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Dear Amaryllis

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At times, the role of bookseller can be strangely like that of an Agony Aunt! And never more so than at Christmas. People rush in waving a list, wild-eyed after overdosing on 20 different candle scents, or overheated and dishevelled after the inferno of a toy department. So, we aim for a calm, soothing approach to the most difficult dilemmas, be it the phone addicted teenager who ‘used to be such a good reader’ or the multi-coloured sheep/prodigal person returning to the fold who won’t have bought any presents for anyone else but…

So, here are a few general responses to similar possible dilemmas (we would of course enquire into individual interests to perfect the choice).

A, the teenage technophile (with a particular interest in science and space) – The Lonely Planet Travel Guide to the Universe

B, Grandfather who only likes British crime books set between 1850 and 1950 – Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper, Donald Henderson

C, the student who only wants books written by women about women – The Five, Hallie Rubenhold

D, whosoever just wants a good read after all the fuss – The Dutch House, Ann Patchett or Middlemarch, George Eliot

E, the film addict who wishes we still dressed like Veronica Lake – Show People, A History of the Film Star

F, who wants to escape to a prelapsarian pre-Brexit age – A Short Philosophy of Birds

G, about whom nothing is known and has just turned up out of the blue – the Ordnance Survey Puzzle Tour of Britain

H, who has everything and needs only a year of fabulous reading – A Year in Books

If you need help, I am just an email away!

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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