Monthly Archives: April 2015

Our second birthday… fish, chips, awards and books…

What an amazing couple of years!

Our biggest challenge at the moment is getting staff to meet demand. Winning “Best Newcomer” at the UK Fish and Chip Awards has brought in lots of fish and chip tourists (two years ago we didn’t know there were fish and chip tourists!) as of course has word of mouth – thank you.

We opened on World Book Night 2013 but it was all too much and we didn’t give our 2013 books away until 2014. This year we have 15 copies each of the following books to give away – they are for reading and passing on and the intention is that people who don’t usually read books are tempted…

Two very different books are available for World Book Night 2015 at the Chippy this afternoon – pop in, whish us happy birthday and pick up a book!

Escape From camp 14Twenty-seven years ago, Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. Located about 55 miles north of Pyongyang, the labor camp is a ‘complete control district,’ a no-exit prison where the only sentence is life.

No one born in Camp 14 or in any North Korean political prison camp has escaped. No one except Shin. This is his story.

“Reading the astonishing story of Shin’s escape from Camp 14, one of the enormous political prisons whose existence is denied by the North Korean government, is like sitting, hooked as you watch a riveting and horrifying documentary. New readers will be taken to the brutal heart of that most corrupt and secretive state in this non-fiction thriller.”


Street Cat BobWhen James Bowen found an injured, street cat in the hallway of his sheltered housing, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James had been living on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn’t resist the clever tom cat, whom he quickly named Bob. Soon the two were best friends, and their funny and sometimes dangerous adventures would change both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts.

“The story of the clever tom cat Bob, homeless James and the friendship that blossomed between the two is heartwarming, uplifting and full of hope. This phenomenally popular tale has been adapted to be part of the brilliant Quick Reads series and we hope it’ll be loved in prisons and homeless shelters.”


It is now time to take off “under new management” from the front of the web site… though it still feels new and exciting – just not quite as scary!