Donate Your Old Books to Raise Money for Charity!

We’re very, very excited to finally announce our partnership with SWALLOW Charity!

With our new fundraising initiative, customers will be able to donate their books to us with the intention of raising funds for the brilliant work that SWALLOW do.

SWALLOW is a user-led charity who’s support for teenagers and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities is vital to the community. Find out more about what they do here:new swallow logo

This is the perfect opportunity not only to declutter but also to help SWALLOW at a time when fundraising is most difficult, as a portion of every sale from the donated books will go to SWALLOW.

This is a partnership that has begun during lockdown but we hope will go far into the future.

Simply box up your unwanted books and mark the box with ‘SWALLOW’ on the outside. When the lockdown allows, drop your boxes to us and we’ll take it from there. It’s as simple as that!

This partnership is, we hope, the first of many. We’re on the lookout for local charities that would benefit from this initiative – so please do bring forward any and all suggestions for who we can work with.

Get in touch with us at bookbarn@bookbarninternational.com.

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Cosy Crime, Detective Fiction and Thrillers

-by Emma Bilsborough

What are you reading at the moment? How are you getting on with your TBR pile? If you’re anything like I am, you’ll be charging through them, book after book, looking for anything to keep your mind busy in the quiet moments.

I thought I’d pick out some of the most interesting titles from our website each week, just in case you’re in need of another read. While we are able, we are still shipping books to book lovers all over the world. Our warehouse team are working diligently to get orders out, following government guidance on social distancing and protective gear.

This week, I’ve picked a few of our favourites from our website’s Crime & Thriller section.

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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.

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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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