Classic Fiction

War & Peace‘WAR AND PEACE’ by Leo Tolstoy
Probaby the most famous of the big Russian Classic novels, and possibly the most daunting !! Treat it like a series of short stories about the same varied cast of characters. If you’re worried you’ll get mixed up with the long Russian names, photocopy the list of principal characters that appears at the start of the new Vintage edition and use it as a bookmark. If you’re bored or bewildered by the ups and downs of the Russian military campaign, don’t panic, be mesmerised by the magnetic General Kutusov, and a few pages later you’ll be back in the domestic sphere of the Rostovs or enmeshed in the romantic entanglements of Pierre or Andrei. War and Peace is rich, wise, constantly surprising, heart-breaking and hugely rewarding. When you reach the end, you’ll be amazed by how much you’ll want to begin all over again.

This is part of a set of six, which we think are a great buy at £12.99 each (paperback):-

Classic Fiction

Dr Zhivago‘DOCTOR ZHIVAGO’ by Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago was almost never published. Censored by the USSR, the manuscript was smuggled into Italy, where it was published by Feltrinelli in 1957. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year.
If you think you know the plot from the film, think again. Lara and Yuri Zhivago’s is one of the greatest love stories ever written, but Doctor Zhivago is about more than this relationship. As vast as the country at its heart, Pasternak’s portrayal of what it means to put your nation before yourself, and before others, serves as the strongest of reminders that personal liberty is not to be taken lightly.

This is part of a set of six, which we think are a great buy at £12.99 each (paperback):-


Classic Fiction

Anna Karenina‘ANNA KARENINA’ by Leo Tolstoy:-

Anna Karenina is not just about Anna Karenina. Her story – romantic, desperate, tragic – is twinned with the seemingly more prosaic life story of Konstantin Levin. Like Pierre in War and Peace, Levin is an awkward, lovable character, born into comfort but nonetheless uncomfortable, searching for a meaningful way to live his life.
In contrast to the many difficult or failed marriages depicted in the novel, Levin marries the woman he loves, and their union is a happy one. But, this being Tolstoy, there is no ‘happily ever after’ – even contentment isn’t a straightforward state of mind. The difficulty of living day to day, even if your days aren’t wracked by guilt, depression or unrequited love, is powerfully, thrillingly evoked.
This is part of a set of six, which we think are a great buy at £12.99 each (paperback):-


index‘GREAT DIXTER COOKBOOK’ by Aaron Bertelsen:
Great Dixter was home to the revered and highly influential gardener and writer, Christopher Lloyd, and a number of this book’s recipes have been taken from the Lloyd family’s personal kitchen notebooks. With growing guides to more than twenty varieties of vegetables and fruit to accompany the recipes, this practical, accessible book enriches the kitchens and lives of home cooks and gardeners worldwide.
The Great Dixter Cookbook features seventy simple and delicious seasonal recipes from the kitchen garden at Great Dixter, the historic house and garden located on the borders of Kent and Sussex. Dishes included range from English classics such as chicken and leek pie, apple crumble, and beetroot chutney, to contemporary recipes like crispy kale with sea salt and shakshuka.

Published by Phaidon

Hardback – £24.95


isbn9780751566390‘THE FOURTEENTH LETTER’ by Claire Evans
London 1881. A bride is murdered on her wedding day, setting in chain a twisting, riveting mystery full of memorable characters .
A mysterious keepsake, a murdered bride, a legacy of secrets…

With its labyrinth of unfolding secrets, Claire Evans’ riveting debut will be adored by fans of Kate Mosse, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Jessie Burton.

Byu the way, do come and join us to toast the publication of this marvellous and exciting murder mystery at the Sheen Bookshop at 6.30pm on Saturday 8th April:-

 (Little Brown Book Group – £12.99 paperback)



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We would very much like to extend a warm welcome to all the regular customers of the Kew Bookshop and the Sheen Bookshop.

Do come and visit us, as we plan to have lots of events: – book-launches, signings and talks, readings for the kids and other exciting things, in both places, so keep an eye on our Facebook pages and also our Events & Promotions page on this website for up and coming events in your local area.

We are delighted to have taken on these lovely local book-shops, and look forward to trading in both areas for many years to come.



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