Old books or new? This simple question has long been a subject of debate between readers and bookworms around the world. In the end it all comes down to personal taste, but a strong argument can be made for why either is a more attractive choice to adorn your bookshelf with - and as a vintage bookstore, you should known where we stand on the matter already. That's why we're here to explain that old, rare, vintage, and antique books are not just deserving of a place in your literary collection, but have a right to be there.
The sun is shining and summer is here. And, while many of us are feeling the itch to get out and see the world, travelling is still not quite as easy as we'd all like it to be. That's why we've compiled this list of some of the best classic titles in travel-themed fiction, covering stories from around the globe. So get stuck in, take your mind where your body cannot go, and enjoy a perilous or exciting adventure from the comfort and safety of your favourite reading spot!
On June 29th, 1613, the famous Globe Theatre went up in flames during a production of William Shakespeare's Henry VIII due to the misfire of a theatrical cannon.In memory of this historic event, we have decided to take a look back at some of Shakespeare's most famous and enduring plays, plays which are still performed in theaters around the... ahem, globe... today.
With his 180th Birthday having passed us by on June 2nd, there seemed no better candidate for our author of the month than the great novelist Thomas Hardy. Having made an astounding impact on the world of reading and writing with his 19th century literature (who could ever forget such classics as Far From The Madding Crowd and The Trumpet Major?), Thomas Hardy truly cemented himself as a titan of his craft with his works. Here we will be exploring not just Hardy's greatest titles but also his life and times, following his journey down a path that led to his legacy as one of the most well-known authors in history - from his first days to his last.
The lockdown goes on, but so must we. It's not easy finding new ways to keep yourself entertained, stimulated, and productive from your own home, but we're here to help. Below we've compiled a short list of the best reads for lockdown learning. Whether you're wanting to try your hands on a new craft, read about a famous figure from centuries past, or walk the vast plains of ancient history, there should be something here to keep your cogs whirring.
Many of us are diving head first into hobbies and pastimes to remain active (and sane) during this lockdown period, whether we're revisiting old passions or trying our hands with something new. One phenomenon which seems to have taken households across the globe by storm is... banana bread. Comforting, rewarding, and requiring a certain degree of focus without being too taxing, cooking and baking is proving to be a particularly popular way to stay proactive while we're left to our own devices. And, while banana bread certainly is delicious (my partner has recently cooked her 367th loaf, and I can guarantee that I won't be letting this one last any longer than the many that came before it), here are plenty of other options if you're really wanting to push the metaphorical boat out with your cuisine.
Few genres can compare to crime and mystery when it comes to frantic page turning, with novels that often capture readers from start to finish without so much as a tea break. After all, that's the point of the genre, is it not? To keep you guessing, wondering, and scratching your head until the plot finally unravels, leaving you both surprised and wholly satisfied with the conclusion of the mystery at hand. And, within this genre, there is one character who arguably stands above them all. We are, of course, talking about none other than Arthur Conan Doyle's titan of crime and mystery literature - the great Sherlock Holmes.
Few fictional animals have captured our hearts like those from Beatrix Potter's wonderful and fascinating 23 original tales. From Tom Kitten to Benjamin Bunny, these furry friends of ours continue to grace the literary world (and beyond) with their presence. Not only do Potter's stories remain a popular addition to many reader's bookshelves, but they continue to be adapted for other mediums such as film and TV. So, while we all may have unfortunately spent Easter indoors away from the hopping bunnies (though hopefully with no lack of chocolate at least), it seemed fitting to spend a little time reminiscing about the adventures and escapades of Peter Rabbit and company!
St. Patrick's Day may have been and gone, but that doesn't mean that our appreciation for all of the wonderful things Ireland has to offer must come to an end. And among all things wonderful and Irish are perhaps some of the greatest authors the world of literature has ever seen. So, to keep showing our love after celebrations have died down, here are just a few of the most memorable Irish names in literature - and what makes them so great and memorable!
With the Saint Patrick's Day celebrations coming, who could be our author of the month but a beloved Irishman? Oscar Wilde is a name well known, not just in the world of classic literature but in general history, for many reasons; his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays and poems, his unjust imprisonment, and his untimely death to name just a few. But here at the Country House Library, we simply wish to show this legendary writer the praise he deserves for his contributions to the literary world. And that's exactly what we're going to do.
As many of you may already know, Charlie Edwards-Freshwater is one of our fantastic brand ambassadors, consistently publishing breathtaking content for his own bookstagram - thebookboy. Having been part of our online community for some time, he very graciously put together this wonderful Country House Library spring reading guide. Be sure to heed his advice - he certainly knows his books!
February is a strange month. Yes, there's plenty to look forward to with the likes of Valentine's Day and the end of winter... but, strangely, there's quite the lack of events worth celebrating in the world of literature. And, quite simply, that's something we can't abide. So, instead of letting the following days dampen our reading spirits, we decided to use this time to throw together a list of some obscure, lesser known books in our store that don't quite receive the attention they deserve.