Review: St Martin’s Island

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The disastrous fire which destroyed the Royal Clarence Hotel in October 2016 shocked Exeter and received widespread dramatic coverage. The historic hotel made up one corner of the block of buildings between St Martin’s Lane and Broadgate, many of which are ancient constructions and for which still exist rich historical documentation. Todd Gray and Sue Jackson have mined this rare concentration of archival and architectural information to produce a fascinating and commendably approachable history of the buildings so recognisable to … Read more

Review: Blue Planet II

Blue Planet II photography.

Written by two BBC producers of the show, this book contains varied content across the series alongside stunning photography. Each chapter brings to life a different habitat in the ocean and explores creatures from the disturbing bobbit worm to the unbelievable pod of spinner dolphins. Captivating images and interesting information make this a lovely Christmas gift to any fan of Blue Planet II or perhaps the perfect coffee table book. Narrated by David Attenborough, the new Blue Planet series has … Read more

Review: In Our Hands

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The business dictionary defines community businesses as ‘self-organised networks of people with common agenda, cause, or interest, who collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and other resources.’ In Our Hands by Steve Wyler explores the history and early origins of community business, delving into the creation of medieval guilds, seventeenth century radicalism, friendly societies and early co-operatives to the present day. Steve examines how, generation after generation, people have turned to community business, whether in response to the social evils of … Read more

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2017

This week, in a ceremony hosted by BBC News presenter Mishal Husain, the annual Books Are My Bag Readers Awards were announced. From the incredible shortlist, book-lovers across the country have voted for their favourite. The Readers Choice Award went to Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctors, which also won the Non-Fiction award.  After winning the Non-Fiction award in 2016 for Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig appears again winning Popular Fiction with How To Stop … Read more

The Surprising Power of Books

The Novel Cure by Ella and Elderkin

Books are entertainment, information and stories. But how do they affect us? We’ve taken a look at the surprising power of books: Reading is Therapeutic You may have heard of the term ‘bibliotherapy’. If not, it is used to describe the use of books as a therapeutic tool. Now there may seem like some obvious examples of this: self-help books. Self-help books provide a whole realm of benefits – they provide information, coping strategies and positive methods for a variety … Read more

James Ravilious: A Life and The Recent Past

James Ravilious Photography

CCB is excited to host ‘Recording Country Lives with Robin Ravilious’ on Thursday 30th November. She will be showing slides and talking about individual images and the engaging and gifted man behind the camera, James Ravilious. To find out more about this event, please visit our Events page. On 2nd November, Wilmington Square an imprint of Bitter Lemon Press published two keenly-awaited books about Devon photographer, James Ravilious. James Ravilious: A Life is a beautiful biography and memoir written by … Read more

T. S. Eliot Prize 2017 Shortlist

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From a record 154 submissions, the T. S. Eliot Prize judges have chosen this year’s shortlist. The T. S. Eliot Prize is an annual prize that goes to the best new poetry collection published in the UK or Ireland. It was inaugurated in 1993 to celebrate the Poetry Book Society’s 40th birthday and to honour its founding poet. This year, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Prize, the value of the Prize has been increased. The winner now receives … Read more

Black History Month 2017

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CCB invited local educator, activist and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow Malcolm Richards to curate a special selection of books celebrating Black History Month 2017. CCB are proud to have a wide selection of books in the shop all year round and are excited to see which books Malcolm has selected.

Man Booker Shortlist and Fiona Mozley’s Elmet

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Last month saw the announcement of the Man Booker Prize shortlist, and the winner will be revealed on October 17th. At the shop, our team have been reading our way through the shortlist, and have to say we are, with complete bias, rooting for the author who works part time in a bookshop. See below for the other shortlisted titles and a review of our favourite. Man Booker Prize Shortlist: 4321 by Paul Auster History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund Exit West by … Read more

Anthony Wilson: Books for the Aspiring Poet

National Poetry Day 28 September 2017

Ahead of National Poetry day we asked Exeter based poet Anthony Wilson to recommend five books for the aspiring (or established!) poet to read.  Anthony and fellow poet Lawrence Wilson will be appearing at the bookshop on Friday 29th September, reading a mix of their own and others’ poems which they have chosen to explore this years theme, Freedom.  Writing Poems by Peter Sansom A brilliant guide to the process of putting pen to paper. Contains a great reading list, … Read more

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