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Bookshop Newsletter #4


Bookshop Newsletter #4

Bookshops Newsletter

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21st August 2020


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This month we see a great offer from Pikku Press, Cambridge University Press, and a continuation of a couple of other offers. We are still looking for more offers from authors and their marketing people on merch for bookshops to give out with books.

The idea of this newsletter is for it to be a great resource for publishers and authors to share their deals and offers with independent bookshops, so I’ll be asking publishers and authors regularly for contributions.

I can be contacted at Twitter @IndieBookshopUK and by email if you have anything you would like included.

Please share the link to this newsletter with anyone you think will be interested in the offers. If you would like to be first to see the latest offers subscribe to the website and you’ll be notified whenever a new post is published.

Publisher Offers

Exclusive Offer

Last year Cambridge University Press launched Academic Trade Program (ATP) – with the aim of expanding the number of ambitious, impactful books that could reach a broader audience.

To celebrate this they are offering a further 5% off when ordering these four books through Gardners until the 1st of October.

Blood Royal

Released on 09/07/2020

Throughout medieval Europe, for hundreds of years, monarchy was the way that politics worked in most countries. This meant power was in the hands of a family – a dynasty; that politics was family politics; and political life was shaped by the births, marriages and deaths of the ruling family. How did the dynastic system cope with female rule, or pretenders to the throne? How did dynasties use names, the numbering of rulers and the visual display of heraldry to express their identity? And why did some royal families survive and thrive, while others did not? Drawing on a rich and memorable body of sources, this engaging and original history of dynastic power in Latin Christendom and Byzantium explores the role played by family dynamics and family consciousness in the politics of the royal and imperial dynasties of Europe. From royal marriages and the birth of sons, to female sovereigns, mistresses and wicked uncles, Robert Bartlett makes enthralling sense of the complex web of internal rivalries and loyalties of the ruling dynasties and casts fresh light on an essential feature of the medieval world.

ISBN: 9781108490672

The Body Image Book for Girls

Released on 10/09/2020

It is worrying to think that most girls feel dissatisfied with their bodies, and that this can lead to serious problems including depression and eating disorders. Can some of those body image worries be eased? Body image expert and psychology professor Dr Charlotte Markey helps girls aged 9-15 to understand, accept, and appreciate their bodies. She provides all the facts on puberty, mental health, self-care, why diets are bad news, dealing with social media, and everything in-between. Girls will find answers to questions they always wanted to ask, the truth behind many body image myths, and real-life stories from girls who share their own experiences. Through this easy-to-read and beautifully illustrated guide, Dr Markey teaches girls how to nurture both mental and physical heath to improve their own body image, shows the positive impact they can have on others, and enables them to go out into the world feeling fearless!

ISBN: 9781108718776

Understanding Coronavirus

Released on 16/06/2020

Since the identification of the first cases of the coronavirus in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, there has been a significant amount of confusion regarding the origin and spread of the so-called ‘coronavirus’, officially named SARS-CoV-2, and the cause of the disease COVID-19. Conflicting messages from the media and officials across different countries and organizations, the abundance of disparate sources of information, unfounded conspiracy theories on the origins of the newly emerging virus and the inconsistent public health measures across different countries, have all served to increase the level of anxiety in the population. Where did the virus come from? How is it transmitted? How does it cause disease? Is it like flu? What is a pandemic? What can we do to stop its spread? Written by a leading expert, this concise and accessible introduction provides answers to the most common questions surrounding coronavirus for a general audience.

ISBN: 9781108826716

Grow the Pie

Released on 26/03/2020

What is a responsible business? Common wisdom is that it’s one that sacrifices profit for social outcomes. But while it’s crucial for companies to serve society, they also have a duty to generate profit for investors – savers, retirees, and pension funds. Based on the highest-quality evidence and real-life examples spanning industries and countries, Alex Edmans shows that it’s not an either-or choice – companies can create both profit and social value. The most successful companies don’t target profit directly, but are driven by purpose – the desire to serve a societal need and contribute to human betterment. The book explains how to embed purpose into practice so that it’s more than just a mission statement, and discusses the critical role of working collaboratively with a company’s investors, employees, and customers. Rigorous research also uncovers surprising results on how executive pay, shareholder activism, and share buybacks can be used for the common good.

ISBN: 9781108494854



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Exclusive Offer

Indie Booksellers: Order C L Moir’s Old and Ugly on full SOR for (virtually) half RRP:

Order C L Moir’s Old and Ugly under our 90 Day Sale or Return conditions and we will:

* send you beautifully clothbound hardback editions of this beautifully written novel
* any copies returned within 90 days will NOT be invoiced (subject to terms)
* email reminders will be sent after 80 days
* any copies not returned within 90 days will be invoiced after a further 30 days
* returns postage paid by Behind the Hat Press.

You have nothing to lose! Well, maybe a little bit of time and effort…

More details (and terms) at or

Amazing Women of the Middle East

Exclusive Offer

Independent shops should really do well with AMAZING WOMEN OF THE MIDDLE EAST – a strong, vibrant and interesting read, full of history and cultural detail. I hope that they can sort out their returns of Spring books quickly, and think about their post summer ranges soon.

Wafa Tarnowska writes very intriguing little biographies for each of the women, turning historical people into personalities whilst laying the groundwork for you wanting to learn more about each woman, small but compelling, including a women I thought was fictional, Zenobia, which was one of. the most fascinating parts for me.

Covering a broad time span from Cleopatra VII up to the current period, each small biography is accompanied with illustrations by Hoda Hadadi, Christelle Halal, Esteli Meza, Sahar Haghgoo, and Margarida Estevez which complement the biographies well.

Central Books (Pikku’s distributor) will process orders at an additional 10% discount until 31st October. Orders should be marked: ‘ Special terms: 10% additional discount agreed with Pikku’, please contact

Greffeg Publisher offer

This offer is more for your customers and to promote on social media as they are the ones that will have to make the orders for you to see the benefits.

Graffeg Publishing ( are offering to support your favourite independent bookshop when ordering through their website. Just tell them the name of your favourite independent bookshop in the ‘order notes’ section at the check out and they’ll send them 25% commission from your order. for more details.

Author Offers

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Bounce Sales and Marketing already work with lots of independent bookshops, but if you want to know more about the author merch they have to offer why not contact your local rep, or email

Publishers they work with include; Otter-Barry Books, Egmont, Knights Of, Barrington Stoke, and many more.

This is their general contact email and the requests will get passed on to the appropriate rep.

New Releases

Should We Fall Behind

Released on 29/10/2020

Jimmy Noone walks from one side of a sprawling city to the other, looking for Betwa, a friend he found and lost on the bustling city streets. Jimmy becomes the catalyst for lost lives colliding, exposing stories of tenderness, devotion, displacement and tragedy, and the subtle threads of commonality which intersect them all, making the invisible, visible again.

Publisher: Bluemoose Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781910422618

Dead Girls

Released on 03/09/2020

In this brutal, gripping novel, Selva Almada narrates the case of three small-town teenage girls murdered in the 1980’s in the interior of Argentina.

Three deaths without culprits: 19-year old Andrea Danne, stabbed in her own bed; 15-year old Maria Luisa Quevedo, raped, strangled, and dumped in wasteland; and 20-year old Sarita Mundin, whose disfigured body was found on a river bank. Almada takes these and other tales of abused women to weave together a dry, straightforward portrait of gender violence that surpasses national borders and speaks to readers’ consciousness all over the world.

Following the success of The Wind That Lays Waste, internationally acclaimed Argentinian author Selva Almada dives into the heart of this problem with a reported novel, comparable to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood or John Hersey’s Hiroshima, in response to the urgent need for attention to the ongoing catastrophe that is femicide.

Not a police chronicle, not a thriller, but a contemporary noir novel that lives in the hearts of these women and the men who have abused them. Almada captures the invisible, and with lyrical brutality, blazes a new trail in journalistic fiction.

Publisher: Charco Press
ISBN: 9781916277847

The Naseby Horses

Released on 24/08/2020

Seventeen-year-old Simon’s sister Charlotte is missing. The lonely Fenland village

The family recently moved to from London is odd, silent, and mysterious. Simon is epileptic and his seizures are increasing in severity, but when he is told of the local curse of the Naseby Horses, he is convinced it has something to do with Charlotte’s disappearance. Despite resistance from the villagers, the police, and his own family, Simon is determined to uncover the truth, and save his sister.

Under the oppressive Fenland skies and in the heat of a relentless June, Simon’s bond with Charlotte is fierce, all-consuming, and unbreakable; but can he find her? And does she even want to be found?

Drawing on philosophy, science, and the natural world, The Naseby Horses is a moving exploration of the bond between a brother and his sister; of love; and of the meaning of life itself.

Publisher: Louise Walters Books
ISBN: 9781999630539

Cassius X

Released on 03/09/2020

Miami, 1963. A young boy from Louisville, Kentucky, is on the path to becoming the greatest sportsman of all time. Cassius Clay is training in the 5th Street Gym for his heavyweight title clash against the formidable Sonny Liston. He is beginning to embrace the ideas and attitudes of Black Power, and firebrand preacher Malcolm X will soon become his spiritual adviser. Thus Cassius Clay will become ‘Cassius X’ as he awaits his induction into the Nation of Islam.

Cassius also befriends the legendary soul singer Sam Cooke, falls in love with soul singer Dee Dee Sharp and becomes a remarkable witness to the first days of soul music. As with his award-winning soul trilogy, Stuart Cosgrove’s intensive research and sweeping storytelling shines a new light on how black music lit up the sixties against a backdrop of social and political turmoil – and how Cassius Clay made his remarkable transformation into Muhammad Ali.

Publisher: Birlinn General
ISBN: 9781846974762


Released on 04/09/2020

The missing girl is just an urban legend in the small town of Amesville.

A normal town with normal people. Until it isn’t.

Animals start losing their minds.

A teenage boy is plagued by memories of things that never happened and people who never existed.

Something sinister stirs beneath the town.

Secrets are discovered, the past and the present become blurred, and everything stops making sense.

Welcome to Amesville.

Publisher: Vulpine Press
ISBN: 9781509882809

London Incognita

Released on 01/10/2020

Includes the Shirley Jackson Award shortlisted Judderman. London Incognita chronicles a city caught in the cycle of perpetual decline and continuous renewal: the English capital, groaning under the weight of two-thousand years of history, as seen through the eyes of its desperate and troubled inhabitants. A malicious presence from the 1970s resurfaces in the fevered alleyways of the city; an amnesiac goddess offers brittle comfort to the spirits of murdered shop-girls; and an obscure and forgotten London writer holds the key to a thing known as the emperor worm. As bombs detonate and buildings burn down, the city’s selfish inhabitants hunt the ghosts of friends, family and lovers to the urban limits of the metropolis, uncovering the dark secrets of London.

Publisher: Dead Ink Books
ISBN: 9781911585725

Blue Moments

Released on 17/09/2020

In the wake of her parents’ divorce, Eeva moves from England to Finland with her father, leaving her mother behind. Flung into the midst of a new language and culture, Eeva struggles to find her place between two worlds.

A coming-of-age story with an international twist, Blue Moments follows Eeva on her journey towards womanhood. But Eeva’s path is not straightforward, and she soon realises that to make peace with her own identity, she must first engage with the past.

Publisher: Valley Press
ISBN: 9781912436484

English Pastoral

Released on 03/09/2020

As a boy, James Rebanks’s grandfather taught him to work the land the old way. Their family farm in the Lake District hills was part of an ancient agricultural landscape: a patchwork of crops and meadows, of pastures grazed with livestock, and hedgerows teeming with wildlife. And yet, by the time James inherited the farm, it was barely recognisable. The men and women had vanished from the fields; the old stone barns had crumbled; the skies had emptied of birds and their wind-blown song.

English Pastoral is the story of an inheritance: one that affects us all. It tells of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. And yet this elegy from the northern fells is also a song of hope: of how, guided by the past, one farmer began to salvage a tiny corner of England that was now his, doing his best to restore the life that had vanished and to leave a legacy for the future.

This is a book about what it means to have love and pride in a place, and how, against all the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral: not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Ltd
ISBN: 9780241245729

One You May Have Missed

Toby Litt - Wrestliana

Toby Litt’s ‘Wrestliana’ was published in 2018.

Using the nineteenth century as a guide, Wrestliana asks vital questions about modern-day masculinity, competition, and success. It is a beautiful portrait of two men and their different worlds, full of surprises and sympathy, and a wonderful evocation of a lost place and time.

Wrestliana is a complicated book, on the surface it is a biography of Toby Litt’s great-great-grandfather William Litt, but it is also an exploration of his relationship with his own father, his sons, and representations of masculinity.

I was lucky enough to receive this from Galley Beggar Press to read and I really appreciate the chance as Toby’s writing is clear and impelling.

William Litt was a champion Cumberland and Westmoreland Wrestling athlete and writer and this book follows his life around the wrestling circuit and further abroad.

It is the joining of these two modern day extremes, ‘Jock’ and ‘Nerd’ that Toby explores, both in William’s life and his own.

Positing that William’s era was possibly the beginning of separation of body and mind as distinct social personas, body and mind was commonly combined. But with the rise of educational specialism and professional sports they became irrevocably sundered.

A really great read written with understanding and passion.

Publisher: Galley Beggar Press
ISBN: 9781910296899

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