Happy Birthday to Kathleen Hale

If you have not heard of Kathleen Hale before you are in for a real treat when you you see her marvellous illustrations. Probably her most famous creation is Orlando the Marmalade Cat, originally written to entertain her children. Kathleen Hale was awarded an OBE in 1976.

Orlando collage

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Book of the Week: The Boo-Boos at the Seaside

It was time to change our window display at Rose’s Books and we have chosen a seaside theme so I thought I would choose a seaside book this week

Attwell, Mabel Lucie. Illustrated by Attwell, Mabel Lucie. Stock no. 1308112
Valentine & Sons Ltd.. Very good condition with no wrapper. Small format. Beige boards with brown titles to spine and front cover, pictorial onlay to front cover. 8 colour plates plus green line drawings. An early reprint (the first edition had 14 plates). Spine and corners very slightly bumped and rubbed. A couple of joints are cracked but the binding is still tight. Contents clean. [R]
Price: £240.00

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The Wye River Festival Flows On ’til The Turning of the Tide Finale

Wye collage

This weekend sees the climax of the Wye River Festival, Friday is a performance of the Wye Oh! Wye Tour, the Wye was much visited by  lovers of the ‘picturesque’   possibly the first tourists! Tickets available through Chepstow Museum.

‘A voyage of discovery and celebration in song about the wonders of the Wye’

There will be other celebrations along the way on Saturday  at Redbrook and Brockweir and then onto Tintern Abbey for an evening of ‘Goosebumps and Gothic’ prepare to be thrilled and chilled!

And so to the finale in Chepstow,  ‘The Turning of the Tide’

‘As the tide begins to turn Chepstow bridge comes to life with street theatre, choral music, a torch-lit procession and a breathtaking fire and flame finale.’


So come an join us in our festivities, come and visit us and buy a book or two we are open all weekend! Here is just a small sample 0f our wonderful stock – please click here

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Book of the Week: A Thousand Years of Stained Glass

Who cannot be impressed by sun streaming through Stained Glass windows, throwing colours and shapes onto the ground below. So if anybody has a spare Tiffany or Frank Lloyd Wright window  do let me know!


Brisac, Catherine. No illustrator listed. Stock no. 2106524
Chartwell Books Inc.. 2001. Fine condition in a fine dustwrapper. Large format. Colour photos. [S] 0785801693.
Price: £35.00 click here for availability

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Happy Birthday – Richard Adams

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Richard Adams is probably best known for his novel Watership Down.

Watership Down began life as a story he told to his children until they insisted he write it down.

Richard Adams won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for Watership Down.

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Book of the Week: Little Grey Rabbit’s Mayday

Yesterday was May Day and next Wednesday (7th May) will be the 38th anniversary of the death of Alison Uttley so this book seemed an appropriate choice.

Uttley, Alison. Illustrated by Tempest, Margaret. Stock no. 1304742
Collins. 1st thus. 2000. Fine condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper. The Little Grey Rabbit Classic Library. Abridged text. Lilac and white pictorial boards. Lilac pictorial endpapers. Colour illustrations. 41 pages. Dustwrapper is just a little rubbed at corners. [R] 0001983946.
Price: £6.50

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All Change at Rose’s Books!

In a mad moment I suggested that we could move the books around in the shop to give it a ‘new look’. So for the past two days staff at Rose’s books have done just that! Most of the books have a new home and we are all trying to remember just where the Observers or the Ruperts or the Blyton books are now located.

New Arrangement


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Book of the Week: Tewkesbury

Once again, you don’t have to go too far for history and scenery. You can also pack a picnic and sit by the riverside and watch the sun go down on a summer evening!

Jones, Anthea. No illustrator listed. Stock no. 1204795
Phillimore. 1st. 1987. Nearly fine condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper. Tewkesbury’s history in relation to the fabric of the town today. B/w photos. Book: name in ink to front endpaper. [S] 0850336317.
Price: £10.00

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Hay Festival 2014

As I was going home from work last night I noticed that work has begun on the Festival site. Soon  the field will be transformed  into a small village for the ten days of the Festival which begins on 22nd May.

The programme for the main Festival and for Hay Fever (the children’s Festival) are available online at the Festival website

As usual there will be a shuttle service between the Festival site and the town. One of the stops is just outside Rose’s Books so come and pay us a visit too!

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Book of the Week: Easter Bugs

I just had to choose this book for Book of the Week. Find the bugs hidden behind the colourful Easter Eggs!1501043

Carter, David A.. Illustrated by Carter, David A.. Stock no. 1501043
Little Simon. Slightly better than very good condition with no wrapper. A Springtime Pop-up. All kinds of bugs are hiding behind colorful Easter Eggs, just waiting for you to find them. Oblong format. Glazed pictorial boards. Colour illustrations. 2nd printing. Some minor damage to one pop-up. [R] 0689818629.
Price: £7.00

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