10 independent bookshops share their summer reads


Need some inspiration for #bookshopcrawl day? 10 indie bookshops share the books that they're recommending and championing this summer as part of #IBW2016 

1. Chorleywood Bookshop, Herts


  • Girl on the Train which is the perfect summer thriller now out in paperback, (plus you need to read the book before you see the movie).
  • Maggie O’Farrell’s This Must be the Place, a beautiful exploration of the true cost of love and how it affect us.
  • Chris Cleave’s Everyone Brave is Forgiven filled with humour, heartbreak and love it’s the perfect read for a Summers afternoon.
We have had events with all these authors and loved every single one of them!

2. Book Corner, North Yorkshire


So many! The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon (which I thought was wonderful), Uprooted by Naomi Novik and The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons have all been novels I've read recently and loved.  For non-fiction, I'm championing Walking Away by Simon Armitage and Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing by Tracey Thorn.  In terms of children's books, there's a beautiful retelling of The Phantom of the Opera illusrated by Helene Druvert. It's absolutely gorgeous, and retells the story so cleverly.

3. A Festival of Books, Chipping Camden


I love The Emergency Zoo by Miriam Halahmy it is set at the end of the Summer of 1939 just before WW2 breaks out and follows two local children attempting to save their animals from the grown ups who want to put them down thinking it is the 'right thing to do'  the word get out and they end up with more animals than they bargained for. A truly wonderful story of how it is to be a child and how they often see things much more clearly than the grown ups!

The Call by Peadar O'Guilin is a stand out hit for me it combines horror with a brilliant plot and a fantastically written heroine and I really really look forward to its publication this Summer!  

I am also looking forward (along with every child in Chipping Campden and the surrounding area) to the release of Tom Percival's third book in the Little Legend series, The Genie's Curse. It was an absolute hit with children aged 5-8 here and so many parents have told me that the series got their children into reading that I could not possibly fail to recommend this series to all.

Other great books I love at the minute are The Books of Pandemonium series by Prentice & Weil, The Boy and the Globe by Tony Bradman and Knock Knock by Kaori Takahashi.   

4. Harris & Harris Bookshop, Suffolk


My new and very favourite book at the moment is Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.

Set in London and Malta during the Blitz, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is fantastic, brutal, moving, hopeful and witty. As a spectator, you are not spared the horrors of war but swept along, dusting off the anguish, despair and brick dust as you go. I urge you to read this. Let me press this into your hand, I LOVED it. (It's got red pages edges and EVERYTHING).


5. Village Books Dulwich, London


Books we are recommending this summer:


Early One Morning by Virginia Bailey

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Exposure by Helen Dunmore (best book I've read this year)

This Must be the Place Maggie O'Farrell


For kids:

Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens

The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell


For teens/YA

Love Song by Sophia Bennett

The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness


6. Lindum Books, Lincoln


The Muse; Jessie Burton

The Ballroom; Anna Hope

Katherine of Aragon; Alison Weir

The Private Lives of the Tudors; Tracy Borman (local girl done good!)

The Lake House; Kate Morton

Different Class; Joanne Harris


7. Bakewell Bookshop, Derbyshire


I am highly recommending A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas and also The Shepherds Life by James Rebanks.

8. Wenlock Books, Shropshire



We're championing Maggie O'Farrell's This Must be the Place - she's at the top of her game and has never disappointed.

9. The Bookshop Kibworth, Leicestershire



The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas

Grief is The Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

The Man I Became by Peter Verhelst

5000-1: The Leicester City Story by Rob Tanner

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

10. Warwick Books, Warwick



My name is Leon by Kit De Waal

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Let me tell you about a man I Knew by Susan Fletcher

Crash by Toby Vintcent

Where are the Boys? by Professor Alan Reed and Andrew Hamilton