Salts Mill Books, Saltaire – Day 10 of the Advent
Welcome to Salts Mill Books, who can be found at Salts Mill, Victoria Road, Saltaire.
Salts Mill is a gigantic Victorian Grade II* listed former textile factory, now filled with art, books, flowers, food, and 21st century industry. We’re renowned for our selection of special things including our large collection of David Hockney original works. We sell beautiful books and exclusively produced David Hockey posters, some of which we’re proud to offer you on this site. In the real world you can visit the Mill, experience our UNESCO World Heritage Site setting.
We asked all the bookshops to answer three Christmas questions:
1. What is your favourite Christmas book?
You can never, ever beat ‘A Christmas Carol’…the best Christmas book in the English Language (including the New Testament, King James edition!!). My favourite is the P.J. Lynch illustrated (unabridged) edition, published by Walker Books.
2. What books should we look out for this December? Adult fiction, children’s fiction and non-fiction
Jessie Burton’s ‘The Restless Girls’; a scintillating feminist fairy tale beautifully illustrated by Angela Barrett – not too didactic for read-aloud sessions with the family.
‘Dear Donald Trump’ by Sophie Siers…very funny and pertinent – this year’s ‘The Queen’s Knickers’.
‘The Library of Ice’ by Nancy Campbell: a wonderful evocation of the frozen world – part travelogue, popular science, history, natural history – disparate but never disjointed . A great book to curl up with on cold evenings…intriguing and beautifully written.
Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Grandpa Christmas’ – a lovely picture book which really captures the zeitgeist. A gentle warning about our treatment of the planet that manages to educate without frightening and still captures the seasonal warmth.
‘Melmoth’ by Sarah Perry – another gothic indulgence from the author of ‘The Essex Serpent’ with so much more to it than the spine-tingling (although that’s there too). Another great read for the dark nights.
‘ Sir Gawain & the Green Knight’ translated by Simon Armitage – a beautiful gift package with the most luscious illustrations by Clive Hick-Jenkins. A fantastically exciting read which brings to life the thrill and eccentricity of the original.
‘Just a French Guy Cooking’ is a demystification of my favourite French recipes. So simple and extremely tempting…my Christmas present to myself
3. Have you any events going on in December?
We have a really exciting free event coming up in December. On Sunday December 2nd at 2:30 the superb Simon Armitage will give a reading in the 1853 Gallery, followed by a signing. This event is free and unticketed. Seating and standing room will be on a first come, first served basis. Simon plans to read a good chunk of his Gawain which has in parts a wonderful festive feel, plus some other poems. Also as we type we’re having a re-hang in the book shop – this autumn we took delivery of a beautiful batch of archive posters from the 1970s by David Hockney, James Rosenquist, Jim Dine, R.B. KItaj, Henry Moore and others. They have been beautifully framed and over the next few weeks they’ll be appearing on the walls – they’re all online already.