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A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles
£12.99

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies

by John Boyne
£16.99

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Record of a Night Too Brief

by Hiromi Kawakami, Lucy North
£7.99

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The Holocaust

by Laurence Rees
£25.00

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Dear Amy

by Helen Callaghan
£7.99

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Man of Iron

by Julian Glover
£25.00

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The Novel of the Century

by David Bellos
£20.00

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Titian’s Boatman

by Victoria Blake
£12.99

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Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship

by Anjan Sundaram
£16.99

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Crisis

by Frank Gardner
£7.99

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The Expatriates

by Janice Y K Lee
£14.99

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Take Courage

by Samantha Ellis
£16.99

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Apple Tree Yard

by Louise Doherty
£7.99

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Welcome to Lagos

by Chibundu Onuzo
£12.99

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Dadland

by Keggie Carew
£8.99

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We Do Things Differently: The Outsiders Rebooting Our World

by Mark Stevenson
£12.99

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Lie Still

by Julia Heaberlin
£7.99

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Anatomy of a Soldier

by Harry Parker
£7.99

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The Princess Diarist

by Carrie Fisher
£16.99

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Pour Me

by A.A. Gill
£8.99

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Staff Picks

Picked by Aude

Head, Bodies and Legs

by Alice Pattullo
£11.95

Alice Pattullo's Heads, Legs & Bodies is inspired by the centuries old parlour-game of consequences, renamed 'exquisite corpses' by The Surrealists. Alice has created 26 figures, that combine a midcentury sensibility with her love of Folk Art and East London. Each figure can be cut into three and then each part interchanged to create a fun and active book. The book is printed using four colour spot lithography, and is printed in East London. It comes uncut to allow the reader, or collector, to either enjoy the figures as they are, or to have fun with a pair of scissors.

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Picked by Emma

Her Every Fear

by Peter Swanson
£12.99

From the author of The Kind Worth Killing and The Girl With a Clock for a Heart comes another superb page-turner. The compelling plot revolves around the main character swapping her London flat with her wealthy cousin's apartment in Boston to escape from the trauma of a violent incident with her ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately for Kate she unwittingly finds herself at the centre of an even more dangerous scenario. Fantastically creepy!

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Picked by Aude

Swing Time

by Zadie Smith
£7.99

A big fan of Zadie Smith's, I literally shouted for joy when I found out she finally had a new book coming out. And I am not disappointed at all. I read this book as you would drink some precious nectar: slowly and enjoying every single sip!

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Picked by Pauline

The Harbour Master

by Daniel Pembrey
£7.99

The first of a new detective series set in today's Amsterdam. Our hero, Detective Van Der Pol is a police detective approaching retirement. Pembrey is deft at evoking the atmosphere of the Netherlands and Scandinavia. The plot is clever, modern and believable - and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Picked by Cindy

Days Without End

by Sebastian Barry
£14.99

This book really blew me away, and obviously did the same to the Costa Book Award judges who awarded it Best Novel. The use of language, the pace, the breadth of the story are all amazing. You have to pause for breath at times. I've been following Sebastian Barry for a while, and most of his characters connect across novels, this one included, but it is totally different from the others. Catch his interview on BBC4 to hear the background of how it was written.

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Picked by Aude

We Should All Be Feminists

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
£5.00

We should all.....read this book!

A personal and powerful essay from the author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name.

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Picked by Emma

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern
£7.99

The Night Circus comes to town and you will not have read anything like it! Sumptuous, with amazing imagery - you will be drawn into a very strange and intriguing world. I loved it!

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Picked by Cindy

Commonwealth

by Anne Patchett
£18.99

"None of it happened and all of it's true," claims the author. The story begins and ends with a party. The fragmentation of "blended families" is described by each of the characters in turn, until you feel you know each one intimately. I recommend this both because it's a great read and because Anne Patchett is a great supporter of independent bookstores; she owns one herself!

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Picked by Justina

Tall Oaks

by Chris Whitaker
£7.99

Small town, big secrets.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Some great characters that I really cared about, and quite a twist in the end...

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Picked by Tara

And Yet…

by Christopher Hitchens
£10.99

This book is made up of previously uncollected essays from the brilliant mind of Christopher Hitchens. It has a good variety of topics and a solid dash of humour.

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Picked by Emma

Football Cliches

by Adam Hurrey
£8.99

Intelligent, knowledgable and very funny. This is a perfect read for the football fan who despairs at the banal platitudes beloved of television pundits.

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Picked by Tara

Exposure

by Helen Dunmore
£5.99

This is a gripping story set in the 1960s Cold War London. Simon and Lily Carrington are an ordinary married couple with three children who are drawn into a web of lies, accusations and espionage, and treachery. Extremely moving.

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Picked by Emma

The Tidal Zone

by Sarah Moss
£12.08

This is a very contemplative and moving book about family ties, 'what ifs' and gender challenges in a contemporary world. It is a beautiful novel that will leave you shaken and thoughtful.

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Picked by Justina

The Evening Chorus

by Helen Humphreys
£7.99

Beautifully written in a slow deliberate pace. Gentle and heartbreaking, yet full of an unflinching resilience.

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Picked by Emma

Negroland

by Margo Jefferson
£7.49

A fascinating glimpse into a world rarely written about: wealthy American black families. This is not always an easy read but is certainly ground-breaking and brave.

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Picked by Mia

Career of Evil

by Robert Galbraith
£5.99

JK Rowling’s alter ego Robert Galbraith goes from strength to strength. This series of books makes me want to tear through them to find out who done it while also treasuring every moment with the characters and never wanting it to end! Superb!

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Picked by Emma

Pop Co

by Scarlett Thomas
£8.99

Welcome to your new favourite author! Scarlett Thomas is a unique and wonderful writer. Her books are packed full of mystery, humour and wise observations. Be prepared to fall in love...

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Picked by Tara

Mother of Eden

by Chris Beckett
£8.99

When I read Dark Eden I recommended it to everyone and couldn't stop talking about it. Thankfully, this sequel does not disappoint. The concepts and philosophies explored in the first book are opened up even further.

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Picked by Aude

Under the Love Umbrella

by Alison Colpoys, Davina Bell
£11.99

'Whatever you fear, come close my dear. You're tucked in safe for always here.' Amazing illustrations and moving situations, a real comforting read for the whole family.

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Picked by Pauline

All The Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr
£8.99

A beautiful story, exquisitely written - a novel well deserving of its Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and Carnegie Medal. A stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II

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Picked by Harriet

Dispatches

by Michael Herr
£9.99

Michael Herr, who also wrote the screenplay for Apocalypse Now, captured the particularly bizarre life of the Vietnam war correspondent in his book, Dispatches. Catching a ride on a huey to witness jungle warfare in the daytime and making it back to Saigon for drinks on the roof of the Caravelle hotel, the insanity is palpable.

With Vietnam firmly on the backpackers’ trail, this is one of two important books I recommend for any traveller. The other is The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh.

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Picked by Emily

Daily Rituals

by Mason Curry

Such an enjoyable read and full of fascinating facts about the great artists and writers of western culture. Perfect for anyone who has ever had to write an essay, a book or make art.

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Picked by Emily

The Forgiven

by Lawrence Osborne
£8.99

Lawrence Osborne is a great writer and 'The Forgiven', set in the wilds of the Moroccan desert, is his best yet. A literary thriller of the highest order and the book club loved it.

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Picked by Tara

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

by Maria Kondo
£10.99

As cheesy and dramatic as the term 'life-changing' might seem, this book is brilliant.

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Picked by Cindy

A Suitable Boy

by Vikram Seth
£10.99

This is one to read or, better yet, re-read; a good novel to get stuck into now that the nights are closing in. A story of a newly independent India, this is an epic tale of struggle, love, family and nation. I find it still fresh twenty years after it first appeared.

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Picked by Harriet

Our Spoons Come From Woolworths

by Barbara Comyns
£8.99

What at first appears to be a light hearted novel about young Sophia Fairclough and her impulsive marriage to not very successful artist Charles, soon becomes unsettlingly dark, without changing tone in the least. Their life in bohemian London in the 1930’s draws you in. His unaccepting family, her determination to manage on what little money they have, the small joys and triumphs. But then come her devastating chapters on childbirth in a public hospital. This remarkable book, much of it autobiographical, was Comyns’s second, and written in 1950. Her first, Sisters By A River, sounds very good too and I am now planning to read it. I will let you know what I think.

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Picked by Bill

May We Be Forgiven

by A.M. Homes
£8.99

A hugely entertaining book, one that ends up, despite all the difficult themes tackled, to be excruciatingly funny. This is the story of how a Nixon scholar who appears to be sleep-walking through life finds himself thrown into a family tragedy and personal chaos. A startling read and a great gift!

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Picked by Pauline

The Examined Life

by Stephen Grosz
£6.99

Psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz has written an account of some of his encounters with patients during the course of his career. Each of the stories illustrates a particular theme or message such as ‘on hate’ or ‘why parents envy their children’. This is a fascinating and insightful book, highly recommended.

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Picked by Cindy

Harold and the Purple Crayon

by Crockett Johnson
£7.99

Harold is a curious four-year-old boy who, with his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it. Originally published in 1955, this classic is still ranked among the top picture books. I've always had a copy, I still love purple crayons, and I would give this book to every child.

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Picked by Aude

The Descendants

by Kaui Hart Hemmings
£7.99

Don't be fooled by the cover! There's much more to this book than George Clooney. First of all, there is Hawaii, it's history, legends, idyllic scenery and also what it has become. Then there is the King family, of course: their past, their struggles, their joys, their incredibly touching bond and the love they find in so many ways. Finally, there is the talent of Kaui Hart Hemmings who never disappoints me and always finds the way to turn a dramatic start into a beautiful ending.

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Picked by Harriet

The Other Side of the Bridge

by Mary Lawson
£8.99

Mary Lawson, who lives in London, has written three wonderful books, all set in the region of Canada in which she grew up. This is the second of the three and my favourite.

Arthur and Jake Dunn are two brothers growing up on a farm in Northern Ontario in the 1930’s. They couldn’t be more different and when good natured Arthur falls in love with Laura March, his younger brother cannot resist causing trouble.

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Picked by Emma

Emergency Sex

by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, Andrew Thomson
£9.99

First published in 2004 this book is still as eye-opening as it wsa then. True stories from the front line told by three aid workers. Absolutely riveting.

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Picked by Cindy

Six Dinner Sid

by Inga Moore
£6.99

What can I say except for 'That's my cat!' I'm sure many others have a Sid in their lives. Sid has had further adventures and further books beyond the original. Find out what Sid has been up to in Scotland and beyond!

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Picked by Harriet

Drop City

by T C Boyle
£9.99

It is 1970 and a Californian hippie commune relocates to the wilds of Alaska, with disastrous consequences. If you like a bit of counter-culture and the great outdoors, then this book is for you.

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Picked by Harriet

The Sorrow of War

by Bao Ninh

With so many books about the American experience, this was the first truly authentic war novel to be published in Vietnam. When it came out in 1990, it became an immediate bestseller. Bao Ninh’s hero, Kien becomes a soldier in the North Vietnamese army. His family is divided, his friends are lost, his childhood love, Phuong suffers the indignities that come with war. It is particularly poignant to read this book, if you want to understand what the people of North Vietnam went through, now that Hanoi has become such a travellers’ destination.

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Picked by Harriet

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith
£9.99

Set in the early part of the twentieth century, this is the tale of a second generation Irish immigrant in Brooklyn. Written in 1943, it is considered a classic in America and deserves to be more widely known here. Recommended to me recently when trying to decide what to buy at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, I absolutely loved it. This is one for both adults and teenagers.

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Picked by Aude

The Master and Margarita

by Mikhail Bulgakov
£7.99

A book that truly emphasizes the connection between brilliance and insanity. Amazingly written; you won’t want to stop reading even once you reach the end! Written between 1928 and 1940 but unpublished in book form until 1966. Many critics consider it to be one of the best novels of the 20th century as well as the foremost of Soviet satires.

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Picked by Bill

Farenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury
£5.00

Written in five days on a typewriter in a library basement, Farenheit 451 has a fierce energy and heightened emotion all its own. This is a future where all books are burned as a matter of government policy. Guy Montag is a fireman who is beginning to question his career choice. His wife is more interested with her virtual television “family” than Guy but his young next-door neighbour Clarisse opens Guy’s eyes to the possibility of life being more than mindless streaming of media.

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Books for Teens

The Bombs that Brought Us Together

by Brian Conaghan
£7.99

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Maresi

by Maria Turtschaninoff
£7.99

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Wing Jones

by Katherine Webber
£7.99

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The Sun is Also a Star

by Nicola Yoon
£7.99

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Blood for Blood

by Ryan Graudin
£10.99

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Gone Wild

by Robert Muchamore

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Gone Wild

by Robert Muchamore
£9.99

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Lost Stars, or What Lou Reed Taught Me About Love

by Lisa Selin Davis
7.99

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Born Scared

by Kevin Brooks
£7.99

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Beck

by Mal Peet
£12.99

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My Name is Book

by John Agard, Neil Packer
£7.99

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Books for children ages 9-12

The 78-Storey Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths
£5.99

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Thunderbolt: Outcasts 2

by David Grimstone
£6.99

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The Pudding Problem

by Joe Berger
£6.99

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The Bone Sparrow

by Zana Fraillon
£6.99

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The Book of Shadows

by Ruth Hatfield
£5.99

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The Hundred Names of Darkness

by Nilanjana Roy
£8.99

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Maybe a Fox

by Alison McGhee, Kathi Appelt, Robert Farkas
£6.99

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The Road to Ever After

by Moira Young
£9.99

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The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

by Megan Shepherd, Levi Pinfold
£12.99

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Blink and you Die-Ruby Redfort 6

by Lauren Child
£12.99

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Cogheart

by Peter Bunzl
7.99

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Reckless II: Living Shadows

by Cornelia Funke, Oliver Latsch
£7.99

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Books for children ages 6-8

Knight in Training

by Vivian French, David Melling
£5.99

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Spy Toys

by Mark Powers
£5.99

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Stick Dog

by Tom Watson
£5.99

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Roald Dahl’s Glorious Galumtious Story Collection

by Roald Dahl
£20.00

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Mango and Bambang, Tiny Tapir Trouble

by Clara Vulliamy, Polly Faber
£8.99

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Poems to Perform

by Julia Donaldson
£6.99

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Map of Days

by Robert Hunter
£12.99

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Picture Books

The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth

by Karl James Mountford
£11.99

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The Perfect Guest

by Paula Metcalf
£6.99

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I Am Bear

by Ben Bailey Smith, Sav Akyuz
£11.99

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I’m In Charge

by Jeanne Willis, Peter Jarvis
£6.99

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The Lumberjack’s Beard

by Duncan Beedie
£6.99

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Du Iz Tak?

by Carson Ellis
£11.99

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The Boy who Unplugged the Sea

by Paul Brown, Chris Capstick
£6.99

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Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science

by Diane Stanley, Jessie Hartland
£10.99

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The Land of Nod

by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter
£11.99

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Owl Bat, Bat Owl

by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
£11.99

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Ada Twist, Scientist

by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts
£10.99

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Disappearing Acts

by Isabelle Bunnell
11.95

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Reading Clinics

Our Reading Advisor will discuss your interests and reading habits to formulate a 'prescription'. Whether to be surprised, stretched, challenged or just find more of something; we will provide a springboard to take the plunge. You will receive six books over the course of a year, based on the results of an initial questionnaire followed by a personal consultation in our shop. You will be presented with a reading journal and a postcard. After your consultation our Reading Advisor will select books. The postcard, when sent by you to Nomad, will trigger your next book!

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