Miranda is the owner of Chener Books, and generally works in the shop during
the week. After studying Fine Art in the nineties, she worked in various
London bookshops, including a stint at Chener from 2002-2004. She then
spent a few years working in arts admin, before beginning an MA in Creative
Writing at Royal Holloway in 2016. At around this time, she popped into
Chener to say hello to John and came out with a part-time job – the rest
is history. Miranda is a poet and is obsessed with the shop’s ever-growing
Her current favourites are What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt; Hotel du Lac by Anita
Brookner; What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond
Carver; Drive Your Plough Over The Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarzuk;
and What the Living Do by Marie Howe.
Simon’s in on Sundays, tending to his late-week book-buying flock. He’s
published several volumes of poetry (the latest, Sunspots, published by
Penned in the Margins is in stock and particularly suitable on a Sun-day), and
he’s currently working on short fiction. Elsewhere, he’s a writer, copy-editor,
proofreader, creative writing tutor, an occasional copywriter and avid cinema-
His favourite reads at the moment include Meditations by Marcus Aurelius;
Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice; Normal People by Sally Rooney; and
Light Box by K.J Orr.
Susan is the Saturday girl. She hails from NYC but has lived in East Dulwich for sixteen years. With a degree from Hampshire College, she's done every job an artist might do on the side including stints as a diamond expert and pastry chef. When she’s not in the bookshop, she does freelance comms for charities.
Her current picks are Milkman by Anna Burns; The Kukotsky Enigma by
Lyudmila Ulitskayap; A Social Theory of Knowledge by David Bloor; The
Second Coming by Franco Bifo Berardi; and The Great Man by Kate
As the youngest member of the Chener family, there’s nothing Liam enjoys
more than reprising the role of the playful cynic in an unabashed attempt to
undermine his fellow Saturday-worker's psyche. Having landed his role by
revealing that he’d “quite like” to work in a bookshop during a particularly
successful job interview, he went on to balance his part-time position around
work in the cultural sector – all while avoiding being poached by Waterstones.
Liam sees the bookshop as a retreat from his accountancy job in the
corporate world, and proudly takes responsibility for the train set in the
He really enjoys History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund; The Age of Wonder by
Richard Holmes; Boys in Zinc by Svetlana Alexievich; The Black Cloud by
Fred Hoyle; and The Goldfinch by Donna Tart.