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Looking for ideas for relaxation - something to read, watch or do? Have a look at our other sections such as Out and About, Local Courses or Volunteering for some ideas, or try the following:

Local minibus trips and excursions - see Bassetlaw Action Centre here...

Note that Bookworm has ceased trading for general publications, only dealing with local history and related publications - see their December, 2022 Newsletter below for details.

Retford Bookworm’s February 2024 ‘Thank you’ Newsletter here...

Retford Bookworm’s June 2023 Newsletter here...

Retford Bookworm’s December 2022 Newsletter here...

Retford Bookworm’s May 2022 Newsletter here...

Retford Bookworm’s February 2022 Newsletter here...

Retford Bookworm’s November 2021 Newsletter here...

Retford Bookworm’s September 2021 Newsletter here...

Retford Bookworm’s June 2021 Newsletter here...

Retford Bookworm’s May 2021 Newsletter here...

Retford Bookworm’s April 2021 Newsletter here...

Books about our local scene here... Christmas presents?

Fall in love with reading with Quick Reads

If you're too busy for long books; want a quick read for the train, tube or bus; or think reading is difficult or dull, Quick Reads are for you.

Millions have fallen in love with reading again through Quick Reads, and here are some of the reasons why:

  • They're brilliant, bite sized books by big name authors and celebrities
  • Fast-paced and easy to read
  • A great range of fiction and non-fiction titles
  • The perfect, more satisfying alternative to a magazine or newspaper
  • Available at bookshops, supermarkets, libraries and online
  • Quick Reads can also be purchased as eBooks, downloadable direct to your mobile phone, eReader or computer
  • At Ł1.99, they cost less than a DVD.

For much more, go to

BBC Skillswise

Some great new literacy resources have been produced by the BBC - resources are specifically tailored for adults wanting to improve their English and/or maths skills Read more...

Some recommended reads...

For something a bit special and free from many of the ‘punch pulling’ aspects of conventional media coverage, why not pick up a copy of the Big Issue - strongly recommended. Similarly, if you decide to subscribe to Shelter you will find their member’s newspaper a real eye-opener to the issues affecting too much of our society.

Peter Frankopan’s The New Silk Roads [Bloomsbury Publishing ISBN 978-1-5266-0742-3] is an eye-opening account of how China is rapidly coming to dominate world trade.

And, finally, while we are talking about reading, why not have a look at Andrew Marr’s The Diamond Queen? As you’d expect from Andrew, this is both highly informative and entertaining. [ISBN 978-0-230-74852-1 MacMillan Ł25.00].

Staying with Andrew Marr, his A History of the World provides much to think about. He navigates both the familiar and unfamiliar with chapters such as The Case for War, Beyond the Muddy Melting Pot and Dreams of Freedom. With his usual insightful - even provocative - analyses, this is a book to make you think anew about current international issues. [ISBN 978-1-4472-3682-5 Macmillan Ł8.99].