At Adventure into Books we love to tell you about books that have caught our eye and to recommend some of our long-standing favourites.
These books can found in our bookshop or can be ordered from us by email, phone or Facebook (pretty much anything except smoke signals or pigeons).
However, if you can’t get in to see us, you can now order online by clicking here: Adventure into Books. This will take you to our page on Bookshop.org – an alternative to Amazon, designed to support independent bookshops on the UK’s high streets (or in our case, Blairgowrie’s Wellmeadow).
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Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout
What is it about Olive Kitteridge? She’s blunt and spiky and doesn’t make friends easily, but somehow she sticks. In the second book about Olive we meet her adjusting to life after Henry. Ageing, unsure of herself and honest. Is she likeable? – I’m still not sure. But she’s definitely someone I’m glad to have met.
You can buy this book from us through our Bookshop.org page by clicking: Olive Again
A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
A story of three people, young, old and one in the middle. Told with compassion and emotional honesty, Mary Lawson offers well-formed characters, intrigue and the drama of family dynamics, all set in a remote town in Canada. If you like Anne Tyler, you’ll love this book.
You can buy this book from us through our Bookshop.org page by clicking: A Town Called Solace
Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn
Only part way through this one but already fascinating. The book explores what happens when people move on from places – whether because of disaster and war, or social and economic change – and how nature reclaims the places we abandon. Hugely readable, informative and thought provoking, and a reminder that we are but part of this earth.
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Going to the Berries: Voices of Perthshire and Angus Seasonal Workers by Roger Leitch
This is a must for our local community along Strathmore but will also appeal to anyone interested in knowing more about the social history of this major industry. The book is full of contributions from locals and seasonal visitors, enriched with fascinating archive material, recalling their memories of berry picking and the many agricultural and estate activities that were taking place during a time of great change.
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BOOKMARK Book of the Year Award 2021
Mr Wilder & Me by Jonathan Coe
Described by various reviewers as ‘bittersweet’, we’re really please this book has been shortlisted for the BOOKMARK Book of the Year Award 2021. Set on a Greek island in the summer of 1977, Calista finds herself working for Hollywood director Billy Wilder: her life is about to change for good. The setting, the chance meetings of life, the choices we make – all great topics for book club discussions. You can see more about the BOOKMARK award at: BOOKMARK Book of the Year 2021
You can buy this book from us through our Bookshop.org page by clicking: Mr Wilder and Me
We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker
An utterly absorbing thriller, this book is also on the shortlist for the BOOKMARK Book of the Year Award 2021. Set in California, it tells the story of 13 year old Duchess and her younger brother Robin who are the real victims of a tragic accident that happened before either of them were born.
You can see more about the BOOKMARK award at: BOOKMARK Book of the Year 2021
You can buy this book from us through our Bookshop.org page by clicking: We Begin at the End
Our friends at Bookmark also publish their own recommendations each month (www.bookmarkblair.com) – we either have these books in stock or can order them in if any happen to catch your eye.