Friday, 16 August 2013

Great new Large Print books for August

Large Print Books

New books for August - available now!

This month's highlights include a fantastic new novel, And the Mountains Echoed, from the author of the phenomenally successful Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini. We also see a wonderful collection of short stories from Victoria Hislop and the 2012 Times Book of the Year, Six Years, by Harlen Coben. Other highlights include the release in paperback of two very successful books, A Week in Winter, by Maeve Binchy and Bring up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel. All these and many more are available from the Large Print Bookshop.

New in hardback:

And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father, Saboor, and stepmother in the village of Shadbagh. To Abdullah, Pari is everything. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father, having no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart.

Hardback £19.99

The Last Dance - Victoria Hislop

Takes us through the streets of Athens and into the tree-lined squares of Greek villages. As the author evokes their distinct atmosphere, she brings vividly to life a host of unforgettable characters, from a lonesome priest to battling brothers, and from an unwanted stranger to a groom troubled by music and memory.

Hardback £19.99

Six Years - Harlan Coben

Times Book of the Year 2012.
Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie marry another man. He vows to leave Natalie alone, but he has tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. When Jake comes across Todd's obituary, he can't keep away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd's wife he's hoping for... but she is not Natalie.

Hardback £19.99             Other books by Harlan Coben

Now available in paperback:

A Nurse Abroad - Anne Watts

In the early 1960s, the author, a newly qualified nurse, set sail for Canada to work in the frozen north of the country, among the indigenous Inuit people. Anne later headed for Alice Springs in the Australian outback. In this title, she tells what it was like to be a nurse and midwife among a tough cattle-ranching community.

Paperback £13.49             Other books by Anne Watts

A Week in Winter - Maeve Binchy

Henry and Nicola are burdened with a terrible secret, while cheerful nurse Winnie finds herself on holiday from hell. John has arrived on an impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon; eccentric Freda claims to be a psychic and a part-time hairdresser. Then there's Nora, a silent watchful older woman who seems ready to disapprove at any moment...

Paperback £13.49             Other books by Maeve Binchy

Bring up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012
By 1535 Thomas Cromwell is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome. But Henry's actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to bear a son to secure the Tudor line.

Paperback £13.49             Other books by Hilary Mantel

Younger Readers:


Wonder - R. J. Palacio

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. But ordinary kids don't make other kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now he's being sent to a real school, and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted.
‘The breakout publishing sensation of 2012’ – The Times

Paperback £12.99


When ordering for the quickest delivery, always look out for those titles on our website which are marked as either 'currently in stock’ or 'In Stock (usually dispatched in 1-2 working days)'.

Other titles are normally available for dispatch within about 7 - 10 days as we have more stock arriving all the time.

Monday, 5 August 2013

New Books for July!

Large Print Books

New books for July - available now!

This month's highlights include a fascinating look at life between the two World Wars from the perspective of a child living in the King's Cross area of London. In fiction we also have the Times Book of the Year from 2012, The Yellow Birds which gives an unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war. We welcome into paperback the fantastic Shada, the Doctor Who novel by Douglas Adams and a great new paperback only book from Michael Dobbs looking at the last Six Months of the second World War and how it lead to the Cold War. All these and many more are available from the Large Print Bookshop.

New in hardback:

King's Cross Kid: A London Childhood Between Wars - Victor Gregg

Ninety-three-year-old Victor Gregg has had a rich and fascinating life. This title follows his London childhood from the age of five, when he was taken to the Shaftesbury Home for Destitute Children. After the years of street gangs and run-ins with the law, Vic left school at fourteen and his real adventures started.

Hardback £19.99

The Hired Man - Aminatta Forna

Gost is surrounded by mountains and fields of wild flowers. The Croatian winter brings freezing winds. Beyond the boundaries of the town an old house which has lain empty for years is showing signs of life. Laura and her teenage children have arrived. A short distance away lies the hut of Duro Kolak who lives alone with his two hunting dogs.

Hardback £19.99

The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers

Times Book of the Year 2012.
In Al Tafar, Iraq, Privates Bartle and Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two do everything they can to protect each other. This title offers a fresh depiction of the psychological impact of war, by a young Iraqi veteran and poet.

Hardback £19.99

Now available in paperback:

Doctor Who: Shada - Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University, where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs, most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

Paperback £13.49             Other books featuring Doctor Who

The Fishing Fleet - Anne De Courcy

From the late 19th century, when the Raj was at its height, many of Britain's best and brightest young men went out to work in India. Young women, suffering at the lack of eligible men in Britain, followed in their wake. They were known as the Fishing Fleet. This book tells their story.

Paperback £13.49

Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War - Michael Dobbs

From the bestselling author of "One Minute to Midnight", this is the riveting story of the last six months of World War II, when the hopeful Allied situation inspired by the Yalta Conference descended into the open conflict that would lead to the Cold War...

Paperback £19.50

Younger Readers:


Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library) - A. F. Harrold

Fizzlebert Stump lives in a travelling circus. He hangs around with acrobats, plays the fool with clowns, and puts his head in a lion's mouth every night. But it can be a bit lonely being the only kid in the circus. So one day, Fizz decides to join a library. And that's when it all goes terribly wrong...

Paperback £12.99

Large Print News

A Life of Reading May Help Dementia - Frequently reading throughout life may help protect against dementia say scientists after a recent study in the US. Read more on this fascinating research on the NHS Inform website by clicking here.


When ordering for the quickest delivery, always look out for those titles on our website which are marked as either 'currently in stock’ or 'In Stock (available for immediate dispatch)'.

Other titles are normally available for dispatch within about 7 - 10 days as we have more stock arriving all the time.

Friday, 17 May 2013

May Newsletter of new books

Large Print Books

New books for May - available now!

Highlights this month include The Silver Spitfire which tells the true story of Tom Neil and his Spitfire which he stripped down to the bare metal and turned into his personal aircraft. Keeping on the wartime theme Beryl Matthew's A New Day follows Hanna whose life seems to be turning around after a traumatic past only for War to loom on the horizon. In paperback this month we welcome Martina Cole's The Faithless and J. K. Rowling's A Casual Vacancy both of which quickly went out of print in hardback.
All these and many more are available from the Large Print Bookshop.

New in hardback:

The Silver Spitfire: The Legendary WWII RAF Fighter Pilot in His Own Words - Tom Neil

During the build up to the Allied invasion of Northern Europe, Battle of Britain hero Tom 'Ginger' Neil was assigned as an RAF liaison officer to an American fighter squadron, and commandeered an abandoned Spitfire. Faced with too many questions about the mysterious rogue fighter, he left the Spitfire at Worthy Down, never to be seen again.

Hardback £19.99

A New Day - Beryl Matthews

London, 1938. Hanna and Jack were sent to an orphanage when their parents were killed in a train crash. Jack is worked like a slave and, in desperation, runs away to join the merchant navy. Hanna takes a job looking after two children. She enjoys her work and finds new love. But war is looming and threatens to take away everything she holds dear.

Hardback £19.99             Other books by Beryl Matthews

Heartbreak Hotel - Deborah Moggach

The irrepressible Russell 'Buffy' Buffery has moved to a decrepit B & B in rural Wales. He needs to fill the beds, and what better way than with 'Courses for Divorces', his new money-making wheeze. Those checking in include Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who's been dumped by her boyfriend, and Andy, the postman.

Hardback £19.99

Now available in paperback:

The Faithless - Martina Cole

Cynthia Tailor has a devoted husband, a lovely home and two gorgeous children. But she has always craved the best things in life, and will let nothing stand in her way, even if it means devastation and tragedy for those nearest to her.

Paperback £13.49

State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize For Fiction 2012. Dr Annick Swenson is working on a drug which will alter the lives of women forever. Refusing to report on progress her investors send Anders Eckman to investigate: a curt letter reporting his death is all that returns. Now Anders' colleague, a former student of Dr Swenson, must retrace her friend's perilous steps. Little does she know that she will face challenges beyond her wildest imagination.

Paperback £13.49             Other books by Ann Patchett

The Casual Vacancy - J. K. Rowling

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. The empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has ever seen.

Paperback £13.49             Other books by J. K. Rowling

Younger Readers:


Opal Moonbaby - Maudie Smith

Martha's decided friends are stupid. She never wants another one. Ever. So when Opal Moonbaby comes along, with her mad hair and huge violet eyes, claiming to be an alien and wanting to be friends, Martha is definitely NOT interested. But Opal isn't the kind of alien who takes no for an answer...

Paperback £9.99

Large Print News

The Great Gatsby - The long awaited film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby is finally released this week. The classic novel on which the film is based is available in Large Print by clicking here.

The Quick Reads Accessibility Guide - The six Quick Read's titles released for this years World Book day are now available in Large Print. For more details click here.

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize - Howard Jacobson has been named the winner of this year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for his novel, Zoo Time. It is the second occasion he has triumphed, having won the prize in 2000, the first year of the award. To view the Large Print editionclick here.


When ordering for the quickest delivery, always look out for those titles on our website which are marked as either 'currently in stock’ or 'In Stock (available for immediate dispatch)'.

Other titles are normally available for dispatch within about 7 - 10 days as we have more stock arriving all the time.

Monday, 29 April 2013

The Quick Reads Accessibility Guide

Quick Reads for the Visually Impaired

The six Quick Read's titles released for this years World Book day are now available in Large Print. The books are all in 16 point font size and are designed especially to appeal to emergent readers. All the books are listed below and now available from Large Print Bookshop.

A Sea Change - Veronica Henry

Jenna enjoys her job selling ice creams by the sea. Then one hot summer’s day, everything changes and Jenna faces the most difficult decision of her life. Craig spends as much time as he can at the beach hut in Everdene he rents with a few of his mates. It’s the perfect break from his stressful job, and he loves to surf. But one weekend he notices a girl on the beach, for all the wrong reasons.

Paperback £9.95

Love is Blind - Kathy Lette

When Jane decides to move to the Australian outback in search of a husband, her sister Anthea thinks she’s mad. The sisters have never seen eye-to-eye: Anthea is slim, beautiful and has a perfect life and fiancĂ©. Jane has always felt like the ugly duckling. But when Anthea tries to save Jane from this latest crazy plan, she ends up taking a walk on the wild side herself…

Paperback £9.95

Today Everything Changes - Andy McNab

Abandoned as a baby, Andy McNab grew up in South London with foster parents, and poverty all around him. Andy attended seven schools in as many years, disillusioned and in remedial classes. It wasn’t long before his life was one of petty crime. By the age of sixteen, he was in juvenile detention. But six months in the Army education system was to change the now bestselling author’s life forever.

Paperback £9.95

Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift - Mike Tucker

The world is on the brink of crisis. As fuel runs short, society begins to break down. One man seems to have the answer. But is it too good to be true? The Doctor arrives at an old oil refinery near the South Pole, concerned by claims about this new form of energy. He soon discovers something huge and terrifying is stalking the refinery, bringing death and destruction in its wake.

Paperback £9.95

A Dreadful Murder - Minette Walters

Based on the true story of the shocking murder of Mrs Caroline Luard, which took place in Kent in August 1908: Caroline Luard is shot dead in broad daylight in the grounds of a large country estate. With few clues available, her husband soon becomes the suspect... but is he guilty?

Paperback £9.95

Wrong Time, Wrong Place - Simon Kernick

Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? You are hiking in Scotland with three friends when you come across a girl. She is half-naked, has been badly beaten, and she can’t speak English. She is clearly running away from someone. Do you stop to help her? Even if it means putting your friends’ lives, and your own, in terrible danger?

Paperback £9.95

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

New Large Print Books for April 2013

Large Print Books

New books for April - available now!

This month's titles include the hilarious Is It Just Me? from Miranda Hart which won the Non-fiction Book of the Year at the 2012 National Book Awards along with the first book in a new series by M. C. Beaton Minerva and a great new novel from Peter Mayle The Vintage Caper


Other highlights this month include the arrival in paperback of John Grisham's The Litigator and the canine adventures of Copper. All these and many more are available from the Large Print Bookshop.

New in hardback:

Is It Just Me? - Miranda Hart

Is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? This is the award-winning stand-up and TV comedian's manual on how to navigate life's rocky path.

Hardback £19.99

The Vintage Caper - Peter Mayle

Danny Roth is the rich owner of a priceless collection of wines. He invites a journalist to write a piece about his rare collection and shortly afterwards is the unfortunate victim of a world-class wine heist. Roth is devastated. Called in by Roth's insurance company, lawyer and wine connoisseur Sam Levitt investigates...

Hardback £19.99             Other books by Peter Mayle

Minerva - M. C. Beaton

This is the first in a new series, The Six Sisters. Minerva, eldest daughter of an impecunious vicar, is dispatched to town under the wing of the disreputable old Lady Godolphin. Her task: to find a rich husband. When her London debut is marred by her habit of speaking her mind, the highly eligible Lord Sylvester Comfrey decides to give her lessons in the gentle art of attracting the opposite sex.

Hardback £19.99             Other books by M. C. Beaton

Now available in paperback:

The Litigators - John Grisham

Oscar Finley, Wally Figg and David Zinc make up Finley & Figg: specialists in injury claims, quickie divorces and DUIs (Driving Under the Influence). Now they are about to take on one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the States. David gave up his lucrative career at Chicago's leading law firm for the chance to help the little guy stand up to the big corporations.

Paperback £13.49             Other books by John Grisham

Copper: A Dog's Life - Annabel Goldsmith

A lovable local legend, Copper was no ordinary dog. Famed for his remarkable wanderlust, canine curiosity took him all over the place; sometimes travelling on buses, often stopping off at his favourite pubs, or chasing unsuspecting joggers in the park, a hobby which nearly ended his days. In this book, he tells us of his adventures.

Paperback £10.49

Raylan - Elmore Leonard

When Federal Marshall Raylan Givens squares off against a known offender he'll warn the man, 'If I have to pull my gun I'll shoot to kill.' Except this time he finds the offender naked in a bathtub, doped up and missing his kidneys. By the time Raylan finds out who's making the cuts, he's lying naked in a bathtub himself.

Paperback £13.49             Other books by Elmore Leonard

Younger Readers:


Deep Deep Down - Garrett Carr

Around a hidden lake in the mountains is a perfect place. The people there live long and contented lives. But not for much longer. Andrew, May and Ewan will destroy everything. Unless the mystery that awaits deep, deep down destroys them first...

Paperback £12.99             Other books by Garrett Carr

Friday, 4 January 2013

The Accessibility Guide to the Costa Book Awards 2012

The five category winners have just been announced.
Novel Award: The winner of the Costa Novel Award is Hilary Mantel for Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall.
The good news is that the large print edition of Bring Up the Bodies will be published (at long last) next month, priced £19.99. We will only put it on our website when publication is imminent, but if you want to be informed when it is available please send us an email here.
If you cannot wait, there is a marvellous unabridged audiobook available and you can find details here.
There is also a Kobo eBook available which you can find here.
If you don’t have an ereader we sell the brilliant Kobo Glo. For further guidance on reading Kobo ebooks on your laptop or tablet read our blog.
Incidentally if you want to read or listen to Wolf Hall before reading Bring Up the Bodies follow these links for large print, eBook or audio book editions.
First Novel Award: Francesca Segal has won this with The Innocents, which is available in large print and also as a Kobo eBook, but not as an audio book.
Biography Award: The judges have, for the first time, selected a graphic work, Dotter of her Father’s Eyes by Mary Talbot (illustrated by her husband Bryan). Although this is an interesting award it is a difficult format to produce for the visually impaired and it is no surprise that there is no large print, eBook or audio book edition.
Poetry Award: the poetry prize goes to Kathleen Jamie for The Overhaul. This is available as an eBook but not in large print or as an audio book.
Finally, the Children’s Book Award goes to Sally Gardner for Maggot Moon, which is available as an audio book but not as a large print title or as an eBook.