The Year of the Ladybird

Graham Joyce
The Year of the Ladybird

Books of the month for March

General Fiction: Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days
Eleven Days is, at its heart, the story of a mother and a son.It begins in May 2011: Sara's son Jason has been missing for nine days in the aftermath of a special operations forces mission. Out of devotion to him, Sara has made herself knowledgeable about things military, but she knows nothing more about her son's disappearance than the press corps camped out in her driveway.

British Crime: James Oswald – The Hangman's Song (Inspector McLean #3)
The body of a man is founding hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force this appears to be a simple suicide case. Days later another body is found. The body is hanging from an identical rope and the noose has been tied using the same knot.Then a third body is found. As McLean digs deeper he descends into a world where the lines of reality are blurred and that the most irrational answers become the only explanations.

Tough Crime: Keith Thompson – 7 Grams of Lead
Russ Thornton is a hard-hitting journalist known for his ability to take on big targets in government and in business. An old flame, now a Capitol Hill staffer, contacts him out of the blue wanting to disclose some top-secret information. But she is gunned down in cold blood, right in front of him. Worse, the killers are concerned about what Thornton knows, and who he may tell. He finds himself in a game of cat-and-mouse, where the stakes are life and death and the surveillance technology is so sophisticated that he wouldn’t believe it existed—if it weren't implanted in his own head.

Fantasy: Nnedi Okorafor – Who Fears Death
In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue.

Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny-to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture-and eventually death itself.

Science Fiction: Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Autumn
Rudi is a cook in a Kraków restaurant, but when his boss asks Rudi to help a cousin escape from the country he’s trapped in, a new career - partspy, part people-smuggler - begins.

Following multiple economic crises and a devastating flu pandemic, Europe has fractured into countless tiny nations, duchies, polities and republics. Recruited by the shadowy organisation Les Coureurs des Bois, Rudi is schooled in espionage, but when a training mission to The Line, a sovereign nation consisting of a trans-Europe railway line, goes wrong, he is arrested, beaten and Coureur Central must attempt a rescue.

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Lisa Shearin – Grendel Affair
We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us…

Teen reading: George Orwell – 1984
The dystopian novel by George Orwell, written in 1949 but eerie relevant today.
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101…

Classic of the Month: Edith Nesbit – Five Children & It
The original story from 1902 by classic British author E Nesbit.
When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother go digging in the gravel pit, the last thing they expect to find is a Psammead - an ancient Sand-fairy! Having a Sand-fairy for a pet means having one wish granted each day. But the children don't realize all the trouble wishes can cause…

Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days James Oswald – The Hangman's Song (Inspector McLean #3) Keith Thompson – 7 Grams of Lead Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Autumn Nnedi Okorafor – Who Fears Death  Lisa Shearin – Grendel Affair Edith Nesbit – Five Children & It George Orwell – 1984

Reading Group - Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Reading Group - Alif the Unseen by G. Willow WilsonWelcome to a cozy evening meeting in the bookshop to discuss the month’s book Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson.

Book of the month – January

G. Willow Wilson – Alif the Unseen is our book of the month for January. Alif the Unseen is a stunning and propulsive debut novel in which a young Arab hacker is caught up in an adventure for the ages…

The Ace of Skulls: A Tale of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding

The Ace of Skulls by Chris WoodingThe Ace of Skulls concludes the saga of the Ketty Jay. In the previous three books we have followed captain Darian Frey through a series of disastrous adventures which he has sometimes just barely managed to survive.

Raising Steam - The 40th Discworld novel

"Raising Steam" by Terry Pratchett, book #40 in the Discworld series, is released today the 7th of November!


Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister

George R. R. Martin
Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister

Turtle Recall ... The Complete Discworld Companion (So far)

Pratchett, Terry , Briggs, Stephen (ill)
Turtle Recall ... The Complete Discworld Companion (So far)

Drakenfeld (#1)

Mark Charan Newton
Drakenfeld (#1)

Robin Hobb event FULLY BOOKED

Robin Hobb evening at The English Bookshop UppsalaOur fantastic Robin Hobb evening is coming up, November 5!

All tickets are gone, so there will be no available seats on the actual evening. There is however a waiting list if anyone changes their mind. We have asked, and do now again, everyone holding a ticket to make sure they will be able to attend and if not - turn your ticket back in as soon as possible. We have a waiting list for people without tickets and we just added two people from Norway to the list...

We are so looking forward to this - after the event we will open the doors for the signing session so anyone can join us.
But wow - Robin Hobb in Uppsala!!!

Robin Hobb in the bookshop

Megan Lindholm in the bookshop

The Poster for the event

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