It's Criminal!

Maybe just maybe there are some people in more dire straits than us - but to be fair it would probably be the victims in some of these novels! Still silver linings and all that.

An within this selection I just couldn't resist a title called Containment, lol.

Some new favourites to the shop from Orenda and some of our favourite friends on this list too and maybe a sneaky title not out yet!

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Gifts for Mother's Day


Now more than ever it's important to show we are there for family and friends and with Mother's Day coming up, there are some incredible books that will allow us to feel a little bit warmer inside.

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Letting the kids' imaginations run away with themselves

Whether they like funny; adventure; easy reading or all of the above, there's something out there for the kids to enjoy either on their own or together (I am sure all of these read very well through a self isolating door barrier!!)

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Uncertain Times!

What can you do?

The one thing we all know is, there is a bloke called Jeff who definitely doesn’t need your help right now!

However, some things you can do to help us (and the rest of those on the high street) …..

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New Books for March 2020

Paper-back round-up

There is a whole range of fantastic paper-backs out this month - here's a round up of some of the most eagerly awaited...


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The Offing - by Benjamin Myers

With a fabulous new jacket for the paperback edition this is one of Mel's favourite reads of last year - Myers has such a vivid and poetic writing style...

One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village. Sixteen and the son of a coal miner, he makes his way across the northern countryside until he reaches the former smuggling village of Robin Hood's Bay.

There he meets Dulcie, an eccentric, worldly, older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage facing out to sea. Staying with Dulcie, Robert's life opens into one of rich food, sea-swimming, sunburn and poetry. The two come from different worlds, yet as the summer months pass, they form an unlikely friendship that will profoundly alter their futures.



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Girl. Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

A worthy Booker Prize winner, and in our opinion worthy of a stand alone win. Do not be put off by the lack of punctuation and poem-like type setting, this is a very accessible read with a flowing, conversational rhythm.

This is Britain as you've never read it. This is Britain as it has never been told. From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the twentieth century to the teens of the twenty-first, Girl Woman Other follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years.

They're each looking for something - a shared past, an unexpected future, a place to call home, somewhere to fit in, a lover, a missed mother, a lost father, even just a touch of hope . . . 


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The Doll Factory By Elizabeth Macneal

A dark delight of a Victorian thriller with one of the creepiest bad guy character's I've read for quite some time.

London. 1850. On a crowded street, the dollmaker Iris Whittle meets the artist Louis Frost.

Louis is a Pre-Raphaelite painter who yearns to have his work displayed in the Royal Academy, and he is desperate for Iris to be his model. Iris agrees, on the condition that he teaches her to paint. Dreaming of freedom, Iris throws herself into this new life of art and love, unaware that she has caught the eye of a second man.

Silas Reed is a curiosity collector, enchanted by the strange and beautiful. After seeing Iris at the site of the Great Exhibition, he finds he cannot forget her. As Iris's world expands, Silas's obsession grows.

It is only a matter of time before they meet again . . .


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Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

A woman in a car accident is 47% more likely to be injured than a man. This is because the standard crash test dummies used to design and test car safety mechanism are created using male dimensions. 

Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the profound impact this has on us all. Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives.  Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences.


The Mirror and the Light - Hilary Mantel

'Your whole life depends on the next beat of Henry's Heart'

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Preorder the long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy. 'If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?' England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner.

As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army.

Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

We have EXCLUSIVE INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP LIMITED EDITIONS available in the sop and a limited number of signed copies available while stocks last and on a strict first come first served basis.



A Thousand Moons - Sebastian Barry

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Following on from Barry's prize winning novel Days Without End we now follow the story of Winona, the young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole. Living with Thomas and John on the farm they work in 1870s Tennessee, she is educated and loved, forging a life for herself beyond the violence and dispossession of her past.

But the fragile harmony of her unlikely family unit, in the aftermath of the Civil War, is soon threatened by a further traumatic event, one which Winona struggles to confront, let alone understand. Told in Sebastian Barry's rare and masterly prose, A Thousand Moons is a powerful, moving study of one woman's journey, of her determination to write her own future, and of the enduring human capacity for love.

You can pre-order your copy here and secure a signed copy - signed copies are limited are on a strictly first come first served basis.

The Day War Came School Tour

Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st November saw a group of incredible school events with the author of The Day War Came, Nicola Davies. We invited Nicola up to the area after we had successfully crowdfunded enough money to put 300 copies of the book free of charge into every school in the Tees Valley, which is a City of Sanctuary.

Join us as we cast our minds back to those two brilliant days.

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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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