September 01, 2018
A meticulously researched book on the shipbuilding industry based in and around Kingsbridge and Salcombe. The area was especially well-known for the beautiful and powerful clipper fruit schooners which sailed to all corners of the world. Roger Barratt, the curator of the Salcombe Maritime Museum, has written a truly comprehensive account of each ship, their trades and the men and women who built, owned and sailed them. This is an important addition to the history of the local area and a fascinating read.
We’ve just returned from the Bookseller’s Conference and one of the guests was author Kate Morton who had us all spellbound with her latest offering ‘The Clockmaker’s Daughter’. Initially set in modern day London, it quickly develops into a multi-layered story which is reminiscent of Dickens and Wilkie Collins, populated by extraordinary characters and an intriguing and well-structured story. Elodie, working for a solicitor, comes across a mysterious satchel containing the notes and sketches of an artist, alongside a photograph of a beautiful woman. Intrigued, she travels to the stately home which was home to the group of artists in the late 1800’s and is gradually drawn back in time to the characters and events which haunt the house to this day.
We were so delighted to hear about this book on the experiences of wild swimming in and around Devon. We have such wonderful access to the magical waters of Dartmoor and the secret coves and pristine beaches of South Devon and there was simply no better voice than Lynne Roper who lived and swam in these waters. She writes of her adventures through sixty different waters; her love of outdoor swimming beautifully expressed and a real testament to her life in the wild.
Just out in paperback, this book was originally aimed at the young adult market, but as the case with all good fiction, is an outstanding read for any age. Sally Jones is the name of a gorilla who also happens to be a brilliant ship’s engineer who sails on the Hudson Queen. Disaster strikes and it’s up to Sally to clear the name of her best friend. From Lisbon to Bombay, the adventures unfold in a race to find the truth. As Philip Pullman states ‘It’s ingenious, it’s moving, it’s charming’.
There are wonderful books due for release within the next month. We are especially looking forward to ‘Tombland’ by C J Sansom, ‘Silence of the Girls’ by Pat Barker and ‘Ghost Wall’ by Sarah Moss.
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