Title: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse

Author: Charlie Macksey

Pages: 128 Pages

Publisher: Ebury Press

The Blurb

Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.

The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie’s first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.

The Review

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse is an absoluelty gorgeous book filled with illustrations and thought provoking thoughts. It is perfect in its simplicity and is one that I will return to time and time again.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy is available now.

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Title: The Last Black Unicorn

Author: Tiffany Haddish

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Gallery Books

The Blurb

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.

None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.

Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.

By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.

The Review

I’m going to admit something. Before listening to The Last Black Unicorn I didn’t know who Tiffany Hddishwas. I bought the book because I really like unicorns. What I know now is that she has had an interesting life. Bizarre, but interesting.

At times, you feel completely sympathetic for some of the things that she had been through. Sometimes you kind of had difficulty deciding whether or not Haddish was the villain of the story. Either way, you cannot help but admire her tenacity and moxie.

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish is available now.

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Title: Confessions of a Bookseller

Author: Shaun Bythell

Pages: 328 Pages

Publisher: Profile Books

The Blurb

“Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?” Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms. Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don’t understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.

The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they’ve come to know and love.

The Review

I loved The Diary of a Bookseller so when I heard a second book was coming out I was quick to buy it. Less quick to read it but quick to buy it. It was full of the same type of funny stories we found in the first book, the same colourful cast of people in Shaun Bythell’s life along with some new faces and the same old difficulties that come with working in the second hand book trade. Quite frankly, this book was like a hug.

I really hope that Shaun continues to write about the witty things that happen throughout his days. I, for one, would love another instalment.

Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell is available now.

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Title: Ayoade on Top

Author: Richard Ayoade

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Faber & Faber

The Blurb

At last, the definitive book about perhaps the best cabin crew dramedy ever filmed: View From the Top starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

In Ayoade on Top, Richard Ayoade, perhaps one of the most ‘insubstantial’ people of our age, takes us on a journey from Peckham to Paris by way of Nevada and other places we don’t care about. It’s a journey deep within, in a way that’s respectful and non-invasive; a journey for which we will all pay a heavy price, even if you’ve waited for the smaller paperback edition.

Ayoade argues for the canonisation of this brutal masterpiece, a film that celebrates capitalism in all its victimless glory; one we might imagine Donald Trump himself half-watching on his private jet’s gold-plated flat screen while his other puffy eye scans the cabin for fresh, young prey.”

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I like Richard Ayoade. I think he is a swell guy. I appreciate his quirkiness and I love that he has written a book about a random and unpopular movie with the love of someone who knows how crap their favourite movie is but adores it anyway. I’m not saying that this is necessarily Richard Ayoade’s favourite film, in fact I would put money on it that he doesn’t like it and this is in fact a sardonic response but as someone who appreciates a good crap film (mine is Grease 2) then I salute the purpose of this book.

In typical Ayoade fashion you never know if what he is saying is genuine or if it is a scathing comment (always suspect the latter) and that is the joy of his writing style. Read Ayoade on Top. Read it now.

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Title: Tradition

Author: Brendan Kiely

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Random House

The Blurb

‘This very good school is nothing but a fancy promise, a broken one. A big lie.’

The powerful, glamorous and privileged students of Fullbrook Academy gather for a secret party in the woods.

A party that ends in disaster.

The Fullbook traditions are sacred. But they can hide dark and dangerous secrets.

Jules is in her senior year with one goal: to get out and start her life at college.

Jamie is a sports star on a scholarship; Fullbrook is his chance to escape his past.

Can they both stand together against Fulbrook’s most toxic traditions?

The Review

I really like campus novels. I like having a sneaky peak into a world that I may be unaware of. I like it when those novels tackle difficult issues and Tradition definitely tackles a difficult issue. Kiely looks at the privilege that is shown to sports stars within private schools and how that privilege can manifest itself in insidious sexual attacks that are brushed under the carpet.

With a dual narrative, we see what life at Fullbook is like from Jules perspective – she was once part of the privileged group but now abhors it. We also see it from Jamie’s perspective who has landed smack bang into that world and doesn’t fit in.

The toxicity of this environment drips from every page and makes you genuinely uncomfortable. It is a book that should be read and shared as much as possible.

Tradition by Brendan Kiely is available now.

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