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Green Bean Storytime

Hey there!

Green Bean & Friends are coming to visit Urmston Bookshop on Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 10.30am. Come along on the morning. call 0161 747 7442 for more information.

On the day, little ones aged one to seven years will enjoy discovering the fun adventures of Green Bean through an educational storytime session.

Green Bean is a fictional character and the title character from the Green Bean Collection, which is now on sale within Urmston Bookshop, we have available both the board book and paperback gift sets along with the adorable character soft toys.

The Binding – Guest reviewer Kate Vickers

  • The Binding by Bridget Collins

The binding is a highly original, beautifully descriptive novel that serves to immerse you in an alternate historical world where memories, distasteful and painful, can be gently teased away and bound securely into the pages of highly coveted, richly decorated books. In our world, where books are a treasured source of pleasure and knowledge, the concept that they are produced at the expense of someone’s mind, and arguably their soul, is imaginative and intriguing.
We are introduced to this world through the eyes of Emmett Farmer, exiled to an isolated marshland with only Seredith for company, an aged binder that sees in Emmett something he does not yet comprehend. We share in his acute disorientation, a feeling that is magnified by a deep-seated sense that something is missing, an absence that is woven throughout the opening chapters. Although this creates a desire to read on and soak up the hints delicately scattered through the narrative, it is at the sacrifice of the characters themselves who at first seem somewhat flat and unrounded. His family appears hard and two-dimensional as we, like Emmett, lack the understanding of what drives their actions. It also creates a prolonged, slow-paced beginning that may put some readers off.
However, the much-awaited, pivotal point in the novel quickly remedies this.
The pace quickens as the characters, so lovingly penciled by Collins, become flushed with colour and the story blossoms into the engrossing tale of forbidden passion and enduring love that it truly is. The mysterious backdrop of the dark, macabre world they inhabit also unfolds beautifully, proving the perfect stage on which to explore how the practice of binding can be wielded and exploited with stunning cruelty.
Although certain characters do persist in an underdeveloped state, and aspects such as the binding process and allusions to witchcraft are not fully explored, these prove redundant as you become embroiled in a love affair between two delightfully contrasting characters. The descriptive elements are also spellbinding, and you will find yourself reading over sentences to fully appreciate their composition. This is a unique novel and you will be rewarded for venturing into a story that is crafted with such evident love, dedication and imagination.

Review by Kate Vickers

Christmas at Urmston Bookshop

Christmas is around the corner – and so are we!  Pop down to your local bookshop and browse our beautiful, original gifts.  Leave your Christmas reading list with us and we will order in anything not on the shelf.  Choose quality, individual presents this year from the bookshop right on your doorstep.

Take a peek at some of the special gifts you will find on the shelves 

Stunning collector’s edition titles with gold-edged pages and sumptuous covers


After dinner games, gorgeous notebooks, gifts with a local twist, eco-friendly gifts


Fuel for the imagination – and those with a creative side

                                                           Puzzles, toys, and fun!


Gift books for the curious, the poetry lover, the animal fanatic, the art appreciator… 

Furry friends 

And don’t forget – we sell books! Beautiful hardback gift books, limited edition signed copies, books for everyone from the tiny and new to the older and wiser…and if you really can’t decide, why not give them one of our book tokens for the ultimate gift experience.

Urmston Bookshop would like to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas and a happy and inspirational New Year!

Sarah Ward – world renowned crime author and book reviewer

Sarah Ward, writer of deadly Derbyshire Noir, will be appearing at Urmston Bookshop on

Wednesday 24th October at 7pm

Sarah’s last book, A Patient Fury, was the Observer’s Book of the Month for October and her writing has been described as ‘deliciously twisty and full of intrigue’ by Melanie McGrath.  Marian Keyes says ‘brilliant! Great writing, excellent characters, what a plot!’

Hear Sarah talk about her fourth book in the Peak District-based DC Childs series, The Shrouded Path.

November, 1957: Six teenage girls walk in the churning Derbyshire mists, the first chills of winter in the air. Their voices carrying across the fields, they follow the old train tracks into the dark tunnel of the Cutting.

Only five appear on the other side. 

Tickets cost just £3 and include a glass of wine.  Ticket price redeemable against the cost of a book on the evening

To book tickets call in to Urmston Bookshop, 72 Flixton Road M41 5AB, phone on 0161 747 7442, or email



Urmston Bookshop presents: Michael Billington at St. Clement’s Church Urmston

In this, the first substantial book on the area since 1898, local historian Michael Billington, himself an Urmstonian, draws on a variety of sources to tell the history of the area.

This event will be held in St. Clement’s Church, Stretford Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 9JZ

Thursday 26th July 2018 at 7pm

Tickets are £3 and include glass of wine and is redeemable against the cost of a book on the night.

To book tickets: call into the shop, phone 0161 747 7442, or