Review: I am I am I am

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Told in Maggie O’Farrell’s flowing yet penetrating style, this memoir is a delicious series of vignettes. Her eighth book and first autobiographical work was conceived of while caring for her daughter who lives with a severe auto immune disorder, and describes her own brushes with death. ‘Most of us tend not to dwell on our mortality since that way madness lies, but many have stood on the precipice, often several times over, and stared it squarely in the face.’ This … Read more

Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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Eleanor Oliphant has organised her life to ensure unexpected events do not occur. Keenly timetabled, she wears the same clothes to work every day and follows the same weekly routine. Eleanor’s understanding of life is touching in its clarity, funny and sad. Perhaps inevitably her world begins to unravel with what initially appears to be a minor event. Her subsequent insights into her past are heart wrenching and although it isn’t easy, her willingness to engage in the process is … Read more

Review: How to Stop Time

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Aging slower than the rest of humanity, Tom Hazard appears to be 41, but is actually over 400 years old. This is a well written love story full of old fashioned romance and a yearning for a happy ending, yet the time twist means Tom is an outsider. Always changing his identity and location to avoid detection, Tom becomes a history teacher. This role enables him to bring alive the tales of the past to classes of present day schoolchildren. … Read more

Man Booker Longlist 2017

Longlisted books in a pile

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize was announced on Wednesday 26th July. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Baroness Lola Young (Chair); literary critic, Lila Azam Zanganeh; Man Booker Prize shortlisted novelist, Sarah Hall; artist, Tom Phillips CBE RA; and travel writer, Colin Thubron CBE. The list was chosen from 144 submissions published in the UK … Read more

Harry Potter Trivia Tournament and Codebusting!

The Harry Potter Trivia Tournament It’s the twentieth anniversary of everyone’s favourite wizard Harry Potter this year, and publisher Bloomsbury chose Crediton Community Bookshop as one of just 20 bookshops around the country to host an official Harry Potter Trivia Tournament. On Saturday 22nd July, ten teams of muggles had the chance to battle to become the supreme Harry Potter champions of Mid Devon. The winners were presented with copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition and … Read more

Crediton Community Bookshop Wins Prince of Wales’ Award 2017

Prince of Wales congratulates Crediton Community Bookshop representatives

The Crediton Community Bookshop team are delighted to be joint winners of The Prince of Wales’ Award 2017, a scheme run by the Devon County Agricultural Association. The standard was very high among the shortlisted applicants and this year it was decided that there would be two winners. The Award is intended to embrace a wide range of schemes where there has been a genuine attempt to move forward in a resourceful and inventive way to the benefit of a … Read more

Independent Bookshop Week 2017 @ CCB

The front of Crediton Community Bookshop

Take a look at some of our highlights of IBW 2017 at Crediton Community Bookshop! Buskers IBW kicked off on the final day of CredFest. Here are some local musicians busking outside and inside the shop: Writer’s Desk Throughout the week we’ve had our writer’s desk enticing customers to have a go typing a few words, reviews, a first line of a book, favourite line of a poem and any other random thoughts on our snazzy typewriter. Certainly easier with … Read more

Alice Oswald – CCB Patron

Alice Oswald

Alice Oswald is the new CCB Patron CCB is pleased and proud to announce a new patron, one of England’s greatest poets, Alice Oswald. Alice was trained as a classicist at New College, University of Oxford. Her first collection of poetry, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile (1996), received a Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. Her second book, Dart (2002), was the outcome of years of research into the history, environment, and community along the River Dart in … Read more

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017

Have you noticed the appearance of customer reviews in the bookshop? As a community bookshop, we want the books we sell to reflect the tastes of our readers and for those readers to be able to recommend particularly good reads to others. The ‘Post-It’ reviews are a new initiative – aiming to be informative and enticing for browsers desiring a good book. Volunteers and customers write our reviews, two snappy sentences that are easy to write and fun to read. … Read more