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CILIP Carnegie 2018 Shortlist

May 28, 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

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May Reads

May 11, 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

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New Patron: Philip Reeve

May 7, 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

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Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 Shortlist

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018

April 26, 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

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UKLA Book Awards – Chosen by Teachers!

April 20, 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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The Independent Bookshop Alliance

April 1, 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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World Book Day 2018

March 16, 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

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

March 7, 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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Books you’ll love this Valentine’s Day

February 8, 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

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T. S. Eliot Prize Winner Announcement

January 27, 2018

On 14th January 2018, the T. S. Eliot Prize Winner was announced. Ocean Vuong’s astounding debut collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, traces the aftermath of war across generations. In a video about his collection he says “a lot of the poems in the collection attempt to navigate history through a rewriting, or rather a recasting, of history into a mythology”. Vuong is the first literate person in his family and has certainly mastered his words in poetry – one … Read more

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