The hugely anticipated sequel to The Handmaid's Tale!

OUT on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10th, the long awaited and much anticipated.....

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Hardback copy £20.00

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Monday afternoon Twitter chat

What a lovelt way to spend a February Monday afternoon.

Some Y5 pupils from Harewood Primary cam to visit, they joined in with I Say Oooh You Say Aah and then we asked Vashti Hardy some questions about her awesome novel Brightstorm on Twitter. Below are the answers (oh and keep an eye out for the pupils and John Kane and Vashti's books on Channel 4 news soon!)

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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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Three amazing reads witnessed in the 1st person.....

Three fantastic reads which are written in the, often bizarre, perspective of the protagonist,

one has lost his memory,

one is a time traveller and

one hears in colour......

 

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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.

 

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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.  

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New this Month ...

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Children's Fiction for January 2018

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Non-Fiction Releases for January 2018

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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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Summer Reads for the Children

 

Summer Double Daisy – Kes Gray

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Daisy and the Trouble with Kittens and Daisy and the Trouble with Coconuts.

 

 

The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker – Matilda Woods

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The coffin maker – Alberto, lives by himself in a town called Allora – he likes his quiet life…. Until one day a mysterious boy, Tito, and his magical bird arrive in town.

Fleeing from danger but suspicious of kindness can Tito and his bird be sheltered from the Town’s prying eyes and the shadow of their past?

  

All the Things That Could go Wrong – Stewart Foster

Image for All the Things That Could Go WrongThere are two sides to every story:- Dan is angry. Alex is struggling.

Two enemies stuck together for the whole of the school holidays – what could possible go wrong?!

A story told from the side of both the bully and the bullied.

 

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