Author Archives: Tara

Our favourites of 2015 – Tara

As a farewell to 2015, we’ve all made lists of our favourite books of the year, whether old or new: As Children’s Buyer, I read a lot more books aimed at the under-15 set than my colleagues, and it has to be a really great grown-up book to make me stick with it. With that […]

Our favourites of 2015 – Sarah

As a farewell to 2015, we’ve all made lists of our favourite books of the year, whether old or new (and in Sarah’s case looking ahead to 2016): My best reads of 2015 range forwards and backwards – more forwards because of the way my mind goes blank about everything but the books I have […]

Our favourites of 2015 – Jane

As a farewell to 2015, we’ve all made lists of our favourite books of the year, whether old or new: The stand out fiction of the year for me was A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara and ALL MY PUNY SORROWS by Miriam Toews (the hardcover of the latter was actually published in 2014 but […]


We were very pleased to appear on Shortlist’s list of the 20 Mightiest Small Book Shops in the UK, with some excellent other shops. Not only that, but they described us as a “literary bolthole” and described our amazing Serge Seidlitz prints as “killer”, we couldn’t agree more!


We are thrilled to announce that the brilliant Serge Seidlitz has produced a new book-themed print just in time for Christmas! Featuring all our favourite literary figures from Austen to Zombies. Packed with wit and originality, we’re sure there’s a space on every book-lover’s wall. And at £180 framed, there’s room for it in the […]

Christmas Marketing

Although Christmas is still six weeks away, We’re really looking forward to taking part in the Rugby Portobello Trust’s Christmas Market next week. We’ll be there on Tuesday 17th from 2pm to 5.30pm and 6pm to 9pm. And then on Wednesday 18th from 9am to 5pm. We’re hosting some really fantastic author signings. On Tuesday […]

Daylight Book Club – A Difficult Young Man

Our Daylight Book Club met on October 13th to discuss the Australian novel A Difficult Young Man. Here’s Robert’s report: We discussed ‘A Difficult Young Man‘ by Martin Boyd. This novel, from 1955, is the second in a quartet of novels recalling episodes in the lives of an Anglo-Australian family experiencing social change, mainly prior […]

Malone for your Home

Andrew Malone has been supplying L&R with his beautiful altered books for the last five years, and to celebrate we’ve asked him to take over our art space in the shop. Each of these framed collages is unique, as Andrew cuts them all out by hand in his studio in Whitstable. And while we know […]

Daylight Book Club – Patrick’s Report

On September 8th, The Daylight Book Club read Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson, which was Patrick’s choice. Here’s his report: “Much ballyhooed by the media when it was reissued by Faber in 2015 (first published in 1994) and with an Introduction by Philip Pullman declaring it to be the ne plus ultra of thrillers, the […]

A Little Wonder

A LITTLE LIFE is one of our favourite books of the year so far. It’s not an easy read by any means, but this novel of intertwined lives and hurts that can never be healed is utterly compelling. It’s the rare book that everyone who works in the shop can agree on (not least because […]