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The Margate Bookshop Newsletter IV

April & a gentle blossoming

April, as someone once said, is the cruellest month. By someone I of course mean T.S. Eliot, and while I've never agreed with said statement, I'm giving in to the random quoting of Margate's favourite poet. April and May have traditionally been my "best" months, and this year is looking to exceed my usual expectations of them. Very soon The Margate Bookshop should be settling into a shop space all of its own in the heart of the town!

All going to plan, the next few weeks will be busy with research, planning, buying and infinite diy work. While I can't formally announce an opening yet, being somewhat superstitious in the way that many people are, I can say that once I have news, you (beloved subscribers!) will be amongst the first to hear. For now, here are a handful of book recommendations. I've added many more fiction titles to the online shop so be sure to have a browse and support The Margate Bookshop as I take the steps towards making this a reality.

New Stock and The Margate Bookshop Recommends:
Island on the Edge of the World
by Charles Macleanon

What is it about isolated societies living in remote corners of the world that fascinates us so much? Perhaps it's an intrinsic curiosity towards people living lives very different from ours, when the experience of living poses so many questions regardless of the time and place we inhabit. I can't wait to start this book tracing the story of St Kilda, in which Charles Macleanon explores the history of this remote Hebridean society in moving prose. BUY HERE
First Time Ever: A Memoir
by Peggy Seeger

First Time Ever, Peggy Seeger's unflinchingly candid memoir, takes its readers on a journey back through British folk music, from a childhood steeped in music and left-wing politics, to the songwriter's life in London and her lasting relationship with Ewan MacColl. With a clear eye and generous spirit, Peggy writes of a rollercoaster life – of birth and abortion, sex and infidelity, devotion and betrayal – in a luminous, beautifully realised account. BUY HERE
Currently Reading... Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Having been passionately recommended it by friends and knowing it to sell like mad, I've finally picked up Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends... and now find myself writing a mixed-feelings review. While I'm loving the peculiar dynamic between its characters, reminiscent of films of the sixties and seventies such as La Piscine, I'm feeling a desire to dig to find a deeper meaning in their relationships. Maybe I'm finding it too close to home because I share my year of birth with Sally Rooney, and I didn't realise that I too could've written about my romantic relationships and stood a chance at becoming an author. Am I a little jealous? Definitely. Rooney's writing style is direct, honest, and perfectly conveys the insecurities of the period of adjustment that occurs in one's early twenties. There are a few serious issues which get tackled throughout the novel, and its story fits perfectly into our day and age - both are characteristics I deem important in contemporary fiction, but perhaps I'm missing a more elaborate writing style and something in the way of a moral resolution. Having said that, I'm finding it hard to put the book down. I'm dying to see how this all pans out. After which it'll be back to the classics for me... BUY HERE
 
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Recommended by... Bookseller and founder of Word on the Water Jon Privett
"Although best known for his portrayal of rural American childhood in his fictional works, my preference is for Mark Twain's biographical episodes of Life on the Mississippi and the travelogue Roughing It. Twain sets out West on one of the last stagecoach journeys before the advent of the all conquering Railroad. He witnesses the last days of the lawless frontier, describes encounters with hostile native tribes, cowboys, and desperados. Although he seldom put a foot wrong in questions of taste, it is worth noting that the modern reader's enjoyment of this otherwise wonderful book is marred by its casual sexism and the appalling racism of one particular paragraph which Twain himself apologises for later in the text. As an honest description of lived experience and a reflection of the time and place in which it was written, Roughing It is an uplifting and enjoyable history lesson."
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