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Are you alright there ?

“Are you alright there ?” asks the girl with the green hair behind the till.

I set down the books I’m buying on the counter: “Overcoming Anxiety”, “Mindfulness: Finding Peace In A Frantic World”, and “Man’s Search For Meaning”. 423 more words

Flotsam Jetsam

Edinburgh: late afternoon arrival

I arrived in Edinburgh in the late afternoon on a twin-prop 80-seater regional aircraft from Dublin. The bummer: I had row 3, and the plane boarded from the rear hatch (finally get up front and I still had to walk the whole length of the plane. 157 more words

The Keepers Of Eire

Quick and quirky guide

Paul Wake, Steve Andrews and Ariel, editors
Waterstone’s Guide to
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Series editor Nick Rennison
Waterstone’s Booksellers 1998

Although getting a bit outdated now (the Waterstones apostrophe, dropped to howls from purists early in 2012, is still there in its full glory) this is a ready reference giving a flavour of the range of authors and works in the three genres. 429 more words




By David Williams:  Language and Linguistics Editor


It’s considered a cliché to use the phrase “wry smile” these days; very bad form indeed. 794 more words


Bookhaul Again

Last Saturday I went to Waterstones with my friend, where I got these two books and some cute buttons:

If you’ve read my previous bookhaul post, you might recall that I bought City of Bones back then. 165 more words


Waterstones Summer Book Club

Waterstones have released their list for the Summer Book Club.

You can check it out here. At least you don’t have to scour the bookshelves for your beach read.


The easiest way to get your book into Waterstone's.

I was in a book shop – doing a bit of research regarding coffee table type books, as it happens – and being a nosy, writerly type, I was half watching the comings and goings of other people in the store, and checking out what books they were picking up, when I noticed this middle aged man pull three paperbacks out of his bag. 121 more words

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