Costa Book Awards


     Category Winners

Image for Reservoir 13 : Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award     Image for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine : Debut Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award Winner 2017




Novel          Debut Novel

Image for In the Days of Rain : Winner of the 2017 Costa Biography Award    Image for Inside the Wave

  Biography            Poetry






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Loyalty Card Easter Draw

loyalty card

The winner of £10 worth of books in the Loyalty Card Easter Draw will be announced on Good Friday. Your filled loyalty cards are put in a draw every quarter.

Have you asked for yours when you buy books from us?



Books Are My Bag Readers Awards


We are delighted to announce this year’s winners of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, which were presented last night at a ceremony hosted by Mishal Husain at Foyles in London. This is the second year of these unique awards; the shortlists are curated by booksellers and voted for by the book-loving public. With the exception of the Readers’ Choice Award which is voted for by the public without an initial shortlist. Read More

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition. A once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library, it promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.

On sale now £26  (RRP £30) Read more on Younger Readers page

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.

Man Booker 2017 ….. and the winner is

The Man Booker 2017 Prize winner is the Folio Prize-winning and National Book Award shortlisted, American writer, George Saunders with his extraordinary first novel about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War. The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.   Read More



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Ditch the kindles, chuck the kobos –

Stick to books and shout!

I love my books, I love the smell,

I love the feel and look

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and treat yourself to a BOOK!




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

Philip Pullman’s new adventure series

The first volume in Philip Pullman’s brand new fantasy adventure series The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage out now!

Only available in hardback £5 off marked price – please support your local independent bookshop Read More

Harry Potter Trivia Quiz Results

And the winners are . . . . . .

The winning team – Basilisks won by a margin of just 2 points!. Our congratulations to all the team members, Isobel Rayworth, Jayne Rayworth, Sophie Mackenzie, and Sammy Barton. They will be travelling to London later in the year for the second round of this national quiz. Huge thanks to all the other teams for supporting us and well done – your knowledge of the Harry Potter books amazed us! Read More

Jane Austen 200

July 18th 2017 marks the 200th Anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, one of the world’s most famous authors. Jane has been a household name for more than two centuries and interest in her, and her books, is only likely to increase during the next 12 months as we mark the 200th anniversary of her death, in 2017.

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