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Reader Recommends - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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By Gail Honeyman. Step into Eleanor’s practical Velcro shoes as this first person narrative laces together traumatic events with the humdrum realities, trials and silliness of everyday life, bringing Eleanor Oliphant to life in glorious Technicolor. This masterfully designed book can see you lose your faith in humanity one minute, then falling in love with a stranger’s act of kindness the next - as easily as flipping a coin. Celebrate her successes, experience the lows and root for her through every chapter, all the while enjoying her very unique view of the world.  Gail Honeyman’s sensitive, lighthearted novel delivers a rare insight into profound and complete loneliness, while addressing the difficult topics of abuse, manipulation and unaddressed trauma. This may sound like a recipe for a gruelling read, but perceiving the world through the all seeing eyes of Eleanor Oliphant injects humour and believability into the narrative that makes this book impossible to put aside. Following

Reader Recommends - Starless Sea

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By Erin Morgenstern. This is a book you can almost taste. Every page is sewn with carefully crafted words to engage all your senses, leaving you with a feeling of shared experience; until, in returning to its hidden world, you feel as though you are catching up with the protagonist like an old friend. It is a book that will make you fall in love with books all over again, not only because it is a beautiful novel in itself, but because the way it describes the many books littered within its pages leaves you with an impression of reverence. Books are the cornerstone of story; they are what compels the characters to act, what inspires them to fight to protect and what dares them to dream.  Enjoy stories within stories and books within books, and be left with the sweet taste of honey in your mouth as you set a-sail across the starless sea. - A Pot & Page Review

Pot & Page: Reader Recommends

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There is something so satisfying about recommending a favourite book to a fellow human; sharing the love of a story and sparking that interest for others, so here at Pot & Page we have decided to kickstart our reader recommends section to do just that!  We will have a few recommendations on the go at any one time on our dedicated bookshelf, including some of our personal favourites. We will stock a few copies of each recommended book, and will replace the them with different titles whenever they sell out. That way we will keep a steady stream of new recommendations over the year. However, we don't want to just showcase our all time favourites - we also want to know what books keep you up into the wee hours of the night, so here's what where we need your help: Share your favourite stories with us - the ones that really made an impact - and we will feature your review on our blog, on our instagram and on our shelves, so other people can experience the magic of discovering th

And we're open!

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After a fantastic welcome from the town of Ledbury, we have now officially opened our doors! tea is brewing, delicious plant based food is making its way to your tables and books are finding new readers!  It's beed a blast, and we can't wait for next week! We are planning an official opening party on Saturday 24th July, starting at 10.30AM with the mayor opening the shop (I know, we're already open, but just run with it). We will also have the live gypsy swing band - Swing Fromage - (we're aware of the irony) playing for the first couple of hours of opening and the carnival princesses will be there to welcome everyone. We will be advising that all guests maintain social distancing recommendations and will be keeping all our tables a minimum of a metre apart, and that anyone wanting a guaranteed table books in advance, although walk-ins are always welcome.  In the meantime, here's some useful general information if you're planning a visit: Opening times:  WED-FRI

IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN...

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After a few months of hard grind we are nearly there! Back in April we finally got all our consents through to go ahead with the renovations 8 New Street so badly needed, and we've been working around the clock to make our dreams for the space a reality.  There was so much dirty work to be done in the gutting and clearing of the space, which seemed to take an age, but then all of a sudden we were ready to move onto painting, and just like that Pot & Page is finally being brought to life! We picked out a gorgeous Farrow & Ball colour combination from The ODD Shop - Hague Blue and Dutch Orange (I sense an unintended theme...) and we love how the two tones compliment each-other!  We do still have a lot to get done in terms of kitting the place out with equipment and furnishings, but this is the bit I love - all the finishing touches that inject personality into a place. And even better, we've been able to start collecting books. Who knows what came first, our obsession

RENOVATING OUR LISTED BUILDING

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Like most of the beautiful buildings in Ledbury’s historic Tudor town centre, the new site for Pot & Page is grade II listed. This means we have all the delights a characterful beamed 17th Century town house has to offer, but also that we have to be very mindful of any changes we make over the years to come.  Luckily Listed Building Consent (LBC) has a fantastic advice service that helps you to navigate all the weird and wonderful rules set up to protect the history of towns such as ours. They offer a (Covid-19 friendly) site visit where they inspect the property and offer top tips on how best to make updates, while preserving the history. If you are lucky you will also find out some extra little historical tit-bits as you go! We found out that one of the larger stones in our cellar wall had probably been taken from a church, and that we had an old barrel ramp from the street as well as some barrel storage chocks (and yes, this did get us thinking about whether to stock some of Her

POT & PAGE ON THE MAP

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Hello and welcome to Pot & Page! This is where we will share any news about events, good books, great teas, and (for now) our progress leading up to opening our doors later this year.  So what can you expect from the cafe and bookstore hitting the streets of Ledbury, and who are the people behind it? We are a small family business with a lot of big ideas - my husband and I run the cafe together with our two little ones, our friendly pups and a grumpy ginger cat in tow.  The idea behind Pot & Page is pretty simple. We have decided to put all our favourite things into one place with the idea that, if we love them, others hopefully will too - good books, delicious tea and homemade wholesome plant based food - all of which is responsibly sourced with environment and community in mind.  We are aiming to have Herefordshire’s largest tea selection and to curate a wealth of interesting books to broaden anyone’s horizons. A lot of our second hand books will be available to leaf through