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Confession: I judge books by their covers

Despite trying not to, it can sometimes be tempting to judge a book by its cover. Hooded figure? Science fiction. Black background and grey font? Erotica. Silhouetted man? Thriller featuring a renegade who, damn it, doesn't play by the rules. Isabel Popple confesses to something that, let's face it, we all do.

Why I love colouring books

Why I love colouring books

Posted on 1st Apr, 2015 by Isabel Popple

Nowadays colouring books aren't just for children. Adults across the country are turning to them as a way to relax after a hard day at work. One of our own booksellers, Isabel Popple, counts herself amongst the grown-up converts.

Book Clinic: Getting crafty

Book Clinic: Getting crafty

Posted on 19th Apr, 2014 by Isabel Popple

The spring - and Easter - is all about new growth, new beginnings, new creations, as the first daffodils and green buds emerge from the winter soil. What better time could there be then, for children (and adults!) to get crafty and make some special new creations of their own? Finding inspiration and knowing where to begin is often the trickiest part, though, so here are some of Isabel Popple's favourite crafty books for children, which are packed with tips and ideas, from finger painting and tissue paper flowers to building your own paper town.

Review: Rooftoppers

Review: Rooftoppers

Posted on 4th Apr, 2014 by Isabel Popple

Isabel Popple reviews our Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell...

World Book Day 2014

World Book Day 2014

Posted on 5th Mar, 2014 by Isabel Popple

Isabel Popple is here to tell you everything you need to know about World Book Day 2014...

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlists

Isabel Popple introduces the shortlists for the 10th Waterstones Children's Book Prize...

Book Clinic - biblio-novels for bibliophiles

What is more enjoyable for a book lover than to read a book that celebrates the wonder of books themselves? Isabel Popple is back to introduce her favourite books about books...

The Book Clinic: Books for young animal lovers

Isabel Popple is back with a new prescription of brilliant books...