Independent Bookshop Week

Independent Bookshop Week – June 2020

We’re so happy to be re-opening in this special week!

We have some great offers to welcome you back and to celebrate all things independent…

Interview with Cerys Matthews on Radio 6

On Sunday 21, Sevenoaks Bookshop owner Fleur chatted about the wonder of independent bookshops with the magnificent Cerys Matthews on her Radio 6 show.

Listen to the show:

Cerys Matthews’ gorgeous Where the Wild Cooks Go is available to order. With a Spotify playlist ready for each country, as well as poems, proverbs, curiosities and some very surprising aspects of world history. The pages of her ‘folk cookbook’ are brim-full of generations’ old nuggets of wisdom, as well as stories about Catatonia touring days and other escapades, plus over a hundred recipes and cocktail ideas from 15 countries.

Easy haggis, vegan haggis, jambalaya, cawl, traditional and vegan Welsh cakes, tequila prawns, chocolate and Guinness fondants, thousand hole pancakes, pineapple and chilli, potato, chickpea and coconut curry, dahl and hedgerow salad are just some of delicious, sustainable and fuss free ideas served in this beautiful book.

Ask the Author!

For Independent Bookshop Week, we’re proud to welcome friend of the shop Ali Smith as a virtual bookseller and recommender of everything arts related for one week only! We’re inviting you to send in details via email of books you’ve read recently and enjoyed, to be in with a chance of winning a personal recommendation from Ali from the world of culture – it might be a book, or a song, or a film, an artwork etc…

Maximum 10 winners, to be selected at random. Entries must be received by midnight on Saturday 27 June. Entries to be sent via email to [email protected]

Autumn, Winter and Spring from Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet are available now in paperback. Summer will be published in hardback on August 6th 2020.

A special new book for adults from Meg Rosoff… The Great Godden

Not officially due to be published till 9 July but Bloomsbury have given us some super early copies in for Independent Bookshop Week!

– and they’re signed by Meg Rosoff!

– and they come with a lovely cloth bag!

This is the story of one family, one dreamy summer – the summer when everything changes. In a holiday house by the sea, in a big, messy family, one teenager watches as brothers and sisters, parents and older cousins fill hot days with wine and games and planning a wedding. Enter the Goddens – irresistible, charming, languidly sexy Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly there’s a serpent in this paradise – and the consequences will be devastating. From bestselling, award-winning author Meg Rosoff comes a lyrical and quintessential coming-of-age tale – a summer book that’s as heady, timeless and irresistible as Bonjour Tristesse and I Capture the Castle but as sharp and fresh as Normal People.

“A magical and utterly faultless voice” – Mark Haddon

“No one writes the way Rosoff does – as if she’s thrown away the rules. I love her fizzy honesty, her pluck, her way of untangling emotion through words” – Daily Telegraph

“Like Ephron, Rosoff has a lightness of touch, and is also a clever comic writer: her dialogue is sharp, her characters keenly observed and ruthlessly well realised” – The Sunday Times

Damian Barr’s Literary Salon

Coming to us via Instagram at 4pm on Wednesday!

Damian Barr’s Literary Salon ishosting a virtual Bookshop Tour during Independent Bookshop Week, celebrating some of the best indies from across the UK.

Every day at 4pm Damian Barr will go live on Instagram with a different independent bookshop, getting a glance at their bookshelves, discussing their ethos, how they’ve coped with lockdown, their favourite books, and more literary loveliness.

For more information see and follow @damianbarrliterarysalon on Instagram and keep an eye out at 4pm to join in.

Faber Poetry Diaries

We love these beautiful literary diaries and now is the perfect time to start planning afresh for all the exciting things you are going to fill next year with (holidays, travel, celebrations with friends – all the good, good things we’re dreaming about post pandemic!)

Buy One Get One Free from Publisher, Book Island!

You can order both of these beautiful hardback picture books for older children for an exclusive Independent Bookshop Week Price of £12.99. We have a limited number of sets available so please email us if you’d like to order: [email protected]

The Bird Within Me written and illustrated by Sara Lundberg

What do you do when it feels impossible to live the life that is expected of you? What do you do when you long for something that you can hardly name?

Berta is a twelve-year-old girl growing up on a farm in a small village in northern Sweden in the early twentieth century. She loves drawing and painting more than anything else, and secretly dreams of being an artist. But her mother is sick and Berta is needed on the farm. She knows that she needs art, that she has to express herself. But how can she make her dreams a reality?

Based on the paintings, letters and diaries of the Swedish artist Berta Hansson (1910–1994), The Bird Within Me is an exquisitely told story of family and obligation and following your dreams, which will appeal to all ages.

The Garden of Inside Out by Chiara Mezzalama, illustrated by Regis Lejonc

In the summer of 1981, Chiara and her family join their father in Tehran. He has been made Italian ambassador to Iran, and their home is a palace with a wild walled garden where princes and princesses used to live. Real ones, not the sort you find in made-up stories.

Before our arrival, the garden was neglected. The princes and princesses had been driven out, and the huge iron gates locked. The city where this secret garden belonged had collapsed into war…

Inside the garden walls, there are pomegranate trees, tall grasses hiding all kinds of insects, and a pond with a carp that is one hundred years old. Outside, where the city monster breathes darkly, there are bombs and soldiers with heavy boots and big beards. One day, a boy called Massoud climbs over the wall and makes friends with Chiara. They don’t speak the same language, but together they invent the kingdoms of Outside-Inside and Inside-Outside. Is their secret safe, though?

Inspired by the author’s childhood, this junior graphic novel is a beautiful evocation of an unexpected friendship between a girl and a boy, on either side of war and peace.

Oi Puppies by Kes Gray

We have this is super early in time for Independent Bookshop Week!

The laughter never ends with Oi Frog and Friends!

Another brilliantly funny, rhyming read-aloud picture book, jam-packed with cute puppies and silliness. From the bestselling, multi-award-winning creators of Oi Frog!

Dog is looking after some puppies. Quite a few puppies, actually, and none of them will sit! Not even on guppies, like they’re supposed to! They’re getting a little out of hand. But luckily Frog’s got a cunning plan . . .

We’re big fans of Down the Rabbit Hole, the podcast all about children’s books, hosted by author Katherine Woodfine and literary agent Louise Lamont. Fleur recorded an Independent Bookshop Week special with them and you can listen here: