World Book Day 2021

                              WIT – WOO FREE BOOKS !






Go to our World Book Day page for details of this year’s books and how to get yours!

World Book Day


Changing lives through a love of books and shared reading



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New Booktime Out Now!

The NEW Jan/Feb issue of booktime is out now. If you haven’t had your free copy with your recent order, call at the shop on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 11am to 4pm. Packed full of forthcoming books for adults, teens/YA and children.

‘Research has shown that reading can strengthen your brain, increase your empathy, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and fight the symptoms of depression.’  Ruth Hunter, Booktime Editor

Say no more – grab a book PDQ!

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The Dig at Sutton Hoo

Image for In a Manner of Speaking : The Story of Spoken EnglishIN A MANNER OF SPEAKING
The story of spoken English by CHARLIE HAYLOCK and illustrated by BARRIE APPLEBY

The author Charlie Haycock, is due to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme later this week, discussing his role as dialogue coach to the actor Ralph Fiennes for the new Netflix film The Dig, which recreates the events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo

In a Manner of Speaking is a fun and fascinating exploration of spoken English that will answer these questions and many more. Following history
from the time of the Roman conquest through to the days of the British
Empire, chapters explore the beginnings of spoken English, how each
invading force brought different sounds to the language, and how the English
tongue has evolved over time.
This is not a manual on English grammar. It is about how we came to speak
our modern English, and why, even in the country of its birth, there are so
many variations on the way the language is spoken. Witty, interesting and
easy to read, In a Manner of Speaking is also superbly illustrated by Barrie Appleby.

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World Book Day 2021

World Book Day will take place this year on Thursday 4th March, more details about the vouchers will follow soon. In the meantime, here’s the list of books for this year.

There’s a Wolf in Your BookLuna Loves World Book DayGigantosaurus

What the Ladybird HeardPlanet Omar: Operation KindProtect the Planet

The River WhaleSkysteppersLittle Badman and the Radioactive Samosa

Football SchoolKill JoySkulduggery Pleasant

Teen and YA titles


Happy Monday Everyone

An excellent way to start the week, thanks to Ros & Steve, local bookworms!

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Click & Collect

Click & collect popularity grows | News | Retail Technology We are continuing with direct Home Delivery and Click & Collect for all your booky needs!

Do your children need any revision books, reference books or reading books for their home schooling? If so we can supply you with all their educational needs.

After all that learning have you got a good read to settle down with for ‘you time’?

Have a look at our Book News page for some suggestions or click on for more.

Our collection days at the shop are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11am – 4pm.

We will ask you to pay in advance by card over the telephone or make a bank transfer payment, please wear a mask when you come to collect – knock on the door and we will have your order ready, no customers are permitted to enter the premises.

Thank you all for your support and understanding, we will do our very best to help in any way.

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This Week’s Books in the Media

Book Reviews of the Week

Go to Book News page for details

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Costa Book Awards 2020

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. . . . and the winners are –

Costa First Novel Award

Image for Love After Love : Winner of the 2020 Costa First Novel AwardLove After Love by Ingrid Persaud

Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love. Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their differences, as they build a home together.

Costa Novel Award

Image for The Mermaid of Black Conch : A Love Story: Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2020 The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey

Set in a tiny Caribbean village in the 1970s, this charming yet clear-eyed romance begins with a fisherman, David, lazily awaiting his catch only to snare a centuries-old mermaid, Aycayia, cursed by women jealous of her beauty. She’s drawn to the sound of the guitar he’s strumming; he wonders if he’s been smoking too many spliffs.

Costa Biography Award

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The Louder I Will Sing by Lee Lawrence

On 28 September 1985, Lee Lawrence’s mother Cherry Groce was wrongly shot by police during a raid on her Brixton home. The bullet shattered her spine and she never walked again. In the chaos that followed, 11-year-old Lee watched in horror as the News falsely pronounced his mother dead. In Brixton, already a powder keg because of the deep racism that the community was experiencing, it was the spark needed to trigger two days of rioting.  But for Lee, it was a spark that lit a flame that would burn for the next 30 years as he fought to get the police to recognise their wrongdoing.

Costa Poetry Award

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The Historians by Eavan Boland

Her final volume, The Historians, is the culmination of her signature themes, exploring the ways in which the hidden, sometimes all-but-erased stories of women’s lives can powerfully revise our sense of the past. Two women burning letters in a back garden. A poet who died too young. Boland listens to women who have long had no agency in the way their stories were told.

Costa Children’s Award

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From the bestselling author of The Children of Castle Rock. In the aftermath of World War One, everyone is trying to rebuild their lives. If Ben is to avoid being sent back to the orphanage, he needs to find his brother Sam, wounded in action and is now missing.

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