Broadcast Brothers

PictureThe broadcast brothers are of course our very own High Peak Radio Paul Jenner and his brother Steve.

Their book,  On the Radio is out now and on sale here. Paul and Steve will be in the shop for a chat and book signing on Friday 9th November at 12.30pm

See Book News page for more details

Next LitWits Meeting

bookwormThe next LitWits book group meeting is on Thursday 1st November at 7.30pm. 

See Litwits page for more information


The Baillie Gifford Prize 2018

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The shortlist for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non Fiction 2018
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NEW! Creative Writing Course

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Creative Writing Course for beginners starts at Reading Matters on Thursday 1st November for Ages 8 – 12

Remember even J.K. Rowling had to start somewhere!

go to Younger Readers page for more information

Man Booker Shortlist 2018

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Daisy Johnson becomes the youngest author shortlisted for the prize

The 27-year-old British author’s debut Everything Under is up for the £50,000 award, while Michael Ondaatje and the first nominated graphic novel are knocked out!

Booker shortlist 2018 authors composite: Clockwise from top left: Rachel Kushner.Esi Edugyan, Robin Robertson,Daisy Johnson, Richard S Powers and Anna BurnsJohnson was chosen ahead of bestselling longlisted novels from former winner Michael Ondaatje and the widely acclaimed Irish novelist Sally Rooney. Johnson’s novel Everything Under is about a lexicographer searching for her mother. Judge Val McDermid called it a “modern variation on Sophocles’ Oedipus”, in which “the natural world is evoked with sinister sensitivity”.

Pictured from top left Rachel Kushner, Esi Edigyan, Robin Robertson, Daisy Johnson, Richard Powers and Anna Burns.

Go to Book News page for the full shortlist

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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

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)

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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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

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

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