Next book talk will be with a local writer Justyn Barnes on ‘Ikigai’, on Monday, 17th June at PM Bookshop. The Japanese term ikigai has no direct English translation but essentially means `reason for living’ or `value in life’. The concept posits that a person’s ikigai lies at the intersection of four interconnected aspects of life: what we love, what we’re good at, what the world needs & what we can be paid for. Ikigai, therefore, is the ideal balance between our passion, mission, vocation and profession.

Ikigai is about making the most of every day, rooted in the belief that finding pleasure in many small things … More

Born OTD in 1961, English music journalist, witer, radio and screen writer and critic, David Quantick. ‘All My Colors’ is a darkly comic novel about a man who remembers a book that may not exist, with dire consequences. A bizarre, mind-bending story at the intersection of Richard Bachman, Charlie Kaufman and Franz Kafka..

It is March 1979 in DeKalb Illinois. Todd Milstead is a wannabe writer, a serial adulterer, and a jerk, only … More

Pre-order Paul Burston’s new novel here. “Tom is a successful author, but he’s struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone. Evie is smart, well read & unstable; she lives with her father & her social-media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world is turned upside down, & Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on writing. But things aren’t really adding up…”

..For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, … More

Penny Pepper has led an extraordinary life. She is a writer. Poet. Punk. Pioneer. Activist. And she also happens to be disabled. In her absorbing memoir, which spans the mid-80s up until the millennium, Penny paints a picture of life, love, sex, music, success, failure and misadventures in the UK punk scene of the late 20th century. Craving freedom from the poor Chiltern Hill council estate where she grew up, Penny dreams of moving to London, of writing, of finding her way in the North London music scene.

She doesn’t have what others take for granted; she is disabled. And she sets out with just her raw, burgeoning … More

In a Parisian restaurant, Aleister Crowley, the notorious occultist, chances on Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald: once one of the greatest heroes of the British Empire, now facing ruin in a shocking scandal – and vulnerable to Crowley’s curious offer of help. An extraordinary night of transgression and revelation ensues . .

Probing beneath the surface of Victorian conformity, this is an enthralling tale of imperialism, sexuality and the nature of belief, … More

Another new release from Hastings own fantastic author, Catherine Johnson. Matthew Henson was simply an ordinary man. That was, until Commander Robert E. Peary entered his life, and offered him a chance at true adventure. Henson would become navigator, craftsman, translator, and right-hand man on a treacherous journey to the North Pole. Defying the odds and the many prejudices that faced him to become a true pioneer.

This is his incredible and often untold story. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+ Available in … More

Sugar Money recounts Lucien and his older brother Emile’s near-impossible mission to bring back slaves left behind on Grenada, some forty people who are now enslaved by the British. Lucien and the other slaves are owned by les Freres de la Charite who want slaves to replace those who are sickening and dying, in order to tend the sugar plantation and start a distillery.

Unwilling to risk their own lives, they send the brothers. And so begins what Lucien hopes will be an adventure … More