Posts tagged ‘Signed Copies’

September 7, 2017

The Gritterman by Orlando Weeks

by Team Riverside

Signed Hardback, Particular Books, £17.99, out now

Gritterman coverFormer Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks has taken a surprising career-turn into bittersweet picture-books with The Gritterman, a beautifully illustrated and touching tale about a local gritter’s last night on duty.

Our unnamed hero takes us through his life and times in prose written with an understated, colloquial charm, discussing his work (ice cream man on summer days, gritterman on winter nights), late wife and private ruminations. His beloved night-time role consigned to the scrapheap by global warming and a terse letter from the council, he’s a man whose quiet profession – and way of life – is being extinguished by the relentless march of modernity.

Just as his faithful van putters along on its final mission, so he, an elderly man quite alone in the world, moves towards his ultimate destination. But while elegiac, The Gritterman is not depressing, instead finding a sweet triumphalism in a sad situation. As our narrator says; “Being alone and loneliness aren’t the same thing”.

All of this is paired with wonderful drawings by Weeks; and if lovely hand-drawn illustrations, sad scenarios and wintry landscapes are putting you in mind of Raymond Briggs, you wouldn’t be far wrong. Weeks’ melancholic, low-key style and domestic focus feel like a continuation of the kind of themes Briggs famously explored in works like The Snowman and Father Christmas, while his scratchy coloured pencil illustrations marked by subdued blues and flashes of colour recall The Snowman in particular.

But unlike Briggs’ work, this isn’t a comic, instead making use of the ample white space that a novel’s form allows to suggest isolation, and thick blankets of snow. And Weeks’ style is ultimately looser. The gritterman is rendered an incomplete ghost, fading fast; his world a foggy, unfocused one perpetually obscured by inclement weather.

It’s the little details in this book that make it shine, from the “dink on [his van’s] left wheel arch that’s the same shape as Scotland” to the turkey chow mein dinner our protagonist painstakingly prepares, a chunk of which he later removes from his molar with the corner of a Christmas card. Between them and the pictures you could pore over for hours, it’s the reading equivalent of what’s known as chrysalism; the intangible satisfaction of being snuggled up in bed while listening to a raging storm outside.

Review by Tom

 

 

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May 27, 2017

Signed copies now in store!

by Team Riverside

The 7th Function of Language – Laurent Binet

House of Names – Colm Tóibín

The Nothing – Hanif Kureishi

Into the Water – Paula Hawkins

Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout

You Don’t Know Me – Imran Mahmood

First Love – Gwendoline Riley

Believe – Nicola Adams

The Ice – Laline Paull

The Naked Diplomat – Tom Fletcher

The Offering – Grace McCleen

May 9, 2017

New signed copies in!

by Team Riverside

Laline Paull – The Ice

Paula Hawkins – Into the Water

Jon McGregor – Reservoir 13

Elizabeth Strout – Anything is Possible

Gwendoline Riley – First Love

Tom Fletcher – Naked Diplomat

… get ’em before they’re gone!

December 14, 2016

New signed copies now in!

by Team Riverside

Going fast, here they are:Philippe Sands EAST WEST STREET

Philippe Sands – East West Street

Alexandra Shulman – Inside Vogue

Alan Johnson – The Long and Winding Road

Sebastian Barry – Days Without End

Yuval Noah Hariri – Homo Deus

Thomas Hocknell – Life Assistance Agency

November 1, 2016

New signed copies in!

by Team Riverside

New in – catch them before they go:

Susan Hill, The Travelling Bag

Eimear McBride, The Bohemians

Sebastian Barry, Days without End

Yuval Noah Hariri, Homo Deus

Paddy Ashdown, Game of Spies

Alan Johnson, The Long and Winding Road

Johnny Marr, Set the Boy Free

Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down

July 12, 2016

Neil Gaiman/Chris Riddell signed copies now in store!

by Team Riverside

Signed copies of the gorgeous new edition of Gaiman’s classic Neverwhere, now in.  Get yours before they go…Neil Gaiman NEVERWHERE

We also have the small book How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, also set in the Neverwhere universe, if you need a little extra fix too.

March 2, 2016

Signed copies now in store…

by Team Riverside

Excellent signed copies of several books now in store – perfect for gifts or treating yourself.Ruby Wax FRAZZLED

  • Ruby Wax, Frazzled
  • Alexander McCall Smith, The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
  • Jonathan Coe, Number 11
  • Ella Woodward, Deliciously Ella Every Day

Get them before they go!

December 8, 2015

So many signed copies…

by Team Riverside
Susan Hill signed edition

Susan Hill signed edition

Sort your Christmas book presents with a signed copy of one of the following – all of these are now in store:

  • Robert Harris, Dictator
  • Jonathan Coe, Number 11
  • Susan Hill, The Woman in Black and other Ghost Stories
  • Geraint Thomas, The World of Cycling According to G
  • Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully, Nopi
  • Barnaby Phillips, Another Man’s War
  • Sebastian Faulks, Where my Heart Used to Beat
  • Edna O’Brien, The Little Red Chairs
  • Grace McCleen, The Professor of Poetry
  • Grace McCleen, The Offering
  • Grace McCleen, The Land of Decoration
  • Dawn French, According to Yes
  • Sue Perkins, Spectacles
  • Mary Beard, SPQR
  • Edmund de Waal, The White Road
  • Carol Ann Duffy, The Wren Boys
  • Jonathan Franzen, Purity
  • Iain Pears, Arcadia
  • Jojo Moyes, After You
  • Hans Christian Andersen illustrated by Sanna Annuka, The Snow Queen

Buy while stocks last – when they’re gone they’re gone!

November 18, 2015

Signed copies in now – Jonathan Coe and Sebastian Faulks

by Team Riverside

Now in store – limited supplies of signed copies of Number 11 by Jonathan Coe, and also of Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks.

Both of these new hardbacks have been greeted by great reviews, so pick up your copy now!Coe and Faulks signed copies 151118

November 17, 2015

Robert Harris Dictator – Signed copies now in!

by Team Riverside

We are delighted to have signed hardback copies of Robert Harris’s latest, excellent, book – Dictator.  This completes his Cicero trilogy, and has had rave reviews.  Get your Christmas shopping underway now!Robert Harris DICTATOR signed

February 14, 2015

Grace McCleen: The Offering

by Team Riverside

Signed copies available – £17.99

Grace McCleen THE OFFERINGWe now have signed copies of the acclaimed new book by Grace McCleen in stock. A novel about faith, innocence and sin, the lyrical prose also evokes the rhythms and beauty of the natural world. In The Offering, a charismatic psychiatrist believes he can unlock Madeline’s memory by taking her step by step through the preceding year, when her father moved the family to an island he was certain God had guided them to. McCleen’s third novel was praised in The Guardian by poet and author John Burnside as “wonderfully suspenseful and deeply moving… full of insights about the nature of madness”, while the Independent on Sunday described it as “strange and beautiful”.

May 22, 2013

Maggie & Me: Damian Barr

by Nicola

Signed copies available – £14.99

Damian Barr MAGGIE AND MEIt wasn’t much fun being a gay kid in Thatcher’s Britain during the Eighties – especially not for Damian Barr, growing up in an aggressively straight community in a Lanarkshire village. His parents separate in 1984, the day that  ‘the blonde woman with a man’s voice’ is seen by the young boy rising from the rubble of The Grand Hotel in Brighton – bombed by the IRA – and taking control. In her he recognises another outsider, a survivor, and this encourages him to work hard and make a better life for himself. I laughed, cried and got angry but I didn’t want it to end.

April 20, 2013

Signed Copies at the Riverside

by Andre

Get a signed Julian Barnes memoir – while stocks last

At the Riverside, we do our best to get signed copies of the best new books – see below for our current selection, including Levels of Life by Julian Barnes. As Barnes said in his Booker acceptance speech for The Sense of an Ending, the physical book “has to look like something worth buying and worth keeping” in this digital age – and an author’s signature only accentuates the pleasing form of a beautiful new hardback.

Julian Barnes LEVELS OF LIFENeil MacGregor SHAKESPEARE'S RESTLESS WORLD

Taiye Selasi GHANA MUST GOEoin Colfer W.A.R.P The Reluctant Assassin
Henry Hitchings SORRY - THE ENGLISH AND THEIR MANNERSDerek Landy THE MALEFICENT SEVEN

Travis Elborough LONDON BRIDGE IN AMERICAGraeme Simsion THE ROSIE PROJECT

October 1, 2012

Winter Journal: Paul Auster

by Team Riverside

Signed Copies

We’ve still got a few signed copies of the New York author’s latest non-fiction work in hardback (£17.99) – a perfect gift for Auster aficionados. Thirty years after The Invention of Solitude, the 65-year-old has written another memoir, this time examining life through the history of his body – pleasure, pain, eating, sleeping and the ‘scalding, epiphanic moment of clarity’ in 1978 that set him on new course as a writer. It’s an intriguing concept from this prolific author as he enters the winter of his writing life.

September 23, 2012

Pat Barker: Toby’s Room

by Team Riverside

We still have signed copies of this acclaimed new novel from Man Booker Prize winner Pat Barker. The author of the Regeneration trilogy returns to themes of trauma, friendship and art’s depiction of First World War suffering in Toby’s Room, a sequel (and prequel) to 2007’s Life Class.

September 3, 2012

Zadie Smith: NW

by Team Riverside

Long awaited new novel that pays attention to the class issues in working-class north London,  comes signed by the Author! Only in the Riverside Bookshop.