Single mum, Zoe, is struggling. Trying to cope by herself in London. Hari, her gorgeous little boy is perfect in every way – except for the fact that he just doesn’t speak, at all. When her landlord raises the rent on her flat, Zoe doesn’t know where to turn. Then Hari’s aunt suggests Zoe could move to Scotland to help run a bookshop. Going from the lonely city to a small village in the Highlands could be the change Zoe and Hari desperately need… The Bookshop on the Shore is author Jenny Colgan’s latest book, and April’s Relax and Read Book Club recommendation, read, reviewed and approved by our book club members! Here, we speak to Jenny Colgan herself about reading, writing and her own favourite books…
Neither of those two things. It takes me somewhere else – just completely out of wherever I am or whatever else is going on in my life.
A coffee shop, because when I hit my word count I get a sandwich.
This is a lovely read which will pull on your heart strings but at the same time make you smile. A special mention has to be for Scotland as it is portrayed beautifully in this book. You can tell the author lives there! From the haar on the loch to the beautiful autumnal sunshine, it has made me want to take my next UK holiday up in the highlands.– Colette, Hull
Quite a few! We do festivals together and things like that, and it’s always so much fun. Except it was sad one – one of my sons is a huge Rick Riordan fan and said: “you know lots of writers don’t you?”. I was like, “Sure!”, and he said: “I’d love to get Rick Riordan’s autograph”. I had to confess I didn’t know him at all; he’s American. So that is my goal now: to make friends with Rick Riordan.
Just the same as you’d tell anyone: don’t be scared, write what you want to write, and get it in on time.
I booked a round the world ticket. Immediately. Flew off the next day, went to LA, saw my brother in New Zealand. It was amazing.
I don’t think many people read Robertson Davies these days, which is a shame because I think he’s wonderful. The Salterton Trilogy is terrific.
I changed the end, but I’m not telling you how!
This is the story about a young woman facing new challenges and how she eventually learns to love her new life. An excellent read!Anne, London
Oh names are so so difficult. When I’m signing I am always on the look out for good names.
In my dream world, I’d be a cartoonist. In reality I’d probably be a really, really crap theatre administrator.
I never read my book reviews, I’m not emotionally resilient enough and there is nothing I can change about a book that’s already out.
All the time. Before Doctor Who came back I used to pepper them with secret Doctor Who references. Now I have a couple of characters who appear in every single book and there’s little crossovers here and there but you’d have to REALLY be a careful reader to spot them!
Little Women I loved; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory too but I think the best was probably Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
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