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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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Ernest Hemingway's Memorable Prose

Ernest Hemingway's Memorable Prose

Born in 1899, Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist, short-story writer and journalist. He was widely admired for his succinct prose and quickly became one of the most celebrated writers of all time.
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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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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

10 Gifts for Children

10 Gifts for Children

Writers have long created magical, adventurous and absorbing tales for children. This list displays an array of wonderful books, perfect for gifting this Christmas.
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Gifts for Him

Gifts for Him

Son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle or friend, we’ve perused our shelves for the best in the written word and found something unique and special for the one-in-a-million Him!
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Gifts for Her

Gifts for Her

Looking for a special gift this Christmas? Our Gift Guide shares ten carefully selected literary gifts, from new novels and stationary to vintage volumes and early editions.

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Top 10 Autumn Reads

Top 10 Autumn Reads

When the night’s start drawing in, there’s nothing better than curling up with a cup of tea and a good book. There is something truly magical...
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