Issue 2: September 2019
Here we are again with our popular new pre-ordering service - an opportunity to get good value on blockbuster books due to be published over the coming months. If you pre-order these books from us you can secure discounts and we will sometimes be able to supply copies signed by the author. To order any of these hardback books (or others) please call 01297 33744 or email
Due 15 October 2019

Elton’s  first and only official autobiography looks set to be one of the biggest publishing events of the year. It reveals the truth about his extraordinary life - the funny, honest and moving story of the world’s most enduringly successful singer/ songwriter. The issue available through independent bookshops is a special one and includes a free commemorative tote bag for our first ten customers to pre-order.

Normal price £25 - our pre-order price £22
Due 19 September 2019

Jessie Burton’s 2014 debut The Miniaturist proved an instant runaway success. The Muse followed in 2016. This i third novel from the inordinately talented Jessie glides elegantly through the Los Angeles of the 1980s and the present day, spinning a hypnotic tale of mystery and motherhood around a reclusive writer and her insecure protégée. The Confession is another singular triumph from one of the finest new prose writers of the past decade.

Normal price £16.99 - our pre-order price £15
Due 3 October 2019

The second chapter in Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy, The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two, intertwines the stories of Lyra Silvertongue and Malcom Polstead as they face new and dangerous secrets. Journeying far from Oxford’s spires across the globe, this is an adventure like no other. A powerful story about the truths that underpin our world, the divisions that lie between love and responsibility and what it truly means to grow up.

Normal hardback price £20 - our pre-order price £18
Due 5 September 2019
Ann Cleeves grew up in North Devon and that’s the setting for her much anticipated new crime novel The Long Call. A Sunday Times bestseller from her Vera and Shetland series, Ann is now launching into a new series which opens where the Taw and Torridge converge around Bideford and Barnstaple. A body is found on the beach near where Detective Matthew Venn lives, taking him and his team back into a strict evangelical community he had left behind.

Normal price £16.99 - our pre-order price £15
Due 5 September 2019

It’s the year 1468. A young priest arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? The priest becomes determined to discover the truth. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - will be tested to destruction.

Normal price £20 - our hardback pre-order price £18

Due 17 October 2019

John le Carre (who paid us a surprise visit in March) is still at the height of his writing powers at the age of 88. His 25th novel promises to address the “division and rage at the heart of our modern world”. It is set in London in 2018 and follows a 26-year-old solitary figure who, in a desperate attempt to resist the political turbulence swirling around him, makes connections that take him down a dangerous path. The plot and characterisation are as good as ever.

Normal price £20 - our hardback pre-order price £18

Due 10 September 2019

In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, the much loved Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for more than 30 years:  ‘What happened to Offred?’ The author’s vision has only grown in significance in that time, becoming a rallying call at women's marches around the world following the election of Donald Trump, and taking on a new life in an television adaptation. Set 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale, it reveals the author’s vision for Gilead’s future.

Normal price £20 - our hardback pre-order price £18

Due 29 October 2019 
Lee Child sprang from redundancy at Granada Television in 1995 to rise to thriller-writing pre-eminence with his sequence of stories featuring ex-military policeman Jack Reacher. Such has been the popularity of the character that no less than Ken Follett describes him as as “today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of.” This one comes hard on the heels of the superlative Past Tense. This 24th outing for Reacher sees the odds as tough as ever. He comes to the aid of an elderly couple . . . and confronts his most dangerous opponents yet.

Normal price £20 - our hardback pre-order price £18

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