Thank you so much @birdandblendtea for all these amazing samples! The team can’t wait to try them - we’re especially intrigued by the flavoured matchas!
#currentlyreading ‘All That Remains: A Life in Death’ by Sue Black Some may think it morbid but this brilliant piece of non-fiction, written by a renowned forensic anthropologist, is surprisingly touching and funny! I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far. What are you currently reading?
This month we are offering a bundle of beautiful kids books to one lucky winner. We know they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but with covers as well designed as these how can you not?! Here in the WBC office we can all plead guilty to being seduced by a beautiful cover and think the artists and designers deserve more credit! To win this selection simply tell us: Which book, that you read as a child, do you wish you could go back and read again for the first time? Entries close on the 1st of March at midday, we look forward to hearing your answers!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all you book worms! We love it when you spread the love by sharing your #myWBC snapshots! ❤️
Just 2 days left to use our special Valentine’s 10% discount code! To qualify simply enter the code VDAY10 on our cart page and the discount will be applied to your order total.
“Oh, I’ve got 10 minutes between appointments! I’ll just have a quick look round the charity shop...” Anyone else do that? I only bought one book in January. This month I have bought SIX already and it’s only the 11th 💸
#currentlyreading The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. I’ve only just begun but I feel fully immersed in the story already, just as I was with The Nightingale and The Night Road. She has an incredible knack for creating believable and likeable characters, as well as an exquisite way with words. This novel follows Leni, who moves with her family to a remote part of Alaska when she is just 13. Her dad, a man still reeling from his traumatic time as a POW during the Vietnam war, has been left a cabin and some land by a war buddy. As Leni grows up, and her parents marriage becomes ever more tumultuous, she meets Matthew, who makes her believe in the possibility of a better life. Have you read this or any other Kristin Hannah novels?
The Leavers is Lisa Ko’s debut novel. Deming Guo is eleven years old when his mother Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, never returns home from work. Deming becomes Daniel when he is adopted by the Wilkinsons, a mature white couple, who sweep him away from the Bronx, to a small town upstate. Simultaneously a coming of age narrative and an exploration of how a mother learns to live with past mistakes, The Leavers is an examination of family, race, immigration, assimilation and belonging. I’m really enjoying it so far! What are you currently reading?
The only upside to having a nasty cold is that you can push aside all your chores and plans to read a good book while you recuperate! What will you be reading today? The Undertaking by Audrey Magee follows Peter, a German soldier on the Russian Front in WW2, and Katharina, a young woman living with her parents in Nazi Berlin. They get married but it’s a marriage with a difference - they have never met. Peter marries a photo of Katharina in Russia while she marries a photo of him in Berlin. The marriage allows Katharina security while it allows Peter leave from the Front. A passion is ignited when they finally meet but, as the war draws to a close, the pair find themselves not with the bright future in Nazi Germany they had imagined but tainted by an extraordinary guilt.
February books are now on their way to you! Those in the U.K. can expect them in 2-4 working days, those in Europe in 3-5 working days and our subscribers from the rest of the world in 5-7 working days.
#janinbooks19 day 31 - ‘January book haul and wrap up.’ Here’s a combined book haul from the office: The Far Cry by Emma Smith The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Have you read any of these?
Congratulations, Agnieszka Higney! You’ve won our Virago Modern Classics giveaway. As always, thank you for all your brilliant entries - you’ve definitely made sure all our TBR piles have grown a little!
#janinbooks19 day 30 - ‘favourite reads of the month.’ Michelle McNamara was one hell of a writer. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark was written sensitively yet compellingly. The attention to detail was astonishing and I really believe that if Michelle had lived, she could have cracked the case. The epilogue, pictured here, gave me full body chills. Here are other favourite January reads from the WBC office: The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Letter to the King by Tonke Dragt The Outrun by Amy Liptrot A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara The New Fashion Rules by Victoria Magrath Circe by Madeline Miller What was the best book you read this month?
#janinbooks19 day 29 (one day late 🤫) - ‘authors you wish to meet.’ I would have loved to have met Michelle McNamara. I feel like I could have spoken to her for hours. Other authors, dead or alive, that the bookworms would like to meet include: JRR Tolkien Haruki Murakami Jane Austen Becky Albertalli Sylvia Plath Zadie Smith Which author would you like to meet?
Love is in the air... With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the WBC team have decided it’s time to spread a little bookish love. That's why we're giving you a 10% discount on any order placed between now and Thursday 14th February. To qualify simply enter the code VDAY10 on our cart page and the discount will be applied to your order total. We've subscription gifts to suit every literary taste and interest - from classics, crime or contemporary, through to historical, horror or humour. So if you're searching for the perfect gift for the book lover in your life, look no further than a WBC subscription...
Day 28 of #janinbooks19 - ‘recommend a retelling.’ Eligible is a fun, modern take on Pride and Prejudice set in Cincinnati that features, of all things, reality TV. Intrigued? The Gap of Time is Jeanette Winterson’s take on The Winter’s Tale. She makes it her own whilst retaining all the feelings inspired by the original. Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘The World’s Wife’ is a kind of retelling - a cheeky collection of poems that focus of the women behind the famous men of history.
#janinbooks19 day 27 - ‘character who’d be your BFF.’ When I was younger, I wasn’t all that fussed about Harry Potter as a character (too busy trying to emulate Hermione in every aspect of my life), but as I’ve got older, with each reread, I’ve learnt to appreciate him so much more. I think that, ironically, he is such an under appreciated character from the series. Loyal, humble, thoughtful, brave and, above all, kind - and I think it really speaks to his character that he turned out that way despite being raised by the Dursleys! Which character would be your BFF?
#janinbooks19 day 26 - ‘written in your first language.’ My first language is English and, shamefully, I’m not fluent in any other. I chose this picture because, for someone who struggled to grasp languages (and I went to secondary school that specialised in languages so I took French and German for several years and STILL can barely speak any now), I was really lucky to be able to go to a bookshop in France and pick out a book in the Lucky Dip because they were all written in English! I’m thankful for the fact that books that weren’t originally written in English are often translated, too. We have many WBC subscribers for whom English is their second language. What’s your first language?
Day 25 of #janinbooks19 - ‘more than “just” enemies.’ 📷- Alisha We weren’t sure how to interpret this prompt in the office but after a quick look at some of the other photos under the hashtag it seemed it referred to characters who started out as enemies and developed an epic romance. We had to go with Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy 💕
#janinbooks19 day 24 - ‘authors who are new to you.’ Seeing as it’s literally in our job description to keep up with who’s who in the literary world, we’re discovering authors who are new to us all the time at the WBC... but it’s not every day you get to do a Q&A with them! So, for this prompt I chose to feature @elizabethemundy. In Strangers’ Houses is her brilliant debut and the second in her series, A Clean Canvas, is out now! The series follows Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London. In the first instalment of the series, Lena turns detective when her friend Timea disappears and it looks like one of their clients is to blame. Working as a cleaner gives Lena a unique insight to her suspect’s life and only newbie PC Cartwright agrees that her desperate searching of the client’s house can lead to the truth. This has proved a popular title in the office and among our subscribers too. Look out for our Q&A with Liz in our next newsletter!