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Sophie Kirtley reads two chapters

Sophie Kirtley reads the first two chapters of her new book The Wild Way Home

If you love adventure and time-slip this novel might just be what you are looking for. Perfect for 8-12 year old readers it has received rave reviews and is out this week.

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Lisa Woollett talking

One of the events we sadly had to cancel this year was with Lisa Woollett talking at the Solomon Browne Hall about her new book ‘Rag and Bone is coming out next week. Part family history and part history of what we throw away, it is a fascinating look into our everyday possessions and how the materials they are made from impact on our beaches and riverbanks. Full of amazing facts and interesting finds it is a really great read and Lisa’s beachcombing makes for fascinating reading. Here’s Lisa herself, talking about her beach finds.

We will have signed copies in stock when it’s out next week.

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Katrina Naomi signing

The lovely local poet Katrina Naomi has just popped in to the shop to sign copies of her wonderful new book of poetry, ‘Wild Persistence’.

Following her move from London for a life in Cornwall her new collection references this new life. Cornwall is not seen as picture-box pretty but from the perspective of a dedicated walker, someone who relishes the outdoors, and as an environmentalist. Signed copies now in stock. .

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First Day Open

Our first day open since the lockdown for ‘orders and collection’ has been a delight – obviously there were computer problems and half of the book industry isn’t working yet but we will get there.

Happily, by far the majority of orders we received today were for books that unpick and explain racism in all its forms.
Hurrah for all you lovely people. Black Lives Matter, let’s build a better world.

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Open for collections


We have been spending a lot of time together and we need to see all you lovely people again! We are open for collections today and from Monday we will be open for browsing too. Phone or email orders if you would prefer not to come in. Stay safe and (sane if you can!)

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Lamorna Ash introduces Dark, Salt, Clear

Lamorna Ash is the author of Dark, Salt Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Village.

Here Lamorna introduces her book for the Edge of the World Bookshop. Charting her time in Newlyn and the fishing community there, this is a captivating insight into the life and character of our beloved neighbouring port.

The book is available in hardback at £18.99 and we will take pre-orders for when we open which will hopefully be on 1st June. 2020.

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Deeplight by teen author Frances Hardinge

Author Frances Hardinge reads the opening chapter of her stunning new novel Deeplight. This author is an Edge of the World absolute fave and her latest novel doesn’t disappoint. If you are looking for page-turning fantasy then fiction this good shouldn’t be only available to teens.

The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Now the gods are dead, but their remains are stirring beneath the waves . . . On the streets of the Island of Lady’s Crave live 14-year-old urchins Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell.

But there is something dangerous in the deep waters of the undersea, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. When the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .

The book is now available in paperback at £7.99 and we can take pre-orders for when we hopefully open on 1st June.

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Kiran Millwood Hargrave reads The Mercies

We were due to feature author Kiran Millwood Hargrave at the Acorn Penzance to talk about her latest book ‘The Mercies’.

One of the disappointing aspects of the lockdown for us has been having to cancel and postpone a series of exciting events we had planned and this was one of them. Already known as an exciting weaver of tales for teens, The Mercies is her first book for adults and a fabulous treat for readers who love historical fiction with brave women at the helm.

To wet your apetite for what is in store we are delighted to take part in Pan Macmillan’s #VirtuallyTogether tour. We hope to welcome Kiran to Penzance in the not too distant future.

We have signed copies in stock at £14.99 and so let us know if you would like to reserve one for when we open in hopefully a few days time.