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In the Mouth of the Wolf by Morpurgo front cover

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

Review: Wilding

By CCB | 03 Jun 2018

Wilding | Isabella Tree | CCB Review In 2004 Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell took the momentous decision to stop conventional farming on the Knepp Estate. Driven by the economic unsustainability of modern food production on their sub-prime soils they desperately wanted to find a way to manage the land better and maintain its economic and ecological viability. The timing of their decision was fortuitous. Changes to EU and UK government funding for agriculture were opening up for … Read more

What We’re Reading This Summer

By CCB | 01 Jun 2018

Now that the sun is bringing smiles to Crediton High Street, at CCB our thoughts are turning to summer reads. We pay special attention to the books our customers and volunteers are enjoying to pass on ideas for others to discover and have gathered a selection of portable paperbacks that we’re excited to have on our summer reading lists, perfect for holidays or simply enjoying the sunshine in the garden! Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman Buy Now … Read more

CILIP Carnegie 2018 Shortlist

By CCB | 28 May 2018

CILIP Carnegie 2018 Shortlist Now in its 81st year, the CILIP Carnegie Medal is the oldest award of its type. Awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people, the shortlist is always a cause for discussion and many books become firm favourites and class texts.The winner will be announced on June 18th. Throughout June we can offer a bundle of all eight books at 20% discount here. Where the World Ends Buy … Read more

A Black Fox Running and Cider

Community Review: Black Fox Running

By CCB | 25 May 2018

We visited award winning Grape and Grain Wine Merchants in Crediton who offer expert advice, friendly service, and a great range of wines, spirits, Devon beers and ciders. Bruce Evans, Grape and Grain proprietor, reviewed Black Fox Running and suggested beverages to accompany your read… Black Fox Running | Brian Carter | Community Review A beautifully written book, delicate and subtle, with a gripping storyline running under the surface.  The animals are bought to life with well developed characters, and … Read more

May Reads

By CCB | 11 May 2018

Last Stories | William Trevor Buy Now The final collection from one of the great masters of the short story is all about relationships conducted from a distance. Tales that veer toward the macabre are instead filled with wit and surprise, and the book showcases, at the height of his powers, an author whose legacy will be seen in the work of generations of writers still to come.   The Language of Kindness | Christie Watson Buy Now A nurse for twenty … Read more

New Patron: Philip Reeve

By CCB | 07 May 2018

CCB is delighted to announce a new patron, multi award winning writer Philip Reeve who trained as an illustrator, and worked for many years providing cartoons and illustrations for the Horrible Histories and Murderous Maths books. He has written several highly acclaimed books for children and his first novel, the award winning Mortal Engines, a post-apocalyptic adventure published in 2001, has been made into a film directed by Christian Rivers and due for release in December 2018. Q: What book changed your life? … Read more

Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 Shortlist

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018

By CCB | 26 Apr 2018

The Women’s Prize, set up in 1996, celebrates ‘excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world’. Our first ever blog at CCB was about the Women’s Prize and it holds a special place in our hearts. Like last year, we are undertaking the Women’s Prize shortlist reading challenge, aiming to read as many of the shortlist as possible before the winner is announced. On the 5th June (the day before the winner is announced on June 6th) the … Read more

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

Children of Blood and Bone Front Cover

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