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The 12 days of Christmas

What will your true love give to you?

We’ve got ideas aplenty here at your local bookshop
Twelve festive must-reads

Eleven wooden beauties 

Ten children’s favourites

Nine cracking fun games

Eight soft and cuddlies

Seven arty-crafties

Six handmade one-offs

Five proud Mancunians

Four gorgeous notebooks

Three musical treats

Two scented candles

And a gift of the gift of reading!

Merry Christmas from us all at Urmston Bookshop!Call in and see us over the festive season for a little bit of local, independent shopping magic

Dr Rangan Chatterjee is back in the house

It only takes 5 minutes to start changing your life. For good.

Dr Chatterjee will join us to talk about his new book and to give some inspirational tips to lose weight, improve sleep, and much more.

Wednesday 15th January


Urmston Library

Dr Rangan Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential doctors in the UK. A practising GP for the last two decades and resident BBC Breakfast doctor, Dr Chatterjee wants to inspire people to transform their health through making small, sustainable changes to their lifestyles. Host of the No. 1 iTunes podcast, Feel Better, Live More, and presenter of BBC 1’s Doctor in the House, Dr Chatterjee is the author of two Sunday Times bestselling books and his TED talk, How to Make Diseases Disappear, has now been viewed over 1.8 million times. 

Tickets cost £5.00; this includes a glass of wine.

To buy your ticket: call in to the bookshop, phone us on 0161 747 7442, or email You can also buy your ticket via Eventbrite.

An evening with Jordan Wylie

Tuesday 12th November

Jordan Wylie is a former soldier, bestselling author, extreme adventurer and also one of the stars of Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated shows Hunted and Celebrity Hunted.

Growing up on the largest council estate in the UK, Jordan left school early with no qualifications to his name but took the life-changing decision to join the British Army at 16 years old. 

Jordan has since gone on to successfully complete numerous major charity expeditions, including the highly publicised Running Dangerously, which saw him run through Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, and Barefoot Warrior which involved climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, completely barefoot! He has raised over a million pounds for charity and some of his expeditions have been made into documentaries on Sky TV.

A determined, fearless adventurer and an inspiring man

– Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

Tickets are £3 and inc glass of wine and is redeemable against the cost of a book

Call 0161 747 7442 or email

Meet Maggie Oliver, detective turned whistle blower… turned author

Come and meet the inspirational Maggie Oliver and hear about her new book, her life, and her courageous actions to secure convictions in what is now one of the most notorious grooming cases in the UK.

Thursday 21st November at 7pm

Urmston Library

Maggie will join us for the evening to share her incredible experiences, including her time as a consultant on the BBC award-winning drama Three Girls, where Lesley Sharp played the part of Maggie, and her time on Celebrity Big Brother – Year of the Woman and Loose Women.

She will also be talking about the Maggie Oliver Foundation, which Maggie has set up to help survivors of abuse begin to move on with their lives.

Tickets cost £3.00; this includes a glass of wine and can be redeemed against the purchase of a book on the evening.

To book tickets call 0161 747 7442, email, or visit eventbrite

Life After Life – by guest reviewer Kate Vickers

Life after life is a beautifully wrought, unique novel that blends the concept of continuous reincarnation into an outstanding work of historical fiction. The reader experiences the tumultuous period of two world wars through Ursula, a heroine buffeted through multiple lives, the course of which vary wildly with each incarnation.

Each reimagining of her life highlights how we are all victims of circumstance and that destinies can change with just one altered decision. It also allows Atkinson to examine events and characters from multiple angles, vividly recreating a world now lost and depicting the raw, human devastation experienced by civilians on both British and German sides.

Although the book opens with the attempted assassination of Hitler, it immediately jumps to Ursula’s birth, setting a tone of displacement that runs throughout the book as her lives take stunted, weaving paths through a maze of life events.  Ursula herself is a somewhat lonely figure, forever at the mercy of the twists and turns of her lives, and the collusion of an unknown force disguised as happenstance. As such, it is hard to get a handle on what she wants, and what really drives her, as she and the reader are awash with the endless possibilities of her numerous lives.

The only constant throughout is the love and dedication of her family; a rich assembly of characters each with their set of nuances and hidden depths that can be uniquely probed through the varied destinies they are entwined within. As the story progresses, Ursula’s prophesied destiny becomes remote and in a sense unnecessary as the heart of the story is not a heroic assassination, but her love for her family and the arcadia within which they reside.

A feeling of nostalgia resonates throughout as it documents the passing of a world now gone, a time that can now only be looked upon through the lens of history. Kate Atkinson brings that world back to life, creating an intimacy and immediacy to the war and those caught within it whilst at the same time allowing the reader’s soul to soar at the prospect of the fairytale moment that could have prevented it all.

Review by Kate Vickers