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
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.
Thank you so much to the lovely Raynor and Moth for popping in to sign the small mountain of copies of her new book The Wild Silence – we love this book so much! It was so lovely catching up with them both over a cuppa and hearing all about life after the salt path
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.
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.
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. .
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.
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!)