Roz’s Recent Reads

Blog · Posted September 20, 2023

Here’s what Roz has been reading recently…

Roz gets through a lot of books and is one of the best people to turn to when you need a recommendation. In her recent reads she has tackled a bit of new fiction, hard hitting non-fiction and some magical new children’s books. Read her quick pitches for her choices below to see if she can persuade you to give any of them a go.

Lioness by Emily Perkins 

From a modest background, Therese enters a life of protected luxury when, in her early 20s, she marries a charismatic property magnate decades her senior.  However, when rumours cast doubts on her husband’s property dealings, life begins to fracture.  Therese is drawn to her fierce neighbour Claire, and through this friendship discovers a new sense of freedom.  It turns out she does in fact hold opinions of her own… Packed with excellent, scathing take-downs and delicious feminist moments, it’s a treat of a read.

Buy this book

The List by Yomi Adegoke

Instagram golden couple, Ola and Michael, are to be married in a month.  They wake one morning (separately) to see The List published online – exposing a list of male abusers, and Michael is named.  What follows is a twisty turny, gripping examination of the fall out, told through a dual narration.  Highly recommended.

Buy this book

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano 

Four young women, best friends and sisters, live within an intensely close and loving family.  Into this warmth comes William, brought up by grief stricken, silent parents.  Things quickly unravel with the death of one father and the ending of a marriage.  Gorgeously written, intense and affectionate.

Buy this book

Brother of the More Famous Jack Barbara Trapido 

Anyone who hasn’t discovered the unmitigated joy that is Barbara Trapido’s writing, should start here.  Beautifully written, funny, touching, coming of age story set in England and Italy.  You will miss the characters (when you’ve raced through the book) and wish you were in their midst again.

Buy this book

Ultra-Processed People by Chris van Tulleken

Does for ultra processed food knowledge what Empire of Pain did for the opioid crisis.  Fascinating, but unsettling.

Buy this book

Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell (8-12 years)

This fantastical book marks the beginning of an epic new series for children.  Philip Pullman meets JK Rowling and I’d only say that if I really meant it!

Buy this book

Tyger by SF Said (8-12 Years)

A richly imagined alternative London where society is divided into strict geographical areas.  Out doing his chores one morning, Adam discovers a mysterious tyger hiding in a rubbish dump in urgent need of help.

Buy this book

Opening Hours · Monday-Saturday: 9-5:30pm · Sunday: 11-4:30pm
Please note: last orders for the Café must be made 30 minutes before closing time

Christmas Eve – OPEN until 4.30pmChristmas Day – CLOSEDBoxing Day – CLOSEDNew Year’s Eve – OPEN until 3pm (Café closes at 2.30pm)New Year’s Day – CLOSED2nd January – CLOSED

St Boswells, Melrose, Scottish Borders TD6 0AT
Phone +44 (0)1835824087 · Email



Sign up for our newsletter to be first to hear about news, offers, and sales