Welcome to our Bullring & Grand Central Book Club.
We've teamed up with the experts at Foyles to create our very own book club.
At the start of each month we'll be sharing a book recommendation from the team at Foyles and ask you to read along with us. Then at the end of the month we'll create a thread on our Facebook page so that you can discuss your thoughts and opinions on the book. It's really that simple!
Our June read as selected by Foyles bookseller, Jake is:
'Good Omens' by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
If I had to choose one book to take to a desert island, I would definitely go for Good Omens. Not only for tactical reasons – two incredible authors in one book – but because you can read it again and again and it remains as fresh and as hilarious as ever.
Armageddon has been set in motion, but the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley are not too sure they want the world to end. They team up to foil the Great Plan – there's just one problem: they seem to have misplaced the Antichrist...
Good Omens is full to the brim with witty ideas and brilliant characters that reside quietly in your brain and sneak up on you at unexpected moments, even long after you have finished the book. I will never look at the M25, Milton Keynes, or Best of Queen albums in the same way again. And the word
‘ineffable’ makes me think of Aziraphale every time I hear it (which admittedly is not too often).
With the star-studded TV adaptation on our screens now, there's never
been a better time to pick up Good Omens – the only question left is which cover you will pick!
Are you joining us this month? Let us know by commenting below or joining the conversation on social media using @Bullring on Instagram and Twitter.
Our May read as selected by Foyles bookseller, Andi, was:
'Hinch Yourself Happy' by Mrs Hinch
Andi says: Instagram Sensation Mrs Hinch—in print form at last.
Part practical advice, part cleaning memoir, this will help anyone clean themselves happy—or as the saying goes...hinch yourself happy!
If you’re a hincher then you’ll be ecstatic to own a book where you can find all her hints and tips as you try and clean and organise your own home. From the best way to wash your dishes, to which cloths to use, I wish I’d had this book when I first moved into my own place.
I’m a naturally messy person and this book has helped me keep on top of things much easier. I love having a list of all her favourite cleaning products in one place so I can refer back to them and give them a try without having to go back through old posts online.
Even if you’ve never heard of Mrs Hinch this book will help you take charge of your home and make you feel better. A clean and sparkling sink really does make all the difference! Who else loves Elbow Grease and Zoflora?
Our March/April read as selected by Foyles bookseller, Jake, is:
'Lanny' by Max Porter
Jake says: Written in Porter's distinctive blend of poetry and prose, Lanny is a powerful and immersive masterpiece about a rural community. Porter conjures up characters with astonishing skill, making this story as vivid and grounded in reality as it is dreamlike and interwoven with the supernatural...
Our February read as selected by Foyles bookseller, Jake, was:
'This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor' by Adam Kay
Whether you always have a book on the go or only pick one up occasionally, 'This is Going to Hurt' should definitely be on your list to read in 2019! Relevant to anyone who has ever been (or will ever be) in an NHS hospital, Adam Kay's diary from his time as a doctor is a rollercoaster of emotions – shocking, extremely funny, and devastatingly sad.
The book charts Adam's journey from being thrown in at the deep end of his first hospital placement, to his time working on labour wards and in fertility clinics, to the ultimately heartbreaking reason why he left the profession six years later. Alongside the hilarious anecdotes about bizarre injuries and strange patient requests, 'This is Going to Hurt' opened my eyes to just how relentless and all-consuming being a doctor is.
The short and snappy diary entries are perfect for dipping in and out of, but once this book gets its hooks into you, you'll find it hard to put down. 'This is Going to Hurt' is simply unforgettable.