Last week I was lucky enough to be taken to see The Railway Children at the King's Cross Theatre by Google, along with other lovely Booktubers (Leena, Sanne, Sarah, Pip, Lizzy and Livs). The Railway Children is such an iconic children's classic and we were all very excited about going to see it. Truth be told, we were pretty much fangirling all over the place.
King's Cross Theatre is in between King's Cross and St. Pancras, and the foyer has been made to look as if it were a train station. They have background noise of steam trains, and when they call you to your seats they announce it as though a train were coming. In fact the stage is rail track, with rows of seating either side labelled 'Platform One' and 'Platform Two,' so they've done an amazing job of making sure the audience are completely immersed in the play before it even starts.
The play itself is wonderful, with a real steam train used twice during the production - once when the children have to stop the train from crashing and again at the end... you know, the tear-jerking scene that I won't mention in case you've never read the book. Needless to say we all cried buckets. We got to meet the case beforehand, and explored the carriages of the steam train after the show, too - reciting lines from Harry Potter, naturally. It was wonderful.
The play's running until September, so if you happen to be in London I really recommend grabbing a ticket. (Make sure you take tissues!) xx
There's a new video up here over on my Youtube Channel, where I chat about the books I bought in December, and my reading resolutions for 2015. I'm aiming to read 100 books this year (last year I managed 80, and that was without reading any novels between January and May, as I was only reading research material for The Bookshop Book during that time, so I'm hoping I can manage 100). I also want to read more classics, and try and reduce my TBR. Do you have any reading resolutions? xx
Good morning, all! Yesterday, I decided to tackle the subject of fear, and made a video about why I read, why I write, how I fell in love with books, and about having EEC Syndrome. It was a tricky one to film, and I hope you like it. :) You can watch it over here. xx
Happy New Year, folks! I hope that you had a lovely Christmas break. I had ten days off from the bookshop, from events and from writing, which was lovely. As much as I love my job, sometimes you just want to sit down and eat cheese and read a good book - y'know what I mean?
2014 was a great reading year - well, the second half was. I didn't read much at all until the end of May, as I was writing The Bookshop Book up until that point and had no time for anything apart from books for research. I made up for it in the second half of the year, though, and read 86 books in total. Considering I didn't pick up a novel for the first five months, I'm very happy with that.
Picking a top ten was hard, but I managed to get there in the end. You can watch my Top Ten Reads of 2014 over here. :) Let me know what your favourite book of 2014 was! xx
The lovely Sanne made a video where she took the dust jackets off all her hardback books, to see if any beautiful boards were hidden underneath. I decided to have a go at this myself, and discovered some rather pretty things! You can watch my video over here.
Jen Campbell is the author of the best-selling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series, and her new book 'The Bookshop Book' is out now. She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto, and she lives in London, where she works at an antiquarian bookshop. She is currently writing her first novel.
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