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Michael Rosen

A national treasure’s journey to the brink and back.

‘Will I wake up?’

‘There’s a 50:50 chance.

‘Michael Rosen wasn’t feeling well. Soon he was struggling to breathe, and then he was admitted to hospital, suffering from coronavirus as the nation teetered on the edge of a global pandemic. What followed was months on the wards: six weeks in an induced coma, and many more weeks of rehab and recovery as the NHS saved Michael’s life, and then got him back on his feet. Throughout Michael’s stay in intensive care, a notebook lay at the end of his bed, where the nurses who cared for him wrote letters of hope and support. Embarking on the long road to recovery, Michael was soon ready to start writing about his near-death experience. Combining stunning new prose poems by one of Britain’s best loved poets and the moving coronavirus diaries of his nurses, doctors and wife Emma-Louise Williams, this is a beautiful book about love, life and the NHS.

Featuring original illustrations by Chris Riddell, each page celebrates the power of community, the importance of kind gestures in dark times, and the indomitable spirits of the people who keep us well.

It is a heartwarming book so next time you are in the shop do pop and have a look at it..

Also Michael Rosen is a big supporter of Independent Bookshops and has put together a special selection of books for which you can browse now on our page here!

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Lockdown 3.0

We have decided with heavy hearts to completely close the shop for the rest of the current lockdown. We were planning on offering a ‘click and collect’ service throughout, but following the recent huge escalation in covid cases locally decided that this was not appropriate. Many apologies for the disruption in service and many thanks for your support. In the meantime, you can order books via

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Help us give mini-libraries to Cornwall’s refuges

Each year we give away books to good causes and this year we are focusing on women’s refuges. Lockdown saw worrying spikes in violence in the home. We are creating mini-libraries for each of the Women’s Refuges in Cornwall. We know the power of books to heal, entertain and empower. We regularly come across books that are so special we want to make sure as many people as possible have access to them, not only those who can afford the cover price. Alongside the ones we are giving you can add to the pile too so that we have a really meaningful selection of inspiring and uplifting books to be shared and enjoyed.

We are also very keen to hear your recommendations of books you would love to see included too.

If you would like to contribute you can pop in the shop or add a donation here. Anything, however small is appreciated and will add to the pile of amazing books we can give.

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A gift for this year’s A’Level and GCSE students

Wow, it has been a stressful few weeks if you are expecting exam results.

Not only could you not sit your exams but also you have been in limbo, wondering what great idea the government might come up with next! Hopefully things are now a little less confusing. We just wanted to put something out there that is a bit of treat. It won’t make up for the stress but will mean you might be able to afford that next book you wanted.

We are giving local A’ level and GCSE students a free £5 gift token. Just pop in and collect it from the till. Tell your friends. Available while stocks last.

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Anna Wilson introduces her memoir ‘A Place for Everything’

One of the long-standing friends of the Edge of the World Bookshop is author Anna Wilson. Anna writes hilarious children’s books and we have enjoyed lots of children’s events with Anna with the whole audience in stitches. Her newly published memoir is on a more sober subject, her mother’s autism.

‘A Place for Everything’ is a searing account of a mother’s late-diagnosis of autism – and its far reaching effects on a whole family. Anna grew up in a house that was loving, even if her mum was ‘a little eccentric’. They knew to keep things clean, to stay quiet, and to look the other way when things started to get ‘a bit much for your mum’.

It’s only when her mother reaches her 70s, and Anna has a family of her own, that the cracks really start to appear. More manic. More irrational. More detached from the world. And when her father, the man who has calmed and cajoled her mother through her entire life becomes unwell, the whole world turns upside down.

This is a story of a life lived with undiagnosed autism, about the person behind the disorder, those big unspoken family truths, and what it means to care for our parents in their final years. Told with Anna’ warmth and wit it is a must read. Check out her interview on Woman’s Hour for more info from Anna.