It may seem early, but it isn’t really!

I used to think no one should talk about Christmas until 1 December. Keep it special – don’t ruin the magic. I adore Christmas, and at 57 I still feel that magic, even just saying the word. However, that was before I was in retail! You have to plan ahead when you are running a business that wants to provide Christmas stuff. So…it’s time to start taking orders for our ever-popular Advent calendars of books.

These calendars are 24 secondhand books, individually wrapped, one to open each day in Advent. We don’t do a Christmas Day one, as I presume most people will have other things to open on Christmas Day. But Advent calendars build the excitement through December, and having a book to unwrap each day is an extra-exciting idea.

We can make them for any age, from babies to ancients, and we take note of any particular likes or, perhaps more importantly, dislikes. We can’t be too specific, as we never know what we will have in stock, but we do tailor-make each one according to general tastes.

Prices as follows:

0-12: £15

12-15: £18

16 and over: £25

This is to do with reading age more than actual age, so let us know if your 15-year-old would like a set of adult fiction, or if your 11-year-old prefers YA to MG, etc.

These are intended to be bundles of fiction books – it’s much harder, from our stock, to put together packs of 24 suitable non-fiction books, but do get in touch if you prefer non-fiction and I will tell you if it’s possible.

We can post them, please let me know when ordering if they are to be posted – I will let you know what the postage costs would be. We can only post them within the UK.

Use the form below to order or for further details.

The Marble Curse: author event

A friend gave me this book to read a while ago now, and I should have written about it sooner. I loved it! It’s a new book for children (7-12 sort of age range, but up to adult, clearly!) by scientist Richard Vincent, and is the story of Joe and his sister Beth, transported back in time to help prevent the destruction caused by the marble curse. You need to read the book to find out more! But it’s a wonderful story that plays science and reason alongside the arts and the imagination, showing how both are necessary to overcome the curse. It’s a cracking story.

And now its author Richard Vincent is coming to Kenilworth! There will be two opportunities to meet him, hear more about the book, see some sneaky science, do some craft activities related to the story.

On Saturday 18th September Richard will be at Kenilworth Books from 1-2.30pm.

On Sunday 19th September, he will be at the Tree House from 11am-12 noon.

These will be two different sessions – both are free, and both will be fun! They are aimed at children of 7ish or above, though younger siblings are very welcome at the Tree House session if that makes it easier for parents – we can offer a table for colouring or looking at books while the older ones are doing crafts with Richard.

Look out for the posters, and I will be promoting the events on social media.

You can book with Steve Russ via – we have to limit it to 20 participants, so do get in touch with Steve to book a place if you would like to come. We will let people in on the door if there is still space, but not if the 20 places are already booked.