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The House in Little Chelsea

by Clare Hastings
£12.99

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Paris Echo

by Sebastian Faulks
£20.00

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MOB Kitchen: Feed 4 or more for under £10

by Ben Lebus
£14.99

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The Life To Come

by Michelle de Kretser
£8.99

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The Sacco Gang

by Andrea Camilleri
£9.99

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Old Baggage

by Lissa Evans
£14.99

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Happy Little Bluebirds

by Louise Levene
£14.99

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Putney

by Sofka Zinovieff
£14.99

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Epic: A 30-year Search for the Soul of Sport

by Simon Barne
£18.99

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Clock Dance

by Anne Tyler
£18.99

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

by Michael Burleigh
£9.99

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Get Me The Urgent Biscuits

by Sweetpea Slight
£8.99

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Watling Street

by John Higgs
£7.99

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Why Mummy Swears

by Gill Sims
£12.99

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Shelfie

by Martha Roberts
£12.99

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Killing It

by Asia Mackay
£7.99

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The White Devil

by Dominic Stansberry
£8.99

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The Bank That Lived a Little

by Philip Augar
£25.00

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A Long Way Home

by Peter Carey
£8.99

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Notes on a Nervous Planet

by Matt Haig
£12.99

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Staff Picks

Picked by Cindy

Paris Echo

by Sebastian Faulks
£20.00

Characters with nothing in common but their obsession with finding the past in present day Paris, intersect and influence each other. The city of Paris is as much a character in this tale as the people living there. Faulks weaves the strands of the German Occupation, the Algerian conflict, and the necessity of understanding history in the present context into this graceful and contemplative book. This inspired me to re-read several other Faulks novels....talk about echoes!

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Picked by Cindy

Ponti

by Sharlene Teo
£14.99

The three main characters of Ponti are women; two teenagers who are friends by default and the mother of one of them who is a muse and a curse to them both. But there is a fourth character here, Singapore, so amazingly drawn that I briefly believed I'd been there. It's not portrayed positively, but in such a raw and honest way that I could feel the heat, smell the air. Teo's depiction of unloved, unpopular, unattractive and ignored teenage girls is universal and disturbing in its clarity.

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Picked by Pauline

The Templars

by Dan Jones
£9.99

If you are interested in history, this is the book for you. Fascinating read, very well put together, once started hard to put down.

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Picked by Aude

Standard Deviation

by Katherine Heiny
£8.99

Meet eccentric Audra, hesitant Graham, wise Matthew, sensible Elspeth and their loved ones, as Katherine Heiny takes you on a journey through their lives, secrets and dysfunctions. Standard Deviation is quite a gem of a read: funny, smart and refreshing.

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Picked by Cindy

I am, I am, I am

by Maggie O’Farrell
£8.99

This book is a bit like a literary defibrillator...each short chapter makes your heart stop but manages to start it again with a light touch, a humourous angle or a wise observation. O'Farrells skill at manipulating the tone of a piece is astounding.

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Picked by Pauline

Wilding

by Isabella Tree
£20.00

This is an extraordinary book. Over the past 17 years the writer's substantial West Sussex Estate, Knepp, has been turned from an almost bankrupt dairy farm into a natural haven. This enthralling account of their work there, in which large numbers of endangered species now freely roam the land, shows how an ecological breakthrough can be made with imagination and persistence. The writing is excellent, but not written for academics, so it is easily accessible to the lay reader - and an amazing read it is!

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Picked by Cindy

Kudos

by Rachel Cusk
£16.99

Kudos is the third in a trilogy but can stand alone quite well. Reading it has been more like overhearing conversations than actually reading. Although Cusk is not a silent participant and is sometimes the subject of the conversations, she makes it feel like you're a part of them. The portraits she draws are meticulously crafted without a wasted word. As with the previous books in the series, Outline and Transit, I felt I was being given an honest portrayal of the smallest details in life which are also life's largest questions.

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Picked by Aude

Annihilation

by Jeff VanderMeer
£8.99

Wow. I had not read any science fiction in a long time and was curious to read this book before it got turned into a film. I was hooked from the first pages. The characters and the story never cease to intrigue. The first person narration and the detailed account of every sensation, smell and sight give you the impression you are seeing everything through the main character's eyes. Not specifically aimed at the science fiction fan, so take the plunge and enjoy!

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Picked by Justina

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles
£8.99

A charming and rich story. I was more than a little in love with Count Alexander Rostov throughout his tale of house arrest, in the hotel Metropole, while Russia raged...
With bravery, humour, compassion and the friendship of those who worked and passed through the doors of the hotel, the lovely Count finds that life's twists and turns can be more fulfilling than he ever expected. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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Picked by Justina

Entanglement

by Katy Mahood
£12.99

If you know anything about Quantum Mechanics you may second guess this effortless interweaving of the lives of two families, told over three decades. but if not, you will be drawn into their entanglement willingly as their paths cross and the moments that shape their lives continue to link them in unexpected and Quantum Mechanical ways...Thoroughly enjoyed this well written and gentle story.

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Picked by Aude

Once We Were Sisters

by Sheila Kohler
£8.99

A sad but extremely beautiful book relating the childhood of two sisters, and a search for answers that might never come, after the death of one. Supported by impeccable writing, this memoir takes us across the world, becoming as much of a personal recollection of family memories, stories, images, and sensations as a vivid record of what it was to become and adult in the 60s and 70s.

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Picked by Cindy

Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders
£8.99

This is a reading adventure. I was never quite sure what was going on, and at first that was disconcerting. But if you just sit back and enjoy the ride, reading this is like a roller coaster! Particles of fascinating history take off in completely bizarre directions. Narrators change without warning. In the end you really do feel like you're in someone else's head...or maybe several peoples' heads!! Enjoyable IF you can let go, trust this amazing author and follow Saunders' lead!

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Picked by Aude

Cows

by Dawn O’Porter
£8.99

A brilliant adult debut for Dawn O'Porter. The voices of the characters in The Cows are powerful and they all need to be heard (or read!), whether you feel sympathy for them or not. With themes ranging from public shaming and social media to guilt, motherhood and feminism, this novel is definitely an interesting read with a completely unexpected ending.

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Picked by Pauline

Six Minutes in May

by Nicholas Shakespeare
£9.99

How did Churchill become Prime Minister instead of the obvious choice, the Foreign Secretary, Lord Halifax? In this riveting study, Nicholas Shakespeare argues that Churchill's elevation was far from inevitable, so how did he pull it off? This book reminds us that Britain's ultimate deliverance depended upon a highly unlikely, if fortuitous, sequence of events. Quite brilliant!

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Picked by Pauline

Venice: Four Seasons of Home Cooking

by Russell Norman
£26.00

The author of the wonderful Polpo has written another cracker. Seasonal but uncomplicated recipes from Venice will inspire you all year round.

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Picked by Emma

A Manual for Heartache

by Cathy Rentzenbrink
£7.99

This book is a special thing. If you are feeling sad and life seems tough than let this lovely book be a companion through the darkest times. The author is speaking from a place of knowledge and her voice is calming and kind.

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Picked by Aude

Savages

by Sabri Louatah
£12.99

Fed up with the Americans and Trump? Read about the French instead (you know how self-centred we are)! Sabri Louth is a gifted writer and no doubt you will find this 'what if' thriller-like political novel, the first instalment in a quartet, as fascinating and entertaining as the current masquerade at the White House!

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Picked by Pauline

Middle Eastern Food

by Claudia Roden
£25.00

I still own - and use - my very tattered 1968 edition of this book, so I am delighted to be able to replace it with this wonderful updated version. All my old favourites are here, together with many more. The stories, memories and culinary wisdom it contains make this a truly classic cookbook.

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Picked by Cindy

Greatest Hits

by Laura Barnett
£7.99

The author of the bestseller, ‘The Versions of Us’, has come out with a truly original combination of literature and music. Greatest Hits was published simultaneously with an album by singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams. They collaborated on the lyrics and when they do readings and performances, they perform together as Laura is also a musician.

The story of the tragic life of a music legend in the style of Joni Mitchel or Carole King is told in chapters headed by the lyrics of one of each of the songs on the album. I enjoyed this on many levels. It introduced me to the music of Kathryn Williams.

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Picked by Aude

The Nest

by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney
£8.99

Reading The Nest feels like welcoming home some estranged members of one's family. You get as easily attached to the Plumbs as you get annoyed with them. You will pity them, loathe them, laugh at (or with) them and love them. The Nest is also a brilliant depiction of contemporary US and the city of New York is as important a character as the rest of this not so very unusual family.

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Picked by Cindy

Reservoir 13

by Jon McGregor
£8.99

Such an unexpected treat! The description on the jacket is so misleading.  It's not a murder mystery or a police procedural as you would expect. This gem of a book is a subtle and sensitive exploration of the rhythms of life, the countryside, the seasons, the complexities of human relationships and the passing of time.  Universal in every way.  Reading this book is like taking a very deep breath and letting it out slowly.

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Lines in the Sand

by A.A. Gill
£9.99

I sank into this collection with the total confidence that I was being looked after. My favourite essay, which I was pleased to see here, is about Life Drawing! Gill sometimes makes me want to throw the book across the room with frustration but that's part of the attraction.

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Picked by Emma

Everything I Know About Love

by Dolly Alderton
£12.99

A wonderful book. Holly Alderton is wise beyond her years and hilarious with it. This lovely memoir is a joy from beginning to end.

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Picked by Justina

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

by Jennifer Ryan
£7.99

This delightful story has everything. A bit of drama, a bit of intrigue, some deception and a smatter of romance, but most of all it has friendship, support and the joy, and surprise, of finding your own voice. Loved it!!

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Picked by Justina

The Music Shop

by Rachel Joyce
£8.99

Rachel Joyce has done it again! A charming 'Sunday afternoon' kind of read. Loved it, (especially the end...)

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Picked by Emma

The Lie of the Land

by Amanda Craig
£8.99

It's great to find a big, meaty novel that you can't put down. This is one of those. It has a cast of characters to empathise with and to dislike and tells a story of modern Britain that is instantly recognisable to us all. Highly recommended.

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Picked by Cindy

Exit West

by Moshin Hamid
£8.99

So glad this is out in paperback so we can introduce a whole new audience! I'd say this is short and sweet, but it is actually short and devastatingly powerful. This book takes you in gently, soothes you with familiar characters and situations and then punches you in the gut. Extremely relevant.

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Picked by Nomad

The Nowhere Man

by Gregg Hurwitz
£7.99

The sequel to Orphan X! Perfect for 'I Am Pilgrim' fans.

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Picked by Emma

The Girl Before

by JP Delaney
£7.99

If you are looking for a book to immerse yourself in and not emerge until you've turned the final page then you have picked up the right one! Perfect for fans of 'Disclaimer' and 'Girl on the Train'.

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Picked by Emma

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

by Imogen Hermes Gowar
£12.99

This book was the subject of a 10-way bidding war when it first arrived on the publishing scene and thankfully it lives up to the hype. It takes place in Georgian London amongst the brothels and shady gentlemen's clubs that proliferated at the time. Peopled with an enchantingly drawn array of characters from all sections of society, this novel is pure pleasure from start to finish. A wonderful read!

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Picked by Bill

Ashes of London

by Andrew TAylor
£8.99

Gripping, engrossing and wonderful. An historical thriller set in London at the time of the Great Fire. Superb!

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Picked by Emma

Lullaby

by Leila Slimani
£8.99

A superb literary thriller. What drives a seemingly perfect nanny to murder the children she is paid to care for? An extraordinarily compelling, intense and chilling read.

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Picked by Aude

Feel Free

by Zadie Smith
£8.99

This is Zadie Smith's first collection of essays since 'Changing My Mind' in 2009 and it is as brilliant and clever as one would expect. Zadie writes about everything; race, gender, art, love, politics, family, Brexit, Trump and life. She does it smoothly, wisely and with tenderness. Feel free when you read this book to jump from one essay to another, to agree to disagree or to allow this wonderful mind to change yours. She is my favourite writer and this book makes me like her even more.

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Picked by Harriet

How to Stop Time

by Matt Haig
£8.99

I absolutely loved this book It reminded me of how it was to read a book when I was a child, that excitement you get about a real story. I'm going to give this to my daughter to read on our holiday and I know she'll love it, too!

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Picked by Emma

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman
£8.99

Heart-breaking and heart-warming in equal measure. A book that subtly gets under your skin and leaves you caring deeply about the characters and possibly changing the way you look at those around you who might just have more to them than meets the eye...in a good way! A gem. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2017

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Picked by Emma

The Adversary

by Emmanuel Carrère
£8.99

This is an extraordinarily compelling read that had me staying up until 2am to finish. It is written wonderfully and retells a bizarre and gruesome true story of murder and deception. Unlike anything I've read before. Highly recommended!

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Picked by Aude

Not Working

by Lisa Owens
£7.99

This book made me laugh out loud on the Tube.  The main character, Claire, is in the middle of a mid-life crisis, but she is only in her late twenties!

Not Working is a funny read, but also quite realistic. We have all asked ourselves, at least once, the existential questions Claire comes across.

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Picked by Justina

The Pictures

by Guy Bolton
£14.99

This is classic and stylish 1940s Hollywood Noir. If you like watching LA Confidential, you'll love reading this. Popcorn not included!

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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 Cindy

Days Without End

by Sebastian Barry
£8.99

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

Swing Time

by Zadie Smith
£8.99

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 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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Books for Teens

Where the World Ends

by Geraldine McCaughrean
£6.99

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Genuine Fraud

by E. Lockheart
£6.99

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Ramona Blue

by Julia Murphy
£7.99

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The Boy Who Lied

by Kim Slater
£9.99

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Puddin’

by Julie Murphy
£12.99

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Leah on the Offbeat

by Becky Albertalli
£6.99

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Thunder Head

by Neal Shusterman
£7.99

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SLAY

by Kim Curran
£6.99

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Release

by Patrick Ness
£7.99

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Unearthly Things

by Michelle Gagnon
£9.99

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Children of Blood and Bone

by Tomi Adeyemi
£7.99

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Optimists Die First

by Susin Nielsen
£7.99

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Books for children ages 10-12

The Trilogy of Two

by Juman Malouf
£7.99

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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality

by David Roberts

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Kat Wolfe Investigates

by Lauren St. John
£6.99

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928 Miles From Home

by Kim Slater
£6.99

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Old Masters Rock: How to Look at Art with Children

by Maria-Christina Sayne-Wittgenstein Nottebohm
£14.99

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The Book Case

by Dave Shelton
£10.99

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The Beast Awakens – Aberrations

by Joseph Delaney
£6.99

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Chasing Augustus

by Kimberley Newton Fusco
£6.99

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The Miscalculations of Lightening Girl

by Stacy McAnulty
£7.99

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The Lifters

by Dave Eggers
£12.99

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Skulduggery Pleasant 10: Resurrection

by Derek Landy
£7.99

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Flamingo Boy

by Michael Morpurgo
£12.99

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Books for children ages 8-10

Defender of the Realm: King’s Army

by Mark Huckerby
£7.99

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Birthday Boy

by David Baddiel
£6.99

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Ade’s Amazing Ade-ventures: Battle of the Cyborg Cat

by Ade Adepitan
£5.99

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Ottoline and the Purple Fox

by Chris Riddell
£6.99

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Hello World Bingo Game

by Illustrations by L’Atelier Cartographik
£14.99

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In The Mouth of the Wolf

by Michael Morpurgo
£12.99

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Football School-The Amazing Quiz Book

by Alex Bellos
£5.99

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Plantopedia: Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth

by Adrienne Barman
£14.99

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Road to the World Cup

by Matt and Tom Oldfield
£5.99

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The Space Adventurer’s Guide

by Josh Holinaty
£14.99

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Lyttle Lies: The Stinky Truth

by Joe Berger
£6.99

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Max Champion and the Great Race Car Robbery

by Alexander McCall Smith
£9.9999

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Books for Young Readers

The New Football Coach

by Dominique Demers, Tony Ross
£6.99

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The Great Telephone Mix-up

by Sally Nicholls
£6.99

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The Dragonsitter’s Surprise

by Josh Lacey
£4.99

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The Adventures of Swashbuckle Lil

by Laura Ellen Anderson
£5.99

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Barry Loser: Worst School Trip Ever

by Jim Smith
£6.99

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Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts

by Katie and Kevin Tsang
£5/99

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Women In Sport

by Rachel Ignotofsky
£12.99

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The Princess and the Crocodile

by Laura Amy Schlitz, Brian Floca
£9.99

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The Fox and the Ghost King

by Michael Morpurgo
£5.99

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The Dragonsitter Detective

by Josh Lacey
£4.99

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The Story of Diva and Flea

by Mo Willems, Tony DiTerlizzi
£9.99

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Kitty’s Magic

by Ella Moonheart
£4.99

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Picture Books

Feelings

by Libby Walden
£7.99

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The Cook and the King

by Julia Donaldson, David Roberts
£11.99

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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: the Missing Masterpiece

by Tracey Corderoy, Steven Lenton
£6.99

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If All The World Were…

by Joseph Coelho, Allison Colpoys
£12.99

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Grandma Z

by Daniel Gray-Barnett
£11.99

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Kiki and Bobo’s Sunny Day

by Yasmeen Ismail
£7.99

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Everything You Need For A Treehouse

by Carter Higgens, Emily Hughes
£12.99

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Miss Molly’s School of Manners

by James Maclaine, Rosie Reeve
£9.99

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The Grotlyn

by Benji Davies
£6.99

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My First London Bus

by Marion Billet
£10.99

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Hug Me, Please!

by Przemyslaw Wechterowicz
£6.99

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Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen

by Deborah Hopkinson
£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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