This Week at Pages and Pages

Few books have earned such collective adoration by the Pages & Pages staff as Everyone Brave is Forgiventhe breathtaking new novel from multi-award-winning author Chris Cleave. And after months of anticipation, of the staff anxiously counting down the days until its release, the book is finally here!

(And as you can see, we're more than a little bit excited . . .) 

Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a truly wonderful novel that captures the outbreak of the Second World War in London. Cleave captures the spirit of a people so subtly and honestly, and how that spirit is harnessed in order to survive. We follow Mary North who, from the war’s outset, is determined to use this tumultuous time to change the status quo. Cleave contrasts her story with what is happening on the front line, from the disaster at Dunkirk and then the siege of Malta. This is a truly amazing novel that left us shattered at many different moments. We haven’t read such an original take on the Second World War like this sinceLife After Life and A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. You can read Jon's full review, or stop by the shop and ask us in person!

And for more great recommendations, check out our May 2016 Newsletter!

Ben Jewell has hit breaking point. His ten-year-old son, Jonah, has never spoken. So when Ben and Jonah are forced to move in with Ben's elderly father, three generations of men - one who can't talk; two who won't - are thrown together. As Ben battles single fatherhood, a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons, he learns some difficult home truths.

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 Hugh Mackay takes on one of the biggest topics of our time: the declining role of religion in our society. In this he follows writers such as Dawkins and Hitchens, but his arguments are more conciliatory. Like them, he grasps the absurdity of certain religious concepts and their relevance to contemporary life, but he also argues that for the sake of our humanity we need to believe in something bigger than ourselves.
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The Bad Guys are about to have a very bad day! Mr Wolf and his bad, bad buddies have messed with the wrong guinea pig. And this nasty little furball wants revenge! Will they survive? Will they be heroes? And will they just stop trying to eat each other? It's time to put on your baddest pair of chuckle-pants and find out!
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