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Blackwell Bugle - 2023 Summer Selection

Winter gets all the credit as the reading season but for me, the longer days of summer usually see me turning more pages. 


With the arrival of summer also comes a proliferation of summer reading guides. These guides generally contain hundreds of book recommendations focusing on new releases, often untested by readers.


Before I was a bookseller, I found these guides helpful, but also that that often added stress to my reading life and ever expanding TBR (to-be-read) list. 

So in an effort to relieve you of any such pressure we’ve kept a strict limit of two dozen book recommendations, along with a few puzzles, games and nifty stationery items.

Either I or someone else at Mrs Blackwell’s Village Bookshop read and loved each of these books during the course of the year. They’re not all brand-new releases; in fact most aren't, and they’re endorsed purely by our love for them.

For this reason, it’s a little like a pick-and-mix lolly bag from the dairy of your childhood but we hope you’ll tolerate a Lego Fact book alongside Ann Patchett, some unique nature writing and a series of Kiwi cookbooks originally published in the 1970s.

We hope this summer brings you some happy and fulfilling reading hours; however many or few that number looks like to you, you’ll savour every one of them!

- Mrs Blackwell

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Tom Lake
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Trust
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David Grann

The Wager
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Tuesday Club Murders (Special Edition)
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