No 1: Number Seven in Dulverton, Somerset.
Number Seven is more than just a bookshop. They are a gallery with books, a bookshop with paintings. Dressed for Christmas Number Seven invites people in to a warm emporium of beauty on a cold winter’s day. They have beautiful cards, gifts, wrapping, art, and signed books from myself and Catherine Hyde. Also a few original paintings.
No2: Librarie Papeterie in Ornans, France. ( Where they still have the net book agreement and understand that by doing so they can foster a love of good literature as best sellers can help publishers take risks on new talent.)
No 3: Fannie and the Fox, Penryn, Cornwall.
Beautiful window, created by Pam and Rebecca Sims using light, paper and topiary foxes with crowns. They have Catherine Hyde’s prints and both Catherine’s and my books, all signed and waiting to become presents. Rebecca does the most marvelous small box pictures, like tiny versions of this that are far to cheap for the amount of work that goes into them. They are small boxes of delight. If you look through this slide show you will see more that is beautiful. Great place. Well worth a visit. Lovely people.
No 4: Cover to Cover, Mumbles, near Swansea.
Lovely to have so many books in the window in Mumbles at Cover to Cover.
I’ve worked with Sarah before and love going to the bookshop. Last weekend I sat in the shop and painted for her and met some wonderful people, some who were fans of authors I have worked with, all who have a passion for books.
Cover to Cover in Mumbles is a wonderful example of a bookshop that looks at Amazon and then gets on doing it’s job, which is providing a wonderful window for great books, a place to browse and find new and interesting things. Sarah was quoted in an article about Amazon in The Guardian. Amazon are beginning to be the organisation that everyone loves to hate. They march into countries on the backs of government subsidy, provide low paid jobs, bully their staff in Dickensian ways and have an awful reputation. They are like modern day pirates as they take all their sales and then sail off with their profits paying no taxes and laughing all the way to the bank, and still people buy from them. Meanwhile bookshops get on doing what they do well and trying to make a living. Sarah’s quote at the weekend that I remember most is, ” We can’t fight Amazon and we can’t change what they do. All we can do is keep on doing what we do and finding new ways to do it better.”
It was #ShopLocalSaturday. Many people did. Should be #ShopLocalSaturday every day.
I love the map book that is next to Golden Hare. Bought a copy for Charlie, Robin’s grandson.
No 6: Wenlock Books Much Wenlock.
I went to Wenlock Books in the autumn. A wonderful bookshop with new and second hand books. Great window for Christmas.