Chelsea’s John Sandoe Books Ltd was founded in 1957 and is one of the foremost independent booksellers in London. Stocking over 30,000 works of literature hand selected by the staff, the sheer breadth of selection could be intimidating to the casual browser so we’ve picked out the crème de la crème of their expansive reading list to help find the perfect book to start 2019.
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
A short novel that will linger in the mind, Ghost Wall is an unnerving tale of Silvie a teenager enrolled in a remote Northumberland camp to live in the manner of a Neolithic tribe woman as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her relationship with her abusive father sees Iron Age ritual collide with present day domestic violence. Sobering and unforgettable.
Moneyland: Why thieves and crooks now rule the world and how to take it back
A staggeringly researched expose on how elites, politicians and shady finance individuals have spent the last three decades building up a peerless network to shuttle ill-gotten gains through tax zones unmolested. Bullough has famously given ‘Kleptocracy’ guided tours through London and this book is very much the written companion. Scabrous yet suffused with a demand for political courage, this is one hell of a New Year’s resolution.
Erebus: The Story of A Ship
Following AMC’s masterful adaptation of The Terror [an excellent Christmas present in itself] tracing the [mis]fortunes of the doomed Franklin Arctic Expedition which saw the HMS Terror and Erebus disappear forever into the Arctic wastes, Michael Palin has delivered a deeply compassionate and human story of the ship and its illustrious history. An oddly moving story of bravery and hubris,this naval history is about humanity rather than wood, sails and death on the ice.
Thomas Cromwell: A Life
With Hilary Mantel making noises about finally finishing her monumental trilogy on the life of Henry VIII’s most maligned councillor, there feels like no better time to get an image of the real man behind the Reformation. A truly massive work, the Tudor court is recreated in all of its blood soaked glory, with Thomas Cromwell at the centre half tight-rope walker and half spider. History has never been so dramatic and so fatal.