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Give Books: Books for the Book Lovers

Posted on 14th December 2019 by Rebecca

Give Books: Books for the Book Lovers

This is it, the final post in on three-part blog series on buying the best Christmas book gifts. Part 1 was dedicated to our younger readers: why they deserve to get books for Christmas and a diverse range of reading fun. Part 2 focused on the difficult to buy for,...

Give Books: There’s a Book for Everyone at Christmas

Posted on 7th December 2019 by Rebecca

Give Books: There’s a Book for Everyone at Christmas

Great to see you back for the second in our three-part series. In the lead up to Christmas, we are devoting our blogs to showcasing the very best books for people in your life. Last week we looked at the best books for children, you can find out why your children...

Give Books: Why Your Children Deserve Books For Christmas

Posted on 30th November 2019 by Rebecca

Give Books: Why Your Children Deserve Books For Christmas

If you like to buy books for yourself, there’s a good chance that you like to give books to your friends and family too. There are so many fantastic books available to choose from that the perfect choice can seem a little daunting. Never fear, we at Booka are...

Literary Love to the Land of Liberty

Posted on 25th November 2019 by Rebecca

Literary Love to the Land of Liberty

On the 28th of November, Americans both at home and abroad will be celebrating thanksgiving. This festival is an opportunity to give thanks and spend time with family and friends, originally a celebration for making it through the first tough seasons in the new world....

Four Reasons Why Your Independent Books Are Better Than Ever

Posted on 16th November 2019 by Rebecca

Four Reasons Why Your Independent Books Are Better Than Ever

It will surprise no one that the most expensive signed copy of a first edition was The Tales of Beedle the Bard, hand written by J.K. Rowling in 2007. One of only seven copies, it sold for £1.95 million at auction. Some other all-time signature greats are an F. Scott...

Reading and Remembrance: Why Words Matter When Commemorating War

Posted on 9th November 2019 by Rebecca

Reading and Remembrance: Why Words Matter When Commemorating War

Almost as long as humans have been writing, they have been writing about war. Factual or fictional, it was a reality for almost everyone. Storytelling bridged the gap for those who had experienced it, and those who hadn’t, allowing recognition, reflection and...

Things to Remember in November at Booka

Posted on 2nd November 2019 by Rebecca

Things to Remember in November at Booka

It’s November already! A great time of the year for reading, with plenty of new exciting reads to keep you going. As always, we have some fantastic events lined up for you and your family as we all move towards the end of 2019. In this week’s blog, we look at our...

What to Read in October 2019

Posted on 26th October 2019 by Rebecca

What to Read in October 2019

Yes, it is nearly the end of the month, but what a fantastic October it’s been at Booka! On the 5th of October (which also just happened to be UK Bookshop Day) we celebrated our 10th Birthday, followed with a day of bookshop jazz on Sunday the 6th of October. It was a...

So what’s it really like to own an independant book shop? Q & A

Posted on 5th October 2019 by Rebecca

So what’s it really like to own an independant book shop? Q & A

This is a milestone weekend for us. Booka is celebrating its 10th birthday on the 5th and 6th October with special events, activities, discounts and surprises. We would not be where we are today without you, our wonderful, loyal customers. So, if you are able, come...

More Than Just A Bookshop

Posted on 28th September 2019 by Rebecca

More Than Just A Bookshop

Want to know about the future trends in bookselling? ‘The Bookseller’ is where the people in the know will look. Their website proudly declares them ‘at the heart of publishing since 1858’. Their regular conferences for editors, publishers, authors and booksellers are...

When Louis Theroux Came to Booka

Posted on 21st September 2019 by Rebecca

When Louis Theroux Came to Booka

“If your car is stopped by the police in the US,” explained Louis to the Booka audience, “the best approach for a British person, is a sort of bumbling incompetence with a good measure of flattery. ‘Oh dear, I’m awfully sorry officer, I wasn’t speeding, was I? I was...

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...