Author Event on Friday 24th June

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We are delighted to be resuming our live author events during Independent Bookshop Week 2022 and the National Crime Reading Month.


with former Barrister and Crime Writer


on Friday 24th June between 1pm and 3pm.

at the Town Hall, Chapel en le Frith SK23 0HP

No pre-booking required just turn up and be enthralled by Simon’s account of his ‘Life in Crime’ Tickets £5 (includes tea/coffee and cake) Doors open at 12.45pm

Refugees from the Spanish Inquisition, the Michael family arrived in the Port of London in 1492 and remained in the East End for the next 450 years. Simon believes himself to be the only member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple formerly to have been a council labourer, a van driver and a gardener. Having been called to the Bar, he practised as a barrister for 37 years, working at the Old Bailey and other criminal courts, defending and prosecuting a wide selection of murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy, gathering enough real life stories to populate a whole series of crime fiction.

A selection of Simon’s books, which are all soft cover editions, will be on sale on the day.

The Brief: Crime and corruption in 1960s London (Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers) An Honest Man: Law and disorder in 1960s London: 2 (Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers) The Lighterman: The Kray Twins are out for revenge... (Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers Book 3) Corrupted: Murder and cover-up at the heart of government (Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers Book 4) The Waxwork Corpse: A legal thriller with a chilling twist (Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers Book 5) Force of Evil: A gripping historical legal thriller (Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers Book 6) The Final Shot: A 1960s London gangland thriller (Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers Book 7)      


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Indie Champions

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Opening Hours this Week



Our apologies for any inconvenience, the change is due to staff shortages. If in doubt please ring ahead on 01298 938 166


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Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 shortlist

The winner of the 2022 prize is The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

See Book News page for details of the 6 books on the short list

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Quote of the Week

“There is no more welcoming, magical and inspiring place than a bookshop.”
– M.G. Leonard

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90th Trespass Anniversary

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CWA Bookshop of the Month

We are delighted to say that Reading Matters has been selected as their bookshop of the month Hurrah!

A Writers’ association in the United Kingdom founded by John Creasey in 1953

The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) is a specialist authors’ organisation in the United Kingdom, most notable for its Dagger awards for the best crime writing of the year, and the Diamond Dagger awarded to an author for lifetime achievement.

Click on the link below to CWA’s interview with Lyndsay by William Shaw

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LitWits Book Group

PLEASE NOTE Our apologies to the LitWits book group, the next meeting on 5th May has been cancelled since it seems so many of you are away – hope you all have a lovely time wherever you may be!

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

The instant UK Sunday Times Bestseller (February 2022) Beth is quite rightly earning her title as the “Queen of Uplit”

Beth O’Leary’s previous books are The Flatshare and The Switch

See LitWits page for more details

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A-M-A-Z-I-N-G   Well done everyone ! 

A fantastic 278 WBD vouchers were exchanged for books this year, the most we’ve ever had. Feels good to know that 278 more books are out there with the kids, some who may not have been in the shop before but have now!

Hope to see you here again – our bookshop is a cosy, feely good kind of place; really not frightening at all and you leave with a nice warm, fuzzy feeling wanting to start your new book as soon as possible!

‘Oh mum please can I wait in the car while you go into Morrisons? I’ll be fine’ :o)

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Author Event in May

Bruce Kendrick contracted TB at the age of ten and was sent to an isolated sanatorium in the wilds of the Cheshire countryside. Bedridden for six months, the nurses, on fine days, would push the young patients in their beds in their beds, out onto a large veranda and it was there that his love of birdwatching developed. On leaving hospital, he shared his passion with three schoolmates and over the next five years this small band of birders explored wildlife locations on and nearby the Wirral.

This is a ‘rites of passage’ story of one lad’s journey through those early formative teenage years during 1957 to 1962 when birdwatching sat easily in his life alongside football, girls, radical politics and rock bands. An Eye for Birds is a series of reflections of an individual, trained in the sciences, revisiting his teenage wildlife haunts and looking back to those times with mature perspective and sentiment that add their own colours to the story.

Saturday 21st March and further details to follow soon

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World Book Day 2022

Changing lives through a love of books and shared reading.

Go to World Book Day 2022 page for loads more details on events coming up

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Out this week ‘The Hemlock Cure’

The year is 1665 and the women of Eyam keep many secrets . . . . .

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Come and meet Joanne at the shop on Saturday 19th February between 11am and 12.30pm

‘The Hemlock Cure is a glitteringly dark historical novel of ambition, persecution and survival’

Based on the real history of the Derbyshire village during the Great Plague, The Hemlock Cure is an utterly beguiling tale of fear and ambition, betrayal, self sacrifice and the unbreakable bond between two women.

‘Spellbinding’ Nikki Marmary
‘Wholly Original’ Sarah Burton
‘Exquisite’ Emma Carroll
Bewitching’ Roz Watkins
‘Beautiful’ Annie Garthwaite
‘Mesmerising’ Rosie Andrews

Published on Thursday 10th February 2022

Available in the shop from 10th February, our price £12.99 (RRP £14.99)

See Book News page for more details

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The Peak by Rod Dunn

The Peak: The landscapes, waterfalls, customs and ancient sites of the Peak District

With a foreword by Andrew McCloy, Chair Peak District National Park Authority

‘Taking ten years to compile, it is a photographic journey from North to South through Britain’s first National Park. With 850 images, Andrew McCloy describes it as a knowledgeable and beautifully illustrated book that is a fitting tribute to all that is special about the Peak District.’

Available now from Reading Matters

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The Leviathan Rosie Andrews

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The Leviathan : a spellbinding tale of superstition, myth and murder

Go to Book News page for more information

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Costa Book Awards 2021 Category Winners

All the above winning books are available from us, call at the shop or order by telephone, email or via this website. We have special offers on all the titles.
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Happy New Year Everyone

The shop will re-open at 10am on Tuesday 11th January 2022

Forthcoming events in the literary world

Tuesday 4th January Announcement of the Costs Book Awards 2021 in the five categories

30th Jan  – 6th Feb National Storytelling Week

Tuesday 1st February Announcement of the overall winner of the Costa Book Award 2021

Thursday 3rd March World Book Day 2022

Thursday 10th March Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 longlist

25th March – 3rd April Oxford Literary Festival

Saturday 23rd April World Book Night 2022

Thursday 28th April Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 shortlist

26th May – 5th June  Hay Literary Festival 2022

18th – 25th June Independent Bookshop Week (2022)

13th – 29th August Edinburgh International Book Festival (2022)

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Costa Book Awards Shortlist 2021

Download a poster for the 2021 shortlisted Costa Book Awards books
Available now in the shop or to order
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LitWits Book This Month

Image for Miss Benson's Beetle : An uplifting story of female friendship against the odds Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

Described as ‘an uplifting story of female friendship against the odds’The perfect escape novel for our troubled times.’ PATRICK GALE.

It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist.

Go to LitWits page for more details


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Booker Prize 2021 WINNER


The Promise by Damon Galgut is this year’s Booker Winner.

The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral.

The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for – not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land… yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.

Confident, deft and quietly powerful, The Promise is literary fiction at its finest. ‘Gorgeous and pleasurable’ Tessa Hadley ‘The most important book of the last ten years’ Edmund White ‘Simply: you must read it’ Claire Messud

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This Christmas . . . . . . . . .

Bring in your Christmas books shopping list or fill in the contact from below, and let us put it together for you, Christmas wrapped if requested and delivered all together free to your home address*

By shopping local and not using Amazon, you will be doing your bit to cut carbon emissions, reduce waste cardboard and packing and helping to keep the indies on your High Street!

Continue reading “This Christmas . . . . . . . . .”

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Freya and Amelia were our first customers on Saturday, waiting at 10 o’clock on the dot to come in! Thank you Amelia for cutting the ribbon, excellent work. :o))

These two were followed by lots more customers throughout the day in spite of the atrocious weather. Many thanks to you all, SO good to see you. 

Special thanks to Audrey from Chinley who was determined to come even though she had to come by bus! 



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Booker Prize Shortlist 2021

Photo credit: Amazon
  • The Promise by Damon Galgut
  • A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam
  • No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
  • The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
  • Bewilderment by Richard Powers
  • Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
All six novels shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize (The Booker Prizes)

The Booker Prize nominees for 2021 were chosen by the official judging panel which consists of novelist Chigozie Obioma, historian Maya Jasanoff, writer and editor Horatia Harrod, former Archbishop Rowan Williams and actor Natascha McElhone.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 3rd November.

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Booktime September/October

BOOKTIME SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2021 COVERThe new Autumn edition of Booktime is available now, collect your copy from the shop on Fridays and Saturdays between 11am and 2pm (these times are while the shop is still closed due to the flooding)

Booktime is full of all the up and coming news on books for both children and adults and is FREE!

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2021 Wainwright Prize

The shortlist for UK Nature and Global Conservation writing


The winners will be announced on 7 September 2021.

You can buy or order from us today, quote you saw it on our website and receive £1 discount and 1 extra smiley face on your loyalty card!

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Booker Prize Longlist 2021

The longlist this year, announced on Tuesday 27th July by Chair of Judges Maya Jasanoff.

Follow the link

A Passage North 

by Anuk Arudpragasam

Second Place

by Rachel Cusk

The Promise 

by Damon Galgut

The Sweetness of Water  

by Nathan Harris

Klara and the Sun 

by Kazuo Ishiguro

An Island 

by Karen Jennings

A Town Called Solace  

by Mary Lawson

No One Is talking About This 

by Patricia Lockwood

The Fortune Men 

by Nadifa Mohamed]


by Richard Powers

China Room 

by Sunjeev Sahota

Great Circle 

by Maggie Shipstead

Light Perpetual 

by Francis Spufford

Watch for shortlist announcement on Tuesday 14th September 2021

SPECIAL OFFER All the books are available in the shop or to order, with £1 off every book and ask for 2 smileys on your loyalty card!

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Ones to Watch for . . . .

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2021 Winners of Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals

These prestigious awards took place on 16th June 2021 and this year the judges cite ‘powerful and emotional punch’ delivered by the two winners – Jason Reynolds and Sydney Smith.

Click on the link for all the news about the authors and their books, and much more

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US Poet and novelist Jason Reynolds secures first Carnegie Medal for Look Both Ways.

Author and Illustrator Sydney Smith wins a second Kate Greenaway Medal for Small in the City

  • Manjeet Mann’s debut novel Run, Rebel (Penguin Random House Children’s) and Sharon King-Chai’s Starbird (Two Hoots) take home the Shadowers’ Choice Awards from the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists respectively

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Hey Duggee: Duggee and the Dinosaurs

Isbn 9781405948630

What’s the Issue?

Ladybird is instigating an urgent product recall on this title due to the discovery of a manufacturing fault on some copies where the foil lamination on the cover of the book can be peeled off. Small parts could be a choking hazard to small children.

What You Need to Do:

Please take the book away from small children and return it to the retailer where you bought it for a full refund (there is no need to produce a receipt) no other Hey Duggee titles are affected by this issue.

Please contact Ladybird customer services via email at if you need further clarification. 

The safety of our readers is top priority and we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause you.

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Fun Maps for Friends . . . maybe?


ST&G's Marvellous Map of Great British Place Names (Marvellous Maps)

The Marvellous Map of Great British Place Names

A map of Britain’s funny, rude and just plain odd place names! This fun, slightly cheeky and mildly educational tour of Great Britain introduces to you to some of our favourite places, such as: Bottom Burn, Fulking Hill, Great Snoring, Dull Old Sodbury and Wigtwizzle. To name but a few.

 ST&G's Great British Literature Map

The Great British Literature Map

Do judge a map by its cover! Get chapter and verse on Britain’s world-class literary credentials and the incredible places that inspired your favourite poetry and prose. Become enthralled with Britain’s great literary settings, places of inspiration, festivals, bookshops, museums, attractions, pubs, graves and memorials.


The GrST&G's Great British Food & Drink Mapeat British Food & Drink Map

Featuring over 2,000 of Britain’s finest local specialities, food and drink festivals, breweries, vineyards and distilleries, food and drink tours and tasty trivial tidbits. Fine, locally sourced ingredients all rustled together with a pinch of cheek and a dollop of sauciness to create a truly heart-warming cartographical concoction. One the things that Britain truly excels at, but for which it used to receive an enormous helping of international mockery, is the state of its cuisine. From black pudding to Blackpool Rock and from Cock-a-leekie to Cornish pasties, British food and drink has never been so moreish.

All in traditional map format now £12.99 (RRP £14.99)


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Change to Opening Hours

open signFrom the beginning of June 2021 we will be CLOSED on Sundays and Mondays

Our new hours will be Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm

We apologise for any inconvenience but hope you will come and visit us on any of the other days of the week!

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Paperback of the Month

ImageTelling the story of four unlikely friends in a retirement village who meet every week to investigate unsolved murders, until a real killing ends up on their doorstep, this debut novel is “charming and genuinely funny”,

This debut novel from Richard Osman is a record – breaking million copy bestseller

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Unlike Amazon, Hive and most high-street book chains, Bookshop was established to boost sales at local, independent retailers, rather than entice customers away.

Of course, we would much prefer it if you came to our shop, ordered direct from us by email, via our website or just ring on 01298 938 166. However, if you are unable to use any of these methods THIS IS THE NEW ALTERNATIVE!

Just select us as your preferred local independent and look in our online shop for ideas.

Click on the link and see what it’s all about

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Live Event with Anna Jones

another event

Live online event with cookery writer Anna Jones, in return for a purchase of her bestselling cookbook One Pot, Pan, Planet on Wednesday May 12th @ 7pm

As with all events, customers can attend whether they have purchased a copy of the book directly from  us, or through The link will be emailed to you on the day of the event. 

Our offer price on the book is £23.00.

Hope you can join us!


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April 12th – Open Again

We are now fully open again! The recommended guidelines are in place to ensure customer and staff safety; counter screens, fan assisted ventilation, social distancing by limiting the number of customers in the shop at any one time and of course FREE DISPOSABLE GLOVES to enable the best experience of browsing and shopping in our bookshop!

Look out for some ‘welcome back’ special offers too.

Open 10am till 5pm every day, except Sunday

Face masks are mandatory – no mask, no entry.

Please don’t come if you have any Covid 19 symptoms – think of others, not just yourself.

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UK Best Selling Chart

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Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021

Now we are six!

The six shortlisted books are as follows:

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 7th July

The Vanishing Half

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and…

Explore this title

Continue reading “Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021”

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Author Event with KAZUO ISHIGURO

It’s not too late to book your place at the virtual author event with Kazuo Ishiguro on  Tuesday 23rd March at 7pm. This is exclusive to independent bookshops and will only be available to customers who have bought the book from us or If you haven’t already got your copy, ring 01298 938 166 with your card details before 3pm on Tuesday, our price is £16.99.  We hope you will join us!

Image for Klara and the Sun Klara and the Sun, from the bestselling and Booker Prize winning author of Never Let me Go and The Remains of the Day, This  stunning new novel – his first since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature – asks, what does it mean to love? A thrilling feat of world-building, a novel of exquisite tenderness and impeccable restraint, Klara and the Sun is a magnificent achievement, and an international literary event.

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A Good Book Can . . . .

Sweep says:


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Stunning – ‘A book that will define a decade’

Image for Girl AGirl A by Abigail Dean

The girl who escaped. If anyone was going to make it, it was going to be you.’ Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors.

And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her six siblings – and with the childhood they shared.

Beautifully written and incredibly powerful, Girl A is a story of redemption, of horror and of love. RIGHTS SOLD IN 29 TERRITORIES SOON TO BE A TV SHOW DIRECTED BY JOHAN RENCK (Chernobyl) ‘Terrifyingly gripping’ SUSIE STEINER ‘Beautiful’ ADELE PARKS ‘Incredibly well written, devastating in a good way, and intriguing to the last page’ LIZ NUGENT ‘I was obsessed by it.

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Author ZOOM Event

Abigail Dean New Releases 2020, 2021, Upcoming Books ...Image for Girl AWe are delighted to announce a zoom ‘In Conversation’ event with ‘Girl A’ author, Abigail Dean on Friday 26th February at 7pm. Please contact us the via email, this website or facebook, or ring if you would like to join us.

Abigail has taken the book world by storm with this, her debut novel.  Haunting and powerful with a pitch perfect ending, Girl A is already a Sunday Times Bestseller and Top Ten New York Times Global Bestseller.

Abigail was brought up in Hayfield in the Peak District and we are chuffed to be able to call her one of own!

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World Book Day 2021

                              WIT – WOO FREE BOOKS !






Go to our World Book Day page for details of this year’s books and how to get yours!

World Book Day


Changing lives through a love of books and shared reading



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New Booktime Out Now!

The NEW Jan/Feb issue of booktime is out now. If you haven’t had your free copy with your recent order, call at the shop on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 11am to 4pm. Packed full of forthcoming books for adults, teens/YA and children.

‘Research has shown that reading can strengthen your brain, increase your empathy, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and fight the symptoms of depression.’  Ruth Hunter, Booktime Editor

Say no more – grab a book PDQ!

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The Dig at Sutton Hoo

Image for In a Manner of Speaking : The Story of Spoken EnglishIN A MANNER OF SPEAKING
The story of spoken English by CHARLIE HAYLOCK and illustrated by BARRIE APPLEBY

The author Charlie Haycock, is due to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme later this week, discussing his role as dialogue coach to the actor Ralph Fiennes for the new Netflix film The Dig, which recreates the events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo

In a Manner of Speaking is a fun and fascinating exploration of spoken English that will answer these questions and many more. Following history
from the time of the Roman conquest through to the days of the British
Empire, chapters explore the beginnings of spoken English, how each
invading force brought different sounds to the language, and how the English
tongue has evolved over time.
This is not a manual on English grammar. It is about how we came to speak
our modern English, and why, even in the country of its birth, there are so
many variations on the way the language is spoken. Witty, interesting and
easy to read, In a Manner of Speaking is also superbly illustrated by Barrie Appleby.

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Happy Monday Everyone

An excellent way to start the week, thanks to Ros & Steve, local bookworms!

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Click & Collect

Click & collect popularity grows | News | Retail Technology We are continuing with direct Home Delivery and Click & Collect for all your booky needs!

Do your children need any revision books, reference books or reading books for their home schooling? If so we can supply you with all their educational needs.

After all that learning have you got a good read to settle down with for ‘you time’?

Have a look at our Book News page for some suggestions or click on for more.

Our collection days at the shop are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11am – 4pm.

We will ask you to pay in advance by card over the telephone or make a bank transfer payment, please wear a mask when you come to collect – knock on the door and we will have your order ready, no customers are permitted to enter the premises.

Thank you all for your support and understanding, we will do our very best to help in any way.

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This Week’s Books in the Media

Book Reviews of the Week

Go to Book News page for details

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Costa Book Awards 2020

Costa Book Awards logo

. . . . and the winners are –

Costa First Novel Award

Image for Love After Love : Winner of the 2020 Costa First Novel AwardLove After Love by Ingrid Persaud

Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love. Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their differences, as they build a home together.

Costa Novel Award

Image for The Mermaid of Black Conch : A Love Story: Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2020 The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey

Set in a tiny Caribbean village in the 1970s, this charming yet clear-eyed romance begins with a fisherman, David, lazily awaiting his catch only to snare a centuries-old mermaid, Aycayia, cursed by women jealous of her beauty. She’s drawn to the sound of the guitar he’s strumming; he wonders if he’s been smoking too many spliffs.

Costa Biography Award

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The Louder I Will Sing by Lee Lawrence

On 28 September 1985, Lee Lawrence’s mother Cherry Groce was wrongly shot by police during a raid on her Brixton home. The bullet shattered her spine and she never walked again. In the chaos that followed, 11-year-old Lee watched in horror as the News falsely pronounced his mother dead. In Brixton, already a powder keg because of the deep racism that the community was experiencing, it was the spark needed to trigger two days of rioting.  But for Lee, it was a spark that lit a flame that would burn for the next 30 years as he fought to get the police to recognise their wrongdoing.

Costa Poetry Award

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The Historians by Eavan Boland

Her final volume, The Historians, is the culmination of her signature themes, exploring the ways in which the hidden, sometimes all-but-erased stories of women’s lives can powerfully revise our sense of the past. Two women burning letters in a back garden. A poet who died too young. Boland listens to women who have long had no agency in the way their stories were told.

Costa Children’s Award

Image for Voyage of the Sparrowhawk Voyage of the Sparrowhawk

From the bestselling author of The Children of Castle Rock. In the aftermath of World War One, everyone is trying to rebuild their lives. If Ben is to avoid being sent back to the orphanage, he needs to find his brother Sam, wounded in action and is now missing.

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Covid -19 Update

Regrettably, due to the whole of the country placed in lockdown , we will not be able to open the shop again until further notice.

We will however, continue to offer direct home delivery. Just contact us directly via email, telephone, this website or facebook, if you require some escapism, mental stimulus or just plain want to have a laugh! By ordering direct you will be giving us the best support you can – but using is the next best!

We hope you have all kept safe and well over the Christmas period, but now is the time to STICK TO THE LOCKDOWN RULES, it’s just not worth the risk. This is the only way to get things back on track again, for everyone.

Take care, Lyndsay & Sue x

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NEW – is the new, ethical alternative to Amazon.

Unlike Amazon and most high-street book chains, Bookshop was established to boost sales at local, independent retailers, rather than entice customers away.

Of course after lock down we would like it best if you came to the shop, however if you are unable to come THIS IS THE NEW ALTERNATIVE

Click on the link and see what it’s all about

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Chapel en le Frith Takes Aim

Chapel en le Frith Takes Aim is an account of the history of the local Rifle Volunteers, Territorials and Home Guard between the 1800’s and WWII. Compiled by Elizabeth McCormick with plenty of photographs, Liz felt these important roles undertaken by the men of Chapel had to be documented before the information is lost and forgotten forever.

Proceeds from sales will go directly to the Royal British Legion.

The books are £10.00

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Booktime is back!

Welcome back Booktime! This is a new, bumper edition which highlights some brilliant books for adults and children coming out this Autumn. Available in the shop NOW. Collect yours before we run out – when they’re gone, they’re gone :o(

Features include an interview with Maggie O’Farrell, Sarah Perry and also Michael Wood with his epic history of China.

The next edition of Booktime will be in February 2021

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Beautifully Illustrated – Delightful Poems

Published in collaboration with the National Trust, this beautiful book compiled by Fiona Waters and illustrator, Britta Teckentrup, ‘is a poetry anthology all about animals. A glorious collection of as many animal poems we could find, with one for every day of the year, that a child or parent or carer or friend could dip in and out of as they pleased. Poems and reading matters more than ever but so does the natural world. if this book can nurture a love of the animal kingdom, then maybe it will also help create conservationists of the future’ Louise Bolongaro Nosy Crow Publishers.

In stock now £19.99 (RRP £25.00)

Tiger! Tiger!  burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?    William Blake


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Coming Soon Indie Bookshop Day

Call in and see us for some indie goodies and offers on Saturday 3rd October and remember to keep us on your High Street – use us’

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A Virtual Author Event

Our first virtual author event via zoom on Tuesday 28 July, was a great success, our thanks to both Olivia and William and all of those who took part. We will try and get another scheduled again soon.

Meanwhile the books below are available at special discounted prices.

Image for Grave's End : the brilliant third book in the DS Alexandra Cupidi investigations

Grave’s End the third crime thriller from William Shaw, featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi. The most riveting and atmospheric novel so far, Grave’s End confronts the crisis in housing, environmental politics and the protection given to badgers by the law.


Image for If Looks Could Kill : Innocence is nothing. Appearance is everything. (Frankie Sheehan 3)If Looks Could Kill by Olivia Kiernon, is a superior crime thriller filled with fascinating characters and laced with dark wit. The ending was both shocking and satisfying. Superbly plotted,



If you would like to join in contact us by email, facebook or twitter and details of password etc. will be sent to you nearer the time. Our guests will answer submitted questions at the end, Don’t delay  . . . .  get in touch, from Friday 24th July.

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Coming Soon

Selection of books Out in June/July/August 2020

Place an order now, in advance of July/August publications, and get 10% off

Visit Book News page for more

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So far, so good . . . . . .

We are all managing with the gloves and sanitiser thing! So THANK YOU EVERYONE, great to be back and be your ‘little bookshop with heart’ once again.

lissa & nik cookFriends and regulars Lissa and Nik Cook with their beautiful dog

2 new residents to the area

This family moved into their new home in Chinley just       before lock down and couldn’t wait to come to the bookshop!

Your Visit (for those of you who haven’t been yet)

Customers can collect some gloves as they enter the shop, this means they will be able to handle the books safely – for themselves, other customers and us. We simply don’t have the space, or the quantity of stock, for it to be put in ‘isolation for 72 hours’ I hope you will understand. There will also be hand sanitiser available to use on leaving. We would like you to bring your own mask if you wish to, there will be a screen on the desk at checkout. We can still offer help to anyone who asks, just at a safe distance. Only 1 or 2 people will be in the shop at any one time, in different rooms. Unless they are from the same household.

Home Deliveries

We shall continue with home deliveries indefinitely for those who don’t feel safe coming to the shop, or who are unable to.

Our thanks again, and continue to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and well.

Lyndsay and Sue x

Independent Bookshop Week

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Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home

Another book to download for children about understanding the corona virus pandemic. This time it’s Winnie and Wilbur up to tricks at home.

See Younger Children page for more details

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Pick of the Week

For Younger children

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The Racehorse who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding

Charlie’s racehorse has certainly earned the name Noble Warrior: he won the Derby against all odds and bested a bunch of nasty kidnappers. But now Noddy is facing his greatest challenge yet . . Strictly for horses . . . ? Whatever next!


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PESTS by Emer Stamp

Meet Stix, the tiny but heroic mouse who might be living behind your washing machine. But is he naughty enough to join the PESTS? Stix is the size of an egg cup, can jump the width of a dog’s bottom, and LOVES cheese. Riotously funny, with enough expressive drawings and poo jokes!


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Perdu by Richard Jones

The moving, beautifully illustrated story of a little lost dog and his search for a place to call home. This poignant gem, with an important message about kindness at its heart.


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Claude Comic Capers by Alex T Smith

Meet Claude – the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life.Join Claude and Sir Bobblysock and all their Pawhaven friends in their first ever comic book!



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My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain

A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. How can he escape his worries? Having suffered with panic disorder herself for as long as she can remember, Nadiya wrote this heartfelt story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety, to ensure that no child suffers in silence.


Teen & Y/A

Image for NightshadeNightshade the NEW Alex Rider novel by Anthony Horowitz

Alex is sent by MI6 Special Operations to infiltrate a new and sinister organization known only as Nightshade. Alex is on his own, with the fate of thousands of people resting in his hands!


Image for Deeplight Deeplight by Francis Hardinge

The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Now the gods are dead, but their remains are stirring beneath the waves. On the streets of the Island of Lady’s Crave live 14-year-old urchins Hark and his best friend Jelt.



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Drowned Lives Out in Paperback

Image for Drowned Lives Drowned Lives by Stephen Booth

For those of you who were waiting for this to come out in paperback – now is the time!

Continue reading “Drowned Lives Out in Paperback”

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A selection of new releases

Image for Dresden : The Fire and the Darkness   Image for Spring : from the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author   Image for Black Leopard, Red Wolf : Dark Star Trilogy Book 1   Image for Here We Are

See Younger Readers page for more new releases


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How good are yours!

Test your powers of observation, have a look in the children’s window this week and find the odd one out.

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Coronavirus; An information book for children

Coronavirus - A Book for Children

Just released by Nosy Crow Publishers a free information book explaining the Coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler.

Go to our Younger Readers page

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Don’t forget, during this difficult time for us all, we will take your book orders and have them home delivered to your doorstep. Whether it’s books for children or adults, we will do our best to get them to you as quickly as we can . . .  we know what it’s like to run out of books to read to the children, or not to have anything for yourself to read. While we are ‘staying at home’ or ‘self isolating’ just phone, email or contact us via this website and get yourself some books!

A huge thank you to all our customers who are supporting us and done just that! xx

Keep safe and well everyone.

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Storytime with Jill

Go to the Younger Readers page for the Dinky Donkey Story!

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Daily Online Story from David Walliams


‘Elevenses’ David Walliams is reading a short story at 11am everyday.

Adults: Make a cuppa and settle down with the children and share!

Children: Make sure your responsible adult is sitting down with you and enjoy some hilarious fun with David Walliams!

click on the link

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Corona virus update

From Tuesday 24th March we are regretfully having to close the shop, to comply with the latest Government  guidelines.

However, we will continue to take orders for books which will be sent directly to your home.

Please place orders via the telephone (our shop phone will be redirected to a mobile) by email or via this website. Remember to leave a telephone number for us to contact you for card payment.

Please use us before you use Amazon!

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Booker Prize 2022 Longlist

The Booker Dozen – see Book News page for more info on the Booker books

The shortlist will be announced on the 6th September 2022

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