Restricted opening times

The shop will be closed on Saturday 8th May and Thursday 13th May 2021.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

International Book-Giving Day

We are very pleased to be able to support local charity CWR in this exciting initiative to celebrate International Book-Giving Day!

Tier 4 arrangements

We are closed for customer visits and browsing. However, the shop will be staffed Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 2pm.

We are very happy to take orders for books by phone (01242 361362) during these hours or by email (at any time).

Ordered books can be delivered locally or posted, or collected from the shop door. Payment in advance.

Christmas 2020 opening times

Between now and the New Year our opening times will be:

Monday 14th December 9:30am - 5:00pm

Tuesday 15th December 9:30am - 5:00pm

Wednesday 16th December 9:30am - 5:00pm

Thursday 17th December 9:30am - 7:00pm

Friday 18th December 9:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday 19th December 9:30am - 5:00pm

Sunday 20th December 11:00am - 4:00pm

Monday 21st December 9:30am - 5:00pm

Tuesday 22nd December 9:30am - 5:00pm

Wednesday 23rd December 9:30am - 5:00pm

Christmas Eve 09:30am - 2:00pm

Christmas Day to Tuesday 29th December - Closed

Wednesday 30th December - 10:00am - 4:00pm

New Year's Eve - 10:00am - 4:00pm

New Year's Day - Closed

Saturday 2nd January 2021 09:30am - 5:00pm

Buying a book during Lockdown II (5th November to 2nd December 2020)

As we all know, books are essential items for many of us (although at the moment they are not being recognised as such!) and so we are sure that many may want to buy books during the next few weeks. Unfortunately we aren’t allowed to open the shop for browsers, but we would welcome orders via email or telephone. The new guidelines allow for us to operate a "click and collect" system from the shop door – although of course customers will not be allowed in. We will also be happy to deliver books locally and to wrap and post anywhere in the UK (we will cover postage as before). We plan to be in the shop between 10am and 2pm Monday to Saturday and during this time can take orders over the phone and also advise on any bookish topic.

So, to buy a book:

Phone us on 01242 361 362 between 10 am and 2pm Monday to Saturday, or email us at and we will take it from there!

Saturday 1st August

We will be open until 4pm today

We are open again!

We re-opened on Monday 15th June! From Monday 22nd June we will be open:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30am to 3pm
  • Between Midday and 1:00pm on each of these days there will be pre-bookable 15 minute browsing appointments – please email or phone to arrange.

During our opening hours, for your safety:

  • Only two customers at a time will be allowed in the shop (two adults or one adult with a child)
  • Please only touch books that you are considering buying
  • Please observe social distancing advice
  • Please use hand gel when you arrive and leave

Shopping is at your own risk.

We can still order books for you through one of our suppliers. We are happy to deliver these locally or arrange a time for these to be collected from the shop. If you prefer, we can arrange for a book to be delivered directly from our supplier to your home address, however this service is limited to one book per order. We are happy to send books by post anywhere in the UK (at no additional charge) and can gift-wrap and add a message.  If you would like us to order you a book, please contact us via email:

Please also email us if you would like a recommendation for your next book, a “mystery book” or to purchase our “Year of Books” for yourself or a friend. 

You can keep in touch with what is happening, what we are currently reading, and some recommendations, by signing up to our newsletter via this website: follow the link across to the right.

With our best wishes to you and yours. 

Books for children about diversity

Earlier in the year a local school approached me to create a list of diversity-themed books as they were applying for a grant. I thought some of you might be interested to see this, so here it is. If any of you wanted to order these books or discuss what might be helpful do get in touch.

Reception: AuthorPrice £ 
So Much! Trish Cooke7.99
Maisie's ScrapbookSamuel Narh11.99
Tomorrow Nadine Kaadan7.99
If all the world were …Joseph Coelho 6.99
Ruby's Worry Tom Percival6.99
Ravi's Roar Tom Percival6.99
Baby goes to market Atinuke7.99
Phoenix Song Tutu Dutta6.99
Billy and the beastNadia Shireen6.99
Look up!Nathan Bryon6.99
Cinderella of the NileBeverley Naidoo 7.99
Too small TolaAtinuke5.99
my name is not refugeeKate Milner6.99
Grandad MandelaZazi Ziwelone 7.99
Ada Twist , scientistAndrea Beaty12.99
Sofia Valdez, Future PrezAndrea Beaty12.99
Counting on KatherineHelaine Belcher10.99
Mahatma GandhiMaria Isabel Sanchez Vegara9.99
CinnamonNeil Gaiman7.99
Rosa ParksLisbeth Kaiser9.99
Peace and MeAli Winter 12.99
Africa, Amazing AfricaAtinuke14.99
Little Leaders: Bold women in black historyVashti Harrison7.99
Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet Zanib Mian6.99
Sam Wu is not afraid of Ghosts Kevin Tsang5.99
Ellie and the Cat Malorie Blackman6.99
Now or NeverBali Rai 6.99
Diver's Daughter Patrice Lawrence 6.99
New Class at Malory Towers  6.99
The boy at the back of the class Onjali Rauf6.99
The fastest boy in the worldElizabeth Baird6.99
Where the river runs gold Sita Brahmachari6.99
The girl who stole an elephantNizrana Farook6.99
Asha and the spirit birdJasbinder Bilan6.99
KickMitch Johnson6.99
High Rise MysteryShorna Jackson6.99
Little Badman and invasion of the killer auntiesHumza Arshad6.99
A medal for LeroyMichael Morpurgo6.99
The Star outside my windowOnjali Rauf6.99
A pocketful of stars Aisha Bushby6.99
The cure for a crimeRoopa Farooki6.99
The other side of truthBeverley Naidoo 6.99
Bone TalkCandy Gourlay7.99