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Welcome to Lodge Books, a small, second hand bookshop located on South Back Lane in Bridlington's Old Town.

Having spent some 30 years working in a variety of accounting environments and having packed my son off to university, the opportunity arose to realise a long held ambition to open a book shop, and in what better place to do so than Bridlington.

The aim is to provide a good range of second hand books to satisfy the reading habits of local residents, regular visitors to the town and newcomers alike. In addition, I am looking forward to featuring the works of local authors with the hope of introducing them to a wider readership and offering readers the opportunity to try something new.


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    2014 - A Year in Books - Week 40

    Created - Tue, Oct 7th, 2014 - viewed 4025 times

    More often than not the book comes first and a film or TV programme follows later, but now and again it happens the other way round, and such is the case with Seasons of My Life by Hannah Hauxwell with Barry Cockcroft. Solitary Daleswoman, Hannah, first came to the attention...


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    2014 - A Year in Books - Week 39

    Created - Tue, Sep 30th, 2014 - viewed 3846 times

    Peter Mayle is known particularly for his very enjoyable autobiographical books such as A Year in Provence but he has also written a number of novels, one from 2010 that I have just read being The Vintage Caper. Perhaps not surprisingly, this is set largely in Provence and celebrates all...


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    2014 - A Year in Books - Week 38

    Created - Tue, Sep 23rd, 2014 - viewed 4151 times

    Back to fiction this week and a romantic historical novel by popular local author Valerie Wood, namely Annie. The story is set in and around Hull, East Yorkshire and York, areas that are no doubt familiar to the author who has spent parts of her life in all three, and...


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    2014 - A Year in Books - Week 37

    Created - Tue, Sep 16th, 2014 - viewed 3907 times

    A bit of Sociology this week and a book by Eric Klinenberg (a Professor on the subject at New York University) called Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. Clearly this relates mainly to American research but it does include some European data and comparisons, and...


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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 36

    Created - Wed, Sep 10th, 2014 - viewed 4065 times

    There are many weighty, and therefore forbidding, tomes on the decline and fall of the Roman Empire and so it was with some relief that I came across Bryan Ward-Perkins' The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization; in a more manageable, almost pocket-sized book. But don't be deceived...


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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 35

    Created - Wed, Sep 10th, 2014 - viewed 3872 times

    I don't often read autobiographies, and especially avoid those by so-called celebrities. However I have in the past enjoyed the books of James Herriott and Gervase Phinn, set of course in God's Own Country. It seemed reasonable to assume then that I wouldn't go far wrong with a book passed...


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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 34

    Created - Wed, Sep 10th, 2014 - viewed 4040 times

    I have been aware of Yorkshire-born crime writer Peter Robinson and his Detective Inspector Banks for some time and this week I was drawn to that section of bookshelf in the shop. I picked off A Necessary End, the third of his novels. The setting is a fictional Yorkshire market...


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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 33

    Created - Wed, Sep 10th, 2014 - viewed 3775 times

    I have mixed feelings about Louise Levene's A Vision of Loveliness. It starts out quite funny, and clever, but the comedy soon becomes darker and the excellent period atmosphere of the seedy, sleazy, sad world of London's West End in the 1960s becomes ever so slightly depressing.In this book we...


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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 32

    Created - Mon, Aug 18th, 2014 - viewed 4164 times

    Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is Helen Simonson’s first novel, and if you like the novels of Alexander McCall Smith then you will probably like this, not least because of its ‘faith in the powers of courtesy and kindness’.

    In the south coast village of Edgecombe St Mary, Major Ernest Pettigrew...


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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 31

    Created - Tue, Aug 5th, 2014 - viewed 4164 times

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is set in Nazi Germany and is an unusual novel, not least because the story is narrated by Death. It is described as ‘a small story about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery’.

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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 30

    Created - Tue, Jul 29th, 2014 - viewed 3877 times

    If you love reading and bemoan the lost art of letter writing then The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a book you are sure to enjoy.

    In 1946 Juliet Ashton is a writer who, having written a wartime newspaper column,...


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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 29

    Created - Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014 - viewed 3885 times

    I have just read a couple of M. C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth murder mysteries, namely Death of a Gossip and Death of an Outsider, and thoroughly enjoyed them both.

    Set in the far north west of Scotland, the first story introduces the reader to the Lochdubh police constable, who generally...


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