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Festive facts for Christmas!

By CCB | 10 Dec 2018

There are hundreds of Christmas stories, that have recorded traditions and started them. In preparation for Christmas, we thought we’d share a few literary Christmas facts about the stories we love and the people who wrote them: Christina Rossetti wrote the words to the Christmas carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter.’ T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘Journey of the Magi’ was originally commissioned to be included in a Christmas card. In Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Tiny Tim was originally going to be … Read more

Crediton Local History Book Round Up

By CCB | 08 Dec 2018

We’ve put together a selection of local histories and perspectives perfect for shedding some light on Crediton’s story, and the surrounding area. Crediton Through the Ages is a perfect introduction to the town. Starting with Crediton’s 300 million year old Permian geology, Crediton Through the Ages works forward through early settlements, religious establishments, various industries, the Prayer Book Rebellion and Civil War, the fire, and institutions and individuals – all of which have contributed to the town’s unique character. Another … Read more

Review: Melmoth

By CCB | 26 Nov 2018

A wonderfully unsettling exploration of guilt and its insidious power to wreak people’s lives. Helen escapes her mundane life to work for a charity in the Phillipines. Unexpectedly, she falls in love but tragically, through “her own pride and cowardice”, betrays her lover and he is condemned to prison. Trying to flee her guilt, Helen exiles herself in Prague, denies all pleasures and eeks out a humble existence. She is befriended by Karel and Thea but their lives are thrown … Read more

Review: The Silence of the Girls

By CCB | 09 Nov 2018

The Silence of the Girls is an imaginative and ambitious re-telling of The Iliad. It takes a confident, not to say brave, author to base a novel on the greatest legend of Western culture, but Pat Barker has already created a highly regarded body of work and The Silence of the Girls will undoubtedly enhance her reputation. The story is narrated by Briseis, concubine and slave of Achilles, a minor character in the original text but at the centre of … Read more

Interview: LoveReading

By CCB | 05 Nov 2018

You may have heard of LoveReading, the online book recommendation website? This year LoveReading has announced exciting new projects and features to serve adult and child readers, and writers. We’ve been chatting to the staff at LoveReading about their story and their plans: What does LoveReading do?  LoveReading is on a mission. A mission to help engender a love of reading. We do that by curating a recommended reading list for our users, to encourage more people to get excited … Read more

Interview: Miriam Darlington

By CCB | 31 Oct 2018

Miriam Darlington was born in Lewes, Sussex, and now lives in Totnes with her two dogs, one cat, two children and one husband. She has tracked and studied wildlife for most of her life and is an avid bird-watcher, expert owl-finder, and top otter-spotter. She has a degree in Modern Languages, a PhD in Nature Writing, a certificate in Field Ecology and is a Nature Notebook columnist at The Times. Her first book, Otter Country, was published in 2012. She … Read more

Seven unmissable book events this autumn!

By CCB | 23 Oct 2018

This autumn is full of brilliant book events, including Claire Barker, Raynor Winn, Todd Gray and Miriam Darlington at the shop and many more as part of Exeter Festivals. With so much going on we’ve done a brief round-up for you here; hope to see you!   Animal Antics! Thursday 25th October 1 – 2.30pm at CCB Half term fun for 7-11 year olds! Learn to draw cartoon animals with illustrator Kev Payne. Event details £8/child, booking essential Meet the … Read more

Interview: Raynor Winn

By CCB | 10 Oct 2018

Since travelling the South West Coastal Path, Raynor Winn has become a regular long-distance walker and writes about nature, homelessness and wild camping. On Monday 11th February Raynor will be at CCB talking about her highly acclaimed debut, The Salt Path.  Q: What Book Changed your Life? A: The Women’s Room by Marilyn French I made my first train journey when I was 18. I’d just met an unbelievably beautiful young man who had exploded into my life in a long army … Read more

Review: Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

By CCB | 28 Sep 2018

Andrew Miller has established an impressive reputation having won multiple prizes for his novels including Ingenious Pain (James Tait Black) and Pure (Costa). Now We Shall Be Entirely Free is the story of John Lacroix, returned home wounded and weak after the disastrous retreat from Napoleon in the Peninsular War. He is nursed back to health but cannot face returning to his regiment. With no family or friends around him he resolves to try to find peace by travelling to … Read more

Devon Book Club: South West Coast Path Challenge

By CCB | 21 Sep 2018

Ian, an avid reader and Goodreads user, started Devon Book Club a few years ago. Since then, the group has nurtured discussions about all things Devonshire and Book-related. We spotted his South West Coast Path Challenge and asked if he could tell us more: Devon Book Club has over 3000 members – readers, writers, booksellers, publishers, libraries, festivals and more, all united by a passion for books. We connect through Goodreads.com, on Facebook and on Twitter and occasionally meet (usually … Read more