Friday, September 22, 2017

Team Reads: Cat

What book are you reading right now?
The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath. 

What are you enjoying about the book?
Set in and around London's West End in the aftermath of the Second World War, there's a sense that victory has come at a huge cost. Instead of a country ready to rebuild and embrace happier times, the author conveys a grey, gloomy and bitterly cold London with skeletal bombed-out buildings and people struggling to get by on meagre rations. 

I'm enjoying the author's skill at describing the city and evoking historical details. London provides a wonderful backdrop to the sinister events of the plot, dangerous political ideologies, and secrets harboured by the main characters. The book is creepy and unsettling, full of haunting echoes of the past and raw grief, perfect for reading on an Autumn evening.

What book(s) that have arrived into the shop this week are you looking forward to reading and why?
I'm a fan of Robert Harris, and enjoyed Conclave earlier in the year so I've had my eye on the lovely signed hardback copies of Munich that came in this week. I'm also interested in reading The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick after hearing her discuss her novel with such enthusiasm on Radio 4's Open Book.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Roald Dahl Day at Mostly Books

On Saturday 16th September, the team at Mostly Books donned some weird and wonderful outfits in celebration of the legend that is Roald Dahl.  Over the course of the day, customers were greeted with cries of 'Happy Roald Dahl Day' as they stepped into the shop to the sight of Willy Wonka, Miss Trunchball and Miss Honey.

Children arrived in fancy dress to participate in the fancy dress competition and the lucky winner won a copy of the
beautiful new hardback edition of Billy and the Minpins, illustrated by Quentin Blake, for her efforts.

Plenty of young ones whiled away some time finding the Roald Dahl characters hidden around the shop whilst their parents or grandparents browsed.  The children that managed to find all five characters left the shop with a goodie bag for their efforts whilst others amused themselves with the Roald Dahl colouring and activity sheets available in the children's room.

A fun day was had by all and it was living proof that the magic of Roald Dahl continues from one generation to the next.