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Stand on the mezzanine of our newest shop at Westfield Stratford City and look down on over 25,000 titles. Some you'll recognise, while others will be new to you, just waiting to be discovered. This shop is a haven for children as well, with our cosy children's corner a space to play, read and imagine. Whatever you're looking for, our booksellers are, as always, on hand to help you find your next read. Or you can simply spend some time browsing our shelves.
In Our Bookstore Now
See our Children's 'Book Bug' recommendations!
In Store this May
The shortlist for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) has just been announced. As ever, it's an exciting and varied list - although given that she's won everything else this year, Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies seems like a safe bet. We're celebrating another year of brilliant books by female writers with a retrospective of past winners, from 1996's inaugural winner, A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore, to last year's The Song of Achilles, all on 3 for 2.
With Baz Luhrmann's long awaited film adaptation of The Great Gatsby finally reaching cinemas this month, we're looking back at the era that inspired it all - the Jazz Age. As well as F. Scott Fitzgerald, the 1920s was the era of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, fabulous cocktails and Art Deco design; and it continues to inspire, with contemporary novels like The Paris Wife offering a tantalising picture of a glittering age.
And in the cookery department, BBC GoodFood recipe books are on 3 for 2. Whether you're a novice cook looking to improve, or just need a bit of inspiration for something new, they've got quick, easy and reliable recipes for everything from seafood to barbecues, gluten-free cooking to chocolatey treats.
In the Children's Department
When it comes to difficult enquiries from customers, it's not often we admit defeat. But when a parent came in asking for a children's book about a girl going into space (for her daughter, who doesn't think girls can be astronauts), we were, rather depressingly, stumped. If you've got any ideas, send them our way, because we still haven't found one. But it has inspired us to celebrate all the things girls can be, from gum-chewing superheroines and builders of awesome robots, to students of philosophy and code-breaking detectives.
What We're Reading
Take This Man - Alice Zeniter
Yet another precociously young French novelist (Zeniter published her first novel when she was 16. I mean, honestly). Take This Man is the story of a mariage blanc between Alice and her Malian childhood best friend, who is threatened with deportation, told in a voice that sounds so utterly of the moment, you almost feel that the book can't have been through the lengthy process of editing and publishing and printing; in the best possible way, it feels like it could be an extremely long, well-written Facebook status update, retaining all the angry immediacy that that allows. If you are twentysomething and angry at the state of the world, I can't recommend it enough. - Gayle
I, Lucifer - Glen Duncan
Burning in hell for eternity can be a real drag. So when God offers Lucifer a month to walk on earth, provided that he behaves himself, he decides to take him up on his offer. After eventually wreaking as much havoc as humanly possible, Lucifer finds himself understanding what it is to be human. Don't shun this book. Better the devil you know, right? - Jocelyn
Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
One of the funniest novels ever written, Three Men in a Boat is Idler founder Jerome K. Jerome's comic masterpiece. Join George, Harris, our narrator J. and their faithful dog, Montmorency, as they embark on what was supposed to be a relaxing boat trip down the Thames - only to discover that London's waterways are fraught with peril for the discerning lover of comfort. Be it vicious swans, woman boaters, tinned fruit or badly-tuned banjos, three men in a boat soon turns out to be more than three men can handle. To say nothing of the dog. - David