Welcome to this week’s news, reviews, and ‘all-things-books’ latest from the team at Waterstone’s Ballymena!
THIS WEEK’S TOP 10…
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer - Jeff Kinney
2. The Secret - Lee Child
3. The Woman in Me - Britney Spears
4. John Hume - Stephen Walker
5. Carl Frampton - Carl Frampton
6. The Blunders - David Walliams
7. Antarctica - Claire Keegan
8. Keira & Me - Noel Fitzpatrick
9. Guinness World Records 2024
10. Rambling Man - Billy Connolly
Our next Saturday Storytime will take place on Saturday 11th November at 12pm. We will be reading 'Bluey: Unicorse'
We look forward to seeing everyone there. There will be colouring in afterwards.
HALF PRICE OFFERS...
• 5 Ingredients Mediterranean - Jamie Oliver
Combining the concept behind Jamie's hugely popular 5 Ingredients with his abiding love for and knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine, this sensational cookbook serves up 125 hassle-free recipes.
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer - Jeff Kinney
The Wimpy Kid is feeling the strain in the 18th side-splitting instalment of Kinney's popular series as homework, schoolmates and revision threaten to get the better of him.
• Guinness World Records 2024
From rollercoasters to coral reefs, discover more mind-boggling world records in the 2024 edition of the perennial bestselling favourite.
• The Woman in Me - Britney Spears
Global megastar Britney Spears reveals all in her candid and heartfelt memoir, covering her incredible, tumultuous career, her controversial conservatorship experience and more.
• Kiera & Me - Noel Fitzpatrick
Perfect for all fans of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse and Together, the uplifting story of Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick's heartwarming relationship with his dog Keira also boasts beautiful illustrations by Laura McKendry.
• I am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes
One of the most lauded page-turners of the twenty-first century, Hayes' blockbuster epic combines impossible murder mystery with globe-spanning conspiracy thriller as the eponymous former secret service agent holds the world to ransom.
• Be Useful - Arnold Schwarzenegger
In this powerful and empowering book, the legendary actor, bodybuilder and former Californian Governor shares the mental tools and principles – from open-minded curiosity to commitment to giving back – with which he has carved his way to success and living a meaningful life.
• Rambling Man - Billy Connolly
From America to the Arctic and from Nepal to New Zealand, Rambling Man is Billy Connolly's love letter to the locations, people and incredible adventures that have resulted from a life on the open road.
• The Secret - Lee Child
Reacher returns in another high-octane rollercoaster ride of a novel from Lee and Andrew Child, as the US government call the lone wolf in to investigate a spate of strange, seemingly unconnected deaths across the country.
NOVEMBER BOOKS OF THE MONTH...
• Fiction Book of the Month
Antarctica - Claire Keegan
Showcasing the same narrative flair and flawless knack for intimacy as her So Late in the Day and the award-winning Small Things Like This, Keegan's perfectly crafted debut collection finds life-altering drama in the most simple and unexpected moments.
• Non-Fiction Book of the Month
The Golden Mole - Katherine Rundell
Bursting with breathtaking illustrations and exquisite text courtesy of former Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner Katherine Rundell, The Golden Mole highlights the extraordinary abilities and stories associated with a range of remarkable creatures in all too real danger of dying out.
• Thriller Book of the Month
The Drift - C.J. Tudor
A deadly storm, three groups of stranded individuals and a whole heap of devastating secrets; the spellbinding author behind The Chalk Man delivers a wintry, twist-laden page-turner for the ages.
• Children's Book of the Month
The Miraculous Sweetmakers - Natasha Hastings
A gloriously told, wonderfully wintry debut, Hastings' beautifully evocative historical novel is set during the Great Frost of 1683 and revolves around two girls drawn into the sinister world of a mysterious conjuror.