Author Archives: Tara

Lunchtime Classics Book Club

Our Lunchtime Classics Book Club met for the first time on July 6th to discuss Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev. The next book will be The Awakening by Kate Chopin, and we will meet at 1pm on Wednesday August 31st. If you’d like to take part, please email

Travelling Bookbox Show

The Travelling Bookbox show is a touring exhibition of book-themed shadowbox sculptures created by artist Lisa Swerling. When British shadowbox artist Lisa Swerling moved to California five years ago, she was charmed by the primary-school art of making book dioramas in shoeboxes. So she decided to make some grown-up versions of her own. Lisa began […]

Juke Books Returns

After a very popular second Juke Books in May, Juke Books returns on Wednesday 8th June at 10.15am. Last time, we had readings from books by Anne Tyler, Anthony Burgess, Evelyn Waugh and more, but the whole of literature is yours for the choosing. In case you’ve forgotten the format: Juke Books is hosted by […]

Shakin’ All Over

On 23rd April 2016, we will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. In addition to his own plays and poetry, it would be an understatement to say that Shakespeare has had a huge influence on literature since his death. To celebrate, we’ve filled our window with books by and about Shakespeare, […]

Daylight Book Club – Georgy Girl

Our Daylight Book Club has become so popular that we’re starting a new one! Please join us for the first meeting of this new group on Thursday 28th April at 10.30am, when we will be discussing Georgy Girl by the late Margaret Forster. If you would like to attend, please email

Juke Books

On Thursday 7th April at 10am, two of our wonderful regular customers – Jessica Arah and writer Tim Lott – are hosting a book group with a difference – everyone reads a different book! Each person brings along a passage from one of their favourite books, explains why it’s a favourite of theirs and reads […]

Now we stock DVDs in the shop, it’s been great fun choosing films that we really love that have a literary connnection; and as the Oscars are coming up on Sunday, we’ve been having a think about our favourite book-to-screen adaptations. Here are three fantastic films that began life as wonderful books: Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, […]

Our favourites of 2015 – Tara

As a farewell to 2015, we’ve all made lists of our favourite books of the year, whether old or new: As Children’s Buyer, I read a lot more books aimed at the under-15 set than my colleagues, and it has to be a really great grown-up book to make me stick with it. With that […]

Our favourites of 2015 – Sarah

As a farewell to 2015, we’ve all made lists of our favourite books of the year, whether old or new (and in Sarah’s case looking ahead to 2016): My best reads of 2015 range forwards and backwards – more forwards because of the way my mind goes blank about everything but the books I have […]

Our favourites of 2015 – Jane

As a farewell to 2015, we’ve all made lists of our favourite books of the year, whether old or new: The stand out fiction of the year for me was A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara and ALL MY PUNY SORROWS by Miriam Toews (the hardcover of the latter was actually published in 2014 but […]