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Review: Under the Rock

By CCB | 17 Aug 2018

Under the Rock | Benjamin Myers | CCB Review Benjamin Myers is a critically acclaimed writer most well-known for his innovative and atmospheric novel ‘The Gallows Pole’ which is set in the Calder Valley. Under the Rock is an exploration and memoir of the same area of Yorkshire, based on the 15 years or so since Myers made his home there. What fascinates Myers is the connection between the land and the people who live there; the impact of the … Read more

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Review: Girl, Balancing & Other Stories

By CCB | 10 Aug 2018

  Girl, Balancing & Other Stories | Helen Dunmore | CCB Review Helen Dunmore was a prize-winning, bestselling novelist, poet and children’s writer; her short stories were published less often but Girl, Balancing & Other Stories proves she also mastered this genre brilliantly. In a dazzling variety of settings she demonstrates her skill within the economy of the form, creating vivid and distinctive characters, recognisable as ‘ordinary’ people, often to give an individual’s story within a known historical or contemporary … Read more

Devon Literary Adventures

By CCB | 03 Aug 2018

To celebrate the lovely weather, the start of the summer holidays and the stunning county of Devon, we’ve rounded up some hot-spots perfect for literary adventures on a summer’s day. Over the years, writers have been inspired by Devon’s rugged beauty. If you can’t understand why, Ian Sansom wrote an article titled ‘Devon Sent: Why Writers Can’t Resist the County‘ to shed a little light on the matter! The Hound of  the Baskervilles | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle First up, … Read more

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Man Booker Longlist 2018

By CCB | 28 Jul 2018

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize was announced on Monday 23rd 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 and Ireland. This is the first year that novels published in Ireland have been accepted. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: by the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (Chair); crime … Read more

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Review: Where the World Ends

By CCB | 20 Jul 2018

  Where the World Ends | Geraldine McCaughrean | CCB Review Based on a true story from the wildest and most remote of the Scottish Isles and on events which took place nearly 300 years ago, Geraldine McCaughrean brings to life the characters from a very alien time and place so wonderfully that we instantly empathise and become engrossed in their ordeal. A party of nine boys and three men is set ashore on an isolated rock stack half a … Read more

World Cup Book Bingo

By CCB | 13 Jul 2018

The 2018 World Cup is coming to an end and to celebrate the countries in the quarter finals, we have created a World Cup Book Bingo. The books in the table above are translations of works from the eight countries – and in England’s case, two suggestions of titles by authors whose experiences might have been far from your own. CCB’s Belgian title suggestion, The Misfortunates by Demitri Verhurlst, is a semi-autobiographical novel about the author’s ‘shambolic’ upbringing and a … Read more

Review: Owl Sense

By CCB | 09 Jul 2018

  Owl Sense | Miriam Darlington As a writer and naturalist, Miriam Darlington sets out to deepen our connections to wildlife,  “to increase … curiosity  for, understanding of and sympathy with the natural world”. Entranced by a close-up encounter with a captive owl, she plans to study every UK native species in the wild and learn about its biology, ecology and cultural associations. As the project begins her teenage son Benji becomes seriously ill and the family have to adjust and provide … Read more

British Sporting Summer

By CCB | 07 Jul 2018

Are you spending as many spare hours as possible watching Wimbledon with a plate of strawberries? Or will you be spending this weekend admiring elegantly designed cars race around the Silverstone track? We’ve got some great book suggestions for sports fans at the height of this British Sporting Summer! For a hilarious and passionate take on the Wimbledon championship, Standing in Line is ‘packed with funny anecdotes, strange encounters and heartwarming affirmations of the power of sport, and in particular tennis, to … Read more

Feminist Book Fortnight Round-up

By CCB | 28 Jun 2018

We are in the middle of Feminist Book Fortnight 2018 and are gathering a selection of feminist must-reads for all ages. Here are a few currently on display at the shop, we invite you to add titles to the list for others to discover! Men Explain Things to Me and Other Essays | Rebecca Solnit Buy Now Firstly, from a leading feminist thinker of our time, Men Explain Things to Me is a collection of energetic stories that address issues hidden … Read more

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In the Mouth of the Wolf

By CCB | 15 Jun 2018

  In the Mouth of the Wolf | Michael Morpurgo & Barroux In the 1950s, Francis Cammaerts was Headmaster of Alleyne’s Grammar School for Boys, Stevenage. His authority was never in question. Imposingly tall and military of bearing, he never spoke of his own part in World War II. So pupils and staff were astonished one evening to find their Head was the subject of Eamonn Andrews’s hugely popular television show, This is Your Life. They learned that their reticent … Read more

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