Voice of the Books January 2022

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“Lordy it’s cold at the moment, and drizzle abounds. I have the antidote; two perfect, award-winning, stay-indoors books to keep you enthralled and entertained” – Wayne

Fall by John Preston £9.99

Ghislaine Maxwell has achieved notoriety of a different sort recently, but her father blazed a trail of infamy well before her.

Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2021
The dramatic, gripping account of the rise and fall of the notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell by the acclaimed author John Preston is breath-taking.
Born an Orthodox Jew, he escaped the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, fought in the Second World War, and was decorated for his heroism with the Military Cross. He went on to become a Labour MP and an astonishingly successful businessman, owning a number of newspapers and publishing companies. But after
his dead body was discovered floating in waters around his superyacht, his empire fell apart as long-hidden debts and unscrupulous dealings came to light.
Within a few days, Maxwell was being reviled as the embodiment of greed and corruption. What went so wrong? How did a man who had once laid such store by ethics and good behaviour become reduced to a bloated, amoral wreck?
In this gripping book, John Preston delivers the definitive account of Maxwell’s extraordinary rise and scandalous fall.
engrossing, amusing and appalling’ Robert Harris

The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore £8.99

Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2021
1643. Puritanical fervour has gripped the nation. In Manningtree, depleted of men since the Civil War began, the women are left to their own devices and Rebecca West chafes against the drudgery of her days.
But when Matthew Hopkins arrives, asking bladed questions and casting damning accusations, mistrust and
unease seep into the lives of the women. Caught between betrayal and persecution, what must Rebecca West do to survive?
Deft and witty… dazzling and precise’
New Statesman


Sherborne’s independent bookshop Winstone’s has won the ‘British Book Awards South West Bookseller of the Year’ four times and was winner of the ‘Independent Bookseller of the Year’ national award in 2016. Owner Wayne Winstone was previously one of the three judges for tthe Costa Prize for Fiction. This year Wayne was selected as one of the top 100 people in the Book Trade’s Most Influential Figures listing.

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