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Let’s Eat Grandma

by Joanne Adams
£9.99

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Plot 29: A Memoir

by Alan Jenkins
£14.99

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How To Survive A Plague

by David France
£12.99

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The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden

by Aaron Bertelsen
£24.95

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London: A Travel Guide Through Time

by Matthew Green
£12.99

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The Paula Principle

by Tom Schuller
£14.99

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Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking The Truth

by Jess Phillips
£14.99

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Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

by Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavalo
£15.99

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Woman’s Hour

by Alison Maloney, Jenni Murray
£9.99

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Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body

by Sara Pascoe
£8.99

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Built On Bones

by Brenna Hassett
£16.99

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Why I Am Not A Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto

by Jessica Crispin
£12.99

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City of Friends

by Joanna Trollope
£18.99

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Angel Dorothy

by Jane Brown
£20.00

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Mamma: Reflections on the Food That Makes Us

by Mina Holland
£20.00

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Zero K

by Don Delillo
£8.99

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The Chilbury Ladies Choir

by Jennifer Ryan
£12.99

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Imagine Me Gone

by Adam Haslett
£8.99

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Fathers & Sons

by Howard Cunnell
£14.99

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Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly
£8.99

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Staff Picks

Picked by Aude

Here Be Dragons

by Sarah Mussi
£6.99

Ellie Morgan knows that a remote farmhouse on Mount Snowdon is hardly the ideal setting for meeting anyone. But when a boy, glimpsed through the mist and snow, lures her up to the Devil's Bridge, Ellie realises the place she knows so well still has its secrets ...

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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 Emma

Stasi Child

by David Young
£7.99

A chilling crime thriller - perfect for fans of Deutschland 83. It takes place in East Berlin,1975. Oberleutnant Karin Muller is called to investigate a teenage girl's body at the foot of the Wall. But when she arrives she realises this is a death like no other. It seems the girl was indeed trying to escape - but from the West.

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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 Cindy

Women In Science

by Rachel Ignotofsky
£12.99

A gloriously illustrated celebration of trailblazing women. Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists and beyond ...

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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 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 Tara

A Sting in the Tale

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Whether you have, like me, always loved bees or if you just want something interesting to get you buzzed for spring, this is the perfect book! Light yet informative, I really enjoyed reading this!

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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 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 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 Cindy

Exit West

by Moshin Hamid
£14.99

I'd say this is short and sweet, but it actually short and devastatingly powerful. Two young people fall in love, as happens everywhere, but they are in a war torn city in the process of collapse. They become the refugees our western nations fear and try to avoid. This book takes you in gently, soothes you with familiar characters and situations and then punches you in the gut. THIS is the book I'm giving to people when they ask 'What should I read now'.

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Picked by Aude

Heads, 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 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

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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Seven Days of You

by Cecilia Vinesse
£6.99

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Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary D Schmidt
£7.99

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Symphony for the City of the Dead

by M.T. Anderson
£9.99

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We Come Apart

by Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
£12.99

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The Cruelty

by Scott Bergstrom
£7.99

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The Ship Beyond Time

by Heidi Heilig
£7.99

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Wing Jones

by Katherine Webber
£7.99

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Maresi

by Maria Turtschaninoff
£7.99

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The Bombs that Brought Us Together

by Brian Conaghan
£7.99

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The Sun is Also a Star

by Nicola Yoon
£7.99

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Gone Wild

by Robert Muchamore
£9.99

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Blood for Blood

by Ryan Graudin
£10.99

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Books for children ages 9-12

The Fearless Travellers’ Guide to Wicked Places

by Pete Begler
£7.99

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The Devil’s Paintbox

by Robin Jarvis
£6.99

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Reaching for the Stars: Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls

by Liz Brownlee, Jan Dean, Michaela Morgan
£5.99

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See You In The Cosmos

by Jack Cheng
£6.99

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The Elephant Thief

by Jane Kerr
£6.99

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George and the Blue Moon

by Lucy & Stephen Hawking
£6.99

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The Jamie Drake Equation

by Christopher Edge
£6.99

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Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary D Schmidt
£7.99

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100 Women Who Made History

by DK
£12.99

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A Dangerous Crossing

by Jane Mitchell
£7.99

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Clementine Loves Red

by Krystyna Boglar
£8.99

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The 78-Storey Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths
£5.99

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Books for children ages 6-8

Ocean

by Carol Kaufmann
£15.99

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Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

by Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavalo
£15.99

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A Duckling Called Button

by Helen Peters, Ellie Snowdon
£5.99

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Harper and the Night Forest

by Cerrie Burnell, Laura Ellen Anderson
£5.99

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The New Friend – Polly and the Puffin 3

by Jenny Colgan, Thomas Docherty
£5.99

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King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong: Book 2

by Andy Riley
£6.99

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Dave Pigeon (Nuggets)

by Swapna Haddow
£5.99

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Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure

by A.L. Kennedy, Gemma Correll
£8.99

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Spy Toys

by Mark Powers
£5.99

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Knight in Training

by Vivian French, David Melling
£5.99

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Roald Dahl’s Glorious Galumtious Story Collection

by Roald Dahl
£20.00

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Stick Dog

by Tom Watson
£5.99

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Picture Books

Alfie and His Very Best Friend

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Alphamals A-Z

by Ruth Symons, Graham Carter
£10.99

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The Detective Dog

by Julia Donaldson, Sara Ogilvie
£6.99

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Can I Join Your Club?

by John Kelly, Steph Laberis
£10.99

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Trains

by Stephen Biesty
£14.99

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Iggy Peck, Architect

by Andrea Beaty
£5.99

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The Dog Book

by Lorenzo Clerici
£8.99

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Counting With Tiny Cat

by Vivian Schwarz
£11.99

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Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

by Amy Novesky, Isabelle Arsenault
£11.99

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Up, Up, Up in the Tree

by John Litton, Maxime Lebrun
£17.99

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The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth

by Karl James Mountford
£11.99

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The Night Gardener

by Terry Fan, Eric Fan
£12.99

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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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