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Children’s Book of the Month: June 2019

By CCB | 13 Jun 2019

Children’s Book of the Month: June 2019 Our BOTM for June is The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell. Vita set her jaw, and nodded at New York City in greeting, as a boxer greets an opponent before a fight. Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack’s spirit is broken, Vita is desperate … Read more

Lucy Diamond

Interview: Lucy Diamond

By CCB | 05 Jun 2019

Lucy Diamond is the author of bestselling novels such as The Secrets of Happiness, The Beach Café and On A Beautiful Day. Her new novel, Something To Tell You, is set in York and features the Mortimer family who all have a secret to tell. Before becoming an author she worked in publishing and at the BBC, and started her writing career in children’s books as Sue Mongredien (her real name) as well as writing many of the Rainbow Magic … Read more

Review: Time Song – Searching for Doggerland

By CCB | 27 May 2019

Time Song – Searching for Doggerland | Julia Blackburn 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 … Read more

Interview: Ann Cleeves

By CCB | 17 May 2019

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

By CCB | 09 May 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

By CCB | 03 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 off … Read more

Q&A With Robert Macfarlane

By CCB | 23 Apr 2019

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

By CCB | 19 Apr 2019

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


By CCB | 15 Apr 2019

(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

By CCB | 10 Apr 2019

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