The North Recommends: Forum Books

Forum Books is an award-winning, independent bookshop in the heart of Corbridge, Northumberland, stocking an eye-popping range of handpicked books – in short we love books as much as you do! In late February this year, we moved into a unique new premises – The Chapel – bringing our two bookshops under one roof as well as a flexible space for author events, book clubs, workshops etc. in the evenings. Events are a BIG part of what Forum Books do – we are the official bookseller at Radio 3 Free Thinking & Newcastle Noir – and host 40-50 authors every year.

Authors Coming Soon:

June 13, 7pm – Natasha Solomons talking about her new novel ‘House of Gold’

June 19, 7pm – Laura Barnett & Kathryn Williams with ‘Greatest Hits’

June 23 6-8pm – Stephanie Butland flash fiction workshop

June 29 – Dave Haslam ‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor’ at The Cluny

July 10, 7pm Honey & Co

July 24 – Matt Haig lunchtime book signing his new book ‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’

Books excited about just now…

Tommy Orange’s There There will be published in July and we are already calling this our Book of the Year – such a powerful debut that still pounds head and heart. We meet a series of brilliantly varied characters – ones that will stay with you – who may or may not be linked, culminating in a powwow in Oakland, California. As the plot progresses and the pace mounts…breathless, edgy, current, vital, unbe-flipping-lievably good – trust us – read There There!


Just hitting the shelves is Benjamin Myers Under The Rock: The Poetry of Place – a beautiful, lyrical and powerful book, his prose is first rate, bold and original. Under The Rock is a genuinely beautiful thing.

Chloe Daykin’s The Boy Who Hit Play is a wonder! The only thing that Elvis Crampton Lucas knows about where he’s from is that he was found on a bench at a zoo … now that he’s older it is time for Elvis to find out who left him there and why..? We really loved Fish Boy and this is (dare I say… even better?) funny, friendly, complex, rhythmic – and can’t wait to press this book into the happy hands of keen readers of all ages!


You might not think you want – or need – to read a book on death but With The End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix is simply essential. Written after years of working in palliative care Kathryn’s book has perfect clarity of communication on a subject that will touch us all but we so rarely talk or even think about – her compassion is luminous and we recommend at every chance.

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