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Here are some of our favourite titles from the past few months…

Wakenhyrst

Wakenhyrst

Michelle Paver's new novel is an outstanding feat of story-telling, firmly rooted in the Gothic tradition, which pays homage to the late, great master of the ghost story, M.R James. A preamble, set in the 60's, introduces us to elderly spinster Maud, who has lived...

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Our Castle by the Sea

Our Castle by the Sea

Twelve-year-old Pet lives with her parents and older sister Mags, in a lighthouse on the South-East coast of England. It is autumn 1939 and when war breaks out, Pet’s happy family life begins to shiver and fracture. There are acts of sabotage in the local village and...

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Unsheltered

Unsheltered

Willa Knox is a woman trying to hold things together. Her house, which has been left to her is crumbling about her family’s ears; she and her husband, having worked as university professors, are now unemployed, her son’s girlfriend commits suicide leaving a small,...

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Family Lexicon

Family Lexicon

Giuseppi Levi is always shouting at his children and forcing them to march up mountains, his wife Lidia is always trying to slope off for a sit down. Their various children comply with their wishes, or not, all of them contributing to the routines and rituals, crazes,...

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Poems to Live Your Life By

Poems to Live Your Life By

Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, and prolific illustrator and writer of marvellous children’s books, has made a selection of his favourite classic and modern poems about ‘life, death and everything in between’. Exquisitely illustrated, this an...

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Evening in Paradise

Evening in Paradise

Lucia Berlin’s collection of short stories, A Manual for Cleaning Women was published posthumously to great acclaim, and Evening in Paradise is a follow-up selection from Berlin’s remaining stories. The stories are loosely autobiographical, arranged chronologically to...

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A Muddy Trench: A Sniper’s Bullet

A Muddy Trench: A Sniper’s Bullet

When Rosie and Robert Stewart’s mother died, they had to sort through the contents of her packed house. The last box in the attic, hastily emptied into plastic bags before the house clearance men came, proved to be a treasure trove, and a forgotten history. Hamish...

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I am the Seed that Grew the Tree

I am the Seed that Grew the Tree

This a an absolutely gorgeous poetry anthology for children. There is a nature poem for every day of the year, laid out on each double page spread with a linking theme and beautiful illustrations. The poems range from simple nursery rhymes to longer ones, from poets...

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Snow in the Garden

Snow in the Garden

Snow in the Garden by Shirley Hughes Walker £12.99 Collected here is a charming collection of stories, poems, crafts and recipes, all with a Christmas theme, from one of our best children’s authors, Shirley Hughes. With her trademark illustrations and gentle wit and...

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What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

Just right for the summer – the valiant little ladybird goes on holiday and saves the day again in a new adventure by the magical Julia Donaldson, whose store of clever stories is seemingly endless. In this picture book once again illustrated by Lydia Monks in her...

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