Booker Prize 2021 WINNER


The Promise by Damon Galgut is this year’s Booker Winner.

The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral.

The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for – not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land… yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.

Confident, deft and quietly powerful, The Promise is literary fiction at its finest. ‘Gorgeous and pleasurable’ Tessa Hadley ‘The most important book of the last ten years’ Edmund White ‘Simply: you must read it’ Claire Messud

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This Christmas . . . . . . . . .

Bring in your Christmas books shopping list or fill in the contact from below, and let us put it together for you, Christmas wrapped if requested and delivered all together free to your home address*

By shopping local and not using Amazon, you will be doing your bit to cut carbon emissions, reduce waste cardboard and packing and helping to keep the indies on your High Street!

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Thought for the Day


“There is no more welcoming, magical and inspiring place than a bookshop.”     


Yoshi Leather Bookworm Collection


From L – R Sci-Fi Pencil Case, Sci-Fi Key Ring and Bookworm Glasses Case



Private Eye 2021

Image for Private Eye Annual Private Eye Annual 2021 by Ian Hislop

Available now in the shop £9.99

Get your copy asap, ‘cos it’s the same every year, the nearer it gets to Christmas the rarer they become!


ALSO celebrating 60 years of Private Eye how about . . . . . .

Image for PRIVATE EYE : THE 60 YEARBOOK The 60 Yearbook is a history of the last 60 years, as seen by Britain’s first, most successful and indeed only fortnightly satirical magazine. From the Beatles to Brexit, JFK to Trump, the Moon landings to the Mars landings.

Crammed full of things you want to remember and others you may want to forget.

RRP £30,00 OUR PRICE 26.00

Books in the Media This Week

    Image for Harlem Shuffle : from the author of The Underground Railroad        Image for Manifesto : A radically honest and inspirational memoir from the Booker Prize winning author of Girl, Woman, OtherImage for The Frequency of Us : A BBC2 Between the Covers book club pick

See Books in the Media page for more details

Bookshop Day Saturday 9th October

Just as it says above ‘Celebrating Bookshops Big and Small’

Indie bookshops need your support more than ever following the long periods of closure during the pandemic.

Come and pick a book or two, or three. Why stop at three? Fill your boots its allowed on Saturday! There could be worse ‘habits’ but we only feed this one!

A few of this week’s releases to whet your appetite. . . .


Freya and Amelia were our first customers on Saturday, waiting at 10 o’clock on the dot to come in! Thank you Amelia for cutting the ribbon, excellent work. :o))

These two were followed by lots more customers throughout the day in spite of the atrocious weather. Many thanks to you all, SO good to see you. 

Special thanks to Audrey from Chinley who was determined to come even though she had to come by bus! 



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Booker Prize Shortlist 2021

Photo credit: Amazon
  • 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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