Caitlin

Blog 141: Books that customers always ask for…

I have been working at the bookshop, Westwood Books for almost six years, and in that time I’ve heard some weird and wonderful books requests. It always feels great when a customer walks in looking for a specific book that they haven’t been able to track down and you just so happen to have a […]

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Blog 139: Bums On Seats!

About a week ago as part of National Crime Reading Month, I attended a talk about writing Historical Crime. Three authors, Matthew Booth, J. C. Briggs and Deborah Swift spoke about historical crime and how they went about their writing. As an author, I find the writing process fascinating and I’m always looking for advice […]

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Blog 136: Signed Books!

Book signing is the affixing of an author’s signature to a page in their book, usually the title page or endpaper. Sometimes authors will sign bookplates and affix them to the page instead of directly writing on the page. J.K. Rowling has a hologram to accompany and authenticate her signatures. Bookshops and Libraries will often […]

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Blog 135: Poetry & Writing Novels.

When reading a great book you will always come across a few lines or paragraphs that will make you pause for a moment, they will make you laugh, cry, gasp, look inwardly at yourself, and say ‘wow’.  These parts of the book are often quoted again and again by other readers in book reviews and […]

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Blog 131: My Literature Themed 50p Coin Collection

I’ve been collecting Literary and Science themed coins for the last several years. I collect circulated and uncirculated 10p, 50p, and £2 coins from the U.K., Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Bailiwick of Jersey. I decided on sticking to themes for my coin collections but unfortunately for my bank account, more and more coins […]

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Blog 129: Books I Would Have If I Had A Home Library.

This list could easily be hundreds if not thousands of books including but not limited to, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, The Roald Dahl Collection, On The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin, 1984 by George Orwell, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Republic by Plato, The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare, […]

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Blog 127: Christmas Books To Buy As Christmas Presents.

Christmas Comes To Moominvalley This is an exquisitely illustrated re-telling of Tove Jansson’s classic story The Fir Tree, in which the kindly Moomins are woken up from their winter sleep to be told that ‘Christmas’ is coming. The only trouble is, the puzzled Moomins have no idea who, or what ‘Christmas’ is . . . *** […]

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Blog 125: Great Books To Give As Gifts.

All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world; Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. A wild landscape of imagination and play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration – […]

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Blog 124: What To Do If You Have Too Many Books.

Many people have been downsizing and decluttering their homes during the lockdowns. Like a lot of people, you may have a number of books that you have read and no longer want to keep. If you’re finding that you’re running out of shelf space, here are some options for you where you can move on […]

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