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UKLA Book Awards – Chosen by Teachers!

By CCB | 20 Apr 2018

The UKLA Book Awards are the only national book award judged by teachers. The books selected for the award will be titles that teachers can share with pupils as part of regular classroom experience and can be used as part of a read aloud programme and in creative discussions. This years shortlist reflects teachers’ preference for diversity and books from independent publishers. It includes books in translation, beautiful illustrations and information books. Following on from last year’s successful event, CCB … Read more

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Review: Children of Blood and Bone

By CCB | 03 Apr 2018

This review first appeared in the March 2018 issue of Books for Keeps,  the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine. Follow them on twitter. Children of Blood and Bone | Tomi Adeyemi | Feature Review by Geoff Fox In a letter to her reader, Tomi Adeyemi hopes we “see a glimpse into my Nigerian heritage and the beautiful cultures and people Africa holds”. She wrote her novel “during a time where I kept turning on the news and seeing stories of unarmed … Read more

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The Independent Bookshop Alliance

By CCB | 01 Apr 2018

Thursday 29th March 2018 will be marked in history as the day booksellers began to change the world. Lord John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, officially launched the Alliance of Independent Bookshops, hosting a discussion between booksellers, authors, publishers, societies and other interested parties at the House of Lords, Westminster. Several bookshops, including CCB, joined the meeting to discuss the issues arising and practical options for the future of bookshops. The Indie Alliance was proposed in January this year in a blog … Read more

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Interview: Sue Viccars

By CCB | 23 Mar 2018

Sue Viccars, Dartmoor Magazine editor and local author, worked for a London map publisher before grabbing the chance to return to Devon where she has spent 20 years commissioning walking, equestrian and countryside books for David & Charles Publishers. Since 2000 Sue has written or contributed to around 20 books (and edited dozens more) and written many magazine features, specialising in her home territory of southwest England, with particular reference to Dartmoor and Exmoor. Sue is coming to CCB in … Read more

World Book Day 2018

By CCB | 16 Mar 2018

Our CCB schools team has had a fantastic two weeks visiting schools across the county celebrating World Book Day. Despite the arrival of the snow, book-fairs that had to be cancelled were ingeniously rescheduled and the celebrations continued throughout the following week! We visited large schools and small schools and schools in between: from primary schools with 35 children to secondary schools with over 1,000. We bring books to children and young adults who would otherwise have no access to … Read more

Curated book table: Sally Nicholls for International Women’s Day

By CCB | 07 Mar 2018

From time to time at CCB we ask a guest to curate a book list, and this March, inspired by International Women’s Day, the centenary of the suffragette movement and a recent boom in positive reading matter for girls, we asked Sally Nicholls to choose some of her favourite feminist titles. Children’s Books Princess Smartypants | Babette Cole Princess Smartypants doesn’t want to get married – she wants to ride around on her motorbike doing whatever she wants and stay a … Read more

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The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

By CCB | 01 Mar 2018

In 2015, the Oxford Junior Dictionary published a new edition that saw many words from the natural world, like blackberry and acorn, omitted in favour of more technical terms, such as broadband. Dismayed at this, illustrator Jackie Morris was inspired to contact nature writer Robert Macfarlane to write The Lost Words, a beautiful book which has provoked an extraordinary reaction. Described as a book of ‘nature-summoning spells’ rather than poems, Robert Macfarlane gently restores the missing words – acorn, blackberry, … Read more

Interview: Patrick Gale

By CCB | 23 Feb 2018

Patrick Gale’s sixteenth novel, A Place Called Winter was a Radio 2 Book Club selection, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize, the Walter Scott Prize and the Green Carnation Award and and is now being developed as a BBC serial. His two part film, Man in an Orange Shirt will be on BBC 1 this summer. He is a patron of the Charles Causley Trust and the Penzance LitFest, a director of Endelienta and artistic director of the North … Read more

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Books you’ll love this Valentine’s Day

By CCB | 08 Feb 2018

It’s fast approaching Valentine’s Day and, while we may declare we don’t like the commercial nature of the holiday, a gift for a loved one certainly wouldn’t go amiss. To be honest, even if you just want a treat for yourself for the cold February nights Crediton High Street shops will have something for you! Here are some suggestions that CCB love: Stay with Me | Ayobami Adebayo Buy Now Set in 1980’s Nigeria, Stay With Me explores the depths … Read more

Review: Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore

By CCB | 31 Jan 2018

On 30th January at the Costa Book Awards, Helen Dunmore’s collection Inside the Wave posthumously won Book of the Year 2017. As only the second person to posthumously receive this prize, the award was received by Helen’s husband Frank Charnley and their two children Patrick and Tess. Inside the Wave | Helen Dunmore | CCB Review Inside the Wave reflects on the poet’s cancer diagnosis and looming death with immense honesty and bravery. Including poems that range from heartbreaking to humorous, … Read more