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Friday 11 March 2011

Literary Fiction (mostly!)

As some of you may know, I was recently on the other side of the world, on holiday*. While away, Nina and David set about doing some of those things that have needed doing for some years. Dusting, for instance.

The main change was to try to collect most books by local authors in one place on a bookshelf. There we now have Henry Porter, Jane Bailey, Rebecca Tope, Veronica Stallwood, Anne Grangerand guest author, Lesley Cookman, as well as books of local interest.

Of course, that left M C Beaton's Agatha Raisin books rather hidden in comparison so we devoted four shelves to her books where they were easier to see. (Room enough for her Hamish Macbeth series and the two new sets of books by her too)

This left space for us to order in some more 'literary' novels to be grouped together. Such titles as Snow Geese by William Feinnes, Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, A Life of Pi by Yann Martell and Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky as well as works by Hemmingway, Cormac McCarthy and Arundhati Roy and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We have called this book case'Literary Fiction (mostly!)' so please feel free to disagree with our choices.


  1. What a great idea, grouping all the local authors and authors who have visited your shop, together. I think that, together with other books of local interest, it's a good marketing strategy, hope it increases sales for you, perhaps some advertising over the section may help?

    'Lovely Bones' by Alice Seebold, was one of my favourite books of recent months. I hope that you stock this authors other books also, as she seems to be very popular, according to everyone's blogs.


  2. We are lucky having so many fine authors living so close. Have you tried any of Jane Bailey's work? She's class. 'Tommy Glover's Sketch of Heaven' and 'Mad Joy'.
    I'm hoping to get a better book case than the 'Local Author' shelf but yes - we could do with a sign.