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Celebrating 103 Years of Roald Dahl at Booka

Posted on 14th September 2019 by Rebecca

Celebrating 103 Years of Roald Dahl at Booka

In the 1920’s a large family sat on a beach, getting burnt in the hot Norwegian sun. A mother, no father figure, half-brothers and sisters, and their fiancés, girlfriends and boyfriends, all occupied a slither of beach on one of Norway’s many thousand unoccupied...

Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments: What We Know So Far

Posted on 7th September 2019 by Rebecca

Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments: What We Know So Far

There are some mild spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale in this post. You have been warned! Do the ideas in dystopian novels ever become reality? It certainly seems so. When The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985 it seemed to hark back to 19th-century style female...

What to Read in September 2019

Posted on 31st August 2019 by Rebecca

What to Read in September 2019

How can September be here already? The month that begins in summer and ends in autumn, and usually flies past. Most of us have done our summer holiday and are thinking about a return to routine for the last few months of the year. We hope you will make reading an...

Picture Power: Talking About The Pictures

Posted on 25th August 2019 by Rebecca

Picture Power: Talking About The Pictures

In November 2018, scientists working in pristine Borneo rainforest announced a thrilling discovery. Deep in an uncharted cave system, a crude, reddish outline of a cow-like animal had been drawn on the wall of the cave. Tests revealed it was 40,000 years old. Earlier...

6 Books Every University Student Needs

Posted on 17th August 2019 by Rebecca

6 Books Every University Student Needs

Maybe you’re off to your dream university course, or perhaps you’ve had a slight change of plans, but once you have fixed on your course and destination, it won’t be long before you’re thinking about packing. You may have a set reading list, but whether you are doing...

Three to Read: A Local Special

Posted on 10th August 2019 by Rebecca

Three to Read: A Local Special

What a fantastic fortnight of authors! We have enjoyed a flurry of visits over the last couple of weeks at Booka, showcasing the great variety of new publishing this summer. Back in June, we introduced “Three to Read”, asking our visiting authors to give us three...

What to Read in August 2019

Posted on 3rd August 2019 by Rebecca

What to Read in August 2019

When August is being kind, it gives us warm weather, long evenings and hopefully a few days off. These are the days of reading outside, taking a book to the park and getting stuck into a summer bestseller. In the second of our monthly posts, we round up the new and...

7 Ways to Keep Your Children Reading This Summer

Posted on 27th July 2019 by Rebecca

7 Ways to Keep Your Children Reading This Summer

This week saw the very last of the schools turn out their children for the long summer holiday. As exciting as this may be, with 30 full weekdays to fill (and there will be rain!), some trepidation is quite understandable. It will come as no surprise that at Booka we...

Join Booka and Konnie Huq for a Morning of Fun

Posted on 20th July 2019 by Rebecca

Join Booka and Konnie Huq for a Morning of Fun

Do you and your children fancy a morning of non-stop fun with Konnie Huq? We are incredibly excited to welcome the record-breaking Blue Peter presenter to Booka on Tuesday 6th of August to introduce us to Cookie, the star from her brand-new children’s book, Cookie and...

Stories, Choices and Poetry: Clare Mackintosh and ‘After the End’

Posted on 13th July 2019 by Rebecca

Stories, Choices and Poetry: Clare Mackintosh and ‘After the End’

In 1915, while war raged in Europe, two poets were walking in the woods. Their names were Robert Frost and Edward Thomas. When their paths through the trees came to forks, Thomas hesitated, not knowing which way to turn. Any decision made was regretted later, and he...

How to Choose Your Holiday Reads

Posted on 6th July 2019 by Rebecca

How to Choose Your Holiday Reads

For booklovers, choosing what books to take on holiday can be the most important packing decision. Much more important than clothing, and only a close second to remembering the passports. Get it wrong and you could end up ploughing through something really tedious, or...

What to read in July 2019?

Posted on 30th June 2019 by Rebecca

What to read in July 2019?

July is a great time for reading. Publishers are filling the shelves with great summer reads. Nights are light for evening reading. The summer holiday is hopefully just around the corner. So as July approaches, we take a look at some great reads for the upcoming...

Introducing … Three to Read

Posted on 25th June 2019 by Rebecca

Introducing … Three to Read

Writers are a diverse group. Some plot meticulously, others redraft freely. Some collaborate with others; some write in complete isolation. But what do many successful writers have in common? They read. And if they don’t have much time to read now, they probably did...

Local Community: Local Writers

Posted on 20th June 2019 by Rebecca

Local Community: Local Writers

We have really enjoyed looking at all the fantastic events happening up and down the country this week for Independent Bookshop Week. There is a great sense of camaraderie between independent bookshops and seeing all the celebrations being shared across social media,...

So, why should we read children’s books?

Posted on 18th June 2019 by Rebecca

So, why should we read children’s books?

How long is it since you read a children’s book for pleasure? Not to a child, even if you enjoyed it too, but for yourself? Katherine Rundell’s powerful manifesto on the value of children’s books for readers of all ages, has struck a chord across the nation. After...

Welcome to Our Readers

Posted on 12th June 2019 by Rebecca

Welcome to Our Readers

Welcome to the first post of the new Bookablog. We have a fantastic summer of book related fun ahead. Our new blog has been in the planning for several months now. We cannot wait to share with you all the exciting news we have. We are also introducing a great little...