I doubt there'll be very much from me here until about Wednesday. On Monday and Tuesday of next week I'll be down in our great metropolis attending the London Book Fair ("one of the world’s leading forums for the business of publishing" so it says, but actually quite a ball-achingly dull, if seemingly necessary, trade jamboree). Principally, I'll be there with my Book Depository hat on, but if anyone wants to meet for a cuppa, drop me an email, and I'll see if we can't arrange something.

Readers Comments

  1. Michael Richards Friday 13 April 2007

    Talking of the book trade, a few weeks ago I found myself in Paris on a beautiful Spring afternoon. I was there on behalf of the small, independent publishing house who pay my salary, visiting bookshops in the temporary absence of a French representative. One of our customers is the excellent Galignani on the rue de Rivoli. Going through our Autumn lists with the buyer, I was deeply impressed by her ability to match books with customers and her willingness to order quite expensive and specialised items on their behalf. "X might well be interested in this," she would say. How rarely one come across this these days - booksellers who know what their customers like and order fifty quid books to show them next time they're in? The shop itself is an elegant, friendly, treasure trove of unusual items, and I ended up buying an exhibition catalogue of the Swiss artist, Cuno Amiet, published by the Solothurn art museum. Find that it your local W H Wottaker! Next time you're in Paris, spend some time in Galignani. And visit, too, the Red Wheelbarrow, who seem to stock every novel in print.

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