In this era of downloads and internet shopping, more and more people are deprived of the joy of browsing through racks of cds, looking for bargains, surprises, or just that special recording.

Grove Music, downstairs at The Grove Bookshop, offers a wide range of classical new releases, jazz on cd and vinyl, and a back catalogue of classic recordings in folk, jazz, classical and rock music. Rediscover the joy of browsing in our cosy basement shop.


Ms Atkinson's Feeling for Snow

Fri 22nd Mar 13

Snow is falling on Ilkley, making the sloping streets pretty but precarious, and the shop is consequently rather quiet. It is a far cry from last Friday's excitement when Kate Atkinson paid us a visit to sign copies of her wonderful new book, Life After Life. There was a definite buzz about the place as her fans descended on The Grove to meet one of our most popular authors on what was only the second stop on her long promotional tour. We are very lucky in possessing the secret weapon which increases chances of attracting this particular writer - we are only twenty yards away from Bettys.

The book tells the story, or stories, of Ursula Todd, born in 1910 in weather much like today's. The thick snow causes problems as the doctor's late arrival results in Ursula's accidental death but, miraculously, history repeats itself immediately with a much more positive outcome. Ursula's life continues in this vein, with fate intervening capriciously as she makes her way through the twentieth century. Anyone who enjoyed Kate Atkinson's early work, particularly Behind the Scenes at the Museum and Human Croquet, will find themselves on relatively familiar ground as time shifts and fate takes alternative paths, and the subtle blend of wry humour and pathos is very effective.

If you were unable to attend the event, or have read one of the many positive reviews which have appeared since its publication, we have plenty of signed copies available. We also have all of Kate's backlist in our 4 for 3 offer at the moment, so it's a good opportunity to catch up on Jackson Brodie's adventures or to explore the more experimental world of Emotionally Weird and Not the End of the World.

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