The Other Mrs Walker’ Launch Party


What a night! As expected, last night’s launch party for Mary Paulson-Ellis’s The Other Mrs. Walker was an absolutely terrific evening. It’s not often we get to launch a book in venue as beautiful and as fascinating as the Wohl Pathology Museum, Continue reading ‘The Other Mrs Walker’ Launch Party