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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.

Clwyd Art Fund, Shropshire Books, Map Exhibition, Fire and Earth, Stuart Davies25th March 2017

Many thanks to the Clwyd Art Fund who came en masse yesterday to the bookshop and café, before going on to visit Brampton Bryan Hall. Really nice to see the shop so full, and thank you also for all the appreciative comments. Admittedly Ethel's homemade roast vegetable soup is incredibly delicious!

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London Book Fair, Building a Library-'Quartet for the End of Time', Books Books Books! 19th March 2017

Ethel Aardvark spent two very interesting days at the London Book Fair this week, taking the temperature of the book trade, and I myself had a flying visit on Thursday. Amazingly the book trade seems to be in reasonable health albeit with no few clouds on the horizon. Ethel said that the Fair was a wonderful international melting-pot of authors and publishers, and the Booksellers' Association kindly hosted her presence there this year. We bought our usual large haul of art and decorative arts books which are now back at base, and the next week will be spent putting them into stock.

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More books for 20169th January 2016

Out again last night buying books, with more calls booked for the next week, 2016 book buying has got off to a great start. Many interesting titles relating to politics and the Far and Middle East, as well as some good general titles. Best of all was the 'Histoire de Perse' by Louis André Mamye de Clairac, published in three leather volumes in Paris in 1750. A very handsome book, in excellent condition.

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20162nd January 2016

After a wonderful day off eating Christmas cake and reading a very interesting book on the Ottomans, Arthur Aardvark is back at work, only to be confronted by a large pile of online orders and various queries from prospective purchasers.

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Autumn alert1st November 2015

Falling leaves and fog alert one to the fact that autumn is well and truly here. Strangely though temperatures continue to be quite mild, and the result may well be one of those years when Winter arrives very suddenly.

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New Books, New Books12th February 2015

New books are the lifeblood of a bookshop, and are particularly vital at this time of year as we are very dependent on our online orders which go up and down largely on the basis of how many new titles we put on.

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Christmas in the bookshop28th November 2014

Christmas in a bookshop is always somewhat magical. This year as usual Catherine is putting together some tables of perfect Christmas goodies and gifts on sale from a few pounds to a few hundred.

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A quiet weekend, but some great sales!24th September 2014

Last weekend was generally quiet in the bookshop - although oddly Sunday was frantic in the café (it being lovely weather for cyclists). And yet this didn't stop us making two really good antiquarian sales.

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Busy sunday29th September 2013

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On my own in the shop and café today because Edward Aardvark is down in Narberth for the Food Fair selling books. Today he is doing a book signing with Elizabeth Luard - famed cookery writer and memoirist. Quite a lot of people through the shop - partly because this is the last day of the brilliant Midlands Textile Forum exhibition. Having had a whole month of wonderful textiles, the shop will seem a bit quieter when this one ends.

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