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Welcome to the Forest Bookshop website. Our easy-to-use site provides secure shopping and easy access to information on a comprehensive collection of books and other materials relating to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, the Wye Valley and beyond.

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We have some great news. The Forest Bookshop is the proud recipient of a generous grant from the author James Patterson, awarded in recognition of our efforts to encourage children to read and future plans to enhance our children's department.

To this end we are launching a new monthly Saturday activities event which will be free for all to attend... with prizes too!

So do come along to...
Forest Bookshop Saturdays

This monthly session will be launched on SaturdayBooks are my bag 1 (October 11) with Books Are My Bag Day (No. 2). Some may cherish the cloth bags from last year - this year we have a limited number of drawstring bags featuring Rafe Khatchadorian, the narrator of James Patterson's Middle School series. Anyone who buys any children's book will be entitled to one of these strictly limited-edition bags... In addition, we're offering 50% off the new Middle School book, The Worst Years Of My Life (meaning it will cost just £3.49). The Middle School bags and books will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Hopefully we'll have enough for throughout the day (9am to 5.30pm), but we must add the proviso while stocks last.

Children (who must be accompanied by an adult) are also welcome to while away some time colouring in and completing puzzles here in our shop.

EminIncidentally... for grown-ups, we have even more limited edition Tracey Emin Books Are My Bag, priced £4.99 each or free with total purchases over £30 - the artist's own handwriting appears on the bag, and on one side her favourite authors, including Jane Austin (sic).

We also have a small number of the funky orange-lettered BAMB bags which we had last year for £2.49 each, or free with total purchases over £20.

Forest Bookshop Saturdays continues on November 15 with a visit from author of the children's book, The Hundred Decker Bus, Mike Smith. Mike will be in our shop from 11am to 4pm. Children are encouraged to come in and draw and colour-in their own bus deck on a box which can be piled up to create at least the first layers of this colossal vehicle! Mike will also sign copies of his book.


Phil RickmanTop supernatural thriller writer Phil Rickman will be dropping into our shop on Saturday November 8 from 11am to 12.30pm to sign copies of his outstandingly good new novel, Night After Night. This spinetingler is set in a lonely crumbling house in Winchcombe in the Cotswolds, close to the megalithic Belas Knap and Tudor Sudeley Castle, the restored mansion of one of Henry VIII's spared wives, Katherine Parr. It pits ghosthunters and psychics against sceptical media pundits in a too-close-for-comfort reality TV setting, seen through the eyes of a young researcher who becomes only too aware of the house's intensely troubled history.


Peter Wyton launches the second edition of the New Oxford Book of War Poetry, published in hardback to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, with selected readings including his own poems, at the shop on Thursday November 6, from 6.30pm. We hope to include other poets and readings at this event... more details in the next newsletter.

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Clio AdvertAlso, many of you will remember the huge Renault Clio advertising campaign a three years ago. It featured the Forest Bookshop in almost every glossy magazine and weekend supplement in the UK. It came as a complete surprise to us, but we decided it would not do any harm, so we did not make a fuss. Renault did end us a nice framed copy of the original artwork though. How flattering to be chosen as an icon for independent shops.

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