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Books to pre-order now!

Some of the books we’re really looking forward to over the summer! Many of them will also be signed by the authors – we will allocate these to pre-ordering customers on a first come first serve basis.

If you pre-order we will have your book available for collection from the shop on publication day or will post it to you as close to publication as possible.

Dear NHS

by Various

Due to be published on 9 July 2020.

Signed copies available!

Curated and edited by Adam Kay (author of multi-million bestseller This is Going to Hurt), Dear NHS features 100 household names telling their personal stories of the health service. Contributors include: Paul McCartney, Emilia Clarke, Peter Kay, Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Sir Trevor McDonald, Graham Norton, Sir Michael Palin, Naomie Harris, Ricky Gervais, Sir David Jason, Dame Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley, Miranda Hart, Dermot O’Leary, Jamie Oliver, Ed Sheeran, David Tennant, Dame Julie Walters, Emma Watson, Malala Yousafzai and many, many more.

The NHS is our single greatest achievement as a country. No matter who you are, no matter what your health needs are, and no matter how much money you have, the NHS is there for you. In Dear NHS, 100 inspirational people come together to share their stories of how the national health service has been there for them, and changed their lives in the process. By turns deeply moving, hilarious, hopeful and impassioned, these stories together become a love letter to the NHS and the 1.4 million people who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day – selflessly, generously, putting others before themselves, never more so than now. They are all heroes, and this book is our way of saying thank you.

A minimum of £3.00 from the sale of each book will be paid to NHS Charities Together to fund vital research and projects and £0.15 will be paid to The Lullaby Trust which supports parents bereaved of babies and young children.

Wilderness Chef

by Ray Mears

Due to be published on 9 July 2020.

Signed copies available!

The first cookbook from outdoors legend Ray Mears, Wilderness Chef shows you how to cook delicious, flavoursome food in the open air for a summer where it is more important than ever.

Ray Mears has spent his life travelling the world, living with and learning from trackers, adventurers and indigenous peoples in the desert, the rainforests and the Arctic north. In this book he shares a delicious array of his most popular recipes, tried-and-tested for all levels of skill and in all conditions whether in the garden or the wild, from quick and tasty meals to opulent gourmet feasts.

Woven throughout are colourful stories of Ray’s cooking around the world, from baking a birthday cake using ingredients sourced in the rainforest, to pulling a giant Emu leg drumstick out of a ground oven built by a Pitjantjatjara elder in the Central Australian desert.

Gather round an open fire. Share delicious food inspired by the outdoors and infused with age-old wisdom. This is living. This is the way of the wilderness chef.

Miss Benson’s Beetle

by Rachel Joyce

Due to be published 23 July 2020

The first 20 pre-orders will include a lovely handwritten postcard from Rachel Joyce!

An uplifting and redemptive story of a glorious female friendship against the odds.

“Funny, perceptive and life-enhancing. I urge you to read it.” Sarah Winman

“The perfect escape novel for our troubled times.” Patrick Gale

“I loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, but Miss Benson’s Beetle is even better. The characters have a richness and depth that drew me into their story immediately. And what characters! This book is far more than an unexpected adventure, it’s a beautiful portrayal of female friendship in all its frailties, contradictions and strengths. It made me think we all have the power to be so much more than we imagine when we cut the chains of expectation. I actually feel as if I’ve just lost a positive, powerful friend – I’m cut adrift, I haven’t been so immersed in a novel for years.”  Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path

Join in our special online author event on Tuesday 21 July when Rachel Joyce will introduce Miss Benson’s Beetle.

Blurred Lines

by Hannah Begbie

Due to be published on 2 August 2020

She spoke out. I stayed silent. What would you do?

When Becky walks in on her boss with a woman who isn’t his wife, she’s horrified, but says nothing. She owes Matthew too much.

But when the same woman accuses him of rape, Becky is trapped in a nightmare. Was what she saw rape – or is Matthew, her trusted mentor, telling the truth? Becky must try to ignore her own traumatic past and its terrible hold on her.

As Becky attempts to untangle these blurred lines, she risks everything, even her home and family, to find the truth…

‘One of the most powerful stay-with-you books that I’ve read in the past year’ Jane Corry, author of I Looked Away

‘Blisteringly relevant, with an emotional pull that had me in hot, angry tears’Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of Let Me Lie

‘Deeply compelling and gripping, with characters so realistic you feel as if you know them, I couldn’t put it down’ –  Isy Suttie

‘A fast-paced, tightly-wound thriller with great dialogue and compelling characters. A brilliant page-turner perfectly designed for the #MeToo era’ Viv Groskop

‘Beautifully written, very timely, very honest – I read it deep into the night’Emma Freud

The Lost Spells

by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

Due to be published on 1 October 2020

Dazzlingly beautiful and wonderfully inventive, discover the magical new book from the creators of bestselling, critically acclaimed literary phenomenon, The Lost Words

Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but fresh in its form, The Lost Spells is a pocket-sized treasure that introduces a beautiful new set of natural spell-poems and artwork by beloved creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

As in The Lost Words, these “spells” take their subjects from relatively commonplace, and yet underappreciated, animals, birds, trees and flowers — from Barn Owl to Red Fox, Grey Seal to Silver Birch, Jay to Jackdaw. But they break out of the triptych format of The Lost Words, finding new shapes, new spaces and new voices with which to conjure.

Written to be read aloud, painted in brushstrokes that call to the forest, field, riverbank and also to the heart, The Lost Spells summons back what is often lost from sight and care, and inspires protection and action on behalf of the natural world. Above all, it celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature’s power to amaze, console and bring joy.

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