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GIVEAWAY – 3 copies of The Stolen Baby, set in WW2 PLYMOUTH

9th January 2022

We are delighted to offer 3 copies of The Stolen Baby by Diney Costeloe, set in WW2 Plymouth.

3 copies of The Stolen Baby

A Second World War novel from best-selling author Diney Costeloe, based on a gripping and moving true story.

Plymouth, 1941. As sirens blare all around, the Shawbrook family take refuge in a packed shelter. Bombs have already begun to fall through the night sky when they realise their infant son, Freddie, has been forgotten in the rush, left to sleep in his crib. Terrified, Vera, his young mother, races to find him and bring him to safety.

The next morning, air raid warden David Shawbrook returns from his watch to find the shelter pulverised, and his family seemingly all dead. Dirty footprints inside their home betray the looters who have rifled through the house.

Meanwhile, Maggie waits alone for her husband. Since the death of her infant son, she passes her days at home with neither joy nor aim. But not this morning. For this morning her husband has brought home a child, found abandoned in the aftermath of the terrible raid – a child she is sure is the one she held in her arms so many months before.


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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 24/01/2022 at 10:34 am




  2. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 23/01/2022 at 12:28 am

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


  3. User: playfulgilly

    Posted on: 22/01/2022 at 10:32 pm

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas


  4. User: Victoria Bazley

    Posted on: 22/01/2022 at 9:29 pm

    I really enjoyed Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. How people’s lives are turned upside down and new skills learned due to being thrown into the war effort.


  5. User: LolaGrace

    Posted on: 22/01/2022 at 9:00 pm

    My favourite is As the Crow Flies. Set across decades but including the Second World War.


  6. User: Kwoolfrey

    Posted on: 22/01/2022 at 8:01 pm

    Goodnight Mr Tom, beautiful story


  7. User: Angela Macdonald

    Posted on: 22/01/2022 at 6:52 pm

    my favourite is Farewell to France by Noel Barber


  8. User: Jannette

    Posted on: 22/01/2022 at 11:58 am

    My favourite is The Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton


  9. User: Jeanette Leighton

    Posted on: 22/01/2022 at 11:54 am

    Goodnight Mr. Tom one of my favourites


  10. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 22/01/2022 at 10:35 am

    The most memorable was “The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas”. Very harrowing but has stuck in my mind ever since.


  11. User: Julie Camm

    Posted on: 22/01/2022 at 9:45 am

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas


  12. User: andyszym

    Posted on: 22/01/2022 at 12:02 am

    Jackdaws by Ken Follett


  13. User: Boxfords

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 11:49 pm



  14. User: Katherine McDonald

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 11:48 pm

    The Kindly Ones


  15. User: Lynne OConnor

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 11:19 pm

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Absolutely heartbreaking


  16. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 8:54 pm

    My favourite novel set in WW2 is The Little Ship by Margaret Mahew which tells the story of the little boats which went to Dunkirk


  17. User: humptybren

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 8:34 pm

    The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak


  18. User: Joyce Willis

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 7:53 pm

    The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner


  19. User: Calli

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 7:17 pm

    It has to be Goodnight Mr Tom such a great read.


  20. User: Pageflicker

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 4:10 pm

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas


  21. User: Macsen77

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 3:59 pm

    An Island at War by Deborah Carr


  22. User: chimpbob

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 3:00 pm

    Goodnight Mr Tom


  23. User: galadrial

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 12:17 pm

    Wartime with the Cornish Girls.


  24. User: Janine Atkin

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 8:58 am

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas


  25. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 8:45 am

    A tie between The Book Thief and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Not sure enjoyed is quite the right word but both have had a lasting impact on me.


  26. User: Edmontonkitty

    Posted on: 21/01/2022 at 8:37 am

    I’ve always loved Goodnight Mr Tom. I’m reading it with my class now because their topic is WW2 and I still well up at the sad bits.


  27. User: Claire Mitchell

    Posted on: 20/01/2022 at 10:14 pm

    Spies by Michael Frayn


  28. User: Angela Kelly

    Posted on: 20/01/2022 at 4:03 pm

    For me it has to be The Book Thief. Such a clever and moving story.


  29. User: Erica Hughes

    Posted on: 20/01/2022 at 3:05 pm

    Goodnight Mister Tom



  30. User: JuanKerr

    Posted on: 20/01/2022 at 12:43 pm

    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


  31. User: Rosiej

    Posted on: 20/01/2022 at 10:50 am

    Captain Corellis Mandolin is my favourite book set in WW2


  32. User: Turtledove

    Posted on: 20/01/2022 at 8:33 am

    The English Patient


  33. User: Sheri Darby

    Posted on: 19/01/2022 at 10:14 pm

    Goodnight Mister Tom


  34. User: Cotswoldlass

    Posted on: 19/01/2022 at 11:28 am

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak but as a child I loved The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier


  35. User: Liz Atkin

    Posted on: 18/01/2022 at 5:22 pm

    The Night Watch by Sarah Waters


  36. User: Sushka

    Posted on: 17/01/2022 at 9:39 pm

    One of my favourite ones is: “Goodnight Mr Tom”


  37. User: Patricia Dewey

    Posted on: 17/01/2022 at 9:37 pm

    I really enjoyed All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


  38. User: andyi

    Posted on: 17/01/2022 at 7:19 pm

    Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation in Crete By Patrick Leigh Fermor


  39. User: Deborah Bird

    Posted on: 17/01/2022 at 12:58 pm

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


  40. User: Laura

    Posted on: 17/01/2022 at 8:36 am

    Goodnight mister Tom is my all time favourite


  41. User: Amy

    Posted on: 17/01/2022 at 8:33 am

    The Tattooist Of Aushwitz


  42. User: Anna-Maria Tuckey

    Posted on: 16/01/2022 at 2:40 pm

    Atonement is the best ever


  43. User: aspella

    Posted on: 16/01/2022 at 12:13 pm

    All The Light We Cannot See


  44. User: Madelaine

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 10:40 pm

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


  45. User: Jo Jones

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 10:30 pm

    The Grafton Girls by Annie Groves


  46. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 9:14 pm

    the paris library


  47. User: Marycarol

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 9:01 pm

    The last messenger by Jonathan Mark


  48. User: Riddler

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 7:20 pm

    Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein


  49. User: Denise

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 6:45 pm

    ‘Girls in tin hats’ by Annie Murray is a brilliant novel


  50. User: becksta75

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 6:31 pm

    I enjoyed The Tattooist Of Auschwitz


  51. User: yoeydavis

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 5:07 pm

    The Tattooist Of Aushwitz as a good one.


  52. User: Cornelia Ridler

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 4:01 pm

    The Postmistress by Sarah Blake


  53. User: Kathleen marsden

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 3:49 pm

    The Yellow Bird Sings
    Jennifer Rosner


  54. User: lilbooboo

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 3:47 pm

    The Cliffehaven Series by Ellie Dean are a brilliant set of books, set in WWII. Highly recommend.


  55. User: RobZZ

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 3:33 pm

    Dragonfly by Leila Meacham


  56. User: Carol Greenfield

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 3:24 pm

    Goodnight Mister Tom, it was my daughters set reading book such a beautiful read if you have a big box of tissues.


  57. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 2:36 pm

    I love books set in WWII but one I recently enjoyed was The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff.


  58. User: Karen R

    Posted on: 15/01/2022 at 1:51 pm

    Carrie’s War xx


  59. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 14/01/2022 at 8:27 pm

    There are so many, but looking at my “read” list from last year my pick is Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. Stunning and joyous by the end.


  60. User: Thunderbird

    Posted on: 14/01/2022 at 1:18 pm

    Boy in the striped pajamas. As soon as he got into the prison camp and donned the pjs you knew it wasn’t going to have a good ending. Heartbreaking


  61. User: suejok

    Posted on: 13/01/2022 at 7:19 pm

    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is my favourite. Read it before watching the film and the book is definitely better


  62. User: Portandstilton

    Posted on: 13/01/2022 at 6:55 pm

    The tattooist of Auschwitz


  63. User: VickiPope

    Posted on: 13/01/2022 at 6:30 pm

    My favourite book set in World War II would be Edward Parnell’s ‘The Listeners’.


  64. User: lindarumsey

    Posted on: 13/01/2022 at 6:27 pm

    The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff


  65. User: jude53

    Posted on: 13/01/2022 at 5:03 pm

    wives of war


  66. User: jude53

    Posted on: 13/01/2022 at 5:01 pm

    there is nothing like a true story perfect


  67. I would like to share a trilogy of books, the final part I have yet to read, but at over 800 pages each, from the first two episodes, I just know that this story is going to resonate with me for a long time to come and I will never forget reading it.

    ‘The Sturmtaucher Trilogy’ by Alan Jones

    Part One – The Gathering Storm
    Part Two – Flight Of The Shearwater
    Part Three – The Turn Of The Tide


  68. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 12/01/2022 at 11:19 pm

    The Great Darkness by Jim Kelly


  69. User: MARK HOPKINS

    Posted on: 12/01/2022 at 10:18 pm

    The Night Watch by Sarah Waters


  70. User: Michelle Ptak

    Posted on: 12/01/2022 at 2:16 pm

    My favourite WW2 book is The Secret Stealers by Jane Healey, it’s about an American Spy in Nazi occupied France, it had me totally gripped.


  71. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 12/01/2022 at 12:39 pm

    Julie Summers Jambusters was a fabulous informative read.


  72. User: philatel

    Posted on: 12/01/2022 at 10:54 am

    Ginny Cooper’s War – Lawson McDowell


  73. User: Korny12345

    Posted on: 11/01/2022 at 10:00 pm

    storyteller by Jodi piccoult.


  74. User: Laura Pritchard

    Posted on: 11/01/2022 at 8:20 pm

    The End of the Affair by Graham Greene


  75. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 11/01/2022 at 8:01 pm

    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


  76. User: hellymart

    Posted on: 11/01/2022 at 5:14 pm

    Lissa Evans’ fabulous ‘Their Finest Hour and A Half’ (also a great film!)


  77. User: Helen Yendall

    Posted on: 11/01/2022 at 5:10 pm

    My favourite WW2 book is Lissa Evans’ fabulous ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’ (also a great film) – a close second is Sarah Waters’ amazing book ‘Nightwatch’ which I also love.


  78. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 11/01/2022 at 4:21 pm

    The boy in the stripped pyjamas ! The book is by far superior to the film


  79. User: Posycosy

    Posted on: 11/01/2022 at 2:51 pm

    I love one I read years ago at school. Carrie’s War.


  80. User: oldwalshy

    Posted on: 11/01/2022 at 2:47 pm

    Just finished “The Occupation” Deborah Swift. Set in Jersey and France in WW2, Fantastic Book, hard too put down


  81. User: Happy Reading

    Posted on: 11/01/2022 at 11:14 am

    The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. A true love story as told by a survivor of the Holocaust.


  82. My favourite ww2 novel is the storyteller by Jodi piccoult. For me it humanised an inhumane time


  83. User: eshaah1

    Posted on: 11/01/2022 at 2:02 am

    The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje


  84. User: Emily Oxley

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 9:01 pm

    The Tattooist of Auschwitz!


  85. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 8:35 pm

    Hello, my favourite book set in WW2 is ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ by Judith Kerr. It is very moving.


  86. User: claire woods

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 7:37 pm

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


  87. User: Jomolls

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 6:17 pm

    Goodnight Mister Tom


  88. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 5:58 pm

    Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris. A book I often recommend and one of my all time favourites.


  89. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 5:08 pm

    The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan


  90. User: Carolinea2010

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 5:07 pm

    Charlotte Grey


  91. User: Prairieblossom

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 4:55 pm

    I currently reading Night over Water by Ken Follet. It has quickly become my favourite book about the period. .


  92. User: Chris Andrews

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 3:01 pm

    loved ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ and the film was not too bad eiter


  93. User: Plumbobmummy

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve read a few lately as I’ve been interested in the topic. I really enjoyed The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles


  94. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 2:30 pm

    Catch 22


  95. User: Sancha

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 2:18 pm

    I know they’re fairly old books, but I’ve always loved the Adams Family series by Mary Jane Staples


  96. User: AlyCat

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 2:15 pm

    Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce. A great read!


  97. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 9:04 am

    Fatherland by Karen Schur-Nadela


  98. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 10/01/2022 at 12:18 am

    Has to be All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr! I was totally enthralled & captivated!
    I enjoy many World War 2 books, especially ones about female French Resistance fighters…I think I may have been one in a previous existence!


  99. User: sararose

    Posted on: 09/01/2022 at 10:04 pm

    I have read so many it is hard to say. I did enjoy Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulkes


  100. User: EllieL

    Posted on: 09/01/2022 at 10:03 pm

    Last year I read The Clockmaker’s Wife, by Daisy Wood, and it was one of only a handful of books I rated 5 star.


  101. User: bopper

    Posted on: 09/01/2022 at 9:55 pm

    A Place Called Freedom (Ken Follett)


  102. User: Tina8

    Posted on: 09/01/2022 at 9:43 pm

    All the light we cannot see, by Anthony Doerr


  103. User: Janine

    Posted on: 09/01/2022 at 7:06 pm

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society x


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