Saturday, 31 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Friday, 23 July 2010
We review -
Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazeeti, which will ring bells with many hereabouts as it's the tale of a farmer with no time for love till he meets the one girl who he should never fall for.
Famous Last Words by Annie Sanders (actually a writing duo) well known for Goodbye Jimmy Choo
Lucy Streeter revamps what's left of her life when an amazingly accurate fortune teller says she hasn't too long to go.
Trash by Andy Mulligan Three small boys, living off rubbish dumps in an African state make the find of their lives - and it could get them killed. An unusually thought provoking thriller.
Sacred Treason by James Forrester A fast paced medieval thriller by the author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England.
Plus news of the two signings coming up and the entire cast list of Justin Thyme - sideways!
Call in and pick up a copy.
Nice mail from Panama Oxridge congratulating us on our sales of his amazing book. He's wondering if he can sign so many in one day.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Doubtless our readers know that we'll be sending out the signed copies of Panama's exciting read, post free in the UK. We'll also be deducting the cost of UK postage from those sent abroad and there are already a surprising number of them. USA, Canada, Spain, Australia and Holland will all have signed copies in the post shortly after Panama's visit.
An international hit.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
See Eliza and Burbage on http://tartanofthyme.blogspot.com/
The publishers of Justin Thyme have shown the world their new logo. For a good look at it, see their blog at http://www.insidepocket.co.uk/blog There you'll also find The Justin Thyme movie trailer. Oops! I'm told it is The Book Trailer - there isn't a film film yet. But there will be. There certainly will be. After all, David, Nina and I have been promised parts!
There's also news of their ARCTIC6 series of books and the new site that tells all on - http://www.arctic6.co.uk/
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Don't believe us? Check out http://tartanofthyme.blogspot.com/
She was kind enough to leave some banana cake for us and our customers. Call in quickly though, it's nearly all gone!
(Did anyone spot Burbage? He certainly spotted a few of our books!)
Monday, 19 July 2010
First thing she did was answer the phone to two customers (one overseas in the Isle of Wight) requesting copies of Justin Thyme. The leaflet that we insist everyone takes is really working well. Check our constantly moving Justin Thyme Sales Counter on the Justin Thyme page. (Well, I update it every evening)
David, meanwhile, is home preparing a speech for daughter Sarah's wedding, amongst other things.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
A few of the dozens of pics I took - it was a grey day.
I've discovered that clicking on a photo brings in up, full size. Good init.
Friday, 16 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
The following is a copy of a mail from Malcolm Lindley
“Edge of the Wild” our annual Tolkien-inspired Art Exhibition will take place 14th – 16th August 2010 at The Redesdale Hall, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. It is Free Admission and open between 9 and 5 each day. Attending will be the Tolkien artists: Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Jef Murrray and Peter Pracownik, with their new Tolkien works on display, alongside an exhibition of Tolkien artifacts, letters and photographs – and an original drawing by JRR Tolkien – discovered during the process of research for the biography of Hilary Tolkien. The Dealers Room will have books, memorabilia, music, swords and clothing, candles, waistcoats, other talented Tolkien artists, bow-making, and much more.
We shall also have a Preview Party on Friday 13th August from 7pm until late. This is ticketed, and each ticket admits TWO people. Please email me at email@example.com with number of 2 person tickets you’d like and an address to send them to. I will put them in the post this week along with a Programme of Events. There will be complimentary drink and nibbles at the Preview Party, and we will have eagles from the Cotswold Falconry in attendance.
During the Exhibition there will be talks and presentations by the artists and others, and Chloe from Midnight Storytellers will be give us powerful tales. On Saturday at 4.30 (in a change to the printed Programme) there will be an auction. On Sunday, there is the masquerade and quiz. Also there will be extra events after “close”, so early Sunday evening there is a performance from Tinkerscuss – A collaboration of Anglo-Celtic music and tales in the Hall. Saturday evening there will be a Smial Meal at The MarshMallow. This will need to be pre-booked, so please email me and I shall send out the menu options and take the booking. I anticipate sending the menu options later this week.
Whether you are visiting for the day or staying over for the lot, there is loads to see and do at the Exhibition. Moreton-in-Marsh has many hotels, B&B’s and 2 camp sites. The Exhibition is in the heart of Tolkien’s Shire as nearby you can visit the Four Shires Stone - used as basis for Three Farthing Stone in The Shire, and the Rollright Stones - upon which The Barrow Downs were based.
Unit 8 Wychwood Court
Cotswold Business Village
Glos GL56 0JQ
Office: 01608 812867 Mob: 07941 477699
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Thanks to those who came along to meet Jane Bailey today. We all had a lot of fun talking to a charming and delightful lady. I've sprinkled a few photos here. Those of you who bought only one of her books will surely be back soon for the other. In total, there were 20 books sold on the day and five others had been booked for people away. Not bad considering how quiet the town was in the morning. Perhaps we should hold our signings in the afternoon. What do you think?
One photo shows Nina enjoying a joke with Jane. It was good to see her back behind the counter again and we wish her a full recovery in time for Monday week.
Just received a couple of photos following our visit to Cheltenahm Racecourse to see Katherine Jenkins (in concert - she doesn't live there). So here they are and many thanks to Caroline for supplying them.
Friday, 9 July 2010
Damn nuisance though - can't find the camera to let you see it before the huge sales ruin it all. If you are coming to meet Jane and to buy one (or both) of her novels of mystery, romance and humour, set in the Costwolds, please bring your camera!
We've already sold masses of her books because of the window display. (Thinks - I wonder how many toy Spitfires we'll sell)
Talking of which, David wants to switch days next weekend which suits just fine. I can swan off to Fairford Air show and see the Vulcan. Just been reading about it and a host of other aircraft and their test pilots in Empire of the Clouds by James Hamilton-Paterson.
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
After only 4 weeks, we've had to rush another order to Santoro Graphics for some more of their new 'Popnrock' cards. At £4.99 each, you would think them a slow seller but they are flying out. I've dropped inm a photo but look at http://www.santorographics.com/shop/popnrock/ for the other designs
It seems that Popnrock have won the 2010 Gift of the Year award in best Card & Wrap category. Hardly surprising, they are great.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Dear Nina, Tony and David,
Thank you for the wonderfully warm welcome you gave me in the Cotswold Bookstore and for all the support you've been giving me over the years with me being totally unaware of it! I was really touched by your warmth (and my girls were gob-smacked that anyone had actually heard of me!) You did wonders for my confidence and may like to know that it got me back in the saddle again and I've been writing avidly since. Thank you so much,
Lots of love,
Wasn't that nice. That didn't make our day - it made our whole month. Jane is currently working on a radio script version of Tommy Glover's Sketch of Heaven.
Do come and meet her on Saturday July 10 before she becomes too famous to talk to us.
Friday, 2 July 2010
Black Water Rising, which we reviewed in the 'Times' recently and which has received praise in many reviews elsewhere, has now arrived in the smaller paperback size at £7.99. The author, Attica Locke, was named thus after the notorious uprising in Attica, the New York jail, during the civil rights movement and the core of the book is the experience of her own Father during those times.
Reviews are to be found on the right hand side of the blog.
Mike Pannett's third outing as an ex-London copper transferred to a beat in rural Yorkshire will be a popular follow up to 'Now Then Lad' and 'You're Coming With Me Lad'. Called 'Not on my Patch Lad', it comes with a special reduced price of £9.99 (£3.00 off the usual price) while stocks last.
She also has a tenuous connection with our shop through Jane Bailey who will be here to sign her two books on Saturday July 10. It was Beryl Bainbridge who recommended Jane to her agent.
We were reminded by Jane that she has a web site of her own (something we've not got around to yet) Do look up www.jane-bailey.co.uk