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.

 

 

Deliver-to-yoo!

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.

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!

Something to do with the kids!

REMEMBER MOST IMPORTANTLY, SOCIAL DISTANCING. NO LESS THAN 2 METRES APART IF YOU ARE NOT IN YOUR OWN GARDEN!

 

Image for Foraging with Kids : 52 Wild and Free Edibles to Enjoy with Your ChildrenForaging with Kids by Adel Nozedar

Our Price £9.99  RRP £12.99

In today’s world of increasingly sedentary lifestyles and a growing detachment from the food that we eat, it has never been more important to encourage children to put down their screens, get outside and engage with the natural world around them. Foraging with Kids is a fun, practical book for parents to work through with their children that encourages families to interact with their environment and gain knowledge and practical understanding of the natural world through exploration and play.The projects are based around 50 easy-to-identify plants.

 

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Play the Forest School Way by Jane Worroll

Our Price £9.99 RRP 12.99

This is the first book to share Forest School games, crafts and skill-building activities with families, its magical illustrations and simple instructions drawing children easily into a world of wonder. Be a fox tracking its prey, a moth evading a bat, a rabbit fleeing a forest fire! Make a working bow and arrow, spectacular headdresses, beautiful woodland jewellery, magic wands – all with materials gathered from the forest floor or your own garden. Learn wilderness survival skills: build a shelter, make fire, forage and cook wild food.

Home Delivery? – No problemo

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IF, for any reason, you are unable to visit the shop we will be happy to deliver your books to your door! Just give us a call on 01298 938 166 or email readingmatterschapel@gmail or contact us via this website.

We can take card payment over the telephone or cash on delivery.

MAKE SURE, FOR HEALTH REASONS, YOU STOCKPILE BOOKS –

THE BEST MEDICINE FOR YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL!

Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light

 

 

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The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel. OUT NOW our price £18.99 (RRP £25)

The final novel in Mantel’s trilogy of historical novels about the life of Thomas Cromwell. The long-awaited novel will cover the final four years of Cromwell’s life, starting with Boleyn’s execution in 1536, and moving to his own execution for treason and heresy in 1540.

The author said she had been on a “long journey” with her protagonist, and hoped her readers would follow her with him to the end of his life.

Listen to the interview with Hilary Mantel by Andrew Marr on Radio 4’s Start the Week

Click here Hilary Mantel

 

Noughts and Crosses

Image for Noughts & CrossesThe Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be’ – Stormzy’

Starting on BBC TV on Thursday 5th March. Image for Noughts & CrossesBefore you get hooked on the TV adaptation READ THE SERIES FIRST!

Always so much more in the book!  Buy all five books for special price of £29.99  (RRP £40)

Voted as one of the UK’s best-loved books, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic. Mallory is a former Children’s Laureate.

World Book Day Books

World Book DayWorld Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

World Book Capital this year is the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur..

Follow the link for more information World Book Capital 2020

FANTASTIC books for World Book Day Thursday 6th March!

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All these titles will be in the shop from Thursday 27 February till Sunday 29 March, bring your WBD voucher and collect your FREE book!

Have a listen to Beth Reekles author of The Kissing Booth Road Trip click on the link  The Kissing Booth

 

 

Book Signing Event

The Trail

Former Moss Side detective James Ellson, with his debut novel

‘The Trail’ 

 “intelligent and pacy thriller . . . a taut, keenly-observed tale of revenge, perseverance and the struggle against injustice.”  (Paula Hawkins, Girl On The Train)

“The Trail is a stunning debut from an exciting new addition to the world of crime fiction.” (Stephen Booth, Cooper & Fry crime series)

Go to the Book News page for a Q & A with James

 

One to Watch . . .

Image for Where the Crawdads SingWhere the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens out now

For years, rumors of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng.

The multi-million copy bestseller soon to be a major film A Number One New York Times Bestseller ‘Painfully beautiful’ New York Times’Unforgettable . . .

Be Prepared!

          RETURN TO THE HUNGER GAMES 19.05.20

Image for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel)  The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuvre his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The world still thought Coriolanus rich, but his only real currency was charm’

Pre-order now for £15.99 (RRP 18.99)

Costa Book Awards Winner 2019

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The overall winner of the Costa Prize 2019 is

Image for The Volunteer : The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz - The Costa Biography Award Winner 2019The Volunteer: A True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather 

In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interned at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. His reports from Auschwitz were to shape the Allies response to the Holocaust – yet his story was all but forgotten for decades. This is the first major account to draw on unpublished family papers, newly released archival documents and exclusive interviews with surviving resistance fighters to show how he brought the fight to the Nazis at the heart of their evil designs. The result is an enthralling story of resistance and heroism against the most horrific circumstances, and one man’s attempt to change the course of history.

‘Totally gripping’– Simon Sebag Montefiore. ‘Pilecki is perhaps one of the greatest unsung heroes of the second world war … this insightful book is likely to be the definitive version of this extraordinary life’ — Economist. Would you sacrifice yourself to save thousands of others?

On sale now £8.99

 

 

 

Short story Competition for Children

500 Words is the UK’s most successful short story-writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 13.

Since the competition launched 934,296 stories have been entered in thecompetition.

It was launched back in 2011, after Chris Evans had a dream. He dreamt of getting children excited about reading and writing. All children: no matter what their ability, experience, or background.

2019 attracted over 110, 000 entries children to the short story competition, and since it launched, the competition has received over 912,986 short stories.

It’s super simple. All entrants must pen an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it online. It can be about ANYTHING you want – space-ships, grannies, insects, time travel. The list is endless!

Follow the link  500 Words

 

‘Beautiful and Chilling’

Image for The MerciesThe  Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Out on 6th February 2020

Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her brother and father, are drowned and left broken on the rocks below. With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vardø must fend for themselves.

Three years later, a sinister figure arrives. Absalom Cornet comes from Scotland, where he burned witches in the northern isles. He brings with him his young Norwegian wife, Ursa.

Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, The Mercies is a story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization.

‘Beautiful and chilling’ Madeline Miller, author of Circe BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick 2020 

Happy Birthday To Us!

‘Doesn’t time fly when you’re enjoying yourself’

We celebrate our 7th birthday this week and just can’t believe it! We have met such lovely people since we opened the shop on the 1st December 2012 and would like to say a huge thank you to all who have supported us and become friends as well as loyal customers. We look forward very much to continuing to provide a friendly and helpful personal service to you all.

Two more great books

 

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A Literary Christmas

This seasonal compendium collects together poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Wodehouse’s wry story about Christmas on a diet. Enjoy a Christmas Day as described by Samuel Pepys, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, or Nancy Mitford. Venture out into the snow in the company of Jane Austen, Henry James and many more.

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A Children’s Literary Christmas 

Twenty-four seasonal chapters allow the excitement to build as parents and grandparents can share pages of unforgettable adventures, festive traditions, tales of elves, snowmen and reindeer, fairytales, folklore and family fun.

Both published by The British Library

 

 

Our Christmas Tree at Lyme Park

We are delighted to have been invited this year to decorate a Christmas tree at Lyme Park. There are about 10 trees down by the Timber Yard cafe and shop, all decorated by local organisations and businesses. The minimalist look or a work in progress!

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Book of Dust Vol 2 OUT NOW

Image for The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume TwoThe eagerly awaited second book in this new Philip Pullman series, The Secret Commonwealth, is out now and on sale in the shop. 

Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, are forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined and are drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. ‘High-octane adventure accompanies ingenious plotting’ The Times.

Click on the link  Philip Pullman interview (30.44 mins in)

Continue reading “Book of Dust Vol 2 OUT NOW”

Bookshop Day – Saturday 5th October

Image result for books are my bag imagesIt’s Bookshop Day tomorrow, call in and see us with your BAMB tote bag, or book related bag you had from us, or your loyalty card have a lucky dip for a special present from us to you to celebrate Bookshop day 2019!

Click on the link and see the many, many well-known faces who want bookshops on our high street to survive and thrive:

Books are my Bag – BAMBassadors

Competition: How many can you name? Write them down and come in on Saturday with your list. The one with the most will win a £10 RM Gift Voucher.

Also the Loyalty Card Draw will take place with a £10 RM Voucher prize. Make sure this week to use all your ‘nearly filled’ cards to be in time for the draw! (Remember to put your name and contact number on your card)

 

5% or 100%?

Grayscale Photo of BooksDid you know the best way to support us (and your high street) is to

PLACE YOUR ORDER DIRECT WITH US IN THE SHOP, VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR THIS WEBSITE? 

and not use a third party. Use any of the search engines to find your books, music CD’s or vinyls then send us your order to MAXIMISE the benefit to our shop! If you would like YOUR ORDER DELIVERED, we can do that too! – free of charge within a radius of  5 miles from the shop. Just ask for details and we will do our best to provide you with a first class service. WE ARE COMING UP TO OUR 7TH BIRTHDAY and we would like to have many, many more – with your help!

 

Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story more than 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. `Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.’ Margaret Atwood.

 SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019. The literary event of the year.’ Guardian. ‘It’s terrifying and exhilarating.’ Judges of the Booker Prize 2019  Out on Tuesday 10th September, our price £16.99

A Different Stephen Booth?

Image for Untitled Stephen Booth 1Same but different? Stephen Booth’s latest book Drowned Lives is the same quality psychological crime thriller he does so well; different because there is no sign of Ben Cooper and Diane Fry! Are they (or Stephen) just on a break?

If you missed the book signing on Saturday 31st August, we still have some signed copies of Stephen’s book on sale at £16.99

Young Alex, Wildlife Champion

Image for Get Your Boots On Alex White  This is young Alex White who is on a quest to get more people out enjoying nature. Illustrated throughout by Alex’s stunning photographs, this book will appeal to young and old alike. It suggests when and where to get out there; what to go looking for; how to do it; what to take… and a host of other tips. Get Your Boots On on sale here SP £13.99.  Thank you Alex – cracking book! Continue reading “Young Alex, Wildlife Champion”

Flying High with Martyn Cartledge

IMG_3157Come and meet Martyn next Saturday 27th July from 12 midday to 1.30pm, if you are into all things flying – well planes!. This is a book of ‘firsts’ in the aviation world dating from 1933 to 2018, a comprehensive reference charts many of the world’s most important airliners and commercial aircraft through their first flights.

Martyn is an experienced aviation photographer with over 40 years experience in documenting the changes in aviation over the decades. His work has appeared in publications around the world. Martyn lives locally.

 

Did any of you hang Airfix model planes from the ceiling in your bedroom when you were a child? I bet Martyn did! Come along and ask him . . . . .

 

Charity Event

Image for The Garden of Lost and Found : The unputdownable new family epic from the author of The WildflowersMonday 24th June  –  Cream Tea at 6pm in the Town Hall, Chapel en le Frith with Sunday Times bestseller Harriet Evans and her latest novel The Garden of Lost and Found, this unputdownable new family epic from the author of The Wildflowers. Harriet writes the most delicious, epic stories from the heart since Maeve Binchy and Kate Morton. Harriet’s book is out on the 18th April 2019
Contact us or call at the shop for tickets £5. All ticket money will go to Blythe House Hospice 

Judith Kerr

Incurably modest … Judith Kerr in 2013.

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The much-loved  children’s author, Judith Kerr has died at the age of 95. Judith Kerr OBE was a British writer and illustrator. She created the both endearing and enduring picture books the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea as well as acclaimed novels for older children such as the semi-autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, which gave a child’s-eye view of the Second World War. She was born in Berlin in 1923 and fled to Britain with her family in 1933.

Emily Maitlis remembers asking Judith if the Tiger symbolised the 60’s sexual revolution where normal and suburban life became upended by this wild and exotic creature? She told me no, it was just a story about a tiger coming to tea!  I love this. . . .  thank you Judith from all the children who have enjoyed your books over generations.

Hilary Mantel’s Final Cromwell Novel

Hilary MantelThe latest news is that Hilary Mantel’s next novel The Mirror & the Light will be published in March 2020, the final novel in the trilogy which started with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Hilary Mantel became the first British author and the first woman to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019

On Tuesday 19th March 2019, the eight-strong shortlists for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, are revealed. Selected by volunteer Youth Librarians from longlists of 20 books per Medal, these titles reflect the very best in children’s writing and illustration published in the UK.

See Younger Readers page for more details.

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Feminist Book Fortnight 2019 will run from Saturday 4th – Saturday 18th May 2019

In 2018  a group of radical and independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland launched Feminist Book Fortnight, a celebration of feminist books. Independent bookshops around the country highlighted the diversity of feminist books over the two weeks with displays of books and lots of events. Participating bookshops reported lots of full events and a “thirst” for discussion of feminist issues as well as celebration of feminist achievements.

See Events page for more details

World Book Day 2019 update

IMG_2872Congratulations to all of you who exchanged their WBD voucher for a free book! This year has been the best so far for us with visits to Kettleshulme St James Primary School and Chapel High School together with the ones brought to the shop an amazing 176 more books are out there! 

Thanks to children, parents and teachers for your support in this event and of course the National Book Tokens and lots of lovely publishers and authors who make it all possible!

Remember if you would like us to visit YOUR school next year make sure you book early!

 

The Brilliant New World of Ollie Higman-Hall

The World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

Watch a video made by Ollie Higman – Hall age 9

and a half. Ollie has dyslexia and had found reading quite a challenge until last year he met . . . . . . . .

TOM GATES !!

 

Written in diary form Full of Tom’s doodles and pictures & his amazing sense of humour The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, the first in the series, was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! Perfect gifts for boys & girls who love to laugh themselves silly this updated edition comes with trading cards.

Click here to https://lizpichon.com/news/the-next-tom-gates-book-cover-reveal ‘Ten Ttemendous Tales out June 2020,