Winners Lockdown reading competition

We had a fanastic response to our recent social media competition asking you to tell us the books that got you through lockdown, based on our new blog series which was kicked off by the lovely Lynn Truss.

There was a wonderful array of books including classics from Agatha Christie, gritty post apocolyptic novel The Road, bookshop favourite The Salt Path, right up to the bestseller from last year The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse. The judges had a hard time picking our top five, all of whom will receive a bookish goodie bag, while the winner also gets a £10 Medina Bookshop voucher.


Winner – Kieran Ward

Llama Drama by Anna McNuff

Transported me from our little while isle to the deepest depths of South America. A cracking read that truthfully reflects the trials and tribulations of a long bike packing journey (turns out these are relatable to everyday events too!). It’s a get up and go book which encouraged me to explore other parts of the Island by bike or on foot over the lockdowns.


Runner-up – @aethelmead_1066

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

No matter how bad things were I haven’t had to face the wrath or ickle nature on Henry VIII!


Runner-up – Julie Dixon

The Wedge by Scott Carney

It’s because of this book I faced my fear and got in the sea in November and have carried on through the winter. It is bloody cold but just makes you feel alive


Runner-up – Elliot Mellark

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I completely escaped into this book. It made me feel better about my situation within the world. I completely fell in love with the characters and I still think about this book every day since I read it.


Runner-up – Mary Vine

Stay Sharp – Build a Better Brain at Any Age by Dr Sanjay Gupta

After the introduction it’s so interesting and encouraging. It’s about all your functions depending on your brain, and fab info that anyone can start using. Avoiding unseen dementia building during one’s middle years, and emerging 60+ is a main aim but advises what one can do even in the midst of it. I’m fitter since beginning to read it! Much more enjoyable that it sounds!


Some of your other lockdown reads

These Witches don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Enid by Robert Wainwright

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

An Archive of Happiness by Elizabeth Reeder

Romany and Tom by Ben Watt

The Binding by Bridget Collins

Sword in the Storm by David Gemmel

Circe by Madeline Miller

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

Sunday Philosophy Club series by Alexander McCall Smith

No1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith