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Spike Milligan - 24th Mar 2017

Today I saw a little worm
Wriggling on his belly.
Perhaps he'd like to come inside 
And see what's on the Telly

A Children's Treasury of Milligan: Classic Stories & Poems
Spike Milligan

This is a delightful anthology of Spike Milligan's poems and stories for children. It is illustrated thoughout with his own drawings and artwork. It is an ideal read-alone or read-aloud book for Spike Milligan fans of all ages. It is a treat for the eye as much as the mind.

Said Hamlet to Ophelia
'I'll do a sketch of thee.
What kind of pencil shall I use, 
2B or not 2B?'


Elena Ferrante - 23rd Mar 2017

Have you noticed a bit of a chill in the air? Perfect weather to snuggle down on the sofa in front of the fire with a good book.

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels will keep you turning the pages. When you finish the first book in the series you'll reach for the second one straight away; then the third; followed promptly by the fourth and last. You can't help wanting to know what happens.

A Los Angeles Times reviewer said "The Neapolitan Novels are a tour de force." The TLS said the books were "Stunning. An intense, forensic exploration of friendship." Megan O'Grady said "They shimmer with Balzacian human detail and subtle psychological suspense." How can you resist?

Treat yourself to a good read. Come on in and buy the first one - you'll be back for the second in no time.
My Brilliant Friend
The Story of a New Name
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
The Story of the Lost Child

Latest interior decorating initiative - 22nd Mar 2017

Anyone with an interest in things nautical, rail transport, cars, aircraft, or military history will be pleased to know that there is now a comfy reading space for you to sit and browse.

Whether your particular bent runs to ships and sailing, motor racing and motorbikes, trains and trams, aviation and aeroplanes, or war and weaponry, come on in and plonk yourself down in our new armchairs and peruse our superb collection.

Actually, history, exploration, biography, atlases, and foreign languages are also to be found in the same room so if you've an interest in any of those, you can benefit from the read&relax area too.

You'll see that no expense has been spared in our efforts at interior decorating because of our desire to make your visit as pleasant as possible. See you soon.

Holistic Health - 17th Mar 2017

We have a very varied and eclectic selection of the following books in our wellbeing section in the shop. You are bound to find something that will be of assistance in your quest. So many enlightening and uplifting volumes have been written that there is always something for everyone.
  • Spirituality
  • Humanistic psychology
  • Inner peace
  • Transcendental meditation
  • New age
  • Self-help
  • Life-enhancement
  • Motivational reading
  • Inspirational texts
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Leadership
  • Mysticism
  • Happiness and love
  • Self-improvement
  • Holistic health
  • Life-changing strategies
  • Success


Childhood's literary characters from a different perspective - 16th Mar 2017

Childhood's literary characters from a different perspective Diagnoses
Tigger: ADHD predominantly hyperactive
Mad Hatter and March Hare: Shared Psychotic Disorder
Cinderalla: Approval Addiction
Goldilocks: Antisocial Personality 
Big Bad Wolf: Psychopathy

Intrigued? Then you need a copy of 
Tigger on the Couch: The Neuroses, Psychoses, Disorders and Maladies of our Favourite Childhood Characters
by Laura James

Dedicated to "all those bravely battling a psychological disorder and to the professionals who work tirelessly to help them" this inventive approach to personality disorders makes a valuable contribution to destigmatising mental illness. 

It is not a psychiatric textbook; it is accessible and appealing to everyone. It reveals how fairy tales can teach behaviour and values that children should avoid; it also shows how fairy tales can highlight core values and attributes that children should emulate. 

This is a fascinating read and may well send you back to scrutinise the flaws, problems and behaviour of the characters in your own favourite childhood books.


Matches & matchboxes (not the toys) - 15th Mar 2017

Now that society considers you an outcast or a pariah if you smoke, what are you to do with those lovely old-fashioned boxes of matches?

Match Tricks: Fun with Matches and Matchboxes
by Zodiastar

This intriguing little book is full of puzzles, tricks, games and clever stunts, all using those little old matches and matchboxes. Whether you are sitting comfortably by your log burner on a winter evening or socialising with friends or waiting for a train, make sure you have a box or two of matches and you will be able to entertain yourself and others for many a happy hour. 

Get yourself a copy of this book and you may be surprised at what you can do with such everyday items. 

As a bonus, you can find the answer to these questions:
  • How many matches in an average box?
  • Who invented matches and when?
  • Which wood are matches most commonly made of?
  • How many matches are made per year?

Urban myths - 14th Mar 2017

Urban myths Good Luck, Mr Gorsky: Exploring Urban Myths
by Robert Pollock

In this book Robert Pollock looks at various extraordinary, amusing, and occasionally frightening urban myths which are repeated all over the world. He asks where they come from and why they continue to be so popularly and enthusiastically repeated generation after generation.

We've all been in situations where conversations begin with the ubiquitous "They say that...." or "Did you hear that..." or "Everyone knows....". Perhaps we've all been responsible for starting that way ourselves when going on to add:

  • a local restaurant was serving cooked pet dogs...
  • there was a babysitter in Australia who boiled the baby...
  • she was so furious with him that she superglued it to his stomach while he was asleep...
  • Adolph Hitler designed the VW Beetle....  and many many more.
All our lives we hear and repeat urban myths like these. We are constantly bombarded with them from childhood onwards. Buy this entertaining and fascinating book and join Robert Pollock as he exposes the pure fiction behind so many of our urban myths.

Revamped! - 13th Mar 2017

For those of you who have put off coming in to browse in the music room because of the flood and the lack of carpet - fear no more!

Today a new-ish (well, new to us anyway) carpet was laid and so the salubrious ambience has been restored to our lovely room packed with sheet music, LPs, CDs, and of course books - plenty of them.

Divided into classical, opera, country&western, jazz & blues, and rock & pop, it's a pleasant place to while away a few hours, a lunchbreak or a rainy weekend day. Come on in and forget the flood (as we are trying to).

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