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We're taking a little break...

The past 12 months have been really challenging for Bearded Badger, especially since the closure of our lovely little shop. With current costs through the roof, we've decided to take a little break to ponder on what the future looks like for us.

Thank you to everyone who has bought a book, posted a review, shared a social media post... it has meant the world to us. I'm not saying we are gone forever, but we definitely need to recharge and regroup.

Have a lovey summer! Paul x




The Art of Escapology by Nicola Ashbrook

ISBN: 9781739758714




The Art of Escapology is the latest collection of flash fiction from Nicola Ashbrook, a series of stories all woven around the theme of escape; be it physical, emotional or simply a journey around the imagination.

With laser-like precision, these short stories burst with energy from the page, which in itself becomes a form of escapism! The perfect book for today's times.

Published 20th October 2022


Step Forward, Harry Salt by Ross Lowe

ISBN: 9781838199531



Something strange is afoot in the Derbyshire hills. But what does that mean for Harry Salt? He’s a young man with a big secret. So big, that the Prime Minister wants a piece of him.

Trouble is, it’s such a deeply buried secret that Harry doesn’t even know about it.But when he starts his new job at the Ministry of People and the anxious UK prepares for The Change, things get steadily more strange and frightening.

Dreams filled with painful memories and snarling black dogs. Endless ham baguettes. A 900-year-old Starsky & Hutch addict. Murderous lollipop ladies and milkmen that bite.

Yes. Something is definitely up.

It’s time to Step Forward, Harry Salt.

To read the opening two chapters of Step Forward, Harry Salt click on the PDF icon or here

Interview with Tracey Curzon-Manners (aka Box Office Girl)

Paul Handley (founder of Bearded Badger!) recently did an video with Notts-based writer and blogger, Tracey Curzon-Manners, where they talked about how indie publishing thrives and survives somewhere between mainstream and self-publishing, submission windows and everything in-between.

Take a peek:

The Stuff of Stories PODCAST!

Paul Handley (founder of Bearded Badger!) had a lovely convivial chat with Ian from 'The Stuff of Stories' about all things bookselling, publishing, and the power of stories! Recorded LIVE in the bookshop!

Have a listen here:

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