Monday, 8 September 2014

The Bookshop Book - postcard giveaway

Folks! It is now three weeks until The Bookshop Book is released! Cue nervous excitement!

Now, throughout The Bookshop Book, there are 'bookish facts.' These are snippets about strange booksellers and authors - past and present - and odd bookish things that have happened around the world.

I have fifty 'Bookshop Book' postcards (as shown below), and I am going to handwrite a bookish fact from the book on the back of each of them. If you'd like to win one of these, and therefore get a sneak peek at the inside of the book, just leave a comment below telling me the name of your favourite bookshop, and drop me an email with your address. The first fifty people to do so will be sent a postcard - the giveaway is open internationally! :) 

I'll edit this post when they're all gone. Good luck! xx

ETA: Thank you for the fab response, guys! The postcards have now all gone :)




73 comments:

  1. My favorite bookshop is Anderson's Bookshop in the Chicago suburbs. They're a lovely independent store that holds amazing author events.

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  2. Tim Singleton. There was a bookshop in the Georgetown area of Washington DC that I loved going to, it was called Yes and had a good number of shelves filled with spiritual and philosophical works. Quite miss it, wonderful place to be in, had its own sense of spirit, quietude, wisdom.

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  3. As cliche as it sounds, Shakespeare and Company will always have my heart.

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    1. Nothing wrong with that! Beautiful bookshop.

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  4. My favourite bookshop is 'de dry coppen' in Leuven, Belgium. Coffee house, bar & book shop rolled into one, and housed in a stately old town house. The proprietors know a thing or two about books too:-).

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  5. Book Barn in CT (USA). Enchanting grounds, genre-dedicated outbuildings, goats, cats, and a neurotic border collie. <3

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  6. The Cottage Bookshop in Penn, Buckinghamshire is my favourite local bookshop, but I adore Foyles (Charing Cross Road) & Blackwells (Oxford)

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  7. My favourite bookshop is Blackwells in Oxford - amazing service and a fabulous selection of books and other lovely things!

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    1. I have a particular soft spot for them :)

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  8. My favorite book shop has a spot in my heart because I ran their children's department a year and a half ago - my local Barnes and Noble in Menlo Park Mall Edison NJ

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  9. I absolutely loved my reading spa day at Mr B's Emporium in Bath, dedicated time to talk to someone about books and then you get to take some home. Looking forward to learning about more bookshops in your book.

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    1. Those guys know how to run a bookshop! x

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  10. My favourite book shop has got to be Alan Hanna's in Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland. Wonderful selection, great staff, and of late they have a coffee shop too... Perfect! Books make the world better. :o)

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  11. Little Professor, Birmingham, Alabama

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  12. Stoke Newington Bookshop in north London. A totally awesome bookshop, if you are in thearea it's well woth the visit :-)

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  13. Barter Books in Alnwick. You swap your pre-loved books for vouchers to spend in the shop. Plus it's an an old train station, so it's ENORMOUS. Lots of treasures to be found!

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    1. Near where I grew up :) I love it there!

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  14. Prince Books in Norfolk VA. I love the books are my bag tote!

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  15. I dont have a lot of bookstores where I live, but I loved the Waterstones in London!

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  16. I might be double posting but I don't know if my last comment went through.

    I love a Your Bookshop in Bankstown NSW (Australia)! I found out about it when I went to redeem some free book vouchers from my high school.

    But if I had to say what my favourite book room/place would be, it'd have to be my high school library!

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  17. Green Heron Books
    47 Grand River St N, Paris Ontario Canada
    Double wide store front windows that are always changed and always current and always something you want, need, desire is available. Pretty place in a pretty town.

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  18. Hello!
    My favorite bookstore, that I have been to so far, would have to be Scarthin Books in Cromford, England. I live in Germany, with the military, and for two years I worked at a used bookstore on a base. The owner would make trips to England to buy lovely antique books for Americans. I was fortunate enough to be taken on two of these trips and it was on the second trip that I fell in love with Scarthin Books. Stepping inside the doors of that bookstore was to be taken away from the world's insanity, to somewhere safe and wonderful...

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    1. A lovely story from Scarthin Books is in The Bookshop Book. It involves an ingenious book thief :)

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  19. My favourite bookshop is 't Oneindige Verhaal (which translates as 'The Neverending Story') in my hometown Sint-Niklaas. They have the best book suggestions and bookish gifts nearby. I always walk out as a happy person. I also like Waterstones in London. Internationally, I'd definitely go for Barter Books in Alnwick.

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  20. Just down the road from me Jaffe & Neale in Chipping Norton. Full of books and delicious cakes :)
    All the best with your new book. Simon

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  21. My favorite bookstore is The Book Loft in Columbus, Ohio. It is in the cute neighborhood of German Village.

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  22. Justin-Paul Sammons8 September 2014 at 15:34

    In terms of bookshops I can actually visit without boarding a plane, my favourite is Hill of Content (Melbourne, Australia). It has a wonderful history and the name is lovely -- did they mean "CON-tent" or "con-TENT"? Either way, I'm always content among the shop's content, and they have a well-stocked poetry section (always important).

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  23. My favorite bookstore is Left bank Books in St. Louis Missouri.

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  24. My favorite bookshop is Norli at Storbyen Shopping centre in Norway. During high school I used to wait for my bus close by and I often spent my time looking at the books. The straff working there is also really nice.

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  25. My previous favorite bookstore has sadly closed. It was "Ukazoo" in Toledo, OH. My current favorite bookstore is "J's Bookshelf" in Sylvania, OH. She is so warm, friendly, and funny. I always enjoy chatting with her whenever I visit.

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  26. After recently visiting Blackwell's in Oxford it's definitely may new favourite! Such a great selection of books.

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  27. My favourite is a tiny used bookstore in central Florida, where I grew up. It's where I found my antique copy of Alice in Wonderland and where I'd always beg my mom to go on weekends. I've just moved to the UK (Norwich, specifically - can't wait for your signing there!) and on the hunt for a new favourite. x

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  28. My favourite bookshop is a teensy one, just opposite my parents house. It's in what used to be the villages wash house and is called Buchhandlung zum Geeren.

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  29. I tried commenting earlier I don't think it worked- if this is a double message I apologize. My favourite bookshop is chapters in Ancaster, Ontario. Love the size, selection and layout.

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  30. My favourite bookstore is Kinokuniya, which also the ONLY Kinokuniya in the entire Malaysia (lol). We don't have many independent bookstores around here, but I'm happy with visiting Kino every time I need my new book fix, or just itching to browse the Japanese magazine section (even though I can hardly read or speak the language). Bookstores in general are so calming, and I can spend hours just browsing discovering wonderful new reads and rediscovering old 'friends' with new clothes, hehe ^^

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  31. Vero Beach Book Center is the heart of our town! <3 Author visits, Ms. Julie's story hour, book chats & visits, parties, gift consults & darling wrapping paper, and everything to warm the hearts of booklovers. I have never met an independent bookshop I didn't love though. <3

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  32. Thank you so much Jen for such a generous giveaway! My favorite bookshop is a thrift shop here in the Philippines called "Book Sale". It's one of the places where I can get good quality books for cheap prices. They're second hand though, but that's okay because somehow, paper gets to be preserved.

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  33. My favourite book shop is Linghams of Heswall in Wirral, lovely staff, super coffee and lots of books.....

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    1. Love that shop - should be doing an event there this autumn - more details soon :)

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    2. Well keep a look out, thank you for letting me know.

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  34. My favorite bookshop is "Livraria Cultura", which means Culture Library, in the center of my city. It was built in an old theater and they preserved the original structure. It's beautiful, cozy, and has four floor full of amazing.

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  35. I love reading about all these beloved shops. For me the honour goes to Bookends in Kailua on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Shopping in the islands can be limiting so when I discovered this gem just a short ramble from my new apartment, I was in heaven. My first visit I was thrilled to find an edition by Emily Kimbrough. When one of the excellent clerks took my name and promised to let me know if any more used editions by the author came through the shop, I was hooked. This store is an oasis in the midst of paradise and each visit feels like the most satisfying treasure hunt.

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  36. My favourite bookshop is Starlight New & Used Books. I always find a great selection of YA books there, which are my favourites.

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  37. I posted earlier but it doesn't seem to have shown up :( my favourite bookshop is The Book Lounge in my home Cape Town, South Africa. With their old world charm they have breathed new life into the joyful experience of of buying books. Such a happy place.

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  38. Cellar Door Books, definitely!

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  39. Blossoms Bookshop in Bangalore. There's no end to the treasures you may find in there :)

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  40. My favorite is RJ Julia in Madison, CT. I do not live anywhere near it, but after visiting the first time in 2011 I have detoured a bit to go there anytime I have visited New England.

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  41. It is a choice between two...Tattered Cover in Denver, Colorado and The Bookworm nearby. Love them!
    Wendy

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  42. I have a one in Slovakia - it's Artforum in Bratislava: nice place with spirit and plenty literary events going on; and one in Norway - it's Tronsmo in Oslo: as they say "the bookshop where we don't sell The Fifty Shades of Grey" :-) plus the biggest choice of komix books. (And as the matter of fact, I bought your first book in here.)

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  43. Boekhandel Dominicanen in Maastricht, The Netherlands. It's in an old church, beautiful.

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    1. A beautiful shop - and it's in The Bookshop Book :)

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  44. Favourite bookshop: Pendragon in Budapest, Hungary, where I used to work, read, eat, dust, exlpore, party at Chritmas (sitting on the little Penguin chair for toddlers...), and laugh about the Little Mole and Poo book... :)

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  45. Olsen's Books and Records in Washington, D.C. (Dupont Circle) and Jane Addams Book Shop in Champaign IL

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  46. Livraria Cultura in my hometown: Fortaleza, Brazil. I feel like a kid when I'm there!

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  47. Village bookshop in Columbus, Ohio. Set in an old church with books ceilin high and tucked into every nook and cranny!

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  48. University Bookstore in the U district, Seattle. They have new, used, and signed books right next to each other on the shelves, the best-curated speculative fiction section I've seen, and lots of author events.

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  49. I loved Barter Books when I visited this summer, so for second hand it has to be them. But for new books, my local is Blackwell's in Edinburgh, who've got some lovely friendly booksellers!

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  50. Elliot Bay Bookstore in Seattle in my fav!

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  51. The Children's Bookshop in Beecroft (Sydney). My mum took me when I was a child (and had saved up my pocket money for the next book in a series). Now I take my son and see his delight at shelves of books just for him. The store also holds wonderful author and illustrator events so my son thinks it is perfectly natural to go and chat with your favourite writer.
    And the staff are all very friendly, incredibly helpful and with a wonderful knowledge of the books they stock.

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  52. I don't think my comment worked earlier...
    My local is the The Book Hive in Norwich, but this summer I also discovered a great bookshop in Devizes, where I bought a snazzy Laurie Lee collection and The Worst Journey in the World, by Cherry-Garrard. He was one of the men who went to the Pole with Scott and I'm really enjoying it. Stacey

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  53. My favourite bookshop is the one where I work - my local Dymocks! It's a family owned and run store and I work with some really amazing people. We may not have the grand size of Dymocks @ George St, but what I love about this store is how friendly everyone is and the passion that we all have about books and sharing them with others.

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  54. I love Pages of Hackney - such a great small bookshop. I always find something I didn't know I needed. It's a good thing they're closed when I go by on my way to the bus stop in the morning, as their window display is so tempting!
    I also have to admit to loving Foyles on Charing Cross Road for sheer scale - it makes me swoon!

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  55. Cornerstone books in Plymouth, second hand book heaven!!

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  56. Rhino Books in Nashville, TN!

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  57. Just one?! Galaxy bookshop Sydney Aus, Fullers Hobart Aus, The Bookbarge where ever it's moored

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  58. My favourite bookshop is Galaxy in sydney.

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  59. I found a fabulous bookshop called 'A Novel Idea' in Stonetown in Zanzibar. I could have spent hours in there and lots of money. I also found a great writing pace within a stone's throw!

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  60. I can't pass 'Lukulaari' in Tampere, Finland... No matter how little time I've got, I HAVE to go in! It's a second hand bookstore and I'm pretty sure the books - which are stacked from floor to ceiling, are the reason the building is still standing!

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