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Ladybird, ladybird...

Ladybird, ladybird...

Ladybird, ladybird...

02 October 2019

Helen Day discusses her all-consuming interest in Ladybird books and their artists with GERALDINE GARDNER ASK Helen Day, a foreign language teacher by…


The Friendly Ones by Philip Hensher

The Friendly Ones by Philip Hensher

The Friendly Ones by Philip Hensher

29 August 2019

An epic read dealing with a range of issues from family loyalties and betrayal to racism and cultural misunderstandings THE Friendly Ones by Philip Hensher…


Dive right in, says poet and 'chainsaw pro'

Dive right in, says poet and 'chainsaw pro'

Dive right in, says poet and 'chainsaw pro'

08 August 2019

Julian Johnson publishes first collection of poetry NEWBURY landscape gardener and “chainsaw professional” Julian Johnson has just published…


A Gentleman in Moscow - a gentle, finely-observed tale about a young count confined to a hotel in Moscow as the communists take control

A Gentleman in Moscow - a gentle, finely-observed tale about a young count confined to a hotel in Moscow as the communists take control

A Gentleman in Moscow - a gentle, finely-observed tale about a young count confined to a hotel in Moscow as the communists take control

21 November 2018

On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the…


Newbury police history reprinted

Newbury police history reprinted

Newbury police history reprinted

20 November 2018

Former chief inspector charts history of Borough Police 1836-1875 A BOOK charting the history of Newbury’s police force has been republished a decade…


The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

19 September 2018

The story of yearning, love, the consequences of our actions and of a small community torn apart by a sequence of events. Hopefully you didn't bother…


And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

02 August 2018

The Kite Runner was an immediate hit for Hosseini and this book continues his exploration of Afghanistan and its culture - just be prepared for a few…


Summer reading

Summer reading

Summer reading

24 July 2018

Find a shady spot and settle down with a good book - here are some suggestions for starters Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman A debut…


Calling military book buffs

Calling military book buffs

Calling military book buffs

18 July 2018

Bookshop season launches with historian Sir Antony Beevor Hungerford Bookshop is having a military history season, launching at Croft Hall on August 9…


Secrets of a bestseller

Secrets of a bestseller

Secrets of a bestseller

22 June 2018

You can see AJ Pearce, author of the hit Dear Mrs Bird, at Hungerford AJ Pearce grew up in Hampshire and studied at the University of Sussex. A chance…


Jodi Picoult story of the plight of the Jews during the Second World War is compelling

Jodi Picoult story of the plight of the Jews during the Second World War is compelling

Jodi Picoult story of the plight of the Jews during the Second World War is compelling

21 June 2018

A real page turner ‘An unputdownable read’ may be a bit of a cliché but in the case of  The Storyteller by Jodi…


Double success for Great Shefford children's author

Double success for Great Shefford children's author

Double success for Great Shefford children's author

20 June 2018

Geraldine McCaughrean adds Carnegie medal to her Indie Bookshop Award Great Shefford children’s author Geraldine McCaughrean won the Indie Bookshop…


Pick up your copy of Out & About

Pick up your copy of Out & About

Pick up your copy of Out & About

13 June 2018

The free quarterly magazine is now available to pick up from outlets across West Berkshire, North Hampshire and East Wiltshire SUMMER is here and so is…


A charming whimsical fairy tale

A charming whimsical fairy tale

A charming whimsical fairy tale

31 May 2018

Like one of the stained-glass windows in the cathedral, we gradually piece together a picture of the city and its inhabitants in The Cleaner of Chartres…


Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

18 May 2018

The mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl has a lasting effect on the village where she went missing Winner of the Costa 2017 Novel Award, Reservoir…


A book with heart

A book with heart

A book with heart

10 May 2018

Sebastian Faulks presents yet another brilliant depiction of the experiences of war, wrapped up in psychobabble. Although beautifully written, I could…


(Sledge)hammering it home

(Sledge)hammering it home

(Sledge)hammering it home

10 May 2018

With a huge following for his strong writing and taxing story lines, almost anything Ian McEwan writes is an almost guaranteed best-seller. But The Children…


A dangerous Pilgrimage

A dangerous Pilgrimage

A dangerous Pilgrimage

10 May 2018

If the idea of a 900-page epic seems a bit daunting, think again. The pace and tension in I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, makes it athriller in the true…


Is there life on Mars?

Is there life on Mars?

Is there life on Mars?

10 May 2018

I have on occasion fantasised about what music and books I would choose should I find myself invited on to Desert Island Discs and how I would cope if…


A life journey

A life journey

A life journey

10 May 2018

The orphan train tells the life, in flashback, of one of the immigrant children who was fostered by families across the US. It is an engaging tale, but…


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