Showcase Sunday #27 – The London Edition

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Hello everyone! So, there was no Showcase Sunday for me last weekend because I was in London until Tuesday and I didn’t have my laptop with me. But I’m back now and I’ve lots and lots of lovely books to show you. Ready? Here we go.

Showcase Sunday #27 - The London EditionPigeon English by Stephen Kelman (purchased)
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen (purchased)
Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell (purchased)
The Secret Supper Club by Sana Bate (for review)
The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris (for review)
Lovers & Newcomers by Rosie Thomas (swapped)
The Night Stalker by Chris Carter (purchased)

Even though I haven’t had much free time lately and I’ve way too many books as it is, I just couldn’t resist these ones. Waterstones had this buy one get one half price offer which was too good to resist so I bought Pigeon English and Secrets of the Tides, both of which have been on my wishlist for ages. Then, I saw that The Night Stalker was only £3.99 at The Book Warehouse and I really liked the sound of the story. I had no idea that it’s actually the third book in a series… Let’s hope they can be read in any order.

Funnily enough, I stumbled upon Lovers and Newcomers at the hostel we were staying at in London. We spent a week there two years ago and I remembered that they had this book exchange shelf in the common room and they had a couple of awesome books, but I didn’t have a book I could exchange them for. So now I was fully prepared and had a book with me, just in case the book exchange shelf was still there. And it was! They only had a few books this time (and some of them were in Chinese…) but Lovers and Newcomers sounded pretty good. :)

Oh yes. A Street Cat Named Bob has been on my wishlist for a few weeks too so I snatched a copy at the airport on my way home. I adore cats (I’ve a black cat myself) and judging by this short documentary I saw not long ago, I’m sure Bob and James’s story will make me bawl my eyes out. Too bad we didn’t get to see them when we were in London!

And a massive thank you goes to Simon and Schuster and Canvas Books for the two remaining books on the list which I’m really looking forward to reading! (Also, The First Last Kiss came in a lovely turquoise  and pink gift-wrap which I absolutely adored!)

How was your week? What did I miss? Did you get anything nice in the post? Make sure to link up your own post in the linky below and feel free to leave a comment if you have a minute to spare. I’d love to hear from you!


  1. says

    I ordered a copy of A Streetcat Named Bob on Friday after I saw him and his owner on the news a couple of weeks ago. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I’m looking forward to reading it (and probably sniffing all the way through).

    Those two books, second half price deals are dangerous 😉

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  2. says

    A great selection of book there – I have been wondering about A Street Cat Called Bob for a while – can’t wait to see what you think!

    Apart from the books though, did you enjoy your London visit? I adore the city myself but I am local and biased! :-)
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      I DID! I love London and usually visit every year so I’m a tiny bit biased myself – but it was lovely! I loved all the Christmas lights and the festive atmosphere :) *whispers* I posted some photos the other day, it’s in my previous post.

      I’m really looking forward to reading that one! Some people said the writing’s not that good but I don’t think I’ll care. I love those two and I’m sure I’ll bawl my eyes out while reading it…. 😀

  3. says

    Oh wow it sounds like you had a fab time in London Vicky! Every time I go into Waterstones I can’t but help to pick up a few books, I’ve never heard of the ones you’ve purchased but they sound fab! And I’ve always wanted to come across a book exchange shelf, but then I never know if I’d be able to part with my books! lol Hope you enjoy all your reads! :)
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    • says

      Haha, I know! The one I exchanged was actually a book that didn’t really live up to my expectations so it made it a lot easier to part with it. But yeah, I found it v. difficult to part with my books too!

  4. says

    I’ve been dithering over whether to read The Night Stalker as a standalone for over 6 months now…have the next book in the series to review as well now! I might just give it a go next time I’m in the mood for crime.
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    • says

      It’s in Smart Russell Square Hostel :) It’s quite a small shelf and they didn’t have that much books this time but still. I love the idea.

  5. says

    Books glorious books! You got some real beauties this week, isn’t the cover for The First Last Kiss divine? I got a copy this week too and can’t wait to read it, it sounds heartbreakingly beautiful. Enjoy your new reads! :)
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  6. says

    ❤ the London Edition!
    I haven’t heard of A Street Cat Named Bob, but it sounds like the perfect book for Christmas – sad, yet heartwarming. I’m more of a dog person, but cats are cute, too :)So I’m looking forward for your review.
    Night Stalker and the whole Robert Hunter series sounds fantastic *adding it to wishlist*
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      I did! I wish I could have stayed a bit longer – I’m now back to uni and this insane hurry I live in these days. *sigh* It was sooo nice to finally relax, even for just a few days. :)

    • says

      Ah I know, I’m the same as you. I’ve literally no more space on my bookshelf and I’ve enough books to last me a year but still, I just can’t resist the temptation.


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