Harry Potter Book Night & Quiz

Congratulations to the winning team ‘Fire Whisky’ at our Harry Potter Quiz night on Friday. Martha (first from left) was the best dressed Hermoine and best dressed adult, Professor McGonagall.  Thank you to all who came and hope you had a good time!Image for Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts

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Costa Awards Book of the Year

Image for The Cut Out Girl : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found: The Costa Book of the Year 2018The Cut Out Girl by Bart Van Es

A masterpiece of history and memoir’ Evening Standard ‘Superb -this is a necessary book – painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting’ The Times

Little Lien wasn’t taken from her Jewish parents – she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Continue reading “Costa Awards Book of the Year”

Costa Awards Category Winners 2018

The winners of the prestigious Costa Awards were announced tonight with Sally Rooney’s Normal People voted the best novel.

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Sally Rooney has become the youngest author to win the Costa Novel Award, four months after she was omitted from the Booker Prize shortlist.

The 27-year-old won the prize for her coming-of-age tale, Normal People, described by the Costa judges as “a trailblazing novel about modern life and love that will electrify any reader”.

See Book News page for the other category winners

Happy 6th Birthday to us!

Image result for birthday imagesWe are delighted to celebrate our 6th Birthday this week and Lyndsay and I wish to thank all our loyal customers for your support and making READING MATTERS a well established independent bookshop in Chapel. The past six years have flown by but in that time we have met some wonderful people and heard interesting stories about their lives and their families, learnt how to find a book with the merest of information – ‘it was blue and in the window a few weeks ago’ But the best thing about owning an independent bookshop is – it’s our shop we can do what we like!

I have heard many times recently how more and more of you are shopping locally, and we thank you for this.

 

Man Booker Prize Winner 2018

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Milkman by Anna Burns is this year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize.

Milkman is extraordinary. I’ve been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It’s frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time.’ – Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous.
Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be.
To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences. Continue reading “Man Booker Prize Winner 2018”