Want to be on High Peak Radio?

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Pop down this Thursday afternoon between 3pm and 4pm, High Peak Radio’s Craig Pattison will be broadcasting the afternoon show Drivetime, from the bookshop.


Summer Sale of Children’s Books

These are just some of the selected children’s books on HALF PRICE for the rest of August

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Where’s Wally Hunt?

Image result for where's wally imagesWhere’s Wally Hunt and Ultimate Colouring Competition

6 Wally cut-out figures are hiding in 6 shops around Chapel en le Frith

                Now on till 31st August

Call at the shop for the list and your Where’s Wally Ultimate Colouring sheet and further details.

Happy hunting! Read More

Man Booker Longlist 2018

The longlist or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, announced on Monday 23rd July, was chosen from 171 submissions – the highest number of titles put forward in the prize’s 50 year history.

This year’s list of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (Chair); crime writer Val McDermid; cultural critic Leo Robson; feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose; and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton. Read More


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Fall Down Dead is the title of Stephen’s latest Cooper and Fry crime thriller out on 16th August 2018.

Kinder Scout proves fatal for one walking party. They knew the danger but they went anyway . . . . 

Stephen will be here for a book signing event with us on Saturday 18th August from 12 midday until 2pm. Apologies if you have read the date for the event as the 16th August in Pure magazine, it is definitely Saturday 18th!

Dead in the Dark is out now in paperback

NEW! The French Shelf



This is our first selection of foreign language books we will now stock; some French Classics and a range of contemporary novels. Over the next few months we will introduce novels written in Spanish and German, to add to the collection.

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This is only a small selection of the books we are able to supply. If you are interested in any other titles, please ask to see the catalogue.

We hope you will enjoy ‘something a little different’ whether you just enjoy reading or are learning a language. Reading will always improve your understanding, vocabulary and of course, give immense pleasure.

Please let us know your thoughts on this new addition to your little independent bookshop.

Independent Bookshop Week

ibw_footer‘Where the best place to buy a book is an independent bookshop’  16th – 23rd June 2018 support YOUR local bookshop!


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Graham Hoyland’s Yeti: An Abominable History

Yeti: An Abominable History


Local author and mountaineer Graham Hoyland’s latest book, Yeti: An Abominable History is now available in hardback for £16.99 in the shop.

What leads us to believe in monsters? What happens when we meet the brutal creatures of our nightmares? Tales of the Yeti, the `Abominable Snowman’ of the Himalayas, have been recorded for centuries. This huge, ape-like, hairy creature has tantalised explorers, mountaineers and locals with curious footprints and elusive appearances. But until recently, no one has been able to identify what this mythical creature might be, or even determine if it is real.
On an expedition to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Graham Hoyland found and filmed footprints of the mythical yeti in a part of the country that has never before been visited by Western explorers. In a lost valley near the unclimbed mountain Gangkar Punsum, Hoyland believes he was stalked by the mysterious yeti, a beast so unspeakably powerful that locals say it can kill a yak with one savage blow of its fist. As he delves into the fascinating history of this ancient legend, Hoyland hears tales of the yeti from Sherpas who have tried and failed to track it.

He explores the literary hinterland behind the legend and searches for the yeti’s American cousin Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and her African relative Mokele-Mbembe. From the dubious, mystical pseudo-science of the Nazis in the 1930s to our current era of `post-truth’ and `fake news’, Hoyland examines the age-old cultural phenomena that have shaped our collective consciousness and fuelled a belief in the existence of these monstrous creatures.




Cafe Britannica by Stephen Cardew

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Ten Tales with Tea and Cake

Do you ever find yourself sitting in a cafe, savouring your afternoon tea and cake and wishing you had something good to read? We’ve found the perfect accompaniment. Cafe Britannica is a collection of ten short stories, crafted to be an ideal length for those fifteen minutes of respite. All of the stories are set in and feature cafes from all around Britain (and one’s even abroad).

Perhaps the one unique feature of Cafe Britannica is its inclusion of a children’s story, designed to be read out but also featuring illustrations, designed to keep little ones’ attention and to inspire them for later. All in all, Cafe Britannica is a delicious book – go on, tuck in!

On sale now at 6.99

Next LitWits Meeting

bookwormThe next LitWits book group meeting is on Thursday 6th September. See LitWits page for more details.


Carnegie Medal at Chapel en le Frith High School

We will be at Chapel High School  on Monday 25th June during lunchtime, where we will have on sale the 8 shortlisted books for the Carnegie Medal 2018.

The winner is announced on Monday 18th June.



CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist

The shortlists for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, are as follows. Celebrating the best in children’s writing and illustration respectively, the Medals are unique in being judged by children’s librarians.

All these books are on sale in the shop.


Afternoon Tea Concert

pley-1This concert by The Pleyel Ensemble on Sunday 1st July is in place of the one cancelled earlier in the year and will feature the pieces advertised on that programme.

At 3pm at the Methodist Church, Chapel en le Frith. Music, tea and homemade cake could there be anything better on a Sunday afternoon?

Tickets are on sale now in the shop, £10

May’s Pick of the Best Books


Image for The Salt Path : The uplifting true tale. Now a Sunday Times BestsellerThe Salt Path by Raynor Winn The uplifting true tale of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline. Now a Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller ‘The landscape is magical: shape-shifting seas and smugglers’ coves; myriads of sea birds and mauve skies. Raynor writes exquisitely .
. . It’s a tale of triumph: of hope over despair; of love over everything.
. . home was no longer about bricks and mortar, it was a state of mind.’ The Sunday Times Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey. The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

Image for HomeHome by Mandy Berryman AS FEATURED ON ‘THIS TIME NEXT YEAR’ on ITV1 “Heart-stopping. A need to read novel.” says Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon. “A brave, important, heart-breaking book.” Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths. Meet Jesika, aged four and a half. The most extraordinary narrator of 2018. She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window.
And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby. She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world. Mandy is a local author and lives in Chinley.

Image for AloneAlone is a graphic novel by Chaboute On a tiny lighthouse island far from the rest of the world, a hermit lives out his existence. Every week a supply boat leaves provisions, yet the fishermen never leave their boat, and never meet him. Years spent on this deserted rock, with imagination his sole companion, has made the lighthouse keeper something more than alone, something else entirely. For him, what lies beyond the horizon might be… nothing. And so, why would you ever want to leave? But, one day, as curiosity gets the better of him, a new boatman steps onto the island.
Intertwining tenderness, despair, and humour, Alone captures how someone can be an everyman, and every man is someone.

Image for The Mabinogi The Mabinogi by Matthew Francis  Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2017 ‘Here at the turn of the leaf a horseman is riding through the space between one world and another . .’ The Mabinogi is the Welsh national epic, a collection of prose tales of war and enchantment, adventure and romance, which have long fascinated readers all over the world.
Matthew Francis’s retelling of the first four stories (the Four Branches of the Mabinogi) is the first to situate it in poetry, and captures the magic and strangeness of this medieval Celtic world: a baby is kidnapped by a monstrous claw, a giant wades across the Irish Sea to do battle, a wizard makes a woman out of flowers, only to find she is less biddable than he expected. Permeating the whole sequence is a delight in the power of the imagination to transform human experience into works of tragedy, comedy and wonder. The Mabinogi is an important contribution to the storytelling of the British Isles. On sale now.

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Circe by Madeleine Miller From the internationally bestselling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. Chosen as must-read book of 2018 by the Guardian, i, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express and Stylist. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.

Image for Educated : The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling memoirEducated by Tara Westover ‘A compelling and ultimately joyous account of self-determination’ Sunday Times. EDUCATED is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with the severing of the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

More to follow . . . . .


Best Father’s Day Book Ever!

Image for Mr. Grumpy Nails FatherhoodMr Grumpy Nails Fatherhood 

Here’s a little taster for you. Mr Grumpy called Mr Clever.

‘I’d love to join you down the pub,’ he said, ‘but I’ve got to put the fear of God into my daughter’s boyfriend this weekend.’

‘How are you going to do that? asked Mr Grumpy.

‘Take him to one side and ask him how he plans to provide for her. Then challenge him to an arm wrestle.’

Well that seems  . . . . .  How old is he?’


So Mr Grumpy called Mr Cool. Mr Cool didn’t have any children, he just had freedom and a disposable income.

On sale here at £4.99


Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner

The winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Bailey’s Prize) is Kamila Shamsie with Home Fire.

The book for our times’ Judges of the Women’s Prize’ Elegant and evocative … A powerful exploration of the clash between society, family and faith in the modern world’ Guardian.
Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred.

But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London – or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs.

As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to – or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love?A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide – confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

Baileys Prize Shortlist

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Stephen Booth’s NEW BOOK

Image for Untitled Stephen Booth 2Fall Down Dead is the title of Stephen’s latest Cooper and Fry crime thriller out on 16th August 2018. Stephen will be here for a book signing event with us on Saturday 18th August.

Dead in the Dark is out in paperback from 17th May


155 World Book Day Vouchers!

WBD pic voucherThe WBD voucher exchange has now finished for this year, however, we still have some of the books left for sale –

3 books for £1


After our visit to Chapel High School on Friday 13th April we have a exchanged more vouchers for books. This was our reconvened visit from when the snow came last month. Lovely to see all the students today clutching their WBD vouchers still and ready for their book! Thank you Chapel High and Mrs Dobson for inviting us.

At the top of this page it will tell you the total exchanged this year, that’s 155 more books children are reading!

Amanda Berriman book launch

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Thank you to everyone who came to Mandy’s special evening last night, her book launch with family, friends and lots more.  A good time was had by all – with plenty of book sales! Home is on sale at the shop now.      Read More

World Book Day Books

World Book Day books are now 3 for £1!




Harry Potter Quiz Final in London

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Our team Basilisks came 10th out of 20 national teams in the London quiz final last Saturday. Congratulations to you all – Isobel, Sophie, Sammy and Jayne! Read More

500 Words 2018

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500 Words is back for 2018!

The world’s biggest short-story writing competition for kids has returned and we can’t wait to read this year’s stories! Please read all of the information on this link to find out everything you need to know about 500 Words and how you can enter…  BBC 500 words


Costa Book Awards


     Category Winners

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Novel          Debut Novel

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  Biography            Poetry






Go to Book News for more details

Reading Matters Gift Vouchers

Don’t forget we have our very own Gift Vouchers to spend on anything in the shop – not just books!  £5 or £10 with a matching envelope.

Cressida Cowell’s The Wizards of Once


The first book in Cressida’s brand new series, The Wizards of Once is on sale in the shop NOW! Set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites. This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide. Read More

Super Summer Holiday Special!

We have 12 titles in our latest Summer offer of Children’s books.

Buy one get one half price

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  1. Max the Detective Cat                                7. You Can’t Make Me Go to Witch School
  2. Running on Empty                                      8. Ella on the Outside
  3. Jamie Drake Equation                                9. Spectre Collectors
  4. Zoe’s Rescue Zoo                                       10. Sophia and Rainbow
  5. There’s a Werewolf in My Tent              11. My Brother is a Superhero
  6. A Sheepdog Called Sky                             12. Saving Sophia