We have some great authors on offer from Canongate in this bulletin.  Please contact Becca Nice at Canongate to arrange events  – call her on 0131 524 9332 or email becca@canongate.co.uk

Full details are below but the authors on offer are:


  • Simon Garfield
  • Mina Holland
  • Hamish Haswell-Smith
  • Margaret Drabble
  • Luke Brown
  • Matt Haig

Simon Garfield

Availability: 28th June – 5th July

Location: London / Cornwall

TO THE LETTER by Simon Garfield (Paperback July 2014)

The paperback outing of this engaging and enlightening history of letter-writing and our relationship with the mail, from the bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map.

Every letter contains a miniature story, and here are some of the greatest. From Oscar Wilde’s unconventional method of using the mail to cycling enthusiast Reginald Bray’s quest to post himself, Simon Garfield uncovers a host of stories that illuminate our past and capture the enchantment of this irreplaceable art. There are stories that show how little our letters have changed over the millennia – from Roman birthday party invitations to the greedy demands of Henry VIII. There are stories of boundless love and revealing literary exchanges – from Napoleon’s whining pleas to Josephine to Ted Hughes’ admissions following the death of Sylvia Plath. There are letters that reveal the history and truth of our lives with a richness and depth that have no equal in a digital age. And as these accounts unfold, so does the tale of a compelling wartime correspondence that shows how the simplest of letters can change the course of a life.

Simon Garfield is the author of fourteen acclaimed books of non-fiction including On the Map, Just My Type and The Wrestling. His edited diaries from the Mass Observation Archive, Our Hidden Lives, We Are At War and Private Battles, were bestsellers, and his study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize. He lives in London and St Ives, Cornwall.

Mina Holland

Availability: 28th June – 5th July

Location: London

THE EDIBLE ATLAS by Mina Holland

‘A fascinating project, telling some fantastic stories about a broad range of cuisines. Mina’s style is engaging and illuminating and the food cries to be cooked’ Yotam Ottolenghi’

The Edible Atlas is a book for intrepid cooks. Mina Holland explores what and why people eat as they do across the world, demystifying the flavours, ingredients, techniques and dishes at the heart of thirty-nine different cuisines. With fully adaptable recipes to suit beginners and confident cooks alike, learn to recreate dishes from different global cuisines – from a South Indian Coconut Fish Curry to a zingy Ceviche, from a yoghurty Jordanian Mansaf to a Danish Dream Cake, from an unbeatable Spanish Tortilla de Patatas to the ultimate Caribbean Jerk Chicken.

Weaving snippets of anecdote, history and literature in with recipes and words of wisdom from some of the world’s most seasoned food experts – such as Yotam Ottolenghi, Jacob Kenedy, José Pizarro and Giorgio Locatelli – The Edible Atlas is as comfortable in the kitchen as it is at your bedside.

Previously Contributing Editor at Observer Food Monthly, Mina Holland is now Acting Editor at the Guardian’s cook supplement as well as a food and drink writer. Travelling and living (and eating) abroad inspired her to write about what and why people eat as they do around the globe. The Edible Atlas is her first book.

Hamish Haswell-Smith

Availability: 28th June – 5th July

Location: Edinburgh
AN ISLAND ODYSSEY by Hamish Haswell-Smith (re-issue April 2014)

In An Island Odyssey Hamish Haswell-Smith casts off in his forty-one-foot sloop Jandara, armed with his sketch pad and a route map of a journey first taken by Martin Martin in 1703. Haswell-Smith sets sail on a voyage that will take him to fifty-two different islands around the Scottish Coast, from Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde to St. Kilda, Fair Isle and Bass Rock.

Filled with natural history, local legend and landscapes and accompanied by the author’s own distinctive sketches and watercolours An Island Odyssey is a delightful way to discover or rediscover the romance, beauty and inescapable magnetism of the Scottish Islands.

Hamish Haswell-Smith is a retired architect and keen yachtmaster. An accomplished artist, his sketches and paintings have been exhibited in many British and European galleries. He lives in Edinburgh and continues to explore the Scottish Islands.

Margaret Drabble

Availability: 28 June – 5 July

Location: Margaret is on holiday in West Somerset and happy to do an event, if there are any local bookshops around Taunton perhaps?
THE PURE GOLD BABY by Margaret Drabble (Paperback June 2014)

Margaret Drabble returns with a powerful novel of unbreakable love, enduring friendships and a society changing forever

Anna is a child of special, unknowable qualities. She is a happy child, always willing to smile at the world around her. But she also presents profound challenges. For her mother Jess, still in her early twenties, living alone in North London and hoping to embark on an adventurous career, her arrival will prove life-transforming.

Over the course of decades, in ways large and small, Anna will affect the lives and loves of those around her. While Anna herself will remain largely unaltered by the passing years, she will live through a period of dramatic change, her journey illuminating our shifting attitudes towards motherhood, responsibility and the way we care for one another.

Both personal and political, The Pure Gold Baby is a remarkable portrait of a family, a friendship, and a neighbourhood.It is a novel of great beauty, wisdom and stealthy power by one of our country’s foremost and acclaimed writers.

Dame Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the author of seventeen highly acclaimed novels including A Summer Bird-Cage, The Millstone, The Peppered Moth, The Red Queen and most recently The Sea Lady. She has also written biographies, screenplays and was the editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature. She was appointed CBE in 1980, and made DBE in the 2000 Honours list. She is married to the biographer Michael Holroyd.

Luke Brown

Availability: 28June – 5 July

Location: London

MY BIGGEST LIE by Luke Brown (April 2014)

‘There was a time not long ago when I thought that lying was the most natural thing in the world. It was fun. It was addictive. And I forgot, temporarily, what was true and what was false. Or it was simply that I preferred the false.
It was then that I was found out.’

Liam has it all. His career glitters before him whilst his beautiful girlfriend waits for him at home. Then in one calamitous night he loses everything – his job, his girlfriend, his best friend and nearly his life. Leaving London behind, he heads to Buenos Aires in the hope of regaining control and winning back the love of his life. But in the world’s most sensual city can Liam prevent his lies from running away with him?
My Biggest Lie is a moving comedy about father figures, second chances and knowing when it’s time to tell the truth.

Luke Brown grew up near Blackpool, Lancashire, and now lives in London. My Biggest Lie is his first novel.

Matt Haig

Availability: 28 June – 5 July

Location: York

THE HUMANS by Matt Haig (Paperback April 2014)



After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog.

What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race. . . ?

Matt Haig is the author of six novels, including the bestselling The Last Family in England which has been optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, The Radleys which was selected for Channel 4′s TV Book Club and was voted the winner of the series in 2011 and The Humans for which Matt is currently writing the screenplay. His works have been translated into over twenty languages and he has also written award-winning books for children. He lives in York and London.


Today’s  bulletin  contains  a ton of information on IBW activity, titles, offers and authors from Macmillan.  There is a LOT here, so hold on to your hats.  For further information, you can either contact your local rep if you have one, or, if you don’t, email Pinboard@macmillan.com


9781447264262 | £5.99

Exclusive to indie booksellers from June to September Busy Bookshop celebrates the joy of a good bookshop. Perfect for pre-schoolers this interactive board book allows you to open and close the shop, pop up the monster book, read at story time and buy your very first book from the friendly  bookseller.   Available from MDL, Gardners, and Bertram’s.

BE A BUSY BOOKSHOP WITH OUR FANTASTIC ACTIVITY PACK. Free when you order a Campbell stock pack worth £200.  The order form is on the IBW site www.independentbooksellersweek.org.uk

Every pack contains:

. Two t-shirts (“We’re a Campbell Busy Bookshop”)

. Window posters

. Activity pack including balloons, stickers and activity sheets

UPDATED STORYTIME PACKS – order via your local Sales Rep  or contact xxxxxx

Each pack contains activity sheets for our favourite picture books. Current packs include:

  • The Julia Donaldson Pack (9781447264798) Featuring activity sheets for your favourite

Julia Donaldson titles, including; The Gruffalo, The Paper Dolls, Tyrannosaurus Drip,

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, A Squash and a Squeeze, The Singing Mermaid and What

the  Ladybird Heard

  • Classic  Picture Books Pack (9781447264804) Enjoy classic Macmillan picture books in a

whole new way with activities for Zoe and Beans, Puff the Magic Dragon, Wow! Said the

Owl, Peace At Last and Cats Ahoy!

  • New Favourites Pack (9781447264811) Discover the best new books with activities for

The Crocodile Who Didn’t like Water, Aunt Amelia, Mr Tiger Goes Wild!, A Patch Of Black

and The Midnight Library

More sheets can be downloaded from our website www.panmacmillan.com


A new monthly award to celebrate the best in children’s  bookselling and The Gruffalo  turning fifteen! (Deadline April 30th)

Visit www.panmacmillan.com/Pinboard  for more information.


To help you celebrate we will be offering extra discount on our favourite titles. Our Sales

Reps will be asking for your recommendations in the coming weeks and a full list will be

announced late April. So far popular titles include The Pillars of the Earth,  Winter in

Madrid,  Bridget Jones,  All the Pretty Horses,  American Psycho and  Dirt Music.


We’re encouraging as many authors as possible to support their local indie during the week and undertake events further afield.   Contact the publicists listed below  for more information or talk to your local Rep.


‘Popular History’

Crime Works’

‘Perfect for Reading Groups/Girls Nights In’

‘Readers Favourites’


Macmillan is also encouraging their team to ‘Adopt an Indie’ and offer a helping hand for a day in a bookshop during Independent Book Week. More news on this nearer the time.

And as if this were not enough, Macmillan are also running an Independent Bookshop of the Month, awarded by Julia Donaldson – find out full details here  The Julia Donaldson Independent Bookshop of the Month Award

We are sure you’ll agree there is a lot to embrace here, so please do let us know how you might be using  the resources, authors and offers you’re lining up!


We are delighted to let you know that once again, Faber are bringing their Poetry Diary 2015 to indie bookshops in an early IBW exclusive.  A perennial favourite, and a must-have gift for book-lovers, the gorgeous poetry diary is available in both lemon and in green, in the same striking colours as Seamus Heaney’s District and Circle.


  • ISBN (Green)  9780571311583
  • ISBN (Lemon) 9780571311637
  • RRP £12.99
  • To order copies, email Sam Brown – samb@faber.co.uk clearly stating colour and quantity.
  • Stock will be released to indies only in mid June for IBW.  The standard publication is September.

We are sure you will enjoy selling this wonderful exclusive this year.

We are delighted to bring  you information about the Bookshop Map, which we have just launched to booksellers at the London Book Fair, and it got a great reaction from booksellers there  – you can see it here  – www.thebookshopmap.co.uk

Designed to make organizing bookshop events more efficient and easier, The Bookshop Map is a business-to-business website, and a partnership between the BA and the Publishers Publicity Circle (PPC); its basic premise is to present a map of the UK and Ireland where all participating bookshops are displayed, and where their events history is available to view.

Each bookshop has a pin on the map and when you hover over the pin, the bookshops events details will be visible to publicists.  It’s your opportunity to place all your events materials in one place, where publicists will see them and where they can find, at a glance, your track record, your local press coverage, your local amenities and directions, photos and testimonials from authors and publishers.  In fact, the publicists will see what you choose to showcase and you will be able to start a dialogue with them about planning your next set of author events.

As an IBW bookshop, you are automatically featured on the map.   However, the bookshop information is empty until booksellers update their own information.  So now we need you to put up your details so that publishers can see your events portfolio.

It’s easy to use and easy to navigate – you set yourself up on the site, and then you upload as many individual events as you like, complete with extra information such as links to local press coverage and photos –  and you also have the opportunity to choose one ‘showcase’ event which will appear first.

All you need to do is visit the site, login in (same as your BA login; if you can’t remember it, let us know and we can tell you!) and then complete the different sections.  We recommend that you set aside probably about an hour for the initial upload, and if you need any help with the set up, you can call Kara Rennie at the BA and she can help talk you through it – or you can email her kara.rennie@booksellers.org.uk

We hope you can see the benefits of this new BA service, and really look forward to working with you to create a great new resource for bookshops and publishers.

We have news today from Piccadilly Press who are publishing a beautiful limited edition (1,000 copies) signed hardback of COUNTING BY 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan exclusively for IBW.

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world.. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.
Please order by emailing books@piccadillypress.co.uk (please use the subject line ‘IBW’) or via your local rep.

ISBN: 9781848124165 – RRP:£10.99

“complicated, offbeat, and very touching – just like Willow herself” Entertainment Weekly

“…extraordinary and even inspirational” Publisher’s Weekly review

“Bright and heartfelt […] an uplifting story.” Kirkus Reviews

We are delighted to announce that HarperCollins is producing new, collectible editions of much-loved works by three bestselling authors – George MacDonald Fraser, Michael Bond and Agatha Christie – exclusively available for independent booksellers.








It’s particularly exciting that the 500 cloth facsimile editions of Flashman will have signed bookplates!  The Hercule Poirot includes an exclusive introduction and illustrations by Tom Adams, who has painted the jacket featuring Greenway in Devon, beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie.  The Paddington treasury features eleven of the original Paddington stories, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum, and publishes in advance of the new Paddington film, due for release this November.

Below is all the information about the titles, including the exclusive period for IBW bookshops, and to order the titles, either contact your local HarperCollins rep, or email helena.sheffield@harpercollins.co.uk

9780007584444 Flashman [Facsimile edition; Independent Bookshops only] George MacDonald Fraser £14.99 5th June – 31st July
9780007584468 Flashman [Clothbound facsimile edition with signed bookplate]; Independent Bookshops only] George MacDonald Fraser £30 5th June – 31st July
9780007546398 Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly [Independent Bookshops only] Agatha Christie £12.99 19th June – 31st July
9780007562077 The Classic Adventures of Paddington [Slipcase edition] Michael Bond £35 5th June – 3rd July


We are really delighted to announce offers from Orion Publishers for IBW this year.  Order forms and further details on all these offers are below.


  • Exclusive signed first editions of ‘Her’ by Harriet Lane – (order form Orion Signed books pdf)
  • Exclusive signed first editions of ‘Curious’ by Rebecca Front – (order form here)
  • Alan Bradley backlist paperbacks priced exclusively at £2.99 – (order formhere)
  • Seven titles from the Terry Pratchett  Discworld series ‘Collectors Library’ at £5 (normal rrp £9.99) – (order formhere)
  • The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon exclusively priced at £9.99 (rrp £12.99) – (order form Orion The Word Exchange)
  • The Storms of War by Kate Williams – Early exclusive release of copies to Independent bookshops week commencing 23/6/14 (Official pub date 3/7/14)  The first novel in esteemed TV historian Kate Williams’s ground-breaking new series which opens in 1914. For fans of ATONEMENT, BIRDSONG and DOWNTON ABBEY.  (order form here)


  • Children’s ‘First in Series’ paperbacks priced exclusively at £2.99 –  (order from here)
  • The Horrid Henry costume exclusively available free for IBW – Limited availability, so please send all pitches to maggy.park@orionbooks.co.uk

Orders should be sent to Maggy.park@orionbooks.co.uk

Orders will be delivered week commencing 23rd June in time for the start of IBW.

We are pleased to bring you news this time from Bloomsbury Children’s Books, who have four authors available to bookshops for IBW this year.  To arrange visits by any of these authors/illustrators to your shop, please email Emma Bradshaw at Bloomsbury emma.bradshaw@bloomsbury.com

  • Florentine and Pig and the Spooky Forest Adventure by Eva Katzler (West London) 

Eva is available for art and crafts events for children aged 4 – 7 years either in-store or in schools.

  • Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail (East London)

Yasmeen is available for art and crafts events for children aged 4 – 7 years in-store.

  • Spacejackers by Huw Powell (Bristol)

Huw is available for schools events for children aged 8 – 11 years. A brilliant fun event from a debut children’s author full of space facts and pirate quizzes

  • Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan (Eastbourne)

Jenny is available for events in girls’ schools with groups of up to 250 pupils aged 11 – 18. Jenny’s debut book is perfect for fans of Louise Rennison and Holly Smale.

We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the IBW Book Award, which this year includes three categories – Adult, Children’s Fiction and, new for 2014, Children’s Picture Book.  The shortlist of ten adult titles and twelve titles in the children’s categories will be judged by two separate judging panels comprising of authors, booksellers and well-known book lovers.  The winners will be announced on 28 June 2014, the first day of IBW.  The shortlisted titles for 2014 are:



Title Author Publisher
The Examined Life Stephen Grosz Vintage
Life After Life Kate Atkinson Black Swan
Longbourn Jo Baker Black Swan
Return of a King William Dalrymple Bloomsbury
The Broken Road Patrick Leigh Fermor John Murray
Reason I Jump Naoki Higashida Sceptre
Love Nina Nina Stibbe Penguin
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Little, Brown
The Quarry Iain Banks Abacus
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman Headline








Noble Conflict Malorie Blackman Random House
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Stephan Pastis Walker Books
Flora & Ulysses Kate Di Camillo Walker Books
More Than This Patrick Ness Walker Books
A Boy Called Hope Lara Williamson Usborne
Picture Me Gone Meg Rosoff Penguin
The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star Jill Murphy Puffin
Half Bad Sally Green Penguin
Warp Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin Eoin Colfer Puffin
Fortunately the Milk Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell Bloomsbury Children’s Books
The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon Jonny Duddle Templar
Hero Sarah Lean HarperCollins Children’s Books




Title Author Publisher
Sugarlump and the Unicorn Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks Macmillan Children’s Books
Aunt Amelia Rebecca Cobb Macmillan Children’s Books
The Paper Dolls Julia Donaldson & Rebecca Cobb Macmillan Children’s Books
Mr Tiger Goes Wild Peter Brown Macmillan Children’s Books
The Pigeon Needs a Bath Mo Williams Walker Books
A First Book of Nature Nicola Davies & Mark Hearld Walker Books
Hooray for Bread Allan Ahlberg & Bruce Ingman Walker Books
Extra Yarn Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen Walker Books
Crayon Simon Rickerty Simon and Schuster Children’s Books
Meet the Parents Peter Bently & Sara Ogilvie Simon and Schuster Children’s Books
Happy Birthday Hugless Douglas David Melling Hodder
Best-loved Classics: Alice Through the Looking Glass Retold by Emma Chichester Clark HarperCollins Children’s Books


This year’s judges for the Adult Category are Sheila O’Reilly, Dulwich Books; Lisa Bywater, Foyles; Eithne Farry, book reviewer, Daily Mail and Sunday Express; and Rachel Joyce, author.  Both Children’s Categories will be judged by Katie Clapham, Storytellers Inc, Lytham St Annes; Jenny Morris, ex-Lion and Unicorn bookshop; Brough Girling, Founder, Readathon; and Elen Caldecott, author.  The judging panels will be chaired by BA President Patrick Neale.

Commenting on her shortlist nomination, Malorie Blackman said:  I’m so thrilled that Noble Conflict has been shortlisted for the IBW Children’s Book of the Year Award.  Independent bookshops play a crucial role in our communities, able as they are to more readily stock and recommend books of local appeal.  They also provide an invaluable platform for debut authors.  I’ve been lucky enough to visit a number of independent bookshops nationwide and I’ve always found them welcoming, innovative and with booksellers who display an impressive knowledge of their stock and who care passionately about literature.

 Commenting on his shortlist nomination, author Stephen Grosz, said: “Independent booksellers really know and love books, for this reason I am honoured that they have voted to shortlist The Examined Life for the IBW Book Award. This award is particularly important to me because independent bookshops have been essential in bringing my book to the attention of readers, right from the start. Each time I walk past my local bookshop and see the wonderful window display that they have put together for The Examined Life, or when a friend sends me a photograph of the display in their local bookshop, I am grateful for these vibrant and unique spaces that mean so much to our communities. I’m completely delighted.”


We are truly delighted to announce that, for the third year running, a key part of Independent Booksellers Week will be the Find Wally Hunt from Walker Books.

The Find Wally Hunt has been a foundation stone of IBW bookshops for the last two years, and allows bookshops to engage with their local retail community, to put on an interactive ‘authorless’ event, to appeal to both adults and children and to create fun in and around the bookshop.

Once again Walker Books will be providing to bookshops Wally standees, window stickers, ‘I found Wally’ cards and – new for this year – an adorable standee of Woof, Wally’s dog.  In addition, you will receive a template press release and lots of photocopiable resources – as well as the chance for your customer to win lots of goodies in Find Wally competitions.

Don’t miss out on this great chance to make a splash this IBW -  register for the Find Wally Hunt by emailing  jo.humphreys-davies@walker.co.uk, tel 0207 2396 2466.  You can download the information flyer here - Find Wally Brochure.

And don’t forget to start planning your IBW events and activities – and to let us know all about your plans – email Sharon.benton@booksellers.org.uk