Review: Time Song – Searching for Doggerland

Doggerland is the name given to the land mass now submerged beneath the North Sea, which once connected Britain with continental Europe. For much of the past two million years Doggerland was a rich landscape populated by diverse flora and fauna including mammoths, aurochs, bison, bears and humans. As recently as 7,000 years ago a significant area was land above sea level. All her life, Julia Blackburn has been fascinated by the ancient remains she has collected from the shores … Read more

Interview: Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed novels and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez who can now be found on television in ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide. Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory … Read more

Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2019

The six-title shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced last week. This award, previously known as the Orange Prize and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize, is open to any full-length novel written in English by a woman of any nationality. The novel must have been published in the UK in the previous year, though it may also have been published in English elsewhere. Kate Williams chairs this year’s judging panel and is joined by Arifa Akbar, Dolly Alderton, Leyla … Read more

Children’s Book of the Month: May 2019

May’s BoTM is A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry and illustrated by Mónica Armiño. Inspired by a true story, A Wolf Called Wander is about family, courage and survival. The young wolf Swift lives and learns happily with his family and his pack in the mountains until the terrible day when rival wolves invade and take over their home. Alone for the first time, Swift decides against trying to survive on the fringes of his old territory and sets … Read more

Q&A With Robert Macfarlane

Q&A With Robert Macfarlane You began your journey as a writer at the highest of elevations, in MOUNTAINS OF THE MIND. It is fascinating that the latest stage of your journey takes you to the lowest – to the world beneath our feet. Can you tell us what led you there? Yes – fifteen years and five books have taken me from the mountain-tops to the sunken storeys of place that lie beneath the surface of both land and mind. … Read more

CCB Book Group

Did you know there’s a CCB book group? We meet approximately every six to eight weeks on Mondays, at 7.30pm in the shop. Rather than taking it in turns to choose the next title we usually base our choices around CCB events or national literary prizes. Last year we chose Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist, and then challenged ourselves to read as many as we could from the shortlist – someone managed all … Read more

CredShed

(Architect’s drawing) The CredShed Story In 2016 Crediton Community Bookshop moved to its new home at the heart of the High Street. We also acquired a large, vacant building located directly behind the shop. Once part of Lee’s retail wine business, the building was constructed in a time before supermarkets to store pallets of wine. It was dilapidated and rough around the edges, with a lack of natural light and no heating, but offered over 50 square feet of space. … Read more

The importance of reading for pleasure

Reading for pleasure Reading for pleasure has been shown to have a direct correlation with mental well-being and academic success, yet recent research shows a decline in both the number of children being read to and the number reading for pleasure independently. In brief Recent surveys by the National Literacy Trust and Nielsen Books (The Guardian 04/03/19) indicate: The number of children being read to has dropped by 12% since 2012 Most parents stop reading to their child by the … Read more

Children’s Book of the Month: April 2019

Our BOTM for April is Pog by Pádraig Kenny. Having moved into their dead mother’s childhood home with their father, David and Penny soon discover the presence of Pog in their attic. Pog is a magical creature tasked with protecting the boundary between the worlds. But when David is drawn into the forest, lured by a darker creature which tells him there’s a way to bring back his mother, the children and Pog discover many monsters to defeat as well … Read more

Crediton Big Read

This May we are launching the first ever Crediton Big Read! We want as many people as possible to get involved in reading books! So what does it mean? Look out for these three titles… Captain Cat and the Treasure Map by Sue Mongredien (illustrated by Kate Pankhurst): a new laugh-out-loud story for emerging readers. The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (illustrated by Terry Denton): first of the comedy classic, bestselling Treehouse series for readers aged 8-12. Raven Black by … Read more

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