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The Centenary of Sam Read

This month marks the centenary of Sam Read, one hundred years since the death of the bookshop’s founder. He had run a bookshop in Grasmere since 1887, and it seemed fitting to write a piece about his history in the... Continue Reading →

A fair reflection

It’s all about flapjack and water. These are my two key takeaways from this year’s London Book Fair. This isn’t a new publishing trend, but instead the essentials needed to survive a couple of days in the hangar space of... Continue Reading →

Much Anticipated of 2019: Children’s Books Pt.3 9+ and YA

The third and final part of our look ahead at some exciting Children’s titles due out in 2019. Here we tackle a few of the highlights in 9+ and YA books. Aged 9+ January Ross Welford, The Dog Who Saved... Continue Reading →

Much Anticipated of 2019: Children’s Books Pt.2 Junior Reading

The second part of this year’s children’s titles preview provided some useful challenges. Where do we draw the line between the huge age-range a picture book could satisfy, with what we call chapter books and then the start of middle-grade... Continue Reading →

Much Anticipated of 2019: Children’s Books Pt.1 Picture Books

Children’s Books 2019 Pushing for attention in the much anticipated list of titles for 2019 were children’s books. Rather than mingle them awkwardly together, we thought it would be most useful to make a dedicated list of some of the... Continue Reading →

Much Anticipated of 2019

On the sixth day of Christmas, take a gander at some exciting new adult fiction and non-fiction books coming out next year. It’s not five gold rings but it does have the same joy as the ‘characteristic two-bar’ composition. Some... Continue Reading →

Grasmere Book Group 2018: A Year in Review

Grasmere Book Group 2018 Another year has passed for the village book group and it’s a joy to share with the wider world what we’ve been reading. Gathered here are some of our monthly reflections which have previously been serialised... Continue Reading →

Kim’s favourite books of 2018

Kim’s reading highlights of 2018 Some of you may know Kim from her excellent artistic world being 'witchmountain'. Kim offers some picks from 2018 here, letting the covers do the talking... Kirsty Logan, The Gloaming (Harvill Secker) Oh I enjoyed... Continue Reading →

Will’s favourite books of 2018

A selection of books Will picked out from the huge array of exciting reads in 2018… Sam Byers, Perfidious Albion (Faber & Faber) Sam Byers’ dystopian, black-mirror-esque drama is set against the backdrop of the unassuming provincial market town of... Continue Reading →

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