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I think you are getting bored with your books...

“I have my softcovers and my hardcovers and half of them are in Dutch…I like to read a book in Dutch and then in English, possibly at the same time.” 401 more words

The little girl who said no...

There is a little girl here at the shop,  hoping that her books РThe Cat Warrior series Рhave arrived, but they have not. 227 more words

Why fiction matters

My goal as a writer is to write in a way that makes readers stop, think, underline. It doesn’t have to be purposeful, a point I am making, but something that… 401 more words

Reading Life

The pleasure of slow journeys and why we love to read - guest post at Isabel Costello's Literary Sofa

Why is reading such a pleasure? With all the other things we could do to entertain ourselves, why does a good book still grip our imaginations and our hearts? 57 more words



Sheila came into the shop yesterday and wanted a series of books by Iris Johansen which she said were awfully good. Forensic crime and awfully good. 114 more words

The lady who bought books for her grandchildren.

A lady has chosen a stack of children’s books; she can hardly carry them all. She is walking around looking jubilant and this turns out to be because she has found a copy of… 73 more words

The world is fucking flat...

A young man came into the shop, fervent, purposeful. He stood at the front, agitated, and looking at me. Then he asked me for a book by its title: did I have it; did I know it, had I read it?? 177 more words