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
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!