Book recommendations for your Staycation.

Anna recommends these 2 interesting books to reconnect you & your family with nature ….

Dancing with Bees, by Brigit Strawbridge Howard
A naturalist’s passionate dive into the lives of bees (of all stripes)—and the natural world in her own backyard.

Here’s a YouTube video of the authors garden, very inspirational……

Wild Child by Patrick Barkham

“In this timely and personal book, celebrated nature writer Patrick Barkham draws on his own experience as a parent and a forest school volunteer to explore the relationship between children and nature. Unfolding over the course of a year of snowsuits, muddy wellies, and sunhats, Wild Child is both an intimate story of children finding their place in natural world, and a celebration of the delight we can all find in even modest patches of green.” Taken from Granta Publishing website.

‘A must-read for all Britain’s naturalists’ Chris Packham

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Eat Out to Help Out

NEW OPENING hours …. Bookshop, Cafe & garden  now OPEN Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri & Sat from 10am to 4pm, cafe closes 3pm.

We’re proud to be part of the Eat Out To Help Out government scheme, offering you 50% off your food and non-alcoholic drinks bill, up to the value of £10 per person. Offer available every Mon – Weds from the 3rd – 31st August. Enjoy!

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The bookshop. cafe & garden NOW open.

Cafe open Mon, Fri & Sat 10am to 3pm, bookshop open Mon, Tues, Fri & Sat 10am to 4pm.

Cafe, toilets & Tea Garden still closed but will be opening mid July. The date will be confirmed soon.

We’re BACK! –

Featuring top authors and using ‘Facebook Live’ to give you the event experience and broadcast direct to the comfort of your home. 

You can order from us, any of the books featured below.

All you have to do is pop over to facebook,
like the page and you will receive the notification when an event is streaming. 

The ‘At Home With…’ Events includes the following:-
Wednesday 4/6 Thomas Taylor 2pm
Monday 8/6 Adele Parks 8pm
Tuesday 9/6 Ronan Hession 8pm
Wednesday 10/6 Ian Rankin 8pm
Thursday 11/6 Fern Britton 8pm
Friday 12/6 Tim Marshall 2pm
Tuesday 16/6 Onjali Q Rauf 2pm
Wednesday 17/6 Caroline Criado Perez 8pm
Thursday 18/6 Andy Griffiths 11.30am
Monday 22/6 Alison Weir 8pm
Tuesday 23/6 Meg Rosoff 8pm
Wednesday 24/6 Lenka Janiurek 8pm
Friday 26/6 Jennifer Bell Live 2pm
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Independent Bookshop Week 20 – 27 June

Save the date: Independent Bookshop Week 2020 will take place 20 – 27 June. Independent Bookshop Week is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign and run by the Booksellers Association, and seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland.
Follow @booksaremybag for all things Independent Bookshop Week and bookshops!

NB: OPENING from 1-8 June order & collect only, doors closed. From Thurs 11th June bookshop open to customers Thurs, Fri & Sat 10am to 4pm, doors open. Mondays order & collect only for now.


Bernardine Evaristo, Elif Shafak and Damian Barr are among the writers shortlisted by independent booksellers for the Indie Book Awards 2020. Spanning four categories of fiction, children’s fiction, picture book and a new non-fiction prize, the shortlists were announced today (15th May). The winners will be chosen by a panel of indie booksellers, authors and industry influencers and announced on 26th June during Independent Bookshop Week.

– The Offing by Benjamin Myers (Bloomsbury)
– 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak (Penguin)
– You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr (Bloomsbury)
– Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Picador)
– Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Corsair)
– Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin) 


– Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner (Hodder & Stoughton)
– War Doctor by David Nott (Picador)
– The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (Black Swan)
– Extraordinary Insects: Weird. Wonderful. Indispensable. The Ones Who Run Our World by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson (Mudlark)
– Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem (Bloomsbury)
– No Win Race by Derek A Bardowell (Mudlark)


– Toffee by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
– Deeplight by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)
– Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung (Andersen Press)
– The Star Outside my Window by Onjali Q. Rauf (Orion Children’s Books)
– The Somerset Tsunami by Emma Carroll (Faber & Faber)
– The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson (Usborne)


– Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson & Sharon King-Chai (Two Hoots)
– Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker & Zoe Persico (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
– Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
– Alfie on Holiday by Shirley Hughes (Puffin Books)
– I’m Sticking With You by Smriti Halls and Steve Small (Simon & Schuster)
– Franklin and Luna Go To The Moon by Jen Campbell, illustrated by Katie Harnett (Thames & Hudson)

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We’re re-opening for customer orders 1st June

Sue was on Radio York this morning chatting to Georgey about our re-opening for customer orders only, via telephone & e-mail from Monday 1st June.

Listen here 3 hrs 34 minutes in at 9.34am ….

We are planning re-open for customer orders only from 1st June, on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, during limited hours to start with.

Then hopefully leading to being fully open, with counter Screens, Hand Sanitiser & Social Distancing in place very soon.

tel: 01845 524353 or e-mail for more information.

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Latest news

Although we are still closed, there are 4 Indies who have some interesting Virtual Events for you to enjoy … click the link to our newsletter for more information

All our staff are at home catching up on all those jobs we never had time
to do. Below are some pics of some random examples of what the Team have been up to.

We cannot say when we will return to work just yet, but rest assured, when we do it will be a big day for everyone! Until then stay safe and stay at

Sending you virtual hugs ~ from all the White Rose Books Team
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The Yorkshire Vet, Peter Wright was here

Peter Wright signed copies of his new paperback book ‘My Yorkshire Great and Small’.

Signed copies now available to buy, & they make a lovely gift.

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We are HIRING!

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Book recommendations 24th Feb

Book Club are reading Airhead by Emily Maitlis.
‘[Emily] is so absolutely of the moment. Airhead is a compilation of her greatest hits . . . hilarious’ Evening Standard

Woman of the moment Emily Maitlis gives you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest news stories and interviews of recent years.
‘Deliciously funny . . . Irresistible’ The Times


Children’s Book of the Week is Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray, illustrations by Manuel Sumberac,. Suitable for age 9+, a fantasy adventure “A debut of strange myths and dark secrets”.

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Best Independent Bookshop – we’re on the Regional Shortlist 2020

We are so pleased we’ve made the Regional Shortlists again! The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, have revealed the regional shortlists for the 2020 Independent Bookshop of the Year with a record 49 bookshops from nine regions across the UK and Ireland vying to be named the country’s best indie retailer for books.

Thanks to all our fantastic team for all your hard work.

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