We are often asked for our recommendations in the shop, so we thought we'd put our ideas here!
Helena: The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
A wonderful book. This edition of this classic fable about one man's quest to create a forest, made even better with an introduction by Richard Mabey.
Madeline: Breakdown: The Crisis of Shell Shock on the Somme by Taylor Downing
This is a fantastic informative book detailing the progression of the phenomenon of Shell Shock during the First World War and the official response to it. Downing mostly concentrates on the First World War and British official response to the crisis but also include the official response and care provided by the Germans, French and Americans. He concludes with a round up and assessment of the mental health, the armed forces and the official response since. It also has some fun snippets of information about the British Empire mindset.
Kirsten: Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal. Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife and mother, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor.
A relic from a past - and a love Peri had tried desperately to forget. The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as nineteen year old sent abroad for the first time. To her dazzling, rebellious Professor and his life-changing course on God.
To the house she shares with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about identity, Islam and feminism. And finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart. Shirin, Peri and Mona, they were the most unlikely of friends.
They were the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused.