Brighten your day. Books are the perfect antidote for the gray and gloomy.

At Bill & Rosa’s Book Room, we have the perfect antidote for the gray and gloomy winter weather: books, a lot of them, to suit all tastes and demands! Iasmina has selected a few to help pass the time and brighten your day. All our books are pre-loved so you’ll love the prices too!

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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (4€),

The Full Cupboard of Life (3€)

The Kalahari Typing School for Men (4€)

by Alexander McCall Smith

There’s nothing better to take your mind off the cold and the rain than a plunge into the world of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, a series of detective novels by Alexander McCall Smith. Travel far away from rainy days with this novel set in Botswana and featuring Precious Ramotswe, the founder of the first and only female-run detective agency in the country. With unique characters, a good dose of kindness and vivid descriptions of Botswanan life, these are detective novels like no other. These three books are part of a series of twenty-one, but can be enjoyed independently and in any order.

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The Secret Diary of Hendrick Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old, by Hendrick Groen (7€)

A compelling and funny account of a year spent in an Amsterdam nursing home. Accompany Hendrick as he embarks on hilarious adventures with (some of) his fellow « inmates »! We don’t learn much about Hendrick’s previous life, but we do know it hasn’t always been easy, yet he refuses to wallow in self-pity and looks on the bright side. A great read and guaranteed to brighten your day! The sequel to this book is called « On the Bright Side »!

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Bridget Jones’s Diary(3€) and Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason (3€)

by Helen Fielding

What better way to offset the effects of dark winter days than to read about the adventures of Bridget Jones? You’ve probably already seen the movies, but the books are definitely worth reading and are just as funny, if not funnier, and there are quite a few differences between the two.

A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole (3€)

Spend some time in the company of Ignatius J. Reilly, an obese thirty-year-old medievalist living with his mother and explore New Orleans’s lower depths in this comic masterpiece. Reilly is pretentious, pedantic, arrogant, irresponsible and a liar, but the despicable main character and his inability to become a better man provide endless entertainment.

The Cat Who Lived High, by Lilian Jackson Braun (3€)

Cats can do anything they like, including solve crimes! If you like a good mystery book but want none of the dark atmosphere that comes with one, try The Cat Who Lived High, a novel of « The Cat Who » series. In this novel, Jim Qwilleran and Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum solve the mystery of an art dealer’s untimely death in the very apartment they live in. An easy, fun and relaxed read.

Love, Nina, by Nina Stibbe (2€)

Immerse yourself in the literary world of 1980s London with this memoir of a twenty-year-old who moved to London to work as a nanny for Mary-Kay Wilmers (editor of the London Review of Books). The book comprises the letters that the young woman sent to her sister, in which she openly describes her life, the hilarious family dynamic and various misadventures. Love, Nina is a light-hearted and funny book, guaranteed to ward off the winter gloom!

Blott on the Landscape, Tom Sharpe (3€)

The diabolical Sir Giles plans to build a motorway through his property to swindle his wife Lady Maud and line his pockets with money. However, Lady Maud is not to be so easily disposed of and enlists the help of her enigmatic gardener Blott. Of course, mayhem ensues. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and wonderfully funny satire of British bureaucracy and reflection on human greed. Check out other books by Tom Sharpe at the Book Room here.

To see what other books we have in store, please check out our online catalog. You can Click & Collect or we can arrange delivery. Or even better visit us and explore all the books for yourself! We’re sure you’ll find some others to brighten your day.

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