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    What to read now

    Hiding under the duvet or plonked on the sofa? We hear you. Here's what to get lost in while you hibernate.

  • front book cover of Ten Thousand Bowls of Soup by Ross Frowen illustrated by Pip Morris

    A heartwarming tale

    Capture the kids’ imaginations and nurture their social awareness with this sweet story about a boy who loses his smile.

  • books and cup of coffee

    Best books for Xmas

    Nothing better than a good read, so here's our starter for 10 (well 11, but who's counting?) Ready for a peak inside?

  • November books

    Attention book worms! Monocle on - here are this month's top tomes, especially for you.

  • October’s best reads

    Muddy bookclub ahoy! Don't read anything until you've read our latest, greatest picks for October.

  • Chelt Lit Fest

    The book world’s hottest ticket, Cheltenham opens its arms to the cultural literati.

  • Marlborough LitFest

    Here’s a pick of what’s on, from Will Self on his new novel Phone to children's events galore.

  • Muddy Book Club

    Read all about it! Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter burrows into September's best literary offerings.

  • Eight great book ideas for kids

    Whether you've got a toddler who loves to squeal at picture books or a teen you're trying to detach from their screen, Octavia's Bookshop in Cirencester has it covered.

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