Lest We Forget

To mark Remembrance Day, we wanted to put together a very special list of books to commemorate those lost during World War I and World War II. Books on this subject remain an important part of bookshelves all over the world and serve as a reminder to those we lost and the horrors we hope never to relive.

For the soldiers who left their homes without knowing when and if they would ever return, we want to take a moment to share with you some of the books that have touched our hearts.

Lest we forget.

Private Peaceful: Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful

Beloved by many children (and adults!), Private Peaceful is a beautiful award-winning book told through the eyes of Tommo, a young soldier looking back on his childhood memories on a night where he waits for dawn, a time creeping up all too soon – which will change the course of his life forever.

This book is award-winning for a reason and we couldn’t love it more.

Birdsong: Sebastian Faulks

Argued by many to be the most heartbreaking love story set during World War I, this saga follows the story of a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, and his frequent and horrific trials with love and war.

Filled with sharp and realistic detail of the hardships soldiers had to face in the trenches and a journey by tunnel beneath no man’s land, this is a book celebrated by many and deemed a modern classic of our time.

We won’t give out too many spoilers, apart from the fact it’s an excellent book!

Harry’s War: Harry Drinkwater

Harry's War

This is an autobiographical book focused on the real life experiences of heroic British soldier, Harry Drinkwater. A remarkable read told through moving diary extracts, it reveals the truths and horrors of war which many can only imagine.

The fight for justice and freedom in a world filled with violence is what keeps Harry going and his triumph in the face of war is one which captures the heart and emboldens the brave.

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

This book is set in Guernsey during 1946, portraying the trials people faced during German Occupancy in the years previous. Written entirely in letter form, the story follows the correspondence between a British author, Juliet Ashton, and Dawsey Adams of Guernsey, where they relate stories of war and find extraordinary friendship in each other.

A book full of hope and the importance of friendship during hard times is what makes this book particularly special.

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (Penguin Classics)

It’s widely known that many soldiers wrote poetry during their time in the trenches. This collection is a moving account of the lives the soldiers of World War I lived. Each poem is written either to a loved one, to friends, or simply by means of expressing their thoughts and emotions in a world where someone seems to have turned out the light.

However, the will to triumph and never give up, to never forget, is at the forefront of every word on each page and this collection is one truly dear to our hearts.

Testament of Youth: Vera Brittain

This book offers a unique and intimate window into the life of Vera Brittain, a young woman who wrote an inspiring account of her life throughout World War I, revealing a shocking and emotive read.

When war began, she was 20 years old and forced to abandon her dream of studying at Oxford to help the war effort like many women of her generation. Along the way, she became a nurse to care for the wounded, lost the man she truly loved as a result of the trying times, and encountered unimaginable terrors of war.

Published in 1933, this book is truly as prevalent, powerful and moving back then as it is now.

If you have any books that you would like to share with us on this subject, please comment below.

Top Spooky Reads

To get in the Halloween spirit, we’ve put together a list of our top spooky reads which you can find at Lost in Books.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a tricker or a treater, you can be sure to delve into these books and unleash the weird, the wonderful and the whimsical … and perhaps even the downright frightening.

The Switching Hour: Damaris Young

The Switching Hour by Damaris Young

What lurks in the dark? Monsters, bad dreams or the power to change the world as we know it completely? Well, in The Switching Hour, how about all three? This is a wonderfully atmospheric middle grade debut from Damaris Young, which tackles themes of loss, friendship and the universal childhood fear of the dark. When everything depends on the bravery of protagonist Amaya to rescue her little brother from a monster deep in the forest, she only has to remember one thing: Never let the outside in.

Amelia Fang and the Half Moon Holiday: Laura Ellen Anderson

Amelia Fang and the Half Moon Holiday

For those after a wickedly charming tale about a girl vampire with an appetite for adventure, Amelia Fang is the perfect read. With this book being the fourth in the series, the story follows Amelia and her friends as they discover an ancient curse during their half moon holiday. The only thing is, it turns them into teeny, tiny bugs. Join them in their mission to lift the curse before they’re stuck as bugs forever.

This treasured series is guaranteed to get little ones longing to be vampires and chasing after their own ghostly adventures.

Frankissstein: Jeanette Winterson

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

One of the biggest LGBT releases of 2019, this book echoes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a world where the dead are about to come back to life. Spanning from 1816 to the not so distant future, where the threat of artificial intelligence coming to life is abundantly real, this book from prolific author Jeanette Winterson was longlisted for the Booker Prize and is a dark satire on modern society today.

The Doll Factory: Elizabeth Macneal

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Despite the beautiful cover, this book is a spine chilling read filled with shadowy Victorian streets, forbidden love, and dark obsession. With a dazzling and determined heroine, The Doll Factory gives readers a glimpse into the world of the famous Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood and their artistry, Victorian class division and the unsettling secrets held deep within its streets.

The Institute: Stephen King

The Institute by Stephen King

The aptly named ‘King’ of horror fiction brings a new wave of fear to reader’s hearts with his new novel of 2019. Deep in the woods, kids with powerful and gifted abilities (think telekinesis and telepathy) are being abducted and held by scientists to develop a new technological advancement, but it seems two kids in particular are more than a match for their captors and it doesn’t take long before bravery, the fight for freedom, and relentless superpowers are unleashed with a vengeance.

The Familiars: Stacey Halls

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

What could be a better read at Halloween than a book set during the ominous witch trials of 1612? Drawing inspiration from the real-life witch trials that took place during King James I’s reign, join two young women in their quest for freedom and truth in a perilous time where their lives are at stake. This book is a powerful exploration of women’s perseverance, the bonds of friendship, and the search for power in a distorted and imbalanced world.

What will you be reading this Halloween?

We would like to thank Gem Hicks Photography for the beautiful cover image of this post.

 

 

 

Book Signing: Cornish Folk Tales of Place

We had the pleasure of welcoming Anna Chorlton, author of Cornish Folk Tales of Place, to our bookshop for a book signing this month.

It’s no secret that there are lots of books about the tales and myths of West Cornwall, but little is said about the stories which come from the East and the North. But Cornish places go hand in hand with old myths and legends and the East and North regions are no different.

So which stories lurk beneath the surface in the East and the North of Cornwall?

Well, Anna Chorlton’s Cornish Folk Tales of Place, will help you find out.

Author  Anna Chorlton

From magic and myth to saints and swords, Cornish Folk Tales of Place is a brilliant book filled with retellings of Cornish folk stories, some of which you may be familiar with, while others wait to be discovered.

The book, which Anna Chorlton wrote after being approached by The History Press for her work on Mazed Tales, is a wonderful example of how Cornish folklore can be told in a captivating and memorable way, suitable for all ages. Rich in Cornish history and myth, this book is perfect for anyone who wants to know more about places in Cornwall filled with folklore.

Anna Chorlton talking about her book

Anna explained to her captivated audience it also serves as a fantastic travel book for visitors and locals alike, filled with short stories and ballads set in pockets of Cornwall.

With over 50 tales spanning from Bodmin to Bude, with many illustrations by children from Cornish schools, Anna revealed that her favourite story is about a bad-tempered witch from St Anthony, who tries to create a kindness spell using her dead neighbour’s leg. It’s said that her spirit still haunts St Anthony after the potion went disastrously wrong.

Cornish Piskeys by Looe school

Holding the book up, Anna showed us an illustration by children from Looe school, which was made using potato prints to create the charismatic piskeys. Almost every story features a charming illustration within its pages, either from Cornish school children or professional artists, to bring the words to life.

We were delighted to hear that, since its release, the book has also been read aloud in schools to help children learn about Cornish folklore and history – and definitely gone down a treat!

Anna’s work is a real Cornish gem and extremely helpful if you want to discover a little bit more about Cornwall, not to mention how to get out of a scrape with Cornish piskeys.

So when you find it, open its pages, sit back, and get lost in a world of Cornish myths and legends.

Cornish Folk Tales of Place is available at Lost in Books.

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What’s On at Lost in Books

Throughout autumn, we have lots of events happening in Lostwithiel. Join us in chatting to local authors, admiring art exhibitions and being a part of the national Books are My Bag campaign – to mention just a few.

Take a peek below at our upcoming events here at Lost in Books.

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival: 27th -29th September

This annual festival is one of Cornwall’s most famous poetry events, held at Sterts Theatre. Marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this year’s theme sees walls, barriers and borders at the heart of the festival.

Now in its 8th year, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival welcomes poetry in all its forms, with music, dance, visual art and puppetry performed over the course of the weekend. Workshops, readings and opportunities to speak to established poets, up-and-coming talents, and likeminded readers makes this weekend a treasure not to be missed.

We’ll be selling poetry collections at the event itself with books from festival speakers available to purchase.

Book signing with Anna Chorlton – Cornish Folk Tales of Place: 5th October

Cornish Folk Tales of Place

Cornwall’s rugged coast is etched with stories.

Join us at 11am on 5th October for a book signing with Anna Chorlton. Her book Cornish Folk Tales of Place tells the many stories of Cornish folk tales from the east and north of Cornwall.

Filled with beautiful artwork from local artists and the chance to delve deeper into some of Cornwall’s legendary stories, this book is already becoming a firm favourite with indie booksellers across the county. Within its pages are tales bound to stir a memory in your heart, while others may be completely new to you. But, whichever the story, you’re guaranteed to feel the magic and myth of Cornwall with this book in your hands.

Anna will be available to sign books at this event. Everyone is welcome.

Bookshop Day: 5th October

Bookshop Day is all about championing a love of reading and shouting about the places which unite bookworms – bookshops! There will be lots of goodies available at Lost in Books to celebrate Bookshop Day, such as bookmarks, Books Are My Bag children’s bags, stickers, and bookish postcards. Set up by the national Books Are My Bag campaign, Bookshop Day promises to be full of fun for both booksellers and readers.

Come along and join us.

Art exhibition: Roberta Hopkins

Local artist Roberta Hopkins will be showcasing her beautiful art collection ‘Observations’ in our shop throughout the autumn months.

Blending her exquisite attention to detail with a love of our ancient town, Roberta’s etchings are available in the shop to buy, or simply browse. She also makes gorgeous jewellery, which you can see by visiting her website.

We’re incredibly proud to showcase her artwork on our walls, surrounded by beautiful books.

Top Five Reading Spots in Lostwithiel

Lostwithiel is a great place to read, regardless of what the weather is doing. So, no matter whether we’re in the middle of a soggy summer or a blissful heatwave, we’ve picked out some of our favourite reading spots in Lostwithiel for you to try.

  1. By the riverbank

 This is a great spot to read under the shade of the trees lining the riverbank, located just before the bridge to neighbouring village Lerryn. The trickle of the water running and the swell of the summer heat as you catch up on your favourite read is a great way to spend time in Lostwithiel. Pack a picnic along and you’re all set up to have a relaxed afternoon of reading.

  1. In a café

If you enjoy reading anywhere and find a warm and friendly atmosphere comforting, then a bustling Lostwithiel café might just be for you. We have several cafés and boutique eateries to choose from, all located right in the centre of our famous antique town, meaning you’ll never be far away from the action. Order your favourite hot beverage or tuck in to a tempting pasty, while getting to grips with your current novel. Between reading and drinking, why not watch passers-by as they stroll along the streets?

  1. Surrounded by nature

Take the trail past Quay Street and you’ll find yourself in Coulson Park surrounded by the beauty of nature. If you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside, then this reading spot is for you. Get in touch with nature as you lie back on a blanket above the fresh summer grass and while away the hours with a good book (or two, or three).

However, if you’re after a longer stroll for a more secluded read, follow the trail after Coulson Park that follows the trainline and within ten minutes you’ll stumble upon Shirehall Moor, a wonderful nature reserve located just alongside the Fowey River. Settle down with the buzzing bees and gaze at the wildflowers at your feet as you pull your book from your trusted bag and dip into the literary world.

  1. Pub

Lostwithiel is proud to host some of most traditional pubs in Cornwall. If it’s a rainy day, then why not snuggle up with a cushion or two in an old pub armchair, listening to the rain patter against the windows with your favourite characters? We’ve spent enough time in Lostwithiel to know that the bar staff are always friendly and willing to help a budding reader or two settle down during quiet, rainy spells with a drink – soft or alcoholic – in hand.

If it’s scorching weather, however, why not sit out in one of the relaxed beer gardens? Filled with history and good old fashioned charm, any one of our pubs in Lostwithiel is a great place to read with pleasant company and a relaxed atmosphere.

  1. Museum

Did you know that Lostwithiel has a museum located on Fore Street? With Queen Victoria, famous authors, and inspired artists on the list of people who have visited here, this is a great way to learn a bit more about the beautiful place we live in. Delve into the museum literature to explore the history of the town, what made it so important to Cornwall, and the stories of the people who once (and still do) live here. We know it may not be a novel, or even a non-fiction paperback that you’ll be reading inside these Georgian walls, but we think it’s a sneaky must-read regardless!

That concludes our roundup of the top five reading spots in Lostwithiel. We hope you enjoy them – or if we haven’t mentioned your favourite, then let us know.

Stuck on something to read? We can help with that.

We’re proud to cater for every reader’s taste, from literary wonders to gripping genre fiction, and timeless classics to the latest non-fiction. Whatever your reading style, we hope you’ll find a book you adore with us at Lost in Books.