WE ARE BACK! . . . well nearly

After weeks of waiting we will be OPEN again from Saturday 2nd October at 10am. It’s certainly been a long 9 weeks since the ‘great flood.’ The main problem centred around the children’s room with water permeating the walls, the drying process had to continue until the damp readings were below an acceptable level before we could start the clean up.

Thank you to all those of you who continued to support us by ordering books. We look forward to welcoming all our customers, regulars and new ones, back from next Saturday.

Please be assured you can safely place your orders for Christmas with us, and subject to availability and deliveries, we will do our utmost to fulfill your requests. In view of the current logistical problems we would advise you to order early!

See you next week

Lyndsay and Sue ……. and Grace too! x


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Booker Prize Shortlist 2021

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  • 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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Due to flood damage caused by the torrential rain on Wednesday 4th August, the shop will be closed until further notice.

* Update Tuesday 7th September – We are pleased to report the dehumidifiers and fans have been removed from the shop with the damp penetration reading being significantly reduced and safe to proceed now with the cleaning up process.

* Update Wednesday 25 August – The dehumidfiers and fans have now been running for 3 weeks, and still we are not completely dry! They are being checked again this Friday 27 August and we are hoping to have a positive result and they can be removed and we can progress to the next stage – deep cleaning the carpets etc. Some of the shelving will have to be replaced due to water damage.

Thank you again to those who have supported us over these last few weeks and apologise again for any inconvenience, we miss you all and look forward to seeing you again very soon. 

As soon as we have a date for reopening it will be posted here, on facebook and on the shop windows. 

We can assure you that, for health and safety reasons, we will not reopen until we are satisfied it is safe to do so. Continue reading “IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS – UPDATE 7th SEPTEMBER”

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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