Thursday, 18 September 2014

Bookshop A Day #16: Linghams, Heswall

On the run up to release of The Bookshop Book on the 2nd October, I'm going to be blogging about a bookshop every day to celebrate wonderful bookshops and booksellers all around the world. (#bookshopaday). Today I want to tell you about:

Linghams, Heswall

I had a chat with Eleanor, who runs the bookshop.

Hi Eleanor! Where can we find you?

248 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG

Describe your bookshop in three words.

Multicoloured multisensory Tardis

What’s going to catch our eye as soon as we walk through the door? 

Out of your left eye: A tall stand with all the latest books in media: eg R4 book at bedtime, book of the week, classic serial etc

Out of your right eye: a big table with all the latest new super glossy hardbacks of every kind.

And behind that there’s a shelf where your subconscious eye will see all the latest hot paperback fiction just in.

What’s the best event you’ve ever done?

There have been so many but the one that stands out recently was with Andy NcNab. Shop jammed to overflowing with people. He was compelling, electrifying and knew exactly how to work the crowd. (Also extremely good-looking)

This is the thank you present we gave him afterwards:

We also had a great event with Michael Winner years ago who wrote us up afterwards in his column in the back of the Sunday Times.

And your best customer moment?

There have been many hilarious ones but the most moving was when we recently attended the funeral of a greatly loved customer and were told Linghams was where she loved to be most.

Recommend a book you’ve been loving recently.
‘The Goldfinch’: Donna Tart. Also ‘My Salinger Year’ Joan Smith Rakoff

Why did you become a bookseller?

Because I LOVE BOOKS (statutory dull answer but nothing else would do)

Why are you still a bookseller?

As above. NOT for the money (there isn’t any). And because its so wonderful to be right there when the newest books comes out by a favourite author. And because we love meeting all the wonderful authors when they come to do events.

If you could open a bookshop anywhere else in the world, where would you open it and why?

I would like to open a shop like ‘Shakespeare and Company’ in Rome because it’s the home of everything cultural and the most wonderful city in the world. (Or Mumbai because the Indian nation really take their books seriously and it's a fantastic cosmopolitan city)

Sum up what books and bookshops mean to you in one sentence.

Like the Narnian wardrobe or Mr Ben’s changing room, books and bookshops open a door to time travel, world exploration, scientific understanding, expanded imagination, human insight, and self- discovery.


Details of The Bookshop Book are 
here. You can pre-order signed copies (shipping worldwide) here

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