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Amaryllis Prepares for a Party

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Preparations are at fever pitch for our 10th birthday celebration next Saturday 12th. We are high on helium and disaster has struck just as T begins to bake… her husband has broken their oven in a fish-pie incident! Couples, asked to produce a list of 15 favourite books to fill our display space, are planning pistols at dawn after failing to find a peaceful means of settling ownership of the 15th book. Meanwhile publishers, erring on the side of caution, have ensured that all their Christmas titles have reached the bookshop by the beginning of October so we are brim-full with the very best of the Autumn crop!

(I would highlight The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and am very excited about the new Mary Costello whilst almost unhinged at the thought of The Secret Commonwealth!)

So do join us on the 12th. We will be revealing our Book of the Decade and there are prizes for 3 lucky names pulled from the ballot box so get your votes in – if you can’t make it to the bookshop, email or call us and we will place your vote for you – a bit unorthodox but we are very trustworthy.

We will also be unveiling our first display of a customer’s favourite books, this week, Alfonso Cuaron, who was our first customer back in 2009. There will be sparkling wine, a cake sale, music, balloons and a trip down memory lane with a window full of the best books of 2009.

And as if that weren’t enough, I will be there and available for selfies – just this once though!

About Amaryllis


Amaryllis is our bookshop blogger.


Her pen name is taken from Alice Thomas Ellis’ Other Side of the Fire, which is unfortunately and scandalously out of print. One of the funniest bits in the book is the bodice-ripper that one of the characters is writing and the female - who slays the men with one toss of her raven locks and one glance from her fiery green eyes as she strides among the glens, faithful wolfhound by her side - is Amaryllis! And the name just seemed to suit so here we are.

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