September Book Group

Thursday 15th September

7.30 – 9.00 pm at Mugen Tea House

The book selected for the next meeting is:

The Essex Serpent, the second novel by Sarah Perry.

The story begins in London in the summer of 1893. essex-serpentWhen Cora Seaborne’s husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one, and she never suited the role of society wife. Accompanied by her son Francis – a curious, obsessive boy – she leaves London for Essex, where she hopes fresh air and open space will provide the refuge they need. When they take lodgings in Colchester, rumours reach them from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, is immediately enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter’s vicar. Like Cora, Will is deeply suspicious of the rumours, but he thinks they are founded on moral panic, a flight from real faith. As he tries to calm his parishioners, he and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other’s lives in ways entirely unexpected.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

The book is published in a hardback edition (RRP £14.99), but copies are available to Book Group members from Rhyme & Reason at Hunter’s Bar at a reduced price of £9.99.

If you’d like to come along and join in discussion of The Essex Serpent on 15th September please email

The delightful Mugen Tea House is on the corner of Scotland Street and Lambert Street near West Bar (postcode S3 7AA). Buses no 81/82 towards Stannington stop on West Bar at the bottom of Lambert Street, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Tea House.

Midnight Book Release

Midnight book release at Rhyme & Reason

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

You are invited

to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday at Rhyme & Reason

and purchase a copy of the new playscript based on a story by J K Rowling

on Saturday 30th July from 10.30pm

Fun activities & refreshments

Come in fancy dress if you dare, and don’t forget to bring your wand!

Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child* will be released at midnight

*available to pre-order @ £15 (RRP £20)

RSVP Rhyme & Reason, 681 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8TG

Email  telephone 0114 2661950

Summer Offers!


Here at Rhyme & Reason we have been celebrating the gorgeous (ahem) summer weather with some Buy One Get One Free offers! There is something for all ages, from our delightful picture books to our selected Vintage Classics. Please feel free to come down and browse, you never know what you might find!


Summer Book Group

Thursday 28th July

7:30 – 9:00 pm at Mugen Tea House


The book chosen for a summer meeting is My Brilliant Friend,my-brilliant-friend
 a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists. Readers of the book have enthused about the compelling story and the author’s psychological insight.

Elena Ferrante is something of a mystery as she has never given interviews or had a public profile.

My Brilliant Friend is the first in a sequence of four Neapolitan novels. Copies of the books are available from Rhyme & Reason at a reduced price of £10 each.

If you’d like to come along and join in discussion of My Brilliant Friend on 28th July please email:

The delightful Mugen Tea House is on the corner of Scotland Street and Lambert Street near West Bar (postcode S3 7AA). Buses no 81/82 towards Stannington stop on West Bar at the bottom of Lambert Street, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Tea House.

Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2016

We were very excited to hear about the shortlist for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2016! Here are the nominations…

Baby Book

Baby Look and Feel: Things That Go

Box, Min Flyte & Rosalind Beardshaw (Illus.)

Babies Don’t Walk, They Ride, Kathy Henderson & Lauren Tobia (Illus.)

Sing Along With Me: The Wheels on the Bus, Yu-Hsuan Huang

I’ll Catch You if You Fall, Mark Sperring & Layn Marlow (Illus.)

Picture Book

There’s a Bear on My Chair, Ross Collins

The Zoomer’s Handbook, Ana De Moraes & Thiago De Moraes (Illus.)

The Girl With the Parrot on Her Head, Daisy Hirst

I Will Love You Anyway, Mick Inkpen & Chloe Inkpen (Illus.)

The Bear and the Piano, David Litchfield

The Prince Porker, Peter Bently & David Roberts (Illus.)

Shorter Novel

The Royal Bake Off, Clementine Beauvois & Becka Moor (Illus.)

Mango and Bambang: The Not-a-Pig, Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy (Illus.)

Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed, Michael Rosen & Neil Layton (Illus.)

Longer Novel

A Boy Called Christmas, Matt Haig

The Wolf Wilder, Katherine Rundell

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair, Lara Williamson

Young Adult

One, Sarah Crossan

Liquidator, Andy Mulligan

Joe All Alone, Joanna Nadin

Panther, David Owen

Silence is Goldfish, Annabel Pitcher

Fire Colour One, Jenny Valentine

Special Category – Celebrity Authors

The Person Controller, David Baddiel

The Bolds, Julian Clary

Amy Wild: Amazon Summer, Helen Skelton

Book Signing ~ No Way But Gentlenesse

“There is no way but gentlenesse to redeeme a Hawke” Edmund Bert, 1619.

On Sunday 17th April 2016

at 1:30-2:30 pm

Richard Hines, the author of ‘No Way But Gentlenesse’ will be coming to Rhyme and Reason for a book signing.


Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining village of Hoyland Common, Richard Hines  spent his time in the fields and meadows just beyond the colliery slag heap.

One morning, walking in the grounds of a ruined medieval manor, he came across a nest of kestrels. Instantly captivated, he sought out ancient falconry texts from the local library, and pored over the strange and beautiful language there. With just these books, some ingenuity, and his profound respect for the hawk’s indomitable wildness, Richard learned to “man”, or train, his kestrel, Kes, and in the process grow into the man he would become.

Richard and his experiences with kestrels inspired Barry’s classic novel A Kestrel for a Knave. When production began on what would become Ken Loach’s iconic film Kes, Richard found himself training the kestrels that would soar on screen and into cinematic history.

No Way But Gentlenesse is a superb, moving memoir of one remarkable boy’s love for a forgotten culture, and his attempt to find salvation in the natural world.

World Book Day 2015

World book day 2015 will be held on March 5th, and this year’s £1 World Book Day books have been announced! The titles are:

  • Elmer’s Parade by David McKee (age 2+)elmerwbd
  • The Dinosaur That Pooped a Lot by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter (age 2+)
  • A Pirate’s Guide to Landlubbing by Jonny Duddle (age 5+)
  • Magic Animal Friends: Lucy Longwhiskers Finds a Friend by Daisy Meadows (age 5+)
  • Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen by Chris Riddell (age 7+)gothgirlwbd
  • The Diary of Dennis the Menace: World Menace Day by Steven Butler (age 7+)
  • Best Mates by Michael Morpurgo (age 9+)
  • Dork Diaries: How to be a Dork by Rachel Renée Russell (age 9+)
  • Geek Girl: Geek Drama by Holly Smale (Young Adult)
  • Killing the Dead by Marcus Sedgwick (Young Adult)

All of this year’s books will be available to buy at Rhyme and Reason throughout March.