The Medina Blog
Medina Bookshop are delighted to be the main sponsors of the brand-new Isle of Wight Book Awards.
It's with great pleasure that we can announce that we will be the official bookseller at this year's Isle of Wight Literary Festival. Now in their 10th year the festival promises to be the best yet with a great line up of authors including Tracy Borman, Alan Johnson,...
Not sure what to read next? Our new volunteer, Macy, has got you covered. She has reviewed her four favourite reads below. The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis Fans of the Netflix series should seriously consider reading the novel on which it is based. The...
An Evening with Roger Sanders On 8th April, we're delighted to welcome local author Roger Sanders to the bookshop. A Newport resident, Roger is known to many as the name and face behind the Saunders Sports shop. Retired now, he has sat down and written his debut...
An Evening with Mark Rowe Postponed from the 7th May, we're delighted to welcome professional travel writer Mark Rowe to the bookshop to coincide with the publication of his book Isle of Wight (Slow Travel): Local, Characterful Guides to Britain's Special Places. A...
Out on an Island, the fantastic new book from Medina Publishing highlighting the stories of the LGBTQ+ community on the Isle of Wight
An abridged version of the conversation between Ruth Druart and Paul Armfield about her bestselling novel, While Paris Slept.
On 28th January we’re delighted to welcome bestselling author Ruth Druart to the bookshop for a special event
At the beginning of December Medina Bookshop proudly presented Olivier award-winning actress Celia Imrie and Royal Shakespeare Company actress Fidelis Morgan in conversation at the Island Sailing Club about their new Titanic inspired novel Orphans of the Storm.
Popular British actress and bestselling novelist Celia Imrie is heading to Cowes to talk about her latest novel ‘Orphans of the Storm’.
From instant classics about the power of books to spooky spine-tinglers, Lucy’s top autumn and winter debuts picks have something for everyone
From feminine-focused historical fiction to the memoir we all need to reach for in hard times, Lucy has selected a diverse range of titles from this months debut
Unsure what fiction book to pick up next? Check out Lucy’s, reviews of her four most recent reads in her latest blog post.
We chatted with order Islander Julia Tuffs to celebrate the publication of her magical debut YA novel, Hexed, set on the Isle of Wight
We caught up with author Stephan Roman to chat about his fascinating new book Isle and Empires, Romanov Russia, Britain and the Isle of Wight
Costa Award shortlisted children’s author Jenny Pearson shares with us the books that helped her through lockdown including a local favourite!
Our bookseller Lucy reviews Radio 2 Book Club Pick: The Authenticity Project
Island artist Lil Nutter, whose is featured in the shops first art exhibition, shares with us the books that helped her through lockdown.
With her latest ‘Book Rebel Beauty for Teens’ out this month, we caught up with IW author Bethan Christopher for our ‘Ask the Author’ series
We are delighted to announce the winners of our ‘Books that got me through lockdown’ competition.
For our latest bookseller review find out what Lucy thought of the Richard and Judy Book Club pick ‘The Sight of You’ by Holly Miller.
Bestselling author Lynne Truss shares with us the 5 books that got her through lockdown.
A great selection of fiction and non fiction is this round up of Lucy’s February reading pile.
We caught up with local crime writer Heaton Wilson to find out what he has been up to during lockdown and his latest book ‘Whatever it Takes’.
Lucy reviews People Like Her, a suspenseful debut that asks are influencers really living their best life or is it all artful deception?
If you love music and you love books our resident musician Paul has chosen for you his top six must have music reads that hit just the right note.
Dark winter evenings are perfect for curling up with a book so here’s a look at the ones Paul has been reading during January.
As one of her favourite genres, Krissy has chosen some of her top picks of the latest YA releases to add to your TBR pile!
Dive into the past with our history buff Krissy as she takes a look at some of the history books to look out for over the coming months
This Valentine’s Day, ditch the flowers and chocolates and other hackneyed gestures and instead say ‘I Love You’ with words.
Part memoir, part inspiration, discover why our bookseller Krissy thinks Untamed is one of the most important books she has ever read.
We are delighted to be the official bookshop for the IW Story Festival, which is taking place online between 17th and 20th February 2021.
Lucy chooses her top six books to read before they’re adapted for screen in 2021
We’ve chosen some of the best novels to give you a lift as you curl up under the duvet during the cold, dark winter evenings.
After the tumultuous events of last year, our bookseller Paul takes a look at some of the books we need to be reading in 2021
Discover what Lucy thought of Ben Miller’s Christmas novel that tells the unexpected story of how Father Christmas became Father Christmas
We are delighted to have been named CABOODLE BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH for
Katie reviews Autumn, the first instalment in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet
Katie reviews Lucie McKnight Hardy’s debut novel Water Shall Refuse Them.
Medina bookseller Katie reviews the young adult novel Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari.
Katie reviews Mary Grand’s brand new thriller The House Party which is set on the Isle of Wight.
Read about Isle of Wight author Mary Grand and what she got up to during lockdown.
For the latest in our Ask the Author series we chat with saga writer Glenda Young who sets her stories in the village where she was born
Katie reviews Barbara Kingsolver’s Unsheltered, a modern day work of fiction intricately weaved together with an exploration of historical Vineland.
Find out what Krissy thought of the international bestselling book Humankind, which has been described as ‘a beacon of hope’.
Enter into the thrilling world of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, and uncover his inspirations. Katie reviews Dracul.
Krissy reviews Wonderscape, the anticipated new novel from popular children’s author Jennifer Bell that’s described as Jumanji meets Ready Player One!
Read about what Medina Book Club thought of Stealing Roses, The Parade, The Forest of Wool and Steel, and Normal People.
Listen along as Katie reads the third chapter of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. New instalments every Monday!
Katie reviews the critically acclaimed novel Normal People by Sally Rooney. Medina Book Club read the book ahead of their March meeting.
Listen along as Katie reads the classic story of The Three Little Pigs. Don’t forget to download your free activity pack!
The IW Story Festival is organised by some of the island’s best loved children’s authors. Read about how they have been coping during the pandemic.
Join award winning children’s author Kieran Larwood, best known for creating Podkin One-Ear, in our blog series ‘Ask the Author…’
Listen along as Krissy, the newest member of the Medina Books team, tells The Tale of Jeremy Fisher. Don’t forget to download a free activity pack!
Listen along as Katie reads the second chapter of Little Women. New instalments every Monday!
Listen along as Medina Books’ very own Katie reads the classic tale Little Red Riding Hood.
Krissy reviews a super funny, heart-warming adventure of three boys, one summer holiday, and a few miracles along the way.
Listen along as Medina Books’ very own Katie reads The Emperor’s New Suit. Don’t forget to download a read-along sheet and free activity pack!
Join Isabel Ashdown, author of seven novels including three set on the Isle of Wight, in our new blog series ‘Ask the Author…’
Children’s author Julia Johnson shares how she has been coping during the coronavirus pandemic.
Medina Books are delighted to support a campaign to source and supply PPE to the care sector in the Island.
Krissy reviews Crescent City, the first in a brand new fantasy series by bestselling author Sarah J. Maas
Listen to the first chapter of Little Women read by Medina Books’ very own Katie. Discover a new chapter every Monday.
Listen along as Medina Book’s Katie reads The Elves and the Shoemaker by The Brothers Grimm.
Join Heather Cooper, author of Stealing Roses, for the first in our brand new Q and A blog series, ‘Ask the Author…’
Listen along as Julia Johnson reads her delightful book The Pearl Diver.
Krissy reviews Nightshade, the latest release in the action-packed Alex Rider series.
Listen along as Medina Books’ very own Krissy Lloyd reads the classic children’s story The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the first reading in our new podcast series.
Krissy reviews The Land of Roar, a delightful flight of fantasy into the realm of a child’s imagination
Krissy reviews The Deathless Girls, a beautifully written story of survival, love and loyalty in a brutal world.
Medina Publishing offers free books to island schools amid pandemic.
Kat reviews Little Sister, a gripping thriller set on the Isle of Wight.
Kat reviews island author Heather Cooper’s debut novel, set in Victorian Cowes.
Wihtwara author Jan Harper-Whale reveals the research behind the trilogy.
Jess reviews The Isle of Wight’s Missing chapter by James Rayner, a collection which uncovers the island’s hidden history.
Krissy gives you the down-low on the many writers’ groups on the island.
Jess reviews the swashbuckling novel Slave to Fortune by D J Munro.
Keep up to date with our latest Covid-19 announcements.
Krissy reviews The Peculiars, the first book from the much-loved children’s author Kieran Larwood.
The essential reading list for anyone aspiring to get into creative writing!