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Sunday in early January

If you’ve been watching any kind of news media you could be forgiven for thinking that, as a bookshop, we’ve been inundated with custom for a certain study of a prominent American. Actually we’ve yet to have a query. It’s... Continue Reading →


Much Anticipated of 2018

Much Anticipated of 2018 One of the delights of working in a bookshop is getting a glimpse of exciting things as they are published. We’re so lucky that after 130 years of Sam Read’s selling books in Grasmere we’re still... Continue Reading →

Grasmere Book Group 2017

Grasmere Book Group 2017 The Grasmere Book Group has been going for some years now and we thought it might be nice to share our reflections on this year’s reading. Some of what follows has already appeared in the esteemed... Continue Reading →

The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell

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 →

Bookishness at large: London Book Fair 2017

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 →

March Titles – 2017

Excellent new books are arriving thick and fast and capturing our hearts on a ridiculously quick turnaround. Some of the recent ones capturing our imagination, and *drawing* us in are discussed below… Elan Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays (Michael Joseph)... Continue Reading →

Gods of the Morning – John Lister-Kaye

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)...

‘Indie Thinking’ in London

Being a long way from London often means that we at the bookshop are invited to things that we simply can’t manage to attend. Last week was something of an exception and I found myself hurtling towards that very city... Continue Reading →

Bookshops – Jorge Carrión

Jorge Carrión’s Bookshops is a global love letter to the bookshop. Freshly translated by Peter Bush and published by MacLehose Press in time for the Booksellers Association’s first 'Bookshop Day', it has garnered wide acclaim in its native Spanish (coming... Continue Reading →

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