An Evening with Graham Hoyland

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On Saturday 6th October at 7.30pm

The Town Hall, Chapel en le Frith High Peak SK23 0HP

Tickets on sale now £10 (inc.light refreshments)

Wine Bar and soft drinks

Local author and mountaineer Graham Hoyland returns with his latest book

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Yeti: An Abominable History. 

Graham was with us a few years ago with Last Hours on Everest, a truly fascinating account of  Mallory and Irvine’s fatal ascent.

He is a most interesting and knowledgeable man and it is always a pleasure to listen to his amazing adventures and discoveries. 

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.

Yeti: An Abominable History on sale now £16.99

Author of Walking Through Spring and The Last Hours on Everest.

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Sabrina: A Graphic Novel

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The first graphic novel to reach a Man Booker longlist and I believe it will reach the shortlist, announced later in the month. On my bedside table pile!

The answer is hidden on a videotape, a tape which is en route to several news outlets, and about to go viral. A landmark graphic novel, already hailed as one of the most exciting and moving stories of recent years, Sabrina is a tale of modern mystery, anxiety, fringe paranoia and mainstream misinformation — a book that tells the story of those left behind in the wake of tragedy, has important things to say about how we live now, and possesses the rare power to leave readers pulverised. Read More

Afternoon Tea Concert

Pleyel 2018

Next concert by the lovely ‘Pleyel’s’ is on Sunday 30th September and the programme is Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet plus the rarely performed quintet by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1802)

Please tell your friends to come along – it really is a delightful way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday, forget the rest of the world and just bathe in beautiful music – beautifully played!

At 3pm 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 (cash or cheque only please)

Schubert’s Trout Quintet Barenboim, du Pre and Perlman

Stephen Booth



Lovely to have Stephen here last    Saturday signing his new book – Fall Down Dead – the 18th Cooper and Fry bestselling crime detectives in another gripping tale, this time on Kinder!


Fall Down Dead is on sale at £16.99 (RRP £20) and Dead in the Dark is now out in paperback.

This is Stephen with David King, a Chapel Parish Councillor. Stephen and David ‘chat’ on social media but until this day had never met! They did seem to have a lot to talk about :o)

Literary Quotes

Some of you may have noticed that we have a blackboard outside the shop for events and quotes. The quotes will now appear on the new Literary Quotes page too. Hope you like them

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“None of those other things makes a difference. Love is the strongest thing in the world, you know. Nothing can touch it. Nothing comes close. If we love each other we’re safe from it all. Love is the biggest thing there is.” 

Snow falling on Cedars written by David Guterson. Published in 1994 Read More

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.

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso is the first graphic novel to reach a Man Booker longlist

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

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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Next LitWits Meeting

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


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


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