Well, the weather was pretty frightful for our birthday bash but we just moved the party inside. Family and friends of the bookshop undaunted by the deluge sipped fizzy wine and ate homemade cakes serenaded by a fabulous jazz duo. Unused to public speaking as I am, I stood up to announce the winner of the L&R Book of the Decade – just the one- which was My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.
We are under way with our Customer displays with Alfonso Cuaron kicking it off and the lovely Patrick and Anne Louise now installed – not their actual selves unfortunately but a very interesting range of books.
So fascinating have the customer lists been that C had the brilliant idea of asking all our customers to nominate their favourite book of the year! It doesn’t have to have been published this year; it can be a serendipitous discovery. We are bringing back the ballot box and there will be more prizes and as many of the books as possible will be displayed over the week leading up to Christmas. We also want children to vote for their favourites and they will have their own display.
Autumn for me, and especially such a damp, dreary, stagnant one as this is turning out to be, means a yearning for a good Classic. I don’t mean to be boastful but I am Amaryllis and I have read A LOT! So I was very pleased to discover Arnold Bennet’s Riceyman Steps. The Land of the Rising Sun is also proving fertile ground for literary exploration and I have recently read The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa and am now reading her new one, The Memory Police.