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A Pinch of Magic
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Books for February 2019

A monthly feature where I do a round up of the books I’m most excited to read (or have already read and think you should be excited for). Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are all included. Fiction The Spirit of Science Fiction (9781509851928) by Roberto Bolano An interesting premise from the author of 2666. The …

The Broadway Bookshop
Advent 2018

The Broadway Bookshop – Day 24 of the Advent

Welcome to The Broadway Bookshop, who can be found at 6 Broadway Market, Hackney. http://broadwaybookshophackney.com https://www.facebook.com/thebbookshop/ @thebbookshop Welcome to The Broadway Bookshop – a small but beautiful independent bookshop in busy Broadway Market, Hackney. We specialise in literary fiction and have a good range of poetry, philosophy, politics, biography, city literature, travel, art, fashion, music …

Henry Sotheran's
Advent 2018

Henry Sotheran’s – Day 23 of the Advents

Welcome to Henry Sotheran’s, who can be found at 2-5 Sackville Street, Piccadilly. https://www.sotherans.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/sotherans @Sotherans   Founded in York in 1761, established in London in 1815, Henry Sotheran Limited has a long and distinguished history.   For over 250 years we have been offering unsurpassed opportunities to collectors and enthusiasts, from the purchase of …

The New Bookshop
Advent 2018

The New Bookshop – Day 22 of the Advent

Welcome to The New Bookshop, who can be found at 42-44 Main Street, Cockermouth. http://www.newbookshop.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/newbookshop/ @TheNewBookshop A warm welcome awaits you at our lovely independent bookshop in Cockermouth – a historic market town on the edge of the Lake District National Park, in Cumbria. The New Bookshop is a popular, friendly place for locals, …

Lloyds of Kew
Advent 2018

Lloyds of Kew Bookshop – Day 21 of the Advent

Welcome to Lloyds of Kew Bookshop, who can be found at 9 Mortlake Terrace, Kew, Richmond https://lloydsofkewbooks.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/Lloyds-of-Kew-Bookshop-1496065670612896/ @lloydsofkewbook The shop was established 1973 by renowned local Book Dealer and Botany and Horticulture specialist, Daniel Lloyd. It has been an important feature of the London Book Trade ever for over 40 years, and situated only …

Golden Hare Books
Advent 2018

Golden Hare Books – Day 20 of the Advent

Welcome to Golden Hare Books, who can be found at 68 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh (p.s. this is a wonderful bookshop just across the road from my partner’s mum, so helpful and friendly) https://goldenharebooks.com https://www.facebook.com/GoldenHareBooks/ @GoldenHareBooks The Golden Hare was started by Mark Jones, a museum curator and art historian, with the initial plan of …

Shop Front and Van
Advent 2018

Mainstreet Trading Books – Day 19 of the Advent

Welcome to Mainstreet Trading Books, who can be found at Mainstreet, St Boswells http://www.mainstreetbooks.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/Mainstreet.Trading.Company @mainstreethare Based in the beautiful Scottish Borders village of St Boswells, we like to think of The Mainstreet Trading Company as a destination in itself. Back in 2008 we renovated a former auction house, to create a light and airy …

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Father Knox’s Decalogue

The Ten Rules of (Golden Age) Detective Fiction Monsignor Ronald A. Knox (1888-1957) was a British clergyman, editor, a literary critic, a humourist and a detective story writer himself who nicely laid out, with a gentle wit, the “ten rules” that guided detective fiction in its so-called Golden Age. They appeared in the preface to …

The Stripey Badger
Advent 2018

The Stripey Badger – Day 18 of the Advent

Welcome to The Stripey Badger, who can be found at 7 The Square, Grassington. http://thestripeybadger.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/TheStripeyBadger/ @StripeyBadgers Situated in the Dales village of Grassington, The Stripey Badger is an independent bookshop, coffee shop and kitchen. Feel free to drop by for a warm welcome, good food and a book to read! We asked all the …

Bridge Bookshop
Advent 2018

Bridge Bookshop – Day 17 of the Advent

Welcome to Bridge Bookshop, who can be found on the Isle of Man. https://www.bridge-bookshop.com https://www.facebook.com/BridgeBookshop @BookshopIOM Our family run business is 46 years old this year, we have 2 shops at both ends of our island in the middle of the Irish Sea. We are the partner bookseller for our local literary festival @manxlitfest and …

Snowman
Advent 2018

O’Mahony’s Booksellers – Day 16 of the Advent

Welcome to O’Mahoney’s Booksellers, who can be found at 120 O’Connell Street, Limerick. https://www.omahonys.ie @OMahony’s O’Mahony’s was founded in 1902 at 120 O’Connell St. Limerick by J.P.O’Mahony, grandfather of the current owner Frank, and continues to trade from the same location. It is the oldest retail business of its type in the region and has …

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