Books:

From thrillers to wildlife, Jar­rold head book buyer Chris Rushby sug­gests 12 glo­ri­ous gifts, with a strong lo­cal feel

EDP Norfolk - - INSIDE -

Jar­rold’s ex­pert Chris Rushby has some gift ideas

FIC­TION TOMBLAND BY CJ SAN­SOM

Read­ers have been wait­ing ea­gerly for the sev­enth in the grip­ping se­ries of Tu­dor thrillers fea­tur­ing lawyer Matthew Shard­lake. For lo­cal read­ers the ex­cite­ment is even more in­tense: the book brings Shard­lake and his friends to Nor­wich where they be­come caught up in Kett’s Re­bel­lion. The novel is a bril­liant piece of his­tor­i­cal fic­tion any­way, but the lo­cal set­ting makes it one of our books of the year.

Pub­lished by Man­tle. Jar­rold, £15

THE STRANGER DI­ARIES BY ELLY GRIF­FITHS

Elly Grif­fiths is best known for her se­ries of Nor­folk-set crime mys­ter­ies fea­tur­ing foren­sic ar­chae­ol­o­gist Ruth Gal­loway. The com­bi­na­tion of com­pelling char­ac­ters, solid plot­ting and lo­cal scenery proves ir­re­sistible to a host of read­ers. Here’s a de­par­ture for Elly, though; a stand-alone thriller in the mod­ern Gothic tra­di­tion – but we’re con­fi­dent Ruth Gal­loway fans are go­ing to love it.

Pub­lished by Quer­cus. Jar­rold, £9.99

MELMOTH BY SARAH PERRY

Bril­liant Nor­wich-based au­thor Sarah Perry won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award for her first novel, Af­ter Me Comes The Flood. Her sec­ond, The Es­sex Ser­pent, was over­all win­ner at the British Book of the Year Awards last year. Her lat­est is de­scribed by The Ob­server as “one of the great achieve­ments of our cen­tury and de­serves all the prizes and praise that will be heaped upon it.”

Pub­lished by Ser­pent’s Tail. Jar­rold, £12.99

NON-FIC­TION IN MY LIFE BY ALAN JOHN­SON

Alan John­son might just be one of the great­est prime min­is­ters we never had. His three vol­umes of mem­oirs have all been lit­er­ary prize win­ners and best-sell­ers. Now, the ex-post­man and cabi­net min­is­ter looks back at his life again, this time re­flect­ing on the mu­si­cal sound­track of his life, from Lon­nie Done­gan to The Bea­tles, from Elvis Pres­ley to

Elvis Costello, with his cus­tom­ary wit and warmth.

Jar­rold, £9.99

THE PEN­GUIN CLAS­SICS BOOK BY HENRY ELIOT

This hand­somely bound book is a reader’s com­pan­ion to the largest li­brary of clas­sic lit­er­a­ture in the world from one of the most iconic pub­lish­ing im­prints. From an­cient Me­sopotamian leg­ends to First World War po­etry, with Greek tragedies, Ice­landic sagas, Ja­panese epics and much more in be­tween, it takes in 500 au­thors and 1,200 books, bring­ing these to life with lively de­scrip­tions, lit­er­ary con­nec­tions and beau­ti­ful cover de­signs.

Pub­lished by Par­tic­u­lar Books. Jar­rold, £20

THIS HOL­LOW LAND – AS­PECTS OF NOR­FOLK FOLK­LORE, BY PETER TOLHURST

Peter Tolhurst’s Nor­folk Par­ish Trea­sures books were won­der­ful di­gests of the county’s ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage. Now he turns his at­ten­tion to the myths and leg­ends per­me­at­ing the county. Per­haps Black Shuck is the re­gion’s most fa­mous myth­i­cal beast, but he’s by no means alone, as this fas­ci­nat­ing and com­pre­hen­sive guide makes clear. Pub­lished by Black Dog Books. £25

COF­FEE TA­BLE BIRDS IN NOR­FOLK BY JAMES MCCAL­LUM AND ANDY BROWN

This book is both beau­ti­ful and in­for­ma­tive: lo­cal artist James McCal­lum’s gor­geous il­lus­tra­tions are ac­com­pa­nied by Andy Brown’s text, com­bin­ing to pro­duce a book that qual­i­fies as the Jar­rold bar­gain of the year at a mere £9.99 – a daft price, if we say so our­selves, for such a won­der­ful pro­duc­tion fo­cus­ing on the county’s avian life.

Pub­lished by Lang­ford Press. Jar­rold, £9.99

THE STORY OF THE BRITISH ISLES IN 100 PLACES BY NEIL OLIVER

Neil Oliver is prob­a­bly best-known for ap­pear­ances on the BBC’s pop­u­lar Coast pro­grammes, but here he pro­duces a beau­ti­fully writ­ten, kalei­do­scopic his­tory of our is­lands, a very per­sonal ac­count of what makes these is­lands so spe­cial, told through the places that have wit­nessed the un­fold­ing of its his­tory. From windswept head­lands to bat­tle­fields and cathedrals, each of his des­ti­na­tions is a place where the spirit of the past seems to linger. Pub­lished by Ban­tam Press. Jar­rold, £15

CALL OF THE BLUE BY PHILIP HAMIL­TON

This book is both a thing of beauty and a call to arms. Philip Hamil­ton’s gor­geous, strik­ing im­ages of reefs and whales, crocodiles and man­a­tees, sea lions and jel­ly­fish, tur­tles and sharks, pygmy sea horses and more gives read­ers a glimpse of some of the world’s most stun­ning un­der­wa­ter lo­ca­tions and crea­tures, bring­ing into sharp fo­cus all we are at risk of los­ing if the world doesn’t act with more sense. Pub­lished by Paul Hol­ber­ton Pub­lish­ing. Jar­rold, £45

CHIL­DREN’S THE WIN­TER WASSAIL BY CHERIE CHEN

This beau­ti­ful and fes­tive pic­ture book is self-pub­lished by Cherie Chen, a lo­cal au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor. Although the term ‘self-pub­lished’ some­times comes with con­no­ta­tions of poor qual­ity this book is in fact a lovely piece of pub­lish­ing and each copy is signed by the au­thor.

£10

THE NIGHT I MET FA­THER CHRIST­MAS BY BEN MILLER AND DANIELA JAGLENKA TERRAZZINI

Ac­tor and co­me­dian Ben Miller is per­haps best known for The Arm­strong and Miller Show on TV. Now turn­ing his hand to writ­ing, Ben has pro­duced what may just be a Christ­mas clas­sic in the mak­ing, in the shape of this tale prov­ing once and for all that Fa­ther Christ­mas does ex­ist…

Pub­lished by Si­mon & Schus­ter. £12.99

MUMMY TIME BY JU­DITH KERR

Ju­dith Kerr’s style is in­stantly recog­nis­able: from the Mog se­ries to The Tiger Who Came To Tea, her books have de­lighted gen­er­a­tions of young read­ers. In her lat­est there’s the very gen­tlest of digs at par­ents who fall prey to the temp­ta­tions of mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­vices when they should be pay­ing at­ten­tion to their chil­dren…

Pub­lished by HarperCollins Chil­dren’s Books. Jar­rold, £9.99

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.