Wishlist Wednesday Winner

Check Out The Books!

Our most recent winner of Wishlist Wednesday, Valerie, has been kind enough to send us a picture of some of the books that she won!

Wishlist Wednesday will be back soon, so watch this space. This could be your pile of books one day!

Valerie's Books

Valerie’s Books

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Wishlist Wednesday is Back!

Wishlist Wednesday


Wishlist Wednesday is Back!

Our Awesome Wishlist Wednesday competition is back and going strong!

Once again, we’re offering our customers and fans to win up to £100 worth of books from their Wishlist; and all they have to do to win this prize is enter the email address from their AwesomeBooks account into our competition here: http://www.awesomebooks.com/WishlistWednesday/

That means, you can win up to 40 books from our website- or to put it another way, you could be reading one book a week, every week, for the rest of the year (and even a little bit of next year…) before you have to think about making a new purchase (obviously, if you want to, we’d still be happy to have you back).

This competition will close again on the 12th of May and we will contact our randomly selected winner on the 14th of May, so make sure you keep an eye out for that all important email.

So, start making those wishlists now!


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Our First Donation of 2014!

Four-Hundred Books Donated to a Local Oxfordshire School as Part of Our New Charity Campaign.

So, 2014 is well under way (over two months since Christmas already!) and we’re starting to get the ball rolling on our Charity projects for the coming year.

This first donation was made up of 400 books to New Marston Primary School in Oxfordshire to help replenish their classroom books.

The staff and pupils were more welcoming than we could have expected, making the whole day extremely easy and enjoyable. We’re hoping this will be the first of many donations to our local schools this year, and that we enjoy all of them as much too!

We have some big plans for 2014, including, but not limited to two donations to partner organisation in Africa and several schools programmes right here in the UK. We can’t wait to see them come to fruition over the coming months so Watch This Space!

New Marston Early Days

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Welcome to Our Inaugural Wishlist Wednesday!

Wishlist Wednesday

So, you’re probably wondering what this is!

Wishlist Wednesday is a new competition we’re launching to give customers the chance of winning ALL the books on their wishlist up to the value of….


To enter this competition all you have to do is click on this banner when you see it on our website and enter your account’s email address into the field provided (If you don’t have an account, you can create one here in the blink of an eye). https://www.awesomebooks.com/login/default.aspx

Things to make sure before you enter

You’ve created an account.

You’ve added as many books as you can to your wishlist (New AND Used books are valid)

That’s all there is to it!

The dates for the new competition will be published shortly so watch this space!

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RAF Log Book- The Real Deal!

We’ve recently sold one of the most interesting books ever listed here at AwesomeBooks and wanted to share this with you.

The book we’re talking about is the RAF log book of a single rear-gunner who flew for nearly the entirety of the Second World War (1940-1945). He completed two full tours of duty, carrying out raids across Germany, Italy & France, as well as many ‘Gardening Missions’ (the very apt name for laying mines at sea!) and two years of training and instructing, an amazing feat by the standards of the day.

The gunner is listed in the book as Walker. D.A., whose number was D946201 of 44 squadron. He was based at two RAF bases over the course of his two tours; one at RAF Wigtown and one at RAF Waddington, the former of which was closed at the end of the war, while the latter remains open to this day for use by RAF reconnaissance aircraft.

Stories like this, about those who beat the odds at such a time are always something to take notice of. It just so happens that the circumstances of this story make it ever so slightly bolder and more impressive.

We hope you find the following pictures as interesting as we did. If you have anything similar to share with us please do get in touch, we’re always interested to educate ourselves on things such as this and share them with anyone who wants to do the same.


RAF Log book 1RAF Log Book 005 RAF Log Book 006

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Deal, deal, deal!

To all you proud book lovers out there, for a limited time only, enjoy 20% off the following titles. All of them absolute Must-Reads!

  1. Life of Pi- Yann Martel. ‘Life of Pi’ is a previous recipient of the Man Booker Prize and was recently successfully adapted to the big screen, becoming one of the stars of the cinema in 2012.
  2. Me Before You- Jojo Moyes. Jojo Moyes’ novel was a tearaway success, selling more than a million copies and being received with critical acclaim. With an upcoming feature film in the works as well we certainly haven’t heard the last of Jojo Moyes.
  3. The Help- Kathryn Stockett. This novel was hailed as one of the best débuts by an author in recent years, with the book and subsequent film being nominated for several awards in their respective fields.

To take advantage of this amazing deal, just add the books to your basket and enter code Deal20 (only valid when ordering two or more of the above books, this can mean two of the same one!) and hurry, offer is only valid until the 27th of November.

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Author of the Month

So, it’s that time again!

September has been a busy month here at AwesomeBooks, not only because we’ve had to choose a new Author of the Month. We’ve been making our plans for Christmas (it’s getting to that time of year when everyone starts asking “where’s the year gone?!”), we’ve been busy organising some fantastic new charity projects that we’ll be announcing as soon as possible and, on top of that, we’ve been deliberating internally to choose our new Author of the Month.

We had some trouble choosing this month, with lots of contenders who all have anniversaries for release dates, re-release dates, birth dates, you name it! However, we’ve managed to narrow it down to one, and in fairness, it’s a pretty impressive one at that.

We chose J.D. Salinger for two very good reasons

  1. With the release of the new film biopic of his life and career there is no better time to become more acquainted with his work.
  2. He’s one of the most acclaimed American authors of all time, not to mention one of the most acclaimed authors publishing in English.

So, whether or not you’ve read/yet to read any of Salinger’s work we would strongly recommend taking note of this distinguished writer’s work, and to help you do this we’ll be offering 10% off all of his work (Used and Bargain Bin) in our ‘Author of the Month’ section at http://www.awesomebooks.com/author/ by using code ‘Author10′.

We hope you enjoy making use of this code and keep watching this space for updates on our upcoming projects!


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AwesomeBooks ‘Un-boxing’ videos


This summer we came across the phenomenon of ‘unboxing videos’ where youtubers video themselves recieving parcels. There are even ones about us! Our favourite is from Joany, a dutch blogger who even agreed to translate it from dutch for us! check out her blog at http://www.cravingpages.nl/ and follow on twitter @Cravingpages

Let us know if you feel inspired to make your own




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Man Booker Prize 2013

We have been scambling around to read this years man booker prize list, which was fairly obscure this year. Only two authors have been featured before and it contains some previously unkown authors and 5 unpublished works; but the chance to find something new is the reason many of us love the Man Booker. Authors included Alison McLeod, Tash Aw, Colum McCann, Charlotte Mendelson and Colm Toibin

Our Favourites from the list were:ataleforthetimebeing

A Tale for the Time being By Ruth Ozeki

The story of a Japanese emigrant to Canada who finds a lunchbox washed up on the shore with a diary and collection of letters. She unravels the mystery of the diary writer who describes herself as a ‘time being’.

The format of the book is easily recognisable but Ruth Ozeki’s talent keeps you fully immersed in the story.

harvestHarvest by Jim Crace welcomed this year as the author recently announced his retirement from writing.

Harvest features a place know only as ‘the village’ where strangers are distrusted and persecuted. Being entirely dependant on the Harvest causes even more tension…



We will keep you updated as the shortlist comes out.

- AwesomeBooks

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Tim Griggs Interview


Tim GriggsWe caught up with Tim Griggs, author of: The Warning Bell (written as Tom Macaulay) and the brilliant Distant Thunder published last year.

What are you reading at the moment? 

Into the silence, The Great War, Mallory and the conquest by Wade Davis

What is your favourite book from your childhood? 

KIM by Rudyard Kipling

Where do you get your inspiration?

 Wherever I can find it! Quite often from a brief news report of an incident or perhaps a crime. But I had one of my better ideas (forRedemption Blues) in a live concert by Joan Baez, and got another one years ago when reading Winston Churchill’s My Early Life - an idea which finally found expression in my Victorian drama Distant Thunder

Tell us about your latest book?

 Distant Thunder is my most recent, a Victorian saga and love story, full of adventure and colour and set against the backdrop of the British Empire at its zenith. But I have also recently re-edited and re-issued REDEMPTION BLUES and THE END OF WINTER, both contemporary crime dramas which were major sellers overseas but have had no serious outing in England until now.

What are you working on at the moment?

 I am currently writing the sequel to DISTANT THUNDER entitled THE WIND FROM THE CAPE, which brings the same characters – or those who survived the first book! – into the opening years of the 20th century.

Thanks to Tim for this sneak peek, we cant wait for the sequel.

Check out www.tdgriggs.co.uk for more information and a chance to read some short stories.


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