Stay home … be happy

... making the most of your
isolation time

Staying at home can be a real challenge. The little team at the Archway Bookshop has therefore decided to do what we can to help by providing you with a bit of inspiration. Maybe you could come out of home isolation with a new skill, a lot fitter, with a better garden – or just plain happier.? And then there are the kids – what do you do to keep them busy? We have looked at the books that are out there to inspire you and decided that no-one does it quite like DK. All those shown on this page can be ordered online or by phone for postal delivery. We have also sourced from DK some invaluable FREE resources that you can use with your kids. It’s all here in our new Stay Home … Be Happy department. Do ‘call in’ now and again as we will be updating.

Free resources to keep your kids busy

If you are home schooling you will love the range of free downloadable resources from DK that make learning fun. Perfect to use as additional teaching resources,  these digital activity packs help take children beyond the book, engaging with their imagination and creativity as they colour, draw, play, and write!

The full range of DK educational resources is available here. In addition to the free materials, there are also high quality books across wide areas of the curriculum that we would be happy to order for you.

Human Body

Ages 5 – 7 years


Writing Ideas

Ages 5 – 9 years


Ancient Civilisations

Ages 7 – 9 years


How to Make Tube Owls

Ages 7 – 12 years


Books to keep you all busy

The Soup Book

Make the most of fresh produce all year round with more than 200 homemade soup recipes organised by season.

The Soup Book is packed with plenty of nourishing recipes for every season. Try winter warmers such as parsnip and apple soup or French onion soup, enjoy a light summer lunch of chilled cucumber soup with dill, and make a hearty borscht or pumpkin soup in autumn. The recipes are organised first by season, and then by ingredient, so you can easily find the ideal soup to suit the fresh ingredients you have to hand.

Featuring recipes from Raymond Blanc, Dan Barber, Alice Waters, and other supporters of The Soil Association, The Soup Book offers plenty of recipe ideas and inspiration to fill your bowl. Each recipe is accompanied by freezing times so that you can prepare your favourite recipes to enjoy later. This updated edition features brand-new and updated photography to accompany the book’s refreshed design.

Make hearty, wholesome, and healthy soups all year round with The Soup Book.

TRY THIS: Free downloadable recipe for fish soup with fennel


Or order by phone 01297 33744

About Woodwork

Master key carpentry skills, from simple joinery techniques to fine woodworking, all explained in clear, step-by-step instructions and photographs.

This book shows you the main woodworking techniques step by step – from basic through to more advanced types of wood joints, finishing, woodturning, and furniture restoration. It explains all the essential woodworking tools, including hand tools, power tools, and machine tools. It gives you a directory of more than 100 hard and soft woods and their properties so that you can choose the right wood for the job.

Then, put your skills into practice with 28 DIY woodworking projects, which have detailed plans and instructions and are arranged in order of complexity. Make a simple chopping board or wine rack as small weekend projects, or try more advanced woodworking ideas such as a linen chest, dresser, or chair.

Endorsed by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, Woodwork is a complete illustrated woodworking course, giving you all the carpentry skills and techniques you need to create well-crafted and practical objects in treated wood.

TRY THIS: Free guide on how to make a bird box


Or order by phone 01297 33744

Yoga Your Home Practice Companion

Achieve a healthy body, mental alertness, and inner serenity through the practice of hatha yoga.

Combining step-by-step asanas, detailed illustrations, programmes, mindfulness techniques, diet advice, and recipes, Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion is the complete practice and lifestyle guide for students of all abilities.

Master breathing and mindfulness techniques to recharge your energy levels and combat stress. Embrace a healthier more yogic way of eating with diet advice and more than 40 nutritious plant-based recipes. Written by the experts from the world-renowned Sivananda Yoga Vedana Centres, Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion has everything you need in one complete package.

TAKE A LOOK: Sample exercise


Or order by phone 01297 33744

Play and Learn With Your Baby

Are you keen to give your baby the very best start in life and make every moment that you have together count?

Based on The Baby Club, the ground-breaking CBeebies show, Play & Learn With Your Baby is packed with bite-sized activities that you can enjoy with your baby – explore everyday objects, have fun talking, singing, telling stories, then mellowing out.

Discover the psychology and child development theory that underpins every activity, and how you can apply those principles to everything you do with your baby – at nappy time, bath time, in the park, and on the bus.

Bringing discovery, songs and stories to your daily activities with your little one is simple, but transformative for your baby’s developing language skills, motor skills, emotional development, and more.

Now everyone is invited to a baby club – anytime, anywhere.


Or order by phone 01297 33744

There’s a Vegan in the House

Embrace veganism and keep the whole household happy and well-fed – without making a different meal for everyone.

Not a fan of tofu? Fear not – this vegan cookbook is packed with over 100 healthy, delicious recipes that will appeal to adults and children alike, using grains, pulses, and other meat- and dairy-free alternatives as the base ingredient. You’ll find options for every meal of the day, whether you’re looking for quick lunch box ideas for vegan kids or preparing a big dinner for the whole family.

“The good stuff” box on each recipe gives an expert breakdown of nutritional value, so everyone is getting the nourishment they need. An additional “flex it” section on many recipes gives busy cooks an option to easily add meat or dairy to their meal, perfect for pleasing non-vegan members of the household or families wanting to go “flexitarian”.

This is everyday food for everyone, with nutritionally balanced vegan meals and flexible options – There’s a Vegan in the House is the essential cookbook for any household venturing into veganism.

TRY THIS: Free vegetable enchiladas recipe


Or order by phone 01297 33744

How to Make A Better World

If you are a kid with big dreams and a passion for what is right, you’re a world-changer in the making. There’s a lot that can be changed by just one person, if you know what to do. Start by making yourself into the awesome person you want to be by learning all about self-care and kindness. Using those skills, work your way up to creating activist campaigns to tackle climate change or social injustice.

This fun and inspiring guide to making the world a better place and becoming a good citizen is packed with ideas and tips for kids who want to know how to make a difference. Through ideas as small as creating a neighbourhood lending library to as important as public speaking and how to talk about politics, How to Make a Better World is a practical guide to activism for awesome kids.

TRY THIS: Free activity pack


Or order by phone 01297 33744

RHS: Your Wellbeing Garden

Gardens can enhance your wellbeing, but why? Covering design, plants, and the act of gardening, this book uniquely explains why green spaces are good for you and shows how to use that knowledge to optimise your outdoor space.

The plants you grow and your garden layout can induce relaxation, boost your cardio system, and enhance mood. A well-planned space will neutralise pollution, mask noise, and reduce household energy and water consumption. And gardening itself can improve flexibility and fitness, counteract nature deficiency order, and promote happiness.

Award-winning garden designer Matthew Keightley and RHS scientist Alistair Griffiths pool their expertise to write an inspiring practical book brimming with ideas supported by the latest scientific research on gardens and wellbeing. The case for choosing your garden plants carefully and looking at your garden layout has never been stronger. Do it for you, your family, and the planet!


Or order by phone 01297 33744

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