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8 great books to get your children and grandchildren excited about history

8 great books to get your children and grandchildren excited about history

Historical fiction opens an exciting window into our complex past. It allows children to identify with events that are often too far removed from their own experience to fully understand. 
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10 books every sports fan should have on their reading list

10 books every sports fan should have on their reading list

2021 promises to be a truly vintage year for international sport. Not only will appreciative fans be admitted back into stadiums to cheer on their favourites, but some of the biggest sporting events are returning to our screens after nearly two years away. 
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Crafts, hobbies and home: 8 books to spark your creativity

Crafts, hobbies and home: 8 books to spark your creativity

During lockdown the homely, traditional pastimes of years gone by made a real comeback. Baking, cross-stitch and embroidery, cultivating houseplants, painting - lots of us embraced our creative side, rediscovered old pastimes or learned new skills. We’ve put together a list of vintage reading recommendations to help inspire your next creative project.
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10 Young Adult Fiction Books from Classic Literature

10 Young Adult Fiction Books from Classic Literature

Long before anyone had come up with the term ‘young adult’, books for that age group were a tenant of classic literature. Historically, the boundary between children’s books and adult literature was only loosely identified.
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Graham Greene: The Wandering Writer

Greene led a varied and interesting life, travelling widely and venturing to remote parts of the world to conduct research as both journalist and novelist. His work seamlessly weaves his journalistic perspectives with an endlessly creative imagination, inviting the reader to explore complex social issues while simultaneously escaping into a fictional world.
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“An artificial world of my own creation”: the comforting humour of P.G. Wodehouse

“An artificial world of my own creation”: the comforting humour of P.G. Wodehouse

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, known affectionately by family and friends as ‘Plum’, was one of the most widely-read humourists of the 20th century. Over the course of his writing career (1902-1974) Wodehouse wrote more than 90 books, 40 plays and 200 short stories.
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The Enduring Charm of Louisa May Alcott

The Enduring Charm of Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist best known for her novelLittle Women. Born in 1832, she was brought up in a financially troubled environment which later influenced her decision to write. During her life she penned 270 works, and even 133 years after her death the popularity of her writing lives on. 

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Is Thomas Hardy more feminist than Jane Austen?

Is Thomas Hardy more feminist than Jane Austen?

Thomas Hardy was an English author born in 1840, best known for his evocation of the beautiful pastoral landscapes of his home county of Wessex. Hardy wrote a total of 14 novels, as well as much poetry and a myriad of short stories, and continued writing right up until his death in 1928. 

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Influencer’s favourite reads

Reconnecting with the countryside: nature and Thomas Hardy

Reconnecting with the countryside: nature and Thomas Hardy

The last year has been a tricky time for millions of people across the country. From strict lockdown measures to restrictions put on our social lives, the challenges of the pandemic have been difficult to overcome.

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The power of women's words by Celine DePoitiers

The power of women's words by Celine DePoitiers

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: an ironic, deep and sometimes cynical portrait of an appearance-centered and profoundly patriarchal society.

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Charlotte Bronte’s Message of Empowerment by Shelbi Adams

Charlotte Bronte’s Message of Empowerment by Shelbi Adams

If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume that you’re not only a book lover, but one who is familiar with classic literature. And if you’re familiar with the classics, then you have heard of - if not read many times - the works of Charlotte Bronte.
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Classic Comfort Reads For Autumn

Charlie's Five Classic Comfort Reads for this Autumn

On a cold, wet, rainy autumn day, there’s no better feeling than hibernating indoors and curling up with a good book. So we've asked our brand ambassador, Charlie Edwards-Freshwater of @thebookboy, to recommend his top five classic comfort reads for autumn. Grab a blanket, a hot cup of tea and put your feet up with one of Charlie's favourite cosy and comforting novels...

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Our customer’s book reviews

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This book is so beautifully written and has lasted through time; some books you read and enjoy, but Alice is a work of art that is timeless. It is a gift that keeps on giving...
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Pygmalion in the 21st Century

Pygmalion in the 21st Century

The copy of Pygmalion I chose, was the 1946 reprint that included over a hundred drawings by Feliks Topolski, specially published to commemorate Bernard Shaw’s ninetieth birthday...
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John’s Adventures - A Tale of Old England

John’s Adventures - A Tale of Old England

Thomas Miller’s “John’s Adventures - A Tale of Old England”, written in 1897, follows young John’s adventures in a rural setting. He loses his way through woodlands, meets very suspicious people, and finds himself living in the wild, hoping to be reunited with his family.

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Seasonal book selections

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Ladybird Books on Nature

This is a small selection of the Ladybird Books on offer from Country House Library. For any family vintage book collection, these affordable, pocket-sized picture/reference books are the natural place to start.
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10 bookish gifts that every father figure will love

10 bookish gifts that every father figure will love

With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday 20th June, we were delighted to have another excuse to select some gift ideas - this time for the beloved dads and father figures in your lives.

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10 escapist reads for May

10 escapist reads for May

With restrictions finally beginning to relax, the end of lockdown is hopefully in sight. In the meantime, allow our staff picks for this month to transport you to exciting and strange new places...
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Books to read outside this spring

Books to read outside this spring

Having spent all winter indoors, wrapped in blankets, it’s time to select a good book and head outside for some refreshing springtime reading. Whether you like reading in a cafe courtyard, your own garden or on a park bench, we’ve selected some adventurous, romantic and thought-provoking reads for you to enjoy this April.
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