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

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Guinevere Glasfurd announced for next Literary Lounge

Thursday, 4th November: The Year Without Summer

Following her 2017 debut at Literary Lounge, we are thrilled that Guinevere Glasfurd will be joining us to discuss her latest novel in a Literary Lounge that was delayed during lockdown.

Her latest novel, which was long-listed for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2021, is an intricate novel, which weaves together six separate lives unknowingly linked by the Mount Tambora explosion in 1815.

See more here

Women's Fiction Prize Shortlist

The Vanishing Half: Brit Bennett

A riveting family story and a brilliant exploration of race, gender and identity

Piranesi: Susanna Clarke

A portal fantasy story

Unsettled Ground: Claire Fuller

A portrait of life on the fringes of society

Transcendent Kingdom: Yaa Gyasi

Tracing a family's story through continents and generations to the heart of modern America

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: Cherie Jones

A cautionary tale about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers...

No One is Talking About this: Patricia Lockwood

Chronicling the absurdism of the social media experience

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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.


2021 Booker Prize Longlist announced (27 July)

Come and browse this year's longlist in store - it's excitingly varied.

Check out the list at:

We've yet to read them all ourselves (we're getting there!) but can highly recommend Light Perpetual, Klara and the Sun and Great Circle.


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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

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We're going on a bear Wadhurst

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, intrepid explorers joined in a hunt to find a bear in ten Wadhurst businesses between 15th and 22nd June. Those who found all the bears received a certificate and prizes from Barnett's. The event was such a success that we are thinking of running another hunt (different theme) later in the year!


Barnett's is officially the best bookshop in Sussex!

We are delighted to have been named as the "Best Bookshop in Sussex" in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2019, the biggest lifestyle awards outside London. Muddy Stilettos is known as the ultimate urban guide to the countryside and is itself an award-winning innovative blog.

For more information, visit Muddy Stilettos. 


BOOK LAUNCH: Natalie Hart's Pieces of Me

We were thrilled to welcome our very own Natalie Hart to help launch her wonderful first novel: Pieces of Me. It was lovely to see so many local book lovers and old friends gathered in the shop where Natalie herself had spent so much time in her teens! 

Pieces of Me, which was nominated for the 2018 Costa Awards, is an assured debut. Set in Iraq and the USA, it explores the conflicting emotions arising out of modern day warfare. This would make a great Book Club read!