Summer Reading - what's new this month...

Looking for something slightly different to read this month? we've put together one or two of the new releases that caught our eye.....

 The End We Start From - Megan Hunter

Image for The End We Start FromFor lovers of dystopian fiction - or those who have enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Attwood, and The Power by Naomi Aldman, this new novel from Megan Hunter is an interesting and thought provoking read.

Startlingly beautiful, Megan Hunter's The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family's world - of new life and new hope - sings with love.


Whistle in the Dark - Emma Healey

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From the writer of bestselling debut novel Elizabeth is Missing comes Whistle in the Dark... How do you rescue someone who has already been found?Jen's fifteen-year-old daughter goes missing for four agonizing days. When Lana is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, and the police think the case is closed. The once-happy, loving family returns to London, where things start to fall apart. Lana begins acting strangely: refusing to go to school, and sleeping with the light on.


Shoe Dog : A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE - Phil Knight

 Image for Shoe Dog : A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the boot of his car, Knight grossed $8000 in his first year.

A memoir rich with insight, humour and hard-won wisdom, this book is also studded with lessons - about building something from scratch, overcoming adversity, and ultimately leaving your mark on the world.


How Not To Be A Boy -  Robert Webb


Lots of coverage in the press for this very timely memoir from Robert Webb.

An honest account of how he tried to follow the rules for being a man: Don't cry. Drink beer. Play rough. Don't talk about feelings. Looking back over his life he asks whether these rules are actually any use. To anyone.




The Colour of the Sun - David Almond

Image for The Colour of the SunThis is a moving, funny and inspirational novel from the bestselling author of Skellig. "The day is long, the world is wide, you're young and free." One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar - the little Tyneside town that has always been his home - but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious.

David Almond says: 'I guess it embodies my constant astonishment at being alive in this beautiful, weird, extraordinary world.'

Signed copies are available in the shop



Ella on the Outside - Cath Howe

Image for Ella on the OutsideElla is the new girl at school. She doesn't know anyone and she doesn't have any friends. And she has a terrible secret.

Ella can't believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend - but what does Lydia really want? And what does it all have to do with Molly, the quiet, shy girl who won't talk to anyone? A gripping story of lies, friendship, and blackmail...

Square - Mac Barnett - illustrated by Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn't know anyone and she doesn't have any friends. And she has a terrible secret.

Ella can't believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend - but what does Lydia really want? And what does it all have to do with Molly, the quiet, shy girl who won't talk to anyone?A gripping story of lies, friendship, and blackmail...



Night Shift - Debi Gliori

Image for Night ShiftThe mental health of young people is quite rightly receiving a lot of media coverage at the moment. We think Debi Gliori's beautifully illustrated new book gives a simple insight into the overwhelming world of depression which words can often fail to reach. Drawn from her own experiences with depression.

Interest age - 13-14. 


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Spring into reading!

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 ...

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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



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Non-Fiction Releases for January 2018

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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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