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The Surprising Power of Books

By CCB | 17 Nov 2017

Books are entertainment, information and stories. But how do they affect us? We’ve taken a look at the surprising power of books: Reading is Therapeutic You may have heard of the term ‘bibliotherapy’. If not, it is used to describe the use of books as a therapeutic tool. Now there may seem like some obvious examples of this: self-help books. Self-help books provide a whole realm of benefits – they provide information, coping strategies and positive methods for a variety … Read more

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James Ravilious: A Life and The Recent Past

By CCB | 10 Nov 2017

CCB is excited to host ‘Recording Country Lives with Robin Ravilious’ on Thursday 30th November. She will be showing slides and talking about individual images and the engaging and gifted man behind the camera, James Ravilious. To find out more about this event, please visit our Events page. On 2nd November, Wilmington Square an imprint of Bitter Lemon Press published two keenly-awaited books about Devon photographer, James Ravilious. James Ravilious: A Life is a beautiful biography and memoir written by … Read more

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T. S. Eliot Prize 2017 Shortlist

By CCB | 27 Oct 2017

From a record 154 submissions, the T. S. Eliot Prize judges have chosen this year’s shortlist. The T. S. Eliot Prize is an annual prize that goes to the best new poetry collection published in the UK or Ireland. It was inaugurated in 1993 to celebrate the Poetry Book Society’s 40th birthday and to honour its founding poet. This year, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Prize, the value of the Prize has been increased. The winner now receives … Read more

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Black History Month 2017

By CCB | 20 Oct 2017

CCB invited local educator, activist and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow Malcolm Richards to curate a special selection of books celebrating Black History Month 2017. CCB are proud to have a wide selection of books in the shop all year round and are excited to see which books Malcolm has selected.

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Man Booker Shortlist and Fiona Mozley’s Elmet

By CCB | 15 Oct 2017

Last month saw the announcement of the Man Booker Prize shortlist, and the winner will be revealed on October 17th. At the shop, our team have been reading our way through the shortlist, and have to say we are, with complete bias, rooting for the author who works part time in a bookshop. See below for the other shortlisted titles and a review of our favourite. Man Booker Prize Shortlist: 4321 by Paul Auster History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund Exit West by … Read more

National Poetry Day 28 September 2017

Anthony Wilson: Books for the Aspiring Poet

By CCB | 28 Sep 2017

Ahead of National Poetry day we asked Exeter based poet Anthony Wilson to recommend five books for the aspiring (or established!) poet to read.  Anthony and fellow poet Lawrence Wilson will be appearing at the bookshop on Friday 29th September, reading a mix of their own and others’ poems which they have chosen to explore this years theme, Freedom.  Writing Poems by Peter Sansom A brilliant guide to the process of putting pen to paper. Contains a great reading list, … Read more

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Lawrence Sail: Five Poems for the Poetry-Shy to Try

By CCB | 22 Sep 2017

To celebrate National Poetry Day well known Exeter poets, Lawrence Sail and Anthony Wilson, will be reading their own and others’ poems which explore this year’s theme, Freedom. Find out more about the event here. Ahead of the event we asked Lawrence Sail for five poems for the poetry-shy to try, and being a generous man, he gave us six. “Where might anyone possibly begin to fish in the great ocean of poetry? To pick out such a small number … Read more

Interview: Jenny Balfour-Paul

By CCB | 19 Sep 2017

Jenny Balfour-Paul is a writer, artist, international lecturer and intrepid traveller, with a life-long love of India. On Thursday 5th October we’ve an event with Jenny entitled Independence Blues: Stories of India, Indigo and Gandhi. Find out more here. Our favourite question to ask authors is ‘What book changed your life?’ and Jenny Balfour-Paul had a cracking answer. Q: What book changed your life? A: E. M. Forster’s last novel, A Passage to India, was a set book in my school … Read more

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Review: I am I am I am

By CCB | 08 Sep 2017

Told in Maggie O’Farrell’s flowing yet penetrating style, this memoir is a delicious series of vignettes. Her eighth book and first autobiographical work was conceived of while caring for her daughter who lives with a severe auto immune disorder, and describes her own brushes with death. ‘Most of us tend not to dwell on our mortality since that way madness lies, but many have stood on the precipice, often several times over, and stared it squarely in the face.’ This … Read more

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Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

By CCB | 01 Sep 2017

Eleanor Oliphant has organised her life to ensure unexpected events do not occur. Keenly timetabled, she wears the same clothes to work every day and follows the same weekly routine. Eleanor’s understanding of life is touching in its clarity, funny and sad. Perhaps inevitably her world begins to unravel with what initially appears to be a minor event. Her subsequent insights into her past are heart wrenching and although it isn’t easy, her willingness to engage in the process is … Read more