Not Just Me & Never a Cross Word.

Hurrah,
It isn’t only me !!!

I was in Waterstones the other day (I know – just looking at recently published titles – honest Your Honour), when I overheard the following.

“Hello, can you point me to the sellotape, and the children’s toys please”

“Children’s toys madam, we don’t sell children’s toys”

“Why not, you should do”

“No, we sell books madam”

“Why don’t you sell children’s toys?”

“Because we are a bookshop, why don’t you try Woolworth’s opposite”

“You mean this isn’t Woolworths…. Well why didn’t you tell me?”

So other bookshops do get them as well.

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First published September 2007.

Bloke walks into the shop and presents me with a slightly crumpled book of crossword puzzles, which he hopes I will purchase from him. In my nicest voice, I decline his generous offer (Well not so generous – he wants my cash).

His reply is to ask “Why wont you buy it, my wife has only done some of them – there’s plenty more for someone else to do”

What do you say to that ? Come on – how can I reasonably respond ?

(I stuck by my ‘no’ by the way).

First Published September 5th 2005.

Europe’s Largest Book Market!

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Deventer Boekenmarkt 2017 

We were very excited to visit the remarkable Deventer Boekenmarkt earlier this month.

For the last 29 years, on the first Sunday of August the streets of the Dutch city of Deventer are literally filled (excuse the pun), with thousands of book stalls! The market stretches for over 6 kilometres, and showcases all kinds of books – from the secondhand book shops and antiquarian sellers, to self published novels and comic strip collections; people come from all over the Netherlands…and beyond.

The market is always popular, very organised and full of surprises. This year was no exception, and we found ourselves (armed with reading glasses and a wheel along bag) among an excited throng of over 125,000 visitors. It took us a full 8 hours to do the market justice. Thoroughly recommended!

Why Deventer?

For centuries, many printers and publishers have chosen Deventer as their base, and the city still houses many of national significance, alongside a wide variety of book shops and antiquarian book sellers.

Among other goodies, we managed to pick up some nineteenth century political cartoons, a French hand coloured folio atlas, some beautiful children’s books and a very nice Japanese postcard album.

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The next Deventer Boekenmarkt takes place on Sunday, August 5, 2018