There is a Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ which doesn’t have a direct English translation, however, I expect everyone reading this right now will practice the art of it. Tsundoku is the stockpiling of books you will likely never read. The seratonin rush of bringing home a new book, putting it on your bookshelves and then proclaiming whenever said title comes up in conversation ‘oh yeah I’ve got a copy of that one, I just haven’t got round to reading it yet’. We all do it and I wouldn’t have it any other way. For a bookseller this habit is quite easy to feed too.
Here are all the books on my to-be-read list/ in my tsundoku pile:
Dark, Salt, Clear by Lamorna Ash
This one has been on my TBR list for a while! Having recently finished this fascinating non-fiction book about the Newlyn fishing community I am in awe of the industry and my ignorance to it up until now. The depth of research is truly amazing and author Lamorna Ash has encapsulated the silliness, sadness and strength of fisherman at sea and on land. It delves into the politics of fishing as well as Cornwall’s housing crisis. I think for many people living in Cornwall, or anyone that enjoys a fish supper, this is a really important read. It makes me sad for what Newquay’s fishing community could have been had it continued at the height of its industry in the 1800’s.
Rising Ground by Philip Marsden
His most recent work Levelling the Sea is a Clemo Books bestseller however this earlier title is a self explorative look at Marsden’s relationship with Cornwall. Traversing over moorland and coast he explores the psycho-geographic effect moving to this county had upon him.
The Passengers by Will Ashon
Clemo Club’s September book is Passengers an unusual and imaginative depiction of modern day British society. Using interviews from people conducted over the phone, via pen pal or even whilst hitchhiking this book is an uplifting read as the nights draw in again. If you want to sign up to the next Clemo Club book just sign up before the end of the month.
How to Catch a Rainbow by Naomi Jones
Naomi Jones is churning out children’s treasures this year! We celebrated the launch of The Odd Fish in early summer 2022 and she has now released How to Catch a Rainbow illustrated by Ana Gomez. The beauty and excitement of seeing a rainbow captures the attention of all ages and this book will do the same. Beautiful colours and a meaningful story, make sure you have at least one of Naomi’s books on your little one’s shelf.
Adrift by Tracey Williams
Local author Tracey is a plastic archaeologist and her work is vital. In an accessible and nostalgic journey Tracey tracks the lost lego of the Tokyo Express container ship which lost 62 containers filled with lego pieces in 1997. This book is beautifully presented and makes gift-giving for the beachcomber in your life a breeze. Clemo Books will be hosting an event with Tracey Williams in Newquay this winter, sign up to our enews to be the first to hear about it.
What’s on your to-be-read list this autumn?