What We’ve Been Reading

It has been nice to get out and stomp through crunchy leaves and get out the snuggly jumpers and cardigans and light the inevitable scented candles: despite the troubles of the world the seasons are still turning as we move from autumn into winter.

The darker nights are also the ideal time to fit a bit more reading into our lives! After all, what could be nicer than settling down with a book and a cuppa when it’s chilly outside?

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November Wrap Up: What We’ve Been Reading

How have you been keeping this month, and what have you been reading?

I have been thinking a lot recently about fallow periods, and times of gathering-in and hibernating. This may have been forced upon us this year due to the lockdown, but there is a value in a time of quietitude and reflection. Sometimes if you sit with the silence, creativity and ideas may begin to flow again. As is so often the case, Tove Jannson can expresses this so beautifully in Moominvalley in November, a book I often turn to at this time of year:

“The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It’s a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you’ve got in as many supplies as you can. It’s nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst. They can grope their way up the walls looking for a way in, but they won’t find one, everything is shut, and you sit inside, laughing in your warmth and your solitude, for you have had foresight.”

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Re-thinking Christmas

Like a lot of people, ever so predictably, I love Christmas. I love the food, the smells, the ritual lethargy.

When I was younger, my Nan always stayed with us on Christmas Eve.  At around seven the next day, I would wake her up with a timely ‘Cock-a-doodle-doo!’. We would traipse downstairs, en masse, feeling a mixture of jittery anticipation and familiarity.

One year, the highlight of the day was receiving the gift of a tent, which stayed up in the living room for at least a fortnight.  I cannot recall it ever going outside, but it did provide a suitable hiding place  for my chocolate stash. Another year, it was the walkie-talkie headset that had a range of approximately twenty metres. Phases came and went quickly, a reflection of the childhood crazes of the late nineties and early noughties.

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Buddy Bag Foundation- an Introduction

We’re so happy to be able to introduce you to this great organisation.

Buddy Bags Foundation  were established in the UK in 2015 when the founder, Karen Williams, realised the huge need of children in an emergency care setting or fleeing a dangerous situation.

A ‘Buddy Bag’ is a backpack containing all the  essentials a child might need straight away, such as pyjamas, underwear and toiletries. They also contain a comforting item for the child, such as a book or a toy, tailored to the age of the child.

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September Wrap Up: What We’ve Been Reading

Well, this September has been packed with glorious new books, and we saw a Super Thursday like no other, with over 600 books published on the same day following lockdown publication delays across the industry.  Just like that, it seems as though we’re on the run up to Christmas. Well, as a bookseller Super Thursday has always meant the start of Christmas for me!

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