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A Space on the Shelf

2018 is our year of celebrating women in print.


It already proving to be a big year for women with  a whole array of books celebrating the 100 anniversary of the winning of the right for (some) women to vote and the 200 year anniversary  of  the publication of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.  

We have a dedicated book shelf to showcase the wide range of women's writing and we will be promoting events throughout the year. We will also be supporting Feminist Book Fortnight, 17th - 30th June -  watch this space for more details!

 Coming up in February

 Saturday 3rd February 3.00pm

Image for Below Zero  Our Teen Readers are meeting to discuss Below Zero by Dan Smith - Dan will be answering their questions live via Skype in the shop.


Wednesday 7th February 7.30pm

Image for Sirens  The book club meets to discuss Sirens by Joseph Knox 7.30pm in the shop. All welcome!


Saturday 10th February 2.00pm

 Image for Sky Song Young Bookworms are meeting in the shop to chat about Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone - Abi will be live by Skype to talk about the book and answer any questions.


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New this Month ...

Image for Three Things About Elsie



Image for The Ice : A Gripping Thriller for Our Times from the Bailey's Shortlisted Author of the Bees




Image for Reservoir 13 : Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award paperback out on 25th January 2018



Children's Fiction for January 2018



Image for Sky Song

Image for The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors


Non-Fiction Releases for January 2018

Image for Why We Sleep : The New Science of Sleep and Dreams


Image for Fragile Lives : A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table


Autumn Excitement heads this way



Autumn Excitement Heads this way!

22nd September - DRAKE - The Bookshop will be 2!
23rd September - Stockton & Darlington Railway 192nd Birthday Market. We will be in the marquee on the High Street with special train related storytimes throughout the day.
28th September - National Poetry Day. To celebrate this we have arranged for 3 local poets to come along to the shop in the evening and do some readings. Tickets are FREE and there will be nibbles and refreshments, but please book your tickets in advance. For more details, watch this space or call into the shop and ask.
7th October - What a day we have lined up!
Bookshop Day, Our 2nd birthday party and Nuala Ellwood will be joining us for a Q&A session and book signing.
This year's Bookshop Day (the weekend celebration of the launch of the books for Christmas) will see lots of competitions in the shop and bargains; free tote bags with purchases; and the chance to buy this year's exclusive bag designed by Orla Kiely (see below).
At the same time we will be having our 2nd birthday party with games and activities for young and old alike.

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my two penneth on the world of heavy discounting

Musings on the discounting of books.

Although new to the retail side of the book trade I have been a lover of books for more than 40 years, from the days of my local bookshop in Scarborough, Hardings, to the advent of shelves full of books in supermarkets.


Since we opened the shop it has baffled me the whole situation of books being discounted heavily on day 1 of their release. Where else can you find a flagship product at 50% off upon its release (if ever!)? What does that say about the perceived value of the printed word and indirectly education (we all learn something from ANY book we read)?


I will hold my hand up and admit I have bought books from (insert supermarket chain here) but would like to defend that by saying that for at least the last 8 years we had no local bookshop to be able to support. I understand the lure of the cheap paperback, indeed we have customers who have admitted that they have bought the odd “3 for a fiver” selection, but they were paperbacks and were usually bought as catch-up reads ready for the next/final in a series, or books that were then passed on rather than kept. Honestly, I kind of get that, in much the same way I get the wonderfully fickle nature of book lovers who, while they may have their favourite bookshop that they like to support, still can’t walk past a bookshop when away or in a new town. I do love the fact that some of them feel a little bit guilty! Heavens knows it was the same with me and the only reason I don’t buy these days is I own a shop! (Does that mean I am being hypocritical because I’m getting it cheaper... discuss!)

However, the idea of taking the biggest product(s) of the year and being able to let everyone have it for less than most of the industry can buy it for, on the day of its release, is totally and utterly preposterous. Not only does it make little to no business sense in the long-term (unless we have taken the turn down which Double Glazing and sofas have gone and have never any intention of selling anything for the price it is advertised at), it doesn’t make sense to alienate and price out of the market 800 retail outlets!


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