BOOK OF THE WEEK
1 December 2023
I have 2 fantastic books here for you to read in these winter evenings, and if you’d like some more inspiration, do check out our Reading List.
Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz
“There’s something nasty going on at Groosham Grange…” A hilarious, spooky tale from the number one bestselling author Anthony Horowitz.
Sent to Groosham Grange as a last resort by his parents, David Eliot quickly discovers that his new school is a very weird place indeed. New pupils are made to sign their names in blood; the French teacher disappears every full moon; the assistant headmaster keeps something very chilling in his room…What’s the meaning of the black rings everyone wears? Where do the other pupils vanish to at night? Most important of all, how on earth can David get away – alive?
A hilarious, spooky tale from the number one bestselling author Anthony Horowitz. It’s funnier than Harry Potter, and sillier than David Walliams. If you want to read something hilariously horrible and horribly hilarious, this is the book for you.
“One of the funniest books of the year.” Young Telegraph
“Hilarious… speeds along at full tilt from page to page.” Books for Keeps
Fifty Words for Snow by Nancy Campbell
From Japanese ‘snow women’ to Icelandic ‘dog’s paws,’ this is a wonderfully wintry collection of worldwide names for snow along with the fascinating stories behind them.
Snow. Every language has its own words for the magical, mesmerising flakes that fall from the sky. In this exquisite exploration, writer and Arctic traveller Nancy Campbell digs deep into the meanings of fifty words for snow.
In Japanese we encounter yuki-onna – a ‘snow woman’ who drifts through the frosted land. In Icelandic it is hundslappadrífa – ‘snowflakes as big as a dog’s paw’ – that softly blanket the streets. And in Māori we meet Huka-rere – ‘one of the children of rain and wind’
Waterstones Non fiction Book of the Month November 2021
‘A delightful compendium that brings together language, culture and adventure through frozen landscapes as it shares the meanings behind 50 words for snow, gathered from around the globe.’ The Herald
‘This stunning book made me want to pack all my woolies, candles, ample firewood and enough books for a year – and head to as northerly a location as I could find.’ Kerri ní Dochartaigh, Caught By the River
‘Sparkles and dazzles with new meanings and old magic. You’ll never see snow in the same way again.’ Matt Gaw, author of Under the Stars
‘This is a book of now… It shows us how we are connected and united across languages and across borders, through our environment, climate, stories and Nature. Fifty Words for Snow is both gorgeous and important to hunker down with, whatever the weather outside.’ Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine