Sunday, 9 March 2014

every bookshop has a story

Hello, everyone! I'm so sorry the blog has been quiet. Manuscript deadline for The Bookshop Book is fast approaching (end of April) and I'm currently working like a person possessed.

However, today, the sun is out and I've been writing in the garden which has been excellent. Penny-Slow is very excited to be out of hibernation, as you might be able to tell:

and The Bookshop Book is going well (I think! I hope!). 

Here's the blurb:

Every bookshop has a story.

We’re not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We’re talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I’ve-ever-been-to-bookshops.

Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that’s invented the world’s first antiquarian book vending machine.

And that’s just the beginning.

From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over two hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole).

The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.

It'll be out in October. Authors involved now include Ian Rankin, Brian Aldiss, Audrey Niffenegger, Tracy Chevalier, Jacqueline Wilson, Cornelia Funke, Bill Bryson... and the list goes on! Hank Green is even getting involved. DFTBA!

Here's a sneak peek at the dedication page:

In other news: I'll be unchaining myself from my writing desk to talk at Blackwell's in Oxford on 23rd April, which is World Book Night. More details on that, soon. 

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. 



  1. bookshops are magical places - really looking forward to reading this Jen! (And it sorts out a couple of Christmas presents I suspect.)

  2. bookshops are
    treasure islands
    gold mines
    magic carpets
    literacy elevators
    language stimulators
    immersion simulators
    literature illuminators
    mindset liberators
    knowledge lodges
    story storage units
    undercover sheets stores
    agented intelligence centres
    hide-and-seek havens
    fantasy factories
    bookworm sanctuaries
    forbidden fruit orchards
    alphabet soup kitchens
    shelters for paperbackpackers