An independent bookshop in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.


Saturday 11th November 2017
Happy Days
by Gervase Phinn
Gervase Phinn will be visiting our shop in Knaresborough to sign copies of his new book available in hardback at £7.99.
Happy Days
Best-selling author and former school inspector Gervase Phinn recalls those magical days we remember all our lives. Some are small but significant - a grandchild's first visit from the tooth fairy, or a sunny summer picnic with loved ones, plus wedding days, birthdays, and of course those cosy family Christmases when St Nick pays his annual visit.
Friday 6th October 2017 from 4pm
A Yorkshire Vet Through The Seasons
by Julian Norton
Julian Norton visited our shop in Knaresborough to sign copies of his new book available in hardback at £14.99.
A Yorkshire Vet Through The Seasons
Saturday 3rd June 2017 11-1pm
Aram by Amanda Taylor
Amanda Taylor visited our shop in Knaresborough to sign copies of her new book (available in paperback at £7.99), which is based on true events that happened in Knaresborough in the 18th century.
While living in Knaresborough, Eugene Aram was implicated in a fraudulent scheme along with Richard Houseman and Daniel Clark in the 1740s, Clark disappeared and was later believed to have been murdered.
With the help off extensive research and a lot of luck, the writer has done her best to solve a cracking mystery that has intrigued generations.
For more information about Amanda visit her website
Saturday 7th May 12-2pm
The Firebird Chronicles 2: The Nemesis Charm
Daniel Ingram-Brown visited our shop in Knaresborough to sign copies of his new book, the second in the very popular Firebird Chronicles series.
The Nemesis Charm
They say only the dead can cross a Threshold, the dead and those who have faced a Nemesis Charm.When Apprentice Adventurers, Fletcher and Scoop, discover their mother has fallen under the curse of a strange sickness, they prepare to sail for its source, a Threshold, a doorway to the world beyond the Un-Crossable Boundary.But they are not the only ones seeking to cross the Threshold. Their old enemy, Grizelda, has heard that beyond the Boundary lives a woman with the same power as the Storyteller. With the help of a monster made with an undead heart, she plans to cross the Boundary and steal that power for herself.

If she succeeds, the Academy, the island and everything in Fletcher and Scoop's world will be hers. 

Saturday 23rd May 2015 from 12-2pm
Ken Walker visited the shop to sign copies of his autobiography Nothing Easy covering 1935-1977 and the recently released follow-up What Am I Doing Here? 
"It's always interesting to read of other lives that were lived in the same place as one's own, and Ken Walker's story is as colourful and eventful as any. A fascinating story." Alan Titchmarsh. 
Book Signing - Saturday 3rd May from 1pm

'The Courage Of Cowards' by Karyn Burnham

Karyn Burnham visited the shop to sign copies of her book,
'The Courage of Cowards'.

   The Courage Of Cowards

To many they were nothing more than cowards, but the 'conchies' of the First World War had the courage to stand by their principles when the nation was against them...An innovative new history of conscientious objectors during the First World War. Drawing on previously unpublished archive material, Karyn Burnham reconstructs the personal stories of several men who refused to fight, bringing the reader face-to-face with their varied, often brutal, experiences. 
Book Signing - Saturday 8th February 2014 from 1pm

'Red Dragon White Dragon' & 'The Eighth Circle Of Hell' by Gary Dolman

Red Dragon White Dragon
The Eighth Circle Of Hell

Gary Dolman visited the shop to sign copies of his latest book,
'Red Dragon White Dragon' and his first novel 'The Eighth Circle Of Hell'

Red Dragon White Dragon

Commissioned Investigators Atticus and Lucie Fox are summoned to an estate in remote Northumberland where a series of bizarre, grisly deaths appear to centre on a the delusions of a madman who lives alone on the edge of the moors. Close by are the remains of a long-vanished castle where local legends say King Arthur still lies in an enchanted sleep, waiting to be awoken as a time of great need. The killings have all been committed using Arthurian artefacts and the locals swear they have seen a ghostly knight in armour roaming the moors. But how can that be? This is 1890 and King Arthur died over thirteen-hundred years before.

The Eighth Circle Of Hell

Elizabeth Wilson is an elderly woman who has spent a lifetime of grinding toil and poverty in a workhouse. She fled there as a young girl, pregnant and penniless, to escape her depraved uncle and his powerful friends. However, advancing dementia has caused her to regress inexorably back in her life, to the point where she is once again re-living the hellish memories of her childhood as an orphan.

This story demonstrates how, in the furnace of shared adversity, enmities and friendships can be forged that will last a lifetime, and which are more enduring than the boundaries of life and death.

Book Signing - Saturday 28th September 2013 from 12pm

The Inn At The Top by Neil Hanson

Neil visited the shop to sign copies of his latest book, 'The Inn At The Top: Tales Of Life At The Highest Pub In Britain

The delightful tale of a young couple who in the late 1970s, on impulse, became the new landlords of the most remote, bleak and lonely pub - The Tan Hill Inn - located in the bleak landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. Having seen an article in the newspaper about the pub's search for a new manager, they arrived just three weeks later as the new landlords of the The Tan Hill Inn. It is a wild, wind-swept place, set alone in a sea of peat bog and heather moorland that stretches unbroken as far as the eye can see.

With only sheep and grouse for company, their closest neighbour was four miles away and the nearest town twelve. They had no experience of licensed trade or running a pub, no knowledge of farming and a complete inability to understand the dialect of the sheep farmers who were their local customers. Eager, well-meaning, but in over their heads, our two heroes embarked on a disaster-strewn career that somehow also turned into a lifelong love affair with the Dales.

The Inn at the Top is an entertaining ramble around the Inn, the breath-taking Dales countryside and a remarkable array of local characters, giving an insight into life in a very different different time and place.

BOOK SIGNING - Saturday 20th April 2013 12-2pm

Author Amy Keen visited the shop to sign copies of her first two novels,
Embers and Ashes.

Embers is the first in a trilogy about Scarlett Roth; a seemingly ordinary girl whose life takes a sudden twist into the sinister and macabre when she moves to Salem - the home of the infamous Witch Trials of the 1600's.
Embers is the answer to the question: What if the witch trials aren't over; what if they have evolved?


Daniel Ingram-Brown - Book Signing - Castlegate Books - 12:30pm onwards, Saturday 1st December 2012

Rise Of The Shadow Stealers

Fletcher and Scoop are Apprentice Adventurers from Blotting's Academy on Fullstop Island, the place where all story characters are trained. The trouble is, they can't remember how they got there.

As the children search for answers, they become entangled with the life of the Storyteller, the island's king and creator. What's their connection to this mysterious man? And is there more to him than meets the eye?

Echoes Of C.S. Lewis... A thoroughly absorbing read. John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds

Mel McIntyre - Book Signing - Castlegate Books - 1pm onwards, Saturday 3rd December 2011

Canadian born children's author Mel McIntyre visited Castlegate Books
on 3rd December, during Knaresborough Christmas Market to sign copies of three books for children
that he has written. The books are Flutter Bunnies, Flutter Bunnies - Fossil Of Fortune
and The Legend Of Lumpus And Ogols. The first two books are picture books for children up to
six years old with illustrations by Kit Grady. The third book is a short paperback aimed at slightly
older children, with illustrations by David McQuillan. All of the books are currently available in store.

Darren M. Jones - Book Signing - Castlegate Books - 1pm onwards, Saturday 13th August 2011

Local author Darren M. Jones visited Castlegate Books to sign copies of his poetry book 'Collected Poems'.