Barter Books

If you ever find yourself in Alnwick, Northumberland… then visit Barter Books! It’s one of the largest second hand bookshops in the UK, and absolutely wonderful. After camping in Bamburgh for two nights in the rain (and in a leaky tent too), it was a very welcome surprise visit.

Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov

“Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he … More Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov

Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When … More Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr