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Guest Blog: Dave Andrews

Posted on 1st March 2024 by Dave

Guest Blog: Dave Andrews

Writing Crime Fiction as a Local Author Bolt From The Black is my second Oswestry-based murder mystery and my thirteenth book. It follows Each Slow Dusk, the first Inspector Probert novel, in which a body is discovered at the foot of the statue of Wilfred Owen in Cae...

Guest Blog: Lizzie Pook

Posted on 22nd February 2024 by Lizzie

Guest Blog: Lizzie Pook

The Books That Made Me I was an avid reader as a child and remember the shelves at home being filled with all sorts of treasures – Helen Nicholl and Jan Pieńkowski’s Meg and Mog books, Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Shirley Hughes. My most prized possession was a copy of...

Books of the Month: February 2024

Posted on 1st February 2024 by Ruth

Books of the Month: February 2024

Fiction: Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge by Lizzie Pook Sensational and gripping, Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge is a breathless romp, a tale of adventure, hidden identity, sisters, secrets and revenge. Two years ago, Maude Horton’s brilliant, vivacious sister...

Guest Blog: Vanessa Chan

Posted on 17th January 2024 by Vanessa

Guest Blog: Vanessa Chan

The Books That Made Me Books (and the rooms that contained them) were my first babysitters. As soon as I could read, my parents would drop me off at bookshops and libraries, or at neighbourhood homes that rented out rooms full of books. I would spend hours with these...

Books of the Month: January 2024

Posted on 1st January 2024 by Ruth

Books of the Month: January 2024

Fiction: The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan Heartbreaking and raw, ‘The Storm We Made’ is a vivid portrayal of pre-war British-colonised Malaya (now Malaysia), its’ invasion by Japan and ruthless regime it endured during World War 2. Alternating between 1935, when one...

Bookseller Books of the Year

Posted on 1st January 2024 by Booka

Bookseller Books of the Year

Carrie’s Books of the Year are… So Late in the Day by Claire Keegan Yoga for Stiff Birds by Marion Deuchars Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes Wild Hope by Donna Ashworth Shot with Crimson by Nicola Upson Sarn Helen by Tom Bullough, illustrated by Jackie Morris...

Books of the Month: December

Posted on 1st December 2023 by Ruth

Books of the Month: December

Fiction Book of the Month: The Christmas Jigsaw Murders by Alexandra Benedict On 19th of December, renowned puzzle setter, loner and Christmas sceptic Edie O’Sullivan finds a hand-delivered present on her doorstep. Unwrapping it, she finds a jigsaw box and, inside,...

Guest Blog – Nicola Upson

Posted on 23rd November 2023 by Nicola

Guest Blog – Nicola Upson

The Books That Made Me The first book I ever truly loved was The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown. It was the story that opened my eyes to the obsessive magic of reading, and it’s the only book that I’ve ever begun again as soon as I finished it. It stood out from...

Books of the Month: November

Posted on 1st November 2023 by Ruth

Books of the Month: November

Fiction: Shot With Crimson by Nicola Upson Clever, fascinating and filled with intrigue, Shot With Crimson is one of Nicola Upson’s Josephine Tey Mysteries (a superb crime series which can be read in any order). Their protagonist is real life novelist Josephine Tey, a...

Books of the Month: October

Posted on 2nd October 2023 by Ruth

Books of the Month: October

Fiction: The Book of Beginnings by Sally Page From the author of the phenomenal bestseller The Keeper of Stories, comes an utterly beautiful and charming novel full of mystery and secrets waiting to be uncovered… Returning to her Uncle Wilbur’s stationery shop, brings...

Building a Bookshop

Posted on 10th September 2023 by Carrie

Building a Bookshop

To the Future and Beyond The word is out, the dream is becoming a reality. Booka Bridgnorth is being built.  Tim of all trades is busy painting the shop-front, local builders GMC have started the shop-fit. We are on our way to being the proud owners of two independent...

Books of the Month: September

Posted on 1st September 2023 by Ruth

Books of the Month: September

Fiction: The Good Liars by Anita Frank Now 6 years later the events of that summer have resurfaced to haunt the inhabitants of Darkacre Hall. Dilapidated and worn down, it is the home of the once respected Stilwell family, now a shadow of their former selves;...

Books of the Month: August

Posted on 1st August 2023 by Ruth

Books of the Month: August

Fiction Book of the Month: Fair Rosaline by Natasha Solomons A subversive, powerful untelling of Shakespeare’s best-known tale, narrated by a fierce, forgotten voice: this is Rosaline’s story. A fierce, feminist, intensely gripping novel; captivating and...

Books of the Month: July

Posted on 1st July 2023 by Ruth

Books of the Month: July

Fiction: The Illusions by Liz Hyder The Illusions is another gloriously captivating piece of storytelling from Liz Hyder, author of ‘The Gifts’; magical and mesmerising, full of passion, creativity, secrets and delight. Bristol, 1896 and two young women...

Caroline Lang: 8 Years & 53 Interviews

Posted on 16th June 2023 by Caroline

Caroline Lang: 8 Years & 53 Interviews

With Independent Bookshop Week upon us and in person events very much on the agenda of authors and their readers, It feels the perfect time to reflect on one of my greatest pleasures: in conversation events. It seems extraordinary that it was eight years ago, in early...

Guest Blog: Thomas D Lee

Posted on 9th June 2023 by Thomas

Guest Blog: Thomas D Lee

The Books That Made Me First things first, I’m over the moon that Booka Bookshop have chosen Perilous Times to be their Book of the Month! I’m a Shropshire Lad myself – I lived in Ratlinghope for most of my teenage years, between the Stiperstones and the Long...

Books of the Month: June

Posted on 1st June 2023 by Ruth

Books of the Month: June

FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH Perilous Times by Thomas D. Lee In perilous times like these, the realm doesn’t just need a hero, it needs a knight in shining armour. Legend tells that King Arthur and his knights lie sleeping beneath the land, ready to rise to our aid...

Guest Blog: Claire Fuller

Posted on 12th May 2023 by Claire

Guest Blog: Claire Fuller

The Books That Made Me Reading took off for me when I was nine when my family moved house and I had a term left of my final year at junior school. With no way of getting home, my mum arranged for a neighbour to collect me from the village library which was next to the...

Books of the Month: May

Posted on 1st May 2023 by Ruth

Books of the Month: May

Fiction: The Memory of Animals by Claire Fuller If you’ve read Unsettled Ground, Claire Fuller’s Costa Award winning novel, you will know that her writing combines heart and melancholy without sentimentality, her quiet storytelling all the more powerful for its...

Wardrobe Revolutionaries

Posted on 24th April 2023 by Lizzie

Wardrobe Revolutionaries

On average, British women hoard approximately £285 worth of unused clothing within their wardrobes. This is the equivalent of £34 million worth of useless purchases in Shropshire alone. With Love From… is a new project launching in Oswestry, Shropshire. Our vision is...