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  • The 5 best books out February

    Muddy's pro bookworm Kerry Potter has got five Feb fancies for your delectation. Read all about 'em - and then win the lot!

  • Is it getting hot in here?

    Apply a cold compress and loosen that corset! It's historical hunk time in film and telly (well, hello, Rufus Sewell!), with three new sizzling period dramas to look forward to.

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    Xmas books for kids

    This year's top Christmas books for children, chosen by Castle Cary's Bailey Hill Bookshop

  • Top 5 tomes for teens

    Following on from our list of books for younger children last week, here's five of the best new books for 13+ and young adults. One of the authors, Somerset-born Josh Martin, will be at Bailey Hill Books in Castle Cary from 6pm on Friday 17 March, pen in hand ready to sign copies of his fantasy novel Ariadnis.

  • Brilliant kids’ books for World Book Day – it’s today

    Late night sewing panic aside, World Book Day is actually all about fostering a love of reading in kids isn't it? So I asked Claire over at the stupendous Bailey Hill Bookshop in Castle Cary to come up with a list of newly published brilliant kids books that will help do just that...

  • Top 10 Xmas books for kids aged 8-12

    Here you go, the fourth of the Muddy book guides to help you decide the best tomes for Christmas: the top 10 fiction picks for kids 8-12. Don’t buy on Amazon, hop over to your local bookshop! Star Wars Galactic Atlas This is the must have Christmas present for Star Wars fans of all ages. […]

  • Top 10 Xmas picture books

    The third in our series of best Christmas books comes from Waterstones in Yeovil. Yes, I know it’s a chain but Marcus and the rest of the staff there make the shop feel like an independent, promoting local authors and helping to organise the annual Yeovil Literary Festival an’ all, so I’m including them here […]

  • Brilliant books for kids

    If you can prise their fingers off their smartphones and iPads for a few minutes, slip one of these brilliant books (as recommended by Frome’s independent Hunting Raven Books) into their hands and look forward to some quiet time that doesn’t involve a Clash of Clans or a Pixel Gun. Harper and the Circus of Dreams […]

    • top 10 picture books for children

      Continuing on from the top 10 chapter books for children, here are the top 10 picture books, courtesy of Muddy Stilettos Surrey… What the Ladybird Heard Julia Donaldson (author) and Lydia Monks (illustrator) A storytime favourite. Super villains Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the prize cow and only the ladybird can […]

    • Best first books

      On World Book Day, celebrating best first novels by women authors – a selection of debut fiction by Hunting Raven Books of Frome...

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