New website, new blog

New website, new blog – It has been a busy week at OTB with WBD (enough acronyms already) World Book Day (and OTB is One Tree Books….)

This year we had a class form Froxfield Primary School in the shop, learning about books and bookshops and very well behaved they were too. I went to Lord Wandsworth College near Odiham to do a book fair in the school library. It is quite a long way from Petersfield but the enthusiasm of the students (and Teachers) was infectious.

With Oscar fever behind us it is time to concentrate on books. This week I have been reading How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman (published in April by Picador £7.99). It sounds like a rather strange choice for me but it is in fact a rather good psychological thriller in the vein of Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson but much more subtle and creepier. It’s her first book but really accomplished.

The OTB bestseller this week is Harvest by Jim Crace – this is a personal favorite – slow in pace but what beautiful prose. Is there a better writer from Birmingham or the UK for that matter?

That hardy perennial The Yellow Book 2014 is just out. It lists all the gardens you can visit for a charitable donation within the National Gardens Scheme and is always a top seller.


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