Helena’s summer reading - the 2012 edition


With midsummer lurking just around the corner, it is high time to start talking about summer reading. In fact, I strongly suspect it may be time to start reading those piles and piles of books that keep calling my name, going"hey, Helena, let’s hang out this summer! Pick me, pick me!". Here are my top contenders.


Saturday 9th June at 11 at Lilla Nygatan 11, Gamla stan. Welcome all 3-6 year olds
for storytelling with Philip. No need to sign up, just show up
at the shop and join the fun.

The Humorist

What happens when you are born without the ability to smile and laugh? Oh yes, you become a humour critic! This must be one of the blackest examples of black humor I have ever read! It's dark, disturbing, thought-provoking and, yes, sometimes funny. The kind of book I am very happy to have read, and rather unique in its kind.

The eagerly awaited 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson


2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Is there a tendency among us humans to always think that our own time is the endpoint of history? An assumption that things are basically going to continue the way they are now, only maybe a bit more polished. Science fiction can bring back perspective, and make us see that perhaps our piece of human history is just one small part.

Kerouac's Women

Kerouac's Women

Beat Generation scholar Ann Charters will talk about and read from the books by the women who lived with and loved Jack Kerouac – Edy Parker, Carolyn Cassady, Joan Havery Kerouac, Helen Weaver, Joyce Johnson, Jan Kerouac.

Thursday 31 May, 7 pm
Lilla Nygatan 11, Gamla stan

No charge and no need to book in advance but the number of seats is limited.


Me Before You

A lovely literary chick-lit type of read, but with an extraordinary amount of feeling and sense, and a very unusual theme (the right to your own death). Heartily recommended!

Casket of Souls

A new Alec & Seregil adventure. I don't read as much fantasy as I used to but I always read a new Lynn Flewelling! You get drawn into the story at once.

Kingdom Beyond the Waves

A high-speed adventure with interesting characters (steammen, an ancient hive mind, half man half lizard creatures, a cyborg vigilante, a archeology professor, female free fighters on steroids and more) that goes on a quest to find the ruins of a lost utopia. It is also filled with different kinds of worshipping, politics, revenge and philosophy and I'm glad to have joined this (steampunk) ride.

A Foreign Country

Charles Cumming is simply the best of the new generation of English spy novelists. This was riveting. Great read.

Summertime, Story-time 20th May

The Big Alfie Out Of Doors Storybook. Shirley Hughes

The days are getting long and light. School will be over soon. Stories about gardens, the seaside, camping and warm evenings outdoors should get us ready for the holidays, even if it’s raining outside.

Story-time at 1 o’clock, 20th May, at the English Bookshop.

New Titles – 19 October 2018

Alan Moore
Trade Paperback
Cecelia Ahern
Roar (Stories)
Trade Paperback
Jenny Colgan
An Island Christmas
Ken Bruen
In the Galway Silence (Jack Taylor #14)
Trade Paperback
Paddy Ashdown
Nein! Standing Up to Hitler 1935-1944
Adam Zamoyski
Napoleon: The Man Behind the Myth
Tom Wright
Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World
Trade Paperback
Mackenzi Lee
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
R F Kuang
The Poppy War
Kim Stanley Robinson
Red Moon
Trade Paperback
Charles Stross
The Labyrinth Index (The Laundry Files #9)
David Weber
Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington #14)

New Titles – 10 October 2018

Haruki Murakami
Killing Commendatore
Tana French
The Wych Elm
Trade Paperback
Markus Zusak
Bridge of Clay
Michael Caine
Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life
Trade Paperback
Michael Lewis
The Fifth Risk
J. K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard: Illustrated Edition

Illustrated by Chris Riddell.

Barbara Kingsolver
Trade Paperback
Ransom Riggs
Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #4)
Bernard Cornwell
War of the Wolf (Saxon Chronicles #11)
Trade Paperback
Jessica Fellowes
Bright Young Dead (Mitford Murders #2)
Ian Rankin
In a House of Lies (Rebus #22)
Trade Paperback
Kate Devlin
Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots
Kameron Hurley
Apocalypse Nyx
Martha Wells
Exit Strategy (Murderbot Diaries #4)
Becky Albertalli
What If It's Us?

New Crime/Mystery – 13 June 2018

Kent Harrington
Last Ferry Home
Trade Paperback
Janet Evanovich
Dangerous Minds
Charles Cumming
The Man Between

New Non-Fiction – 7 May 2018

Duncan Larcombe
Prince Harry: The Inside Story
Lisa Samson
Epitaph for the Ash: In Search of Recovery and Renewal

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