Saturday, February 22, 2020

THE VALLEY OF LOST SECRETS : a rare talent found


The publishing house of Harry Potter: Bloomsbury Children's, signs 'rare talent' Lesley Parr.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books will publish Lesley Parr’s debut novel The Valley of Lost Secrets, featuring two children evacuated to Wales during the Second World War with a mystery to solve.

Fiction editorial director Zöe Griffiths acquired world rights in a two-book deal from Amber Caravéo at the Skylark Literary agency. Publication of the first book is set for January 2021 with the second book coming out in 2022.

The Valley of Lost Secrets tells the story of Jimmy and his younger brother Ronnie who are evacuated to Llanbryn, Wales, from a war-torn London during the Second World War. Jimmy thinks he is safe there, but the discovery of a human skull will shake this belief, and will bring to light a mystery that had plagued the village for years.

Griffiths said: "I am beyond delighted to welcome Lesley to the Bloomsbury list. I was immediately captivated by Jimmy’s voice and transported back to 1939. Lesley writes the most authentic, flawed yet relatable characters. This is the kind of fiction that is timeless, with relationships and characters that speak to every reader. Hers is a rare talent and we are very proud to publish her."

Parr said: "From the very beginning, Bloomsbury shared my vision for the story I wanted to tell. A story about home and family, and the different ways we find them. I’m really excited to introduce Jimmy, Ronnie and Florence into the world, and hope future readers will love them as much as I do."

Caravéo added: "I couldn’t be happier to see Lesley Parr settled at Bloomsbury. Zöe and Bloomsbury are the perfect team to publish this extraordinary novel."

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Monday, January 27, 2020

HAIRSPRAY 2020 Paul Merton Makes West End Debut


Comedian Paul Merton is to make his West End musical debut in Hairspray.
Merton, who will perform the part of Wilbur Turnblad, will star alongside the previously announced Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad.
Also joining the cast is Rita Simons in the role of Velma Von Tussle and Jonny Amies as Link Larkin.
Merton will appear in the show from April 23 at the London Coliseum for an 18-week run, alongside Lizzie Bea and Marisha Wallace.
The musical is directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the show’s original creative team. It has music by March Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. It is produced by Adam Spiegel Productions & Fiery Angel.

Our Theatre Token Gift Cards can be used throughout this show's run!

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Thursday, December 05, 2019

WORLDWIDE DELIVERY FOR BOOK TOKENS & THEATRE TOKENS ONLY HERE

Today we dispatched a £25 Book Token Gift Card to Dordogne, France and also a £45 Theatre Token Gift Card to Philadelphia, USA. Tomorrow we will be posting a £40 Theatre Token Gift Card to Muurame, Finland! We are the only supplier that sends these UK national gift token cards anywhere across the globe, insured and fast tracked (end to end). Bookselling and leading the way since 1974. Roger and Martin, aka The Token House Partnership (Established 1983) wish all our customers old and new, a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Our original Bookshop in Garforth, Leeds, still trades online today at : booksgb.co.uk

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

CHRISTMAS UK NATIONAL BOOK TOKENS


Here we have more free gift card designs, ready to load now, then anywhere else!

We will never charge you £1.99 for a Christmas National Book Token card design, unlike elsewhere.

Only from here are 2 free book-marks included, when we send direct to your family or friends (handwritten dedications can also be inscribed).

Plus, UK and all Ireland postage is free, unlike elsewhere. Our gift tokens are always dispatched on the next working day.

Spending £100 or more? Only from us is there a free fast tracked Royal Mail Special Delivery Service!

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

ONE OF OUR FIRST CUSTOMERS FROM THE EIGHTIES BECOMES HEAD COACH FOR ENGLAND CRICKET


Chris Silverwood had just turned 12 years old when we opened our 1st Bookshop at Garforth near Leeds, West Yorkshire, in May 1987.

As one of our very first customers, sport books were his preference in non fiction!

A big customer too in our Stationery Department, buying all his school requisites for Garforth Comprehensive.

I remember as if it were yesterday, a month or maybe more, sharing his excitement in 1993 when he made his debut as a right arm fast bowler for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Myself Roger and everyone else here, wish him all the very best for his continuing career success!

'BBC SPORT ANNOUNCEMENT CHRIS SILVERWOOD'

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

LONDON TO HAVE MORE THEATRES

People come from all around the world to enjoy theatre in London. But there are other cities with far more theatre buildings. The authoritative Theatres Trust reckons there are currently 263 theatres in London. It's about the same number as Tokyo, whereas Paris has around 350. New York tops the list with well over 400. However, London's numbers are now expected to increase:

'BBC ARTICLE : WHY IS LONDON REALLY GETTING MORE THEATRES?'

At the time of writing this month's blog, the following have already newly opened in London: 'BRIDGE THEATRE' / 'CANADA WATER THEATRE' / TROUBADOUR WEMBLEY PARK THEATRE / TROUBADOUR WHITE CITY THEATRE' all of which will accept our Theatre Token Gift Cards!

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Monday, August 19, 2019

BOOKSELLER CELEBRATING 45 YEARS

On 2nd September 2019 our founder Roger Bernard Crossland will celebrate 45 years as a Bookseller. On that day in 1974 at the age of 16, he started working for W H Smith (Wholesale) Limited, at Wellington Bridge Industrial Estate, Leeds. He then went on to open his 1st Bookshop (with the help of his parents) in Garforth, Leeds, during May 1987. Although that Main Street Store has now closed, it remains to be run online successfully by him today. In 1999 Roger was the very first person in the world to sell Book Tokens via the internet and currently he and his partner, with their business The Token House Partnership, are the leading independent supplier of National Book Tokens and National Theatre Tokens, to businesses, schools, colleges and universities, plus the general public, across the globe. They constantly offer the consumer more free Book Token gift card designs than anywhere else online. Also most books are cheaper than Amazon, when paying in full online by credit card or debit card at their 'books etc' area within firstbookshop.com : Read 'Our Story' here -

'BOOKSELLING & LEADING THE WAY SINCE 1974'

ADDITIONALLY:

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