The Book Barge independent bookshop | literary lodgings | reopening 2019

Kidswear according to Katherine Rundell

Ever since John Lewis announced it was going gender neutral in its children’s clothing range, I can’t help considering how kids’ authors are also doing their bit for progressive wardrobes. I’m mainly thinking of Katherine Rundell, to be honest, after flying through Rooftoppers and now…

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On purpose

A nice thing about deciding to reopen the shop soon and writing here again is the steer it’s given. Maternity leave can be a funny old business – a not-quite-sure-how-to-navigate-days. Often even before then too… But maybe all that was missing was a sense of…

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Boobs

What Does Baby Want? The book that’s become a sort of shorthand for my life at the moment. Nothing captures the frustrations of a tits-and-tears Groundhog Day quite like it. You can watch the whole story on Phaidon’s website, where the climactic double-page jugs are…

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Every cloud…

Pregnancy doesn’t have much to recommend itself (although the French try their best with queue-jumping rights in the supermarket). Compiling a ‘first library’, however, was one of the few things that offered unadulterated knocked-up pleasure during the latter stages. There’ll be much more info about…

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Quoi de neuf?

The boat has lain fallow now for over a year following a move to France and the arrival of a baby. While it’s currently serving as a home-cum-indoctrination ground for the bookshop heir, that’s all about to change over the next 12-plus months as we gear…

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