The Aardvark Blog

The Aardvark Blogger is always busy!

Lots going on with events and visitors to the bookshop. Not to mention plans for next year, markets and fairs, author events, live music and much more. Keep looking in to find out about everything that is happening in the bookshop in the middle of nowhere.

Huge library purchase; last copies anywhere of Jo Brand Memoir9th July 2014

Yesterday we went over to Leamington Spa and purchased the library of a recently deceased academic , who lectured in the areas of politics and philosophy. The library is vast - somewhere around 4,000 books and contains many gems in the areas of art and poetry, as well as in his chosen fields of philosophy, politics and social sciences.

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Food, Food, Food6th July 2014

On more than one occasion I have been asked what business a bookshop has in starting and running a food fair. Whilst the origins of the fair are now somewhat lost in time - neither Carolyn Chesshire the fair's co-founder, nor I can remember who first had the idea - the factors behind the decision are all too clear.

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First purchase for next year's map exhibition5th July 2014

Such was the success of this year's map exhibition that I have been determined to start early the process of putting together the list of maps to be shown. I have already had some preliminary discussions with collectors, and yesterday I bought what I hope will be next year's centre piece.

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Why does dealing with publishers need to be so frustrating (2)4th July 2014

Yesterday as readers of the blog may know I had an unhelpful session with Headline/Hachette trying to get some books by Jo Brand. Notwithstanding the fact that nobody called me back, I think that I have now resolved that particular saga, due to some-one who works in another part of Hachette sorting it out for me.


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Why does dealing with publishers need to be so frustrating3rd July 2014

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As the whole world probably knows we have the brilliant and unique Jo Brand coming to open our food fair ( and I thought it would be a great idea to have copies of the memoir she wrote 'Look Back in Hunger' in stock. This morning I called her publishers. My first contact with the company did not go well, as initially the switchboard told me that they had a policy of not putting people through unless they knew the name of the person they wished to speak to.

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