We Forge The Chains We Wear In Life

In December 2017 we wrote a letter and, enclosing a book, sent it to Theresa May, British Prime Minister. The letter set out the impact of library closures, the loss of employed, qualified librarians and the loss of funding for the purchase of new books, on the...

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Thornhill, by Pam Smy

2017: As she unpacks boxes in the bedroom of her new house, Ella catches a glimpse of a crumbling, forsaken house beyond the overgrown garden she sees from her window. At night however, one small light goes on in the attic window; despite the barbed-wire and the...

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Author SF Said to visit us at Kenilworth Books!

We are really thrilled that one of our favourite ever authors, SF Said, will be joining us at the shop on 30th November after a day of school events. Many schools look at both Varjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw in yours 3,4 and 5, and his third novel, Phoenix, is a...

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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

An Independent Bookseller's view of the sale and the future of Waterstones   With the planned sale of Waterstones reaching the headlines of the country’s business news, the whole book industry now needs to look up, down a strong coffee and take some notice....

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Talk to the Golden Monkey

World Book Day - a celebration of writing for children, or a celebrity marketing exercise? Our culture has become so obsessed with celebrity that we have started to confuse fame with ability, and they are not the same thing at all. We are deeply concerned and...

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An Agreement Made by Gaslight

A short history of the NBA and what a new agreement might look like.   Like many of the best stories, this one starts in the winding, gas-lit streets of Victorian London. Let’s take a little trip back to 1852. This was the year that the new Chamber of the House...

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The History of Abbey Fields, Kenilworth

A new book from local historian, Robin D Leach. We already have a nice long list of people waiting for Robin's latest book - and we're happy to say that this will now be with us in just a couple of days. We are expecting the book to arrive, hot off the press, by...

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Celestine and the Hare

  No act of kindness is ever wasted - Aesop, teller of tales c590BC If you haven’t yet found these beautiful little books, pick one up and have a look. We’ve never found a book so small that is so warm and so heartbreakingly profound. The creatures in the...

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