Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Bookshop A Day #23: Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh

On the run up to the 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's blog post is about:

Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh

They opened just after I left the city, and what with naming themselves after Alice in Wonderland and having quotes from 'Weird Things...' stuck to their windows before they opened, well, I wasn't going to not love them, was I?

I had a chat with Gillian, who owns the bookshop. 

Gillian! Where can we find you?

Just off the Meadows in Edinburgh tucked into the new Quartermile development.

Describe your bookshop in three words.

Fun, unique, welcoming!

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

Our favourite new books, with a backdrop of perfectly squishy purple sofas.

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

Elif Shafak speaking at an Istanbul Review launch. We all swooned at her sharp intellect.

And your best customer moment?

There are so many! Perhaps our second birthday party earlier this year when the whole shop filled with all the lovely customers who have frequented our monochrome tiles so loyally.

Recommend a book you’ve been loving recently.

How to Be Both – Ali Smith at her stylish, inventive best is continuing to wow staff and customers alike

Why did you become a bookseller?

I’ve always loved sharing good books with people.

Why are you still a bookseller?

I love it! There’s really no other job I’d rather be doing.

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

I’d open a sister shop in Glasgow. I’m often told by customers/publishers that they NEED a Looking Glass Books there…

Sum up what books and bookshops mean to you in one sentence.
A book is one of the best things you can share with someone; a bookshop is the best way to share it.


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

1 comment:

  1. Oh dear Jen! One more sleep, One more night. It is finally here. The moment! And another perfect hit for the lovely and talented Jen Campbell.
    The effort has been worth it, and now it will pay off.
    World famous!