Lee Rourke blogged yesterday about his book “Everyday” being sold in a branch of Waterstones. And he had the photo to prove it! Yay! It’s “my” short story display case. Today Tania Hershman also blogged about it, because her fantastic collection The White Road and Other Stories is there too. I love the fact that […]Read More "My" short story display case, and Janice Galloway, Tania Hershman and others…
If last Saturday was traditionally the busiest, this Saturday was the grumpiest. What the fuck was wrong with everyone? In they came in their hoards, searching out bargains, spending their chrismas gift cards, grim faced and utterly pissed off. I don’t get it. Nobody forced them to go shopping, presumably they have had a couple […]Read More And the bad…
1) I am saying “fecking Christmas” way too often. 2) Saturday (aka the busiest retail day of the year) the computer system at work was down. This meant that all enquiries had to be answered by the whirring of my own brain. It was rather amazing to see how much I did know, my mind […]Read More Update with no cohesion
Me “Do you have an email address?”Customer “I don’t believe in them.” Colleague ” We are offering 20 percent off all non-discounted books today.”Many customers at different times “I’m not interested.” Customer “Do you have the book Hickery dickery dock?”Me “I can’t find that listed. Do you know who the author is?C “No, but it’s […]Read More Bookshop dialogues today
Grey haired, tall, loud, brusque man “Where do you keep your essays?”Me “What were you looking for?”“You know, not made up stuff.”“Hmmm. What subject? History? Politics? Literary criticism? Biography…?”“It’s for my son. He’s 15 and doesn’t like made up stuff. I want essays.”“Well, on the 4th floor we have xyz, on 3rd we have xyz, […]Read More Two bookshop conversations (a tiny glimpse into the world of a bookseller.)
My colleague asked me that on Saturday. He said he is surprised by how deluded some authors can be. They seem to think that because their book has been published by x,y, or z, they have reached the climax of their writerly journey. The baby is born, on shelves, so therefore people will buy it. […]Read More Why would a writer assume that just because their words are printed in a book people will read them?
When a customer asks for John Carrawack I should know they mean Jack Kerouac right?And Margaret Stoppard is of course Miriam. Tori turned out to be Torey. Sink is Schlink. I couldn’t think who the reclusive Irish woman who died was, but I did know “The kite book”, “Something with a sun in the title”, […]Read More John who?
Matt loved William Burroughs. Matt loved cut ups. I don’t really understand either. Matt was hugely enthusiastic about Burroughs, and frequently referenced him. Rubbishly I have never read him myself so pretty much all I know is what Matt has shared with me. Matt also used cut ups throughout his life, musically (literally splicing tape), creatively…I’m not sure […]Read More Weird…
A young woman came into the bookshop and asked for ‘Annie’s spectacles’. I repeated it, she repeated it again, I typed it into the computer, nothing came up. I assumed from the title that it was a children’s book, but I asked the customer, just to be sure. “No, it’s a play,” she said. I hadn’t heard of it, but hey […]Read More Say what?
Sometimes I feel lucky. I know I moan about the bookshop, or rather, the customers, but really, it’s pretty cool bananas. I work one day a week at the moment, in the coolest bookshop I know. Not only that, but I work in my favourite section; fiction. I work with some very funny, intelligent and lovely people. I […]Read More The usual, except this time I’m being a bit gushy.