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9 novels in which the house is more than just a setting

9 novels in which the house is more than just a setting

Guest author Kate Morton
 

Kate Morton, bestselling author of Homecoming, shares her top picks for stories where fictional houses have as much personality as the individuals who live in them.

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7 joyfully diverse rom-coms to read

7 joyfully diverse rom-coms to read

Guest author Naina Kumar
 

This Valentine's Day, we invited Naina Kumar, author of Say You'll Be My Jaan, to recommend her favourite inclusive rom-coms.

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24 new children's and teen books out in 2024

24 new children's and teen books out in 2024

 

We've listed 24 of the best new children's and YA books arriving in bookshops soon, from brilliant graphic novels and magical delights to stories of friendship and family.

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24 new books we can't wait to read in 2024

24 new books we can't wait to read in 2024

 

We've listed 24 of the best new books arriving in bookshops during the first half of the year, from stories of friendship and epic love, to secret spies and space hotels – plus, check out our team's star picks!

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The best book gifts for Christmas 2023

The best book gifts for Christmas

Christmas gift guide
 

From the biggest names in fiction to beloved children's characters, here are some of the best book gifts available in high street bookshops this Christmas.

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13 festive rom-coms to pick up this winter

13 festive rom-coms to pick up this winter

 

If you're looking for a cosy, feel-good, heart-warming romance to buy this Christmas, we've recommended 13 festive books to pick up with your National Book Tokens.

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13 books set in bookshops

13 books set in our favourite place: bookshops!

 

To celebrate Bookshop Day, we've curated a list of 13 stories which take place in bookshops.

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9 books for kids that champion neurodiversity

9 books for kids that champion neurodiversity

Guest bookshop Next Page Books
 

Liz and Julie at Next Page Books in Hitchin – a children's bookshop devoted to inclusivity and diversity – share a list of books which feature neurodiverse characters.

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20 books for older readers, from classics to YA

20 books for older readers, from classics to YA

 

There are so many brilliant books out there for young adults to choose. Whether they're a fan of Alice Oseman or Charlotte Brontë, check out what they can pick up with their National Book Tokens.

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23 books to look out for in 2023

23 more children's books to look out for in 2023

 

We're back to highlight 23 of the best new books for children and teens, including everything from wintry fairy tales to magical adventures, dystopian futures to laugh-out-loud stories, and beyond

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23 books to look out for in 2023

23 more books to look out for in 2023

 

23 of the best new books that will arrive in bookshops during the second half of the year, from exciting new books by bestselling authors to fun and inventive debuts.

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10 reasons to support indie bookshops

10 reasons to support indie bookshops

Guest author Libby Page
 

Libby Page, author of The Vintage Shop, has joined us for Independent Bookshop Week (17-24th June) to share 10 fantastic reasons why you should support your local indie.

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8 comics for kids who love graphic novels

9 comic series for kids who love graphic novels

 

Bunny vs Monkey creator Jamie Smart recommends graphic novels to get kids reading.

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6 must-read LGBTQ+ YA stories

6 must-read LGBTQ+ YA stories

Guest author Sonora Reyes
 

Sonora Reyes, author of The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School, has joined us for Pride Month to recommend LGBTQ+ books for teens.

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12 crime novels that offer more than a body count

12 crime novels that offer more than a body count

Guests Kia Abdullah & Nadine Matheson
 

Authors Kia and Nadine have joined forces to recommend crime novels and thrillers that expose the dark heart of society... but are also rather brilliant for reading by the pool.

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13 books about mental health

13 books about mental health for both adults and teens

Guest author Josh Silver
 

Josh Silver – mental health nurse and author of HappyHead – has joined us to recommend 13 books about mental health for adults and teenagers alike.

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5 books for children who love video games

5 books for children who love video games

Guest author Christopher Edge
 

Christopher Edge, author of Escape Room, has joined us to recommend his top books for children to choose with their National Book Tokens.

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10 unputdownable novels with characters in STEM

10 unputdownable novels with characters in STEM

Guest author Kara Gnodde
 

Author of The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything, Kara Gnodde, recommends 10 fictional characters in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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10 swoonworthy romance novels

10 swoonworthy romance novels

Guest author Laura Wood
 

Laura Wood – author of dazzling period romances including The Agency for Scandal – has joined us to recommend her top ten romantic reads.

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23 children's books to look out for in 2023

23 children's books to look out for in 2023

 

23 fantastic new children's books that will arrive in bookshops during the first half of the year. 

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23 books to look out for in 2023

23 books to look out for in 2023

 

23 fantastic new books that will arrive in bookshops during the first half of the year. Don't forget to bookmark this for when you head to your local bookshop with your National Book Tokens

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What did everyone read this summer?

What did everyone read this summer?

 

Thank you to everyone (more than 1,000 of you!) who shared their summer reading with us. 7 avid readers each won a £25/€25 National Book Token.

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22 more children's books to look out for in 2022

22 more children's books to look out for in 2022

 

22 fantastic new books for younger readers that will be arriving in bookshops during the second half of the year, from laugh-out-loud fiction to poetry to read together.

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7 books that shine a light on Black British history

7 books that shine a light on Black British history

Guest author Lola Jaye
 

Lola Jaye, author of The Attic Child, joins us to share her favourite fiction about the Black presence in Britain.

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22 more books to look out for in 2022

22 more books to look out for in 2022

 

22 fantastic new books that will be arriving in bookshops during the second half of the year, from delicious summer reads to mystery novels to curl up with.

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11 booksellers recommend the best summer reads

11 booksellers recommend the best summer reads

Guest booksellers
 

We asked booksellers what they're recommending over the (hopefully) hot summer days. 

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10 cosy crime reads

10 cosy crime reads to check out

Guest author Julia Chapman
 

Julia Chapman, author of the charming Dales Detective series, joins us in Caboodlers' Corner to share ten of her favourite cosy crime reads.

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22 children's books to look out for in 2022

22 children's books to look out for in 2022

 

22 fantastic new books for young readers of all ages to look out for in the first half of the year, from magical adventures to funny fiction.

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22 books to look out for in 2022

22 books to look out for in 2022

 

22 new books to choose, from astonishing fiction to bold non-fiction. Don't forget to bookmark this for when you head to your local bookshop with your National Book Tokens

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Trust a Bookseller

40 books recommended by booksellers

40 books recommended by booksellers
Guest booksellers
 

We asked booksellers from across the UK for their top tips for this winter, as well as the 2022 books they can't wait to read.

Read their picks
8 inspirational places in Ireland

8 inspirational places in Ireland – paired with books!

Guest author Faith Hogan
 

Faith Hogan, bestselling author of The Ladies Midnight Swimming Club, has joined us to talk about her favourite inspirational places in Ireland – and has paired each one with a great book!

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42 brilliant books for young adults

42 brilliant books for young adults

 

Young people need books that encourage empathy, understanding and inclusivity, so we've created a guide featuring 42 brilliant books.

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13 books set in the UK and Ireland

13 books set in the UK and Ireland

Guest booksellers
 

We asked booksellers across the country to recommend one great book set in their bookshop's local area, so you can travel the country through book.

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22 books to look out for in your local bookshop

22 books to look out for in your local bookshop

 

Whether it's thrillers, non-fiction or magical adventures that you love to read most, we've featured 22 exciting new books published in the second half of the year.

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11 Queer YA books that will steal your heart

11 Queer YA books that will steal your heart

Guest author Kacen Callender
 

Ahead of Pride Month, Kacen Callender – author of beautiful transgender love story Felix Ever After – recommends LGBTQ+ love stories for teenagers.

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7 illustrated children's books about disability

7 illustrated children's books about disability

Guest author James Catchpole
 

James Catchpole, author of the brilliant picture book What Happened to You?, shares his top illustrated books for young booklovers that feature characters with disabilities or are true stories about famous disabled people.

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Beth O'Leary's 10 unexpected meet cutes

10 unexpected meet cutes in fiction

Guest author Beth O'Leary
 

Beth O'Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare, shares her top ten books featuring unexpected meet cutes.

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10 festive books to read this Christmas

10 festive books to read this Christmas

Guest author Lizzie Byron
 

Lizzie Byron, author of Someday at Christmas, has joined us in Caboodlers' Corner to share her cosy recommendations.

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15 of the most exciting new books to discover at your local bookshop this winter

15 exciting new books to discover

 

Check out our list of new and exciting books look out for at your local bookshop.

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10 fantastic books by Irish authors

10 fantastic books by Irish authors

10 fantastic books set in Ireland
Guest author Cecelia Ahern
 

To celebrate Irish Book Week, Cecelia Ahern, bestselling author of PS, I Love You and its sequel Postscript, has joined us in Caboodlers' Corner to share her favourite books by Irish authors.

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20 recommended reads from the Readers Awards nominees

20 recommended reads from the Readers Awards nominees

20 recommended reads from the Readers Awards nominees
Guest authors and illustrators
 

We've invited this year's brilliant nominated authors and illustrators to chat to us about the books they love best.

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11 books you may have missed during lockdown

11 books you may have missed during lockdown

 

Lots of great books are being published in lockdown and so booksellers have joined us to recommend 11 new books that you may have missed.

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10 brilliant books to read by Black writers

10 brilliant books to read by Black writers

Guest bookseller Round Table Books
 

Layla – expert bookseller at the fantastic Round Table Books – recommends 10 brilliant books for both children and adults written by Black authors.

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5 books for aspiring gardeners

5 books for aspiring gardeners this spring

Guest author Alice Vincent
 

Alice Vincent, author of Rootbound: Rewilding a Life, recommends five books for the new gardener. 

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8 thrillers that pack an emotional punch

8 thrillers that pack an emotional punch

Guest author Sam Lloyd
 

Sam Lloyd, author of The Memory Wood, recommends 8 thrillers that pack an emotional punch. 

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37 brilliant books for students

37 brilliant books for students | 2019

Download and print!
 

37 brilliant books to help students crack university and beyond, from essential skills and fantastic fiction to books about people who've inspired change.

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10 books for fans of legal thrillers

10 books for fans of legal thrillers

Guest author HS Chandler
 

HS Chandler, author of Degrees of Guilt, recommends ten books for fans of legal thrillers.

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10 armchair adventures for junior bookworms

10 armchair adventures for junior bookworms

Guest author Katherine Rundell
 

Author Katherine Rundell recommends her favourite adventure stories.

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10 medical memoirs for fans of This is Going to Hurt

10 medical memoirs for fans of This is Going to Hurt

Guest author Leah Hazard
 

Hard Pushed's Leah Hazard shares her top ten medical memoirs.

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7 sports stories for fans of fiction

7 sports stories for fans of fiction

 

We recommend sports stories for fiction fans. What sports writing have you loved?

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10 must-see book adaptations

10 must-see book-to-film adaptations

 

Check out our list of 10 literary adaptations coming to a screen near you. Which are you excited to see? 

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12 incredible books we love

12 incredible books loved by National Book Tokens

 

The team at National Book Tokens reveal the most cherished books on their shelves.

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12 books for music lovers

12 books for serious music lovers

 

We recommend 12 books to soundtrack your summer.

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11 books for armchair travellers

11 books for armchair travellers

 

We recommended 11 captivating books to whisk you away.

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10 books about books

10 books about books for booklovers

 

Bring out the bibliophile in you! Check out these 10 brilliant books for booklovers.

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10 non-fiction books that changed the world

10 books that changed the world

 

Check out our list of 10 powerful works of non-fiction that changed the world we live in.

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9 novels in translation

9 novels in translation recommended by a bookseller

 

Bookseller Garry Perry recommends his favourite translated stories, from magnificent classics to award winners.

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10 modern stories to fall in love with

10 modern stories to fall in love with 

 

We recommend 10 modern love stories this Valentine’s Day. Which books have you fallen in love with?

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7 favourite locations in literature

7 favourite locations in literature

 

Ever dreamed of visiting Neverland or The Shire? We've picked 7 of our favourite locations in literature. What are yours?

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10 books that will surely make you cry

10 books that will surely make you cry

 

Do you love an emotional story? Check out our list of 10 heartbreaking books guaranteed to make you shed a tear.

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