The first thing that greeted me last Saturday morning was a gentleman attentive to our opening procedures. He dutifully watched as the postcards were hung up, the maps placed on display and the doors thrown open to the weekend visitors.... Continue Reading →
Shaun Bythell’s The Diary of a Bookseller (Profile Books) begins with two touchstones, ‘Bookshop Memories’ an essay by George Orwell on the world of bookselling published in 1936 and Jen Campbell’s 2012 book Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (Constable). Orwell’s essay,... Continue Reading →
You know you’re in London when you see billboard advertising for books. A species of book publicity not frequently spotted in Cumbria, the house-sized display of book promotion is, to this viewer, heart-warming. I mention this, as my first glimpse... Continue Reading →
This is the first in a series of posts by members of the Sam Read's team reflecting on some of our favourite reads of 2016. The following is Gill Cowton's review of John Lister-Kaye's Gods of the Morning (Canongate)...