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By Emma Bilsborough, Sales and Marketing Coordinator


As a team full of book lovers, we're constantly recommending books to one another and to our customers. There's nothing better than sharing your favourite titles with a friend, obsessing over plot and characters and getting them to fall in love with the book too. This is one of the absolute best things about a genuine, book loving community, you can discover new writers and stories from the people around you.

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As we were doing it informally anyway, sharing stories with colleagues and customers alike, we decided to make a staff picks area in our shop, where all members of our team can share with our visitors some of their favourite titles, in the hopes that someone else will pick one up and love it as much as we have. The added benefit, with our books, is that they're secondhand and so there's already so much love amongst their pages. Creased spines and well-thumbed pages, filled with someone else's experiences of reading the story, but with enough room for you to add your own.

We try to refresh the titles as often as we can, (which isn't too hard, we're always reading!), but here's a few of our current picks for you. Please do share with us your favourite titles - we love the recommendations to go both ways.

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

Picked by Diane, Darwin and Shop Bookseller

(and writer of brilliant Darwin featured book posts)

"A huge classic that still excites the imagination, it filled my son with the thrill of adventure and a desire for outdoor survivalist living!"

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How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff

Picked by Fenna, Chief of Operations

"I loved reading Meg Rosoff in my teens. I read this and all of her other titles too."

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To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Picked by Lauren, Shop and Customer Care Bookseller

"In this 1927 modernist classic, Woolf explores the true nature of human experience through incredible depictions of seemingly everyday occurances. A classic for a reason!"

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The 39 Steps, John Buchan

Picked by Nick, Chief Executive Officer

"A great (and short) classic. Start here and then read everything by John Buchan."

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Room, Emma Donoghue

Picked by Emma, Shop & Darwin Bookseller

"I read Room in a day. So full of emotion and so interestingly written. Must-read."

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The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Picked by Megan, Warehouse Bookseller

"Khaled Hosseini is my favourite author of all time. Must read!"

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