Amaryllis’ Books of the Year

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Our Bookshop Blogger Amaryllis (AKA Shop Manager, Claire) has chosen the ten books she most enjoyed reading in 2017, regardless of their original publication dates! Click the titles for more information.

The Dollmaker - Harriette Simpson Arnow

The unforgettable and heartbreaking story of a family's quest to preserve their deep-rooted values amidst the turmoil of war and industrialization.

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

A victorian epic transplanted to Japan, following a Korean family of immigrants through eight decades and four generations.

They Knew Mr Knight - Dorothy Whipple

The second Dorothy Whipple novel published by Persephone Books is also wonderfully well-written in a clear and straightforward style.

Winter - Ali Smith

In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith's shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter.

Memento Mori - Muriel Spark

Unforgettably astounding and a joy to read, Memento Mori is considered by many to be the greatest novel by the wizardly Dame Muriel Spark.

Staying On - Paul Scott

Both funny and deeply moving, Staying On is a unique, engrossing portrait of the end of an empire and of a forty-year love affair.

The Violet Hour - Katie Roiphe

The last days of five great thinkers, writers and artists - as they come to terms with the reality of approaching death

So Many Ways To Begin - Jon McGregor

A typically subtle early novel by Jon McGregor, the author of Reservoir 13.

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Our Bookshop Blogger Amaryllis (AKA Shop Manager, Claire) has chosen the ten books she most enjoyed reading in 2017, regardless of their original publication dates! Click the titles for more information.