I love hearing about interesting and exciting book related ventures. At this time of year the amount of dross that appears in the bookshops for Christmas presents defies belief. Endless 'sleb' biographies from people who score goals, appear in a soap on TV, who have been in reality shows and girl/boy bands, all of which end up weighing down the shelves of charity shops in the New Year. Horrid stuff and really the last gasp idea of a present.
Over the next week or so I am going to write about books that I think would be wonderful Christmas gifts. In other words, I would love to receive them, so all very subjective but if you are reading this blog then I assume that you are happy for me to recommend titles.
In the meantime I am very very happy to write about The Glenogle & Bell Book Company which is owned and run by Malcolm and Vanessa Robertson. In 2007, they founded The Edinburgh Bookshop and over the next few years, achieved not only recognition in the trade but, more importantly from their customers who appreciated the time and effort put into choosing the best stock for the shop. They have since sold the shop but feel that all this time and expertise and book knowledge could not be allowed to languish in obscurity and so up they came with this excellent idea of offering packages chosen by them for you. Each title will be carefully selected and there are various packages on offer from crime to gardening, modern fiction to children's books. Do check out their website.
As well as this new company Vanessa and Malcolm also run Fidra Books which has been successfully republishing out of print authors of our childhood. I well remember reading Mabel Esther Allen when I used to haunt my children's library, Ruby Ferguson of Jill's Gymkhana fame and KM Peyton, authors now available again much to my joy.
This busy pair are here to bring you books tailored to your special interests, chosen thoughtfully and carefully by them and are a million miles away from bog standard books on offer, especially at this time of year. A subscription to one of the packages available will be a present that I, personally, would value as I would know that it was chosen with care and thought.
"handpicked books delivered to your door"
What more could you possibly want?........
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Website for Glenogle and Bell: http://www.glenogleandbell.com/
Website for Fidra Books: http://fidrabooks.co.uk