We are delighted to announce that we have not one but two books on the shortlist for this year’s Books Are My Bag Readers Awards! A huge thank you to the booksellers for their support.
In the Fiction category, Still Life by Sarah Winman
Indie Book of the Month for June, from the author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a big-hearted story of people brought together by love, war, art and the ghost of E.M. Forster.
1944, in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening.
Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy. She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the wreckage and relive memories of the time she encountered EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular Florentine room with a view.
Evelyn’s talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses’ mind that will shape the trajectory of his life – and of those who love him – for the next four decades.
Out Now | HB | £16.99 | 9780008283353
Perfect for Christmas gifting, we have gorgeous Florentine-style Still Life wrapping paper available for your bookshops.
Packs come in sheets of 10
Bookplates available, signed by Sarah WinmanREQUEST BOOKPLATES
In the Children’s Fiction category, Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston
Amari Peters knows three things.
Her big brother Quinton has gone missing.
No one will talk about it.
His mysterious job holds the secret…
So when Amari gets an invitation to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain this is her chance to find Quinton. But first she has to get her head around the new world of the Bureau, where mermaids, aliens and magicians are real, and her roommate is a weredragon.
Amari must compete against kids who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives, and when each trainee is awarded a special supernatural talent, Amari is given an illegal talent – one that the Bureau views as dangerous.
With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is the enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton …
Out Now | PB | £7.99 | 9781405298193