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Bookseller's chart

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

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This week's list comes from Rebecca Johnston of Falmouth Bookseller, Church Street, Falmouth. Telephone 01326 312873. falmouth-bookseller.co.uk

1 The Lonely Sea Dragon by Helen Dunmore Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

Beautifully illustrated picture book telling the story of two young children who find a sea dragon hiding in a cave on a Cornish beach. Our children's book of the year! Mabecron Books, £11.99.

2 How To Tie A Scarf: 33 Styles

From designer silk squares to chunky homemade knits, this guide is filled with inspired ways to style your scarves! Potter Style, £9.99.

3 Notes From A Cornish Shed by Pete Cross

A choice selection from his 'Backalong' columns, these anecdotes are both funny and unexpected. One Inch Capacity, £9.99.

4 Cornwall in the First World War by Pete London

An excellent new book by this Cornish historian and military expert, with plenty of photographs of wartime heroes and workers. Truran, £8.99.

5 Dominion by CJ Sansom

This is our Book Group reading choice for December. Based in the 1950s, Britain finds itself in the grip of German rule after Winston Churchill has been forced to surrender to Nazi Germany. This is a tremendous novel that explores what might have happened. Pan, £8.99.

6 Asterix and the Picts

After an eight-year gap, Asterix is back with adventures in Caledonia, involving a fetching man who needs to be defrosted but still looks good in a kilt. Oriom Children's, £10.99.

7 The Great Cornish Food Book

This book journeys across Cornwall's moorland and cliff tops to the surrounding sea, highlighting the colourful backdrops and personalities behind the county's gastro culture. Full of recipes, techniques, tips and inspirational stories. Cornwall Food & Drink, £17.99.

8 Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe

Our book of the month. In the 1980s Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. The mother was then editor of the Times Literary Supplement, so friends who dropped by included Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett... not that the nanny knew who they were. Nina now lives in Truro. Viking, £12.99. Signed copies available.

9 Dear Life by Alice Munro

A collection of short stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author who has made the genre her own. They capture moments of change and chance encounters. Vintage, £8.99.

10 Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth by Ranulph Fiennes

Both historically questioning and intensely personal, Cold is a celebration of a life dedicated to researching and exploring some of the most hostile and brutally bleak places on earth. Simon & Schuster, £20. Signed copies available.

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