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Anna Metcalfe recommends…

Ahead of our upcoming event with Anna Metcalfe for her brilliant debut novel CHRYSALIS, we asked Anna to recommend some of the books that inspired her writing!

“Who knew that a novel about an EU postal directive could be so entertaining? I can’t think of a better writer on the bureaucratic absurdity of modern life.”

“Philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory and criticism come together in this truly joyful book about being your true, unknowable self: an essential, life affirming read in the age of branding and social media.”

“This novel, in jewel-like sentences, skewers contemporary consumer culture like nothing else I’ve read.”

“This book is so intelligent on the intensity and complexity of mother-daughter relationships. It’s also darkly funny and often made me laugh out loud.”

“Chrysalis began in a seminar I was teaching on Han Kang’s The Vegetarian. I love bringing this strange novel to students. No matter how many times I read The Vegetarian, it always has something new to show me.”

Join us on 29 September when we welcome Anna to read from and discuss her incredible debut novel CHRYSALIS with Julianne Pachico.

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We are fifteen! 🎈

We can’t quite believe that we have been in business for fifteen years. Thank you for all your support and custom over the years, we feel very lucky to have such lovely customers as yourselves! Please stop by and celebrate with us on Saturday 23rd September from 5 – 7pm with a drink, a chat and a browse, plus 10% off all books!

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Extended Hours & Postage Dates

Extended Hours

From Monday 12 we’ll be opening our doors at 10am on weekdays, giving you a whole extra hour of early browsing time. Grab yourself a coffee and come say hi!

We’ll also be staying open until 7pm on Thursdays 15 and 22, giving you the chance to swing by and collect orders after work, or for a spot of late browsing. Head to our Gift Guide for a little early inspiration and to order in advance.

Last Postage Date

Please note that in accordance with Royal Mail’s updated guidelines, the final date for First Class post to arrive before Christmas has been moved forward to Friday 16 December. We’ll be offering First Class delivery up to this date, and from Saturday 17 we will offer delivery using Royal Mail’s Special Delivery service until Wednesday 21 December (at an increased cost).

We recommend placing orders for delivery as soon as you possibly can instead of waiting until the final postage date in order to minimise the chance of being affected by postal delays.

Hopefully it goes without saying, but we support CWU and its Royal Mail members in the fight for fair pay! ✊

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Closed 22 – 26 August for stock take

Just a heads up that the shop will be closed from Monday 22 August until Friday 26 August while we carry out our annual stock take and do a little repainting.

In person collections won’t be possible during this time, so please ensure that anything is urgent is collected before 6pm on Sunday 21 August. After that, we’ll open our doors again at 10am on Saturday 27 August.

We will endeavour to reply to emails throughout this time but will ask for a little more patience than usual while awaiting a reply.

Our webshop will remain open throughout, and in most instances we’ll be dispatching orders for delivery directly from our supplier. Rest assured though that we’ll be in touch asap if we need to give you an update regarding your order.

Most orders placed for collection between the 22 and 26 will likely be available for collection from Tuesday 30 August, however we will send an email to confirm when your order is ready.

Thanks so much!

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Win a National Book Token!

Answer a short survey about your book shopping interests and opinions, for a chance to win £25 worth of National Book Tokens!

The survey is being undertaken with the customers of a wide range of UK bookshops and will help us understand the habits and attitudes of book buyers, and offer our customers the best possible services.The survey should only take around 10 minutes to complete, and as a thank you for your time and valuable feedback, all responses received before the deadline of 1st September 2022 will be eligible to be entered into a prize draw, where 10 winners will each receive £25 worth of National Book Tokens, which can be used in any bookshop in the UK.

Your response will be sent to the independent research agency Nielsen BookData, who are administering the survey on behalf of UK bookshops. Your answers will be used by Nielsen BookData purely for research purposes and will not be shared with us or any other organisation, so please be as honest as you can in your replies.

Please do take part in the survey if you can – it will be a great help to us.

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Listen: Sheena Patel in Conversation with Sophie Heawood

Name a more iconic duo! 😍

If you weren’t amongst the lucky few that joined us in person a couple of weeks back to hear Sheena Patel discussing I’M A FAN with Sophie Heawood, the event is now available in podcast format. Listen below, or search wherever you get your podcasts.

Huge thanks once again to Sheena and Sophie, Nina and Kate at Rough Trade Books, and everyone that joined us live 💥

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June Bank Holiday Opening Hours

As the nation prepares itself for a Totally Normal One we’ve decided to do the same. We’ll be open for our regular hours throughout the bank holiday weekend, serving good vibes and great reads. Come say hi! 👋

Thursday: 11 – 6
Friday: 11 – 6
Saturday: 10 – 6
Sunday: 11 – 6

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Reading: Girls on Bikes / Keeping the House

We’re really thrilled to be able to share this special reading from Tice Cin to follow her brilliant recent GIRLS ON BIKES playlist. Bathed in gorgeous dappled sunlight before Cemile AKA bougainvillea, Tice reads from her Jhalak Prize shortlisted debut novel KEEPING THE HOUSE.

She says: “Cemile falls around accompanying leaves. The extract in this alternative video reading follows two girls biking through Lordship rec, time slowing and speeding with the awe and surprise that wind-whistling offers.”

We LOVE this reading, and we’re just made up to be Tice’s bookshop champions ahead of the final Jhalak Prize announcement on 26 May. Have a listen to Tice’s GIRLS ON BIKES playlist, read more about the book, and keep an eye out for another special something next week.

“Nene says it is expensive buying a bike, what for when the English government give you buses; sometimes you can even go with trains. If you want to go to the park, you can run to the park. If you don’t want to run, then you can walk through the alley that takes you down to Lordship Rec, if you walk even more you can go all the way through the grass to the bit where the Moselle needs to be pumped through so that it gets the right kind of water in, instead of the wrong kind of water. Brown. Murky. Some shoes floating. All different types of shoes, brown leather ones and Velcro black and whites. Floating on the water, chucked there by someone who isn’t grateful for what they have. I still want to take the bike, though, so when Cemile offers to ride with me perched on the back, I’m gone as soon as Anne lets me.

Us kids in twos going


of wind.

biking like whistles

My fingers pinching in her belly.

Go a bit slower when there’s people in the way!
Cemile? Cemile! Dirty pavement cracking at the wheels.
Bits more wind and bits more wobble.

Pavement starts to blend into grass. She’s leading us with a map in her head, past a small hedge that looks forest-ready through Lordship Rec.
dodging benches in bushes like old cars,

towards Farm.

Moselle water sounds in my head.
If you listen close, the water sounds friendly as steel pans around here.”