Share your memories of The Book Nook!

As we enter our 15th year, we’d love for you to share any memories you have of yourself or your family at The Book Nook over the years!

Maybe your child met their author hero or took part in an amazing illustration workshop? Brought home a huge stack of books or enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate? Were wowed by a wonderful window or found your all time favourite read? Made a fabulous craft or played pirate in our bookshop ship?

There’ll be a bookish prize for the best photo!

Please send us your pics, either via email to: or on social media! #BookNook15 We can’t wait to share some memories!

And don’t forget, you can join us for a live celebration of our 15th Birthday with some of our wonderful local authors an illustrators on February 17th. All the details of the day’s events are here!

*IMPORTANT: Photos may be used on the website, in store and on our various social media channels. Sending us a photo will be considered consent to display them in these spaces. *

Christmas Opening Hours

The Book Nook will be open, as usual, up to — and including — Saturday 23rd December.


Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm

Saturday: 9:30am – 5pm

And until Christmas we’re also open on Sundays: 10:30am – 3pm

We will shut our doors for the Xmas break at 4pm on Saturday 23rd, reopening on Tuesday 2nd January at 9am.

Orders can still be placed in our online shop over the Xmas break, and they will be posted out on Jan 2nd.

Vote for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2023!

The shortlists are out for the #BAMBReadersAwards 2023 — the only book awards curated by bookshops and chosen by readers like you!

Pick up the shortlisted Children’s and YA titles below and then vote on your favourite for the chance to win a £100 National Book Token!




Vote on your favourites and you could win a £100 National Book Token. Vote here.

Books Are My Bag is a year-round campaign to celebrate bookshops across the UK and Ireland.

And don’t forget it’s Bookshop Day this Saturday, 14th October! Pop into the shop and celebrate with us!


Big news at The Book Nook this month: we’re excited to announce that we’re finally opening 7 days a week!

Due to customer demand we’ll be available for all your book buying and browsing needs every Sunday, from October 1st.

Opening hours will be 10:30 am til 3pm.

There will be a story session every Sunday at 11am, and crafts at 1pm!

Our Little Nook Café will also be open on Sundays, until 2:30pm.

David Walliams book signing

David Walliams book signing for Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!

Sunday 21st November at 11am

Meet bestselling author, David Walliams as he signs copies of his first ever sequel Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!  

Ticket Price: £15 includes a copy of Gangsta Granny Strikes Again (RRP £14.99) and an exclusive Gangsta Granny swag bag. 

Parents accompanying their children do not require a ticket.

Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! is an extraordinarily brilliant and rollicking mystery adventure illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross, and the sequel to the much-loved and bestselling Gangsta Granny which is celebrating its 10th anniversary year. 

Expect the unexpected in this wonderfully entertaining and laugh-out-loud escapade, which will have readers on the edge of their seats as they join Ben on his quest to unravel the mystery of the return of The Black Cat.

Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! publishes in hardback (£14.99) audio and eBook on 16th November. 

We want all fans to have the best possible experience meeting David. In the interest of the limited time available and to maximise the number of readers that David can meet, the following terms and conditions will be in effect for this book signing. We are putting these rules in place for the safety and enjoyment of everyone involved. Please respect each other and David on the day. Be kind to each other and take the opportunity whilst in line to make some friends. We look forward to seeing you there (costumes encouraged)!

COVID Regulations

Everyone over 11 please wear a mask in the shop and during the signing with David Walliams

Terms and conditions

300 tickets will be available

You will be required to show your ticket on the day of the event (which will be exchanged for a wristband), to gain entry, and as proof of purchase. Please keep your ticket in a safe place.

To avoid disappointment, we must stress there will be no opportunity to meet David without a ticket.

Should you not receive your e-ticket confirmation email please contact quoting your booking reference.

Due to the anticipated high turn-out, please come prepared to queue – we will aim to keep you updated on your waiting time. Some outside queuing maybe required, so please do come dressed appropriately for all weathers and keep hydrated.

Ticket holders will receive their copy of the book and goody bag at the venue.

David Walliams is very sorry but, in the time, allowed he will only be able to sign one book per person, per ticket holder.  Sadly, he cannot add dedications.

A photo opportunity will be available with David in front of the signing table, so please feel free to bring your cameras! Staff will be on hand to take your camera/phone to get a photo of you with David whilst he signs your book. Please note only ONE photo per family permitted due to timing restrictions. 

All staff handling books/cameras are vaccinated, have undertaken a lateral flow test on the day of the event and will wear masks on the day 

Please note the event may be filmed of photographed, as an attendee you consent to footage and/or images of you being used for promotional purposes.

If you have further questions, please contact us via email or call 01273 911988

Vashti Hardy wins The Blue Peter Book Award: Best Story with Wildspark

Congratulations to Book Nook favourite Vashti Hardy for her well deserved Blue Peter Book Award win. We love Wildspark and its ghost machine adventures and are thrilled that it has won such a fantastic award.

To celebrate her win, we have signed and personalised copies of all Vashti’s books available to order. Vashti will be visiting us later this month and will sign and dedicate her books to you, your class or your best book buddy. You can order your copies here:

Signed and personalised Wildspark

Signed and personalised Brightstorm

Signed and personalised Darkwhispers

About Wildspark:

In Medlock, machines don’t come to life – life comes to machines.

A secretive guild of inventors have brought spirits of the dead back into the world, harnessing them in animal-like machines. Young Prue has joined as an apprentice, but she’s on a mission of her own: to bring her brother back to life. To find him, she needs to get the ghost machines to remember the people they used to be…

Congratulations Vashti!

The Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist is announced

This year's Costa Award category shortlists have been announced. Of course, the category closest to our hearts is the 2019 Costa Children’s Book Award. Here's the shortlist:

The category winners will be revealed on Monday 6th January 2020 and the overall Costa Book of the Year will be announced Tuesday 28th January 2020.

Have you read them all yet? Got some catching up to do? You can get all four shortlisted books in a special offer bundle for £30. Get reading, as we'll be sharing our thoughts on the shortlist and creating some polls to see who you think should win.

About the Costa Book Award

Launched in 1971, the Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular book prizes and celebrates the most enjoyable books of the year by writers resident in the UK and Ireland.

Uniquely, the prize has five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the year and each category is judged separately by a panel of three judges per category. The Costa Book of the Year is then chosen by a nine-member panel which includes representatives from the original panels who are joined by other well-known people who love reading.

Books are entered by publishers and entry for the Awards closes at the end of June each year. The author of the Costa Book of the Year receives a cheque for £30,000, presented at an awards ceremony at the end of January.

Books of the Year have included ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon, ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ by Kate Atkinson and ‘The Amber Spyglass’ by Philip Pullman.

The judges for the Children's Book Award for 2019 will be:

  • Charlotte Eyre (Children’s Editor, The Bookseller) 
  • Bali Rai (Writer) 
  • Danny van Emden (Children’s Buyer and Deputy Manager, West End Lane Books)

Judith Kerr National Writing Day Competition

Calling all schools and teachers! Exciting new writing competition for your pupils.

To enter, children are asked to produce a piece of original writing inspired by the life or work of Judith Kerr. For example, pupils might choose to write:

  • their own version of The Tiger Who Came to Tea
  • a review of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
  • a guide on ‘How to Look After Mog’ or a new Mog story
  • a biography of Judith Kerr
  • a report about tigersAll types and genres of writing are valid, as long as they are linked in some way to Judith Kerr and her books. Please encourage children to be as creative as possible!

Closing date: 4th July 2019

Entry forms and instructions, together with the competition Terms and Conditions, are available at


You can download the flyer with full details here:

JBL Kerr National Writing Day Comp Flyer

Don’t forget you can also win £5000 for your school library with National Book Tokens!