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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Parts 1 &11 - by J K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on 30th July 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Book of the Week

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

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Saturday, November 23rd, 2013. It was just another day in America; an unremarkable Saturday on which ten children and teens were killed by gunfire. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. White, Black and Latino, they fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. There was no outrage about their passing. It was just another day in the death of America, where on a daily average - seven children and teens are killed by guns. Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. The nine-year-old opened the door and was shot in the head by his mother's ex-boyfriend. The eleven-year-old was killed by his friend at a sleep over in rural Michigan. The eighteen-year-old gang member, on Chicago's South Side, was shot in a stairwell just days after being released from prison. Through ten moving chapters - one for each child - Younge explores the way these children lived and lost their short lives. He finds out who they were, who they wanted to be, the environments they inhabited, and what this might tell us about society at large. What emerges is a searing portrait of childhood and youth in contemporary America.


Book at Bedtime

The Wonder by Emma Donaghue

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An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story. Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

2016 Olympics

If you are one of the many of us who will be glued to the TV late at night watching the latest from Rio, you may also be interested in some accompanying books.

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Most recently published is 'The Games' by David Goldblatt in which this award winning author examines the complex global history and evolution of the Olympics.Illuminated with dazzling vignettes from over a century of olympic completion - this stunningly researched history captures the excitement of sporting brilliance and the kaleidoscopic experience of the Games. It shows us how this sporting spectacle has come to reflect the world we hope to inhabit and the one we actually live in. There is also an updated edition of Goldblatt's 'How to Watch the Olympics' which offers each sport's backstory and culture, and explains the finer points of strategy, skulduggery and skill. Once you've read the book, you'll be on tenterhooks to see whether the Danes triumph at handball, what the Italian fencers are up to and why Greco-Roman wrestling is so crucial to Kasakhstan. You'll know who invented the butterfly stroke, where water polo serves as the closest expression of warfare and how shuttlecocks travel faster than tennis balls.

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There are also lots of books for children including Usborne's 'The Story of the Olympics', 'Flaming Olympics' which is written very much in the style of Horrible Histories, a picture book for younger children which introduces the main sports, various sticker books and even a book of poetry!

We like this short, insightful verse by Roger Stevens, called 'The Real Battle':-

"On the school field

Or in the Olympic stadium

Your competitors smile

While plotting to beat you

But the real battle Is in your head"

These are the books that were most popular with our customers last week......

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1 Sweet Caress by William Boyd

2. Exposure by Helen Dunmore

3. Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner

4. The Tale of Kitty in Boots by Beatrix Potter

5. Victoria: A Life by A N Wilson

6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

7. Where my Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

8. How it Works: The Student

9. The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien

10. When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall

If you would like to read any of these books, please send us a message from our contacts page, and we will reserve a copy for you.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

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On a dark, silvery moonlit night, Sophie is snatched from her bed by a giant. Luckily it is the Big Friendly Giant, the BFG, who only eats snozzcumbers and glugs frobscottle. But there are other giants in Giant Country. Fifty foot brutes who gallop far and wide every night to find human beans to eat. Can Sophie and her friend the BFG stop them? Let's hope so - otherwise the next child a gruesome giant guzzles could be you.

Coming up

  • Surviving Aberfan - the People's Story

Local authors Sue Elliott and Bevan Jones have written a new book about Aberfan, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the disaster on October 21st 1966. Thousands of tonnes of mine waste slid down a Welsh mountainside engulfing a primary school and surrounding houses. 116 children and 28 adults died under the slurry and rubble, making it one of the worst peacetime disasters in modern history. The book is based on interviews with many of those directly involved, and ties into a documentary to be shown on BBC 4 on October 4th.

If you want to find out more, do join us on November 2nd at 7pm when Sue and Bevan will be reading from and discussing the book. There will be time to ask questions, and wine and nibbles will be served.

Please do let us know you are coming though as we do tend to get a bit overcrowded!