News from Barnett's and the wider world of books!

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Wadhurst Community Poetry Competition launched

12 May 2022

As part of the Wadhurst celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, all budding poets are invited to submit a poem with the title "The Queen and I" or "70 Historic Years" by 5pm on Tuesday 24th May. The winning entries will be read out at the Wadhurst village events over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend and will also win a prize of a Barnett's book token. 

Send entries to us at the shop, by hand or in the post or by e-mail.


Thanks to the Wadhurst Warriors for arranging the competition. Read more details and see the winning entries (after 1st June) here

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Sarah Jane Butler brings Starling to Barnett's (May 2022)

Sarah Jane Butler came by to bring us an advanced copy of her debut novel, Starling, which sounds like it will be a popular choice for our readers when it is released in September - a unique perspective on a young woman finding her place in the world.

It's always lovely to meet local authors!  

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Alex Preston signing books at Barnett's (Feb 2022)

Alex Preston found time to drop by and sign a few copies of his latest novel, Winchelsea, which is a gripping smugglers' tale with a collectors' list of local East Sussex locations! 

If early sales are anything to go by, this is going to be a real bestseller. 

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Wealden Times Education Supplement (Feb 2022)

Always nice to be asked! The Wealden Times Education Supplement includes our recommendation for a series of well written stories that children will love reading without noticing that they are being educated... The “Adventures in Time” series shows today’s children that the past is full of exciting adventures and gripping stories – including Alexander the Great, Henry the Eighth and the Second World War.

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Barnett's embraces "augmented reality"! (Dec 2021)

We were delighted to host one of the checkpoints for Wadhurst's Christmas Trail for children: "Santa Needs You!" - by scanning the QR code in our window and taking a selfie, children could enjoy an augmented reality experience with the very handsome polar bear sitting in our children's window.


Late night shopping (3 Dec 2021)

It was lovely to see so many families and friends at Barnett's on Wadhurst's annual late shopping evening.

And what a treat that Father Christmas found time on his way north to drop by Wadhurst. Thank you to the Wadhurst Warriors who put in so much effort for a wonderful evening, bringing the village together.

Frances Quinn visits Barnett's (November 2021)

So kind of Frances Quinn to find time to drop by to sign copies of her latest novel, The Smallest Man, which tells the extraordinary story of "the queen's dwarf", gifted in a pie to the new Queen of England in 1625! 

As the rules required Frances to hide behind a mask in her photo, we very much hope to be able to unmask her at a Literary Lounge in 2022! Watch this space...


Alan Judd visits Barnett's (October 2021)

It was an honour to have Alan Judd come in to Barnett's to sign copies of his latest historical novel: A Fine Madness, which is a remarkable and meticulously researched novel exploring the life of Kit Marlowe, whose violent death remains one of the most fascinating mysteries of Elizabethan England.

We very much hope to have Alan come back to Barnett's in 2022 for another Literary Lounge presentation after his previous enthralling discussion.


Local authors visit Barnett's (October 2021)

We were delighted to welcome James Ward to Barnett's and are excited to be stocking his collection of (fictional!) local ghost stories - see if your house or business is mentioned!

We also had a visit from enthusiastic local cook, Kate Marshall, with her new cookbook: Your Magical Kitchen

CWP prize winner visits Barnett's (October 2021)

While we were very proud of Jenny's nomination to the shortlist, we were also delighted to have the winner of the 2020 Comedy Women in Print Award, the talented Faye Brann, pop in to sign copies of her prize-winning novel, Tinker, Tailor, Schoolmum

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Summer Holidays - 15% off for teachers!

We were pleased to offer teachers a discount over the summer holidays as a small gesture to thank them for all their hard work with the ever-changing Covid environment over the past year.

Hopefully our teachers managed to find some time for themselves over the summer and could enjoy a good book for just a little less.

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Barnett's summer newsletter published (20 July)

Read our latest newsletter, with exciting news about our next literary lounge (on 4 November).

Also, a review of the Barnett's best-sellers of the past few months and a brief update on the new paint-job, awnings and shop sign bringing Phase 1 to completion!​

Read our newsletter by clicking here and subscribe for future newsletters and updates on events by clicking here (or using the button at the top of the page)

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Matson Taylor dropped by to sign his new novel (5 July)

Look no further for a funny, perfectly pitched modern fairytale - just what you need for a sunny summer afternoon (assuming we get some sunshine!)

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CWP Prize 2021 - Barnett's own Jenny is on the shortlist!

So pleased to see recognition for Barnett's own Jenny (Jen Fraser) on being selected for the longlist for the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2021 - Unpublished novel category.​

We look forward to launching the published book at Barnett's before too long! Good luck for the final selection...

Read more by clicking here