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Thursday 15th March – So, so pleased to have a shop full of Dads with their children last Saturday to get their World Book Day free book ! Well done Mums and Dads everywhere who took the trouble to take their children to their local bookshop for WBD books –  and it didn’t cost you a penny. There is hope for us all yet ;o)

Wednesday 14th March – This morning we hear of the death of Professor Stephen Hawking. His book A Brief History of Time, published in 1988 was written he said for non-specialist readers with no prior knowledge of scientific theories.

He was a truly inspirational and intelligent man, a credible role model for our young people today – hopefully. RIP Stephen Hawking.

Monday 5th March – The snow is melting fast here.Image for Noah's Ark

A customer came in this morning and bought this book. Does she know something the rest of us don’t? :o/


Friday 2nd March – A Silly Poem by Spike Milligan
Said Hamlet to Ophelia,
I’ll draw a sketch of thee,
What kind of pencil shall I use?
2B or not 2B?  Ha Ha!

and this one …… :0)


Saturday 23rd November – Customer browsing; another customer arrive and looks at the poetry books, suggestions asked for then spots T.S.Elliott ” Ooh I like T.S.Elliott does he do any book signings” Other customer replies ” You’d have to dig ‘im up first!”

Laughter politely stifled.

Saturday 30th SeptemberI feel very heartened today after a visit from Imogen, her Daddy and baby Jude. Imogen loves books so much and Daddy says not only does she read well – but fast! Imogen collected the book she ordered Wave Me Goodbye by Jaqueline Wilson, the story of a young evacuee during WW2. The book chosen for Jude was a little concerning, Bye, Bye Baby Brother! Poor Jude I hope we don’t see him strapped to a rocket flying over Chapel! Another lovely family visiting the bookshop on a Saturday morning.

Friday 21st July –  Quote from Elisa, a student at Brunel University- I visited many bookstores in the UK, and found interesting books that I would never look at if I didn’t visit a physical bookstore. To me, every one of them is unique and wonderful. Hear Hear!

Saturday 28th January – Sad to hear we have lost Sir John Hurt today, an actor with such presence and talent on stage and screen. However, I expect will always remember when The Alien burst out of his chest!

Hope it’s not going to be a sad 2017, last year was bad enough.

Monday 23rd January 2017 — My opinion only; if I had seen the TV version of Apple Tree Yard before I read the book I wouldn’t have bothered, however I did read the book when it first came out and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was more chemistry between the couple in the book than I can see on screen. PS Apple Tree Yard and Louise Doughty’s latest Black Water are on sale in the shop. 

Saturday 10th December 2016 – This quote from Grayson Perry caught my eye!

‘Pop into your local bookshop. Book people are nice people and bookshops have become more than a place to buy books. In many small communities they are a valuable social hub for like-minded folks. But don’t forget to buy a book too!’

How very true and it doesn’t have to be an expensive purchase – every little helps to keep us in YOUR high street. P.S. Grayson Perry’s book The Descent of Man is on sale in the shop.

Monday 13th October 2016 – Atlantic Books; a truly wonderful independent ‘amateur’ bookshop on the island of Santorini. During a busman’s holiday moment, we visited this bookshop set in a cellar in old town Oia. 

Thursday 2nd July 2016 – Today I had a visit from an escapologist who tried to escape without paying ;o) No, not really but he was an escapologist wanting to order a book about a local magician, Randolph ‘Randini’ Douglas. While he was searching in all his pockets and his bag for his business card I half expected a rabbit to appear or a pair of white doves, but he assured me he wasn’t that kind of magician. He left a happy man because I can get the books AND post them to him and hopefully went back to the conference in Buxton, singing the praises of Chapel en le Frith while I checked the till to see if the £20 he gave me was still there – it was.           More about the book on Good Reads page.