Why You Should Read Children’s Books No Matter Your Age

-by Emma Bilsborough

We’ve been running a brilliant 3 for 2 offer on all Children’s books on our website, which ends today (so if you haven’t taken advantage already, make sure you do!), and it’s got us thinking about the importance of Children’s literature.

Finding a love of reading at a young age can truly change the direction of your life. To quote everyone’s favourite bookseller, Kathleen Kelly, “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your life does“.

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Delicious Fresh Food Takeaway at The Full Stop Cafe

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

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From Monday 16th of March we will be offering a special takeaway menu made up of many of our customers’ favourites and filled with nutritional, immune system-boosting ingredients.

We want to make sure that we do what we can to help keep our customers healthy and happy. 

Keep an eye on our social media, where we will be sharing the menu and information on our ingredients every day.




If you’d like to place an order, simply send us a message or give us a call on 01761 451333 and our team will get it prepared, ready for collection. 


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Greatest Last Lines by Women in Literature

-by Lauren Bilsborough, Shop Team

It is an embarrassment of riches for us at the Bookbarn that International Women’s Day and World Book Day fall in the same week. The celebration of female literary excellence is pretty much an everyday preoccupation here for us bookworms, but the unique opportunity to bask in the radiance of the books which changed our lives and the incredible, flawed, dazzlingly clever and unfailingly witty women who wrote them cannot be brushed past in silent devotion. So we have taken some time to make this list, somewhat foolishly titled “The Greatest Last Lines by Women in Literature”. We know, of course, that greatness is a subjective idea, and that there are a multitude of women whom we have not yet heard from, or whose genius has been lost to the annals of time and to a historical canon largely composed by and for men. There are excellent academics uncovering these voices as we speak, and we will have to write another list for those authors now being rediscovered, from whom we are removed by decades and centuries. For others, we will have to wait a little longer. 

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Hire Space at Bookbarn for Meetings, Workshops and More

Looking for a venue for a meeting? Somewhere to host a workshop or a club?

Our brilliant Darwin room is the perfect location for both professional and private functions, with a wide open space, tables and seating.

An inspiring backdrop to arts & crafts classes, workshops and book clubs, or a warm, comfortable room for business meetings, team building sessions and more.


We have plenty of free parking and other onsite facilities, and our team are happy to make any preparations for your event.

To book or enquire after using our space, please give us a call on 01761451777, or email bookbarn@bookbarninternational.com.

You can also use the contact page on our new and improved website.


Recycle Your Books With Us!

At its heart, Bookbarn is all about recycling.

Last year, we launched our Reuse, Read, Recycle initiative to help our business be as green as possible – whether it’s performing an environmental audit on all areas, reducing the use of plastics in our shop and cafe, or working harder to reduce our waste across the board.

At the head of this initiative is our Book Recycling Service.

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What We’re Reading This Month

Each new year begins for many of us book lovers with the same promise – I will read more books this year. Then real life, dull, irritating, real life gets in the way, and we put the books aside for housework and homework, and end up not quite keeping the promise.

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Nonetheless, we try our very best, and hope each year that this will be the one in which we achieve the goal. We write up reading lists, we venture into new genres, we google book clubs and bookshops and bookmark those ‘100 books to read before you die’ lists.

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