If I could tear myself away from fiction……

I am a fiction addict – there – I’ve said it. I read it voraciously and almost exclusively. I love the look and sound of lots of non-fiction, but I don’t often find the time to squeeze it in before the next novel. If I could find the time – here’s what I would be […]

Brand new and on our shelves……

Miss Benson’s Beetle, Rachel Joyce, Hardback, £16.99. It’s 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She’s going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. Enid […]

Exciting new publications – out now and coming up.

Just published …….. Utopia Avenue, David Mitchell, £20.00, hardback. From the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS. Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, folksinger Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet and jazz drummer […]

Published on the 9th of July

As things start moving towards the ‘new normal’, new book publications are back. We think these two will be really popular with our customers. Robert Harris – The Second Sleep, £8.99, paperback. The latest book by Robert Harris was chosen as a Book of the Year by The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Mail on […]

Cover Story by Julia Chapman

One of the questions I get asked most is how much input authors have into the covers that end up on their books. To be honest, it really depends on the publisher as to how much they include the author in the final decision. But I’ve been blessed when it comes to the Dales Detective […]

New Gracie Hart Novels from Diane Allen

The latest two books, written by me under the name of Gracie Hart, started when I attended the Romantic Novelist’s conference in Leeds eighteen months ago. It was whilst enjoying a glass of a very refreshing gin and tonic when the idea came to me – I must add, it was just the one! Gillian, […]

In praise of the happy ending, by Leah Fleming

There is a school of literary thought that infers that novels with a happy ending are childish and unsatisfactory. This school of thought feels that by creating a resolution where characters find happiness and satisfaction in a future life together, the story is somehow inferior. (Tell that to Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austin, Maeve Binchy or […]

When will I see you again? Part 2…..

We now have an answer to this – from Tuesday the 16th of June!!! We’re very excited to be able to open our doors again and show you all of the beautiful books we’ve been hoarding since closing. And we’ve got lots of new stock arriving every day too. But we also appreciate that this […]

Best thing about owning a bookshop?

Having access to all sorts of exciting new books is right up there – and getting to find out about the new releases coming up. Sometimes it’s really frustrating because I hear about a book and feel desperate to read it, only to find out it’s not published for another 10 months!!!! In amongst my […]

When will I see you, again?

Sadly we don’t know the answer to this question, so we can’t tell you. However, despite our physical shop being closed, we can still order books for you. Hurray! Here are a few of the latest releases you might want to try. Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell £20, hardback. On a summer’s day in 1596, a […]