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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 →

Elaine’s favourite books of 2018

Elaine’s favourite books of 2018. Cheekily there’s one here that’s not published until 2019. AJ Pearce, Dear Mrs Bird (Picador) A funny and uplifting novel set during the Second World War blitz with an engaging heroine, Emmeline, who works as... Continue Reading →

Gill’s favourite books in 2018

Highlights of Gill’s 2018 reading… Whitney Brown, Between Stone and Sky: Memoirs of a Waller (Constable) I found myself unexpectedly immersed in this confessional memoir by a young woman from the deep south of the US, who turns down a... Continue Reading →

The light of autumn

It’s the tipping point of the year. This is the height of autumn, with a blaze of orange light and orange leaf. Dazzled visitors are raucous in this unexpected late sun. Now with the clocks going back, there’s the sense... Continue Reading →

Summer weekends in the bookshop

The first thing that greeted me last Saturday morning was a gentleman attentive to our opening procedures. He dutifully watched as the postcards were hung up, the maps placed on display and the doors thrown open to the weekend visitors.... Continue Reading →

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