You wait months for one prize winner…

… and five come along at once. This week’s top literary announcement is the list of the category winners for this year’s 2021 Costa Book Awards, the aim of which is to celebrate ‘the most enjoyable books of the year’ by writers who are resident in the UK and Ireland. This year’s judges have come […]

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And the winner is….

Many congratulations to South African Damon Galgut, who has won the 2021 Booker prize on his third time of being shortlisted. Galgut’s novel The Promise, published after seven fallow years, is set in South Africa during the country’s transition out of apartheid. It’s a compelling tale that explores the relationships between the members of a […]

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Important questions about the past and the present

Take three Americans, a South African, a Sri Lankan and a Briton… put them together and what do you have? No, not the opening line of a poor joke, but the fine selection of authors whose books have made it through to the Booker 2021 shortlist. The list is split by gender – three men, […]

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‘Something profound about what it is to be human…’

In 2004 Susanna Clarke published Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, to critical and popular acclaim. It had taken her ten years to write. It took her sixteen to produce Piranesi ­– but the wait was worth it, for this is another triumph of imagination and creative enterprise, newly announced as the winner of the 2021 […]

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The 2021 Booker Prize Longlist

Huge congratulations to all of the brilliant authors who have made this year’s Booker Prize longlist. Copies of these wonderful titles are available from the bookshop or by visiting our online storefront on A Passage North, Anuk Arudpragasam Second Place, Rachel Cusk The Promise, Damon Galgut The Sweetness of Water, Nathan Harris Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro An Island, Karen Jennings A Town […]

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Welcome to the all new Chorleywood Bookshop

Last month we opened the doors to our lovely new bookshop! Over the past weeks it’s been absolutely wonderful to welcome you back in to browse and we look forward to seeing many more of you in the weeks to come! To hear more about the all new Chorleywood Bookshop, please click here to read […]

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Costa Book Awards

Congratulations to all of the category winners for the Costa Book Awards 2020! Winner of the 2020 First Novel Award Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud  Winner of the 2020 Novel Award The Mermaid of Black Conch: A Love Story by Monique Roffey Winner of the 2020 Biography Award The Louder I Will Sing by […]

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Stephen Fry – for one night only

Pour yourself a glass of something full-bodied and join us for a night in with master storyteller, Stephen Fry. Prepare to be captivated as Stephen brings to life the passionate and powerful story of Troy. Don’t miss this one-off opportunity to join one of Britain’s best-loved authors as he invites us to join him at the fireside to hear the […]

Read More – your questions answered

We recently announced the launch of, a brand new website that is a socially conscious alternative to Amazon. Subsequently we have had many questions about shopping on and how best to support independent bookshops. What is the best way I can support CW & GX bookshops? Without a doubt, the best way to […]

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A Promised Land

There’s still time to pre-order your copy of the highly anticipated memoir from Barack Obama for the special price of £25 (RRP: £35). A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy. In the highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama […]

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