A SCRIBBLER IN SOHO: A Celebration of Auberon Waugh by An Anthology with commentary by Naim Attallah

Witty and charming, deadly but always with style, Auberon Waugh’s writing enlivened the seventies and eighties. First at Private Eye, then as editor of the Literary Review and finally as co-founder of the Academy Club, he reported on every aspect of the book world. His satire, astute observations and spoof diaries informed and entertained in equal measure. Sympathetically edited by Naim Attallah, this collection includes autobiographical pieces and the entirety of From the Pulpit, Auberon Waugh’s brilliant monthly editorials for the Literary Review.

£20 Hardback

MR FIVE PER CENT: The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man by Jonathan Conlin

Today Calouste Gulbenkian is best known for the spectacular art collection and fortune which he bequeathed to the foundation he set up in Lisbon. When he died, in 1955, he was known as the richest man in the world, his wealth largely amassed from 5% deals with the Middle Eastern oil magnates. He was a moral yet ruthless businessman who demanded total obedience from his family despite, in his younger days, living a champagne and playboy lifestyle. Later a recluse, he appeared to care about little other than his art collection. Jonathan Conlin’s intriguing book reveals his extraordinary contradictions.

£25 Hardback

THE SNOOTY BOOKSHOP: Fifty Literary Postcards by Tom Gauld

For over a decade Tom Gauld’s comic strips have enlivened the Guardian. His wicked sense of humour attacks bookshops, customers and authors in a gentle yet astute way with ‘Poetry Anthologies for People Who Don’t Like Poetry’ and a ten-week procrastination course for creative writers. Hatchards is obviously nothing like this.

£12.99 Hardback with 50 easy to pull-out cards

THE ANTLERED SHIP by Dashka Slater, illustrated by The Fan Brothers

Marco is an inquisitive fox, but none of the other foxes share his curiosity about the world. When a majestic antlered ship sails into the harbour Marco is keen to join up. With three deer and a crew of adventurous pigeons he sets sail in search of other like-minded foxes.

£12.99 Hardback

A NATURE POEM FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR by Jane McMorland Hunter (Ed.)

This anthology contains a poem for every day, accompanying the natural world as it progresses through the seasons. Classics and lesser-known works mingle to give a realistic yet imaginative view of the earth. When not working in the Children’s department or writing the catalogue, Jane can usually be found on the first floor of Hatchards, scouring the poetry section.

£18.99 Hardback
Signed copies available

ART MATTERS: Because your Imagination can Change the World by Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell

In a collection of short illustrated essays, Neil Gaiman argues, amongst other things, that reading for pleasure is one of the most important things one can do (we heartily agree). From building a chair to safeguarding libraries and librarians, he shows how imagination and creativity can make the world a better place. Based on a speech he made in 2013, his brilliant ideas are now complemented by Chris Riddell’s matchless illustrations.

£9.99 Hardback
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CHURCHILL: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts

We may think we know Winston Churchill but Andrew Roberts’ new biography re-interprets the events of Churchill’s life, exposing his flaws and explaining his genius. He has used papers not available to previous biographers and is the first Churchill biographer to be granted access to the private diaries of King George VI. Stupendous.

£30 Hardback

CHEDDAR GORGE: A Book of English Cheeses by John Squire (Ed.), illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard

Eleven writers, including Oscar Wilde’s son Vyvyan Holland, sing the praises of cheese in this timeless reproduction. Each contributor visited the cheesemakers and their stories of Stilton, Dunlop, Blue Vinny and others are also a delightful description of rural England in 1937. E. H. Shepard’s quirky illustrations complete the book’s appeal.

£9.99 Hardback

THE DROP by Mick Herron

The drop, a seemingly innocent envelope passed from one person to another in a London café, sets off a chain of dramatic events. Caught in the fall-out are John Bachelor, who spends most of his time managing retired spooks and needs to re-establish his credentials, Hannah Weiss who is just beginning to enjoy life as a double agent and Lech Wicinski, an Intelligence Service analyst, who finds that favours often lead to trouble. An intriguing and typically clever Slough House novella.

£9.99 Hardback
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TRANSCRIPTION by Kate Atkinson

At the start of the Second World War Juliet Armstrong, just eighteen years old, is surprised and excited to be recruited to MI5 but the operation she is assigned to turns out to be both dull and alarming. Ten years later her war work unexpectedly catches up with her but now she is no longer a naïve teenager. A magnificent story of war and its consequences.

£20 Hardback