The Great British Book Shop Blog

    Welcome to The Great British Book Shop Blog - here is where we will excite your imagination with topics that we hope you'll find interesting

    We aim to post a range of topics, including product reviews, competitions, guest posts from publishers and authors, interviews and information from around the industry.

    ...let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea by David Birkett

    Having been surrounded on all sides by the The Great British Bookshop slogan; ‘Books are quite simply our cup of tea’, for many weeks now, our minds have been led to contemplate the occurrence of this archetypal British beverage in notable works of literature.  To begin on the continent; devotees...

    Posted on 23/04/2014 - Read more...

    Mapping the birth of Modernism - a blog by Kevin Jackson by David Birkett

    The following blog has been kindly contributed by author, filmmaker and moose-enthusiast Kevin Jackson, who has been published by Random House, Reaktion and the British Film Institute, among many others.  Kevin is a frequent collaborator with the renowned cartoonist Hunt Emerson, and the pair recently produced a graphic novel version...

    Posted on 16/04/2014 - Read more...

    The Great British Bookshop goes to The Fair by David Birkett

    Early April brings, along with Chaucer’s ‘shoures soote’ (or rain, to the rest of us) that international conclave of book trade folk known as The London Book Fair.  Publishers, authors, booksellers, literary agents, printers and the less well-known tribes related to the process of putting words on physical or imaginary...

    Posted on 09/04/2014 - Read more...

    The Desmond Elliott Prize - what's the best first novel? by David Birkett

    The annual Desmond Elliott prize, for a debut novel published in the UK, announced its longlist today. Named in memory of, and run as a homage to, the famously flamboyant and charismatic literary agent and publisher, the prize carries a purse of £10,000 and looks to recognise fiction which ‘has a...

    Posted on 03/04/2014 - Read more...

    Clandestino – In Search of Manu Chao by David Birkett

    Peter Culshaw gives some background to his critically-acclaimed book Clandestino, published by Serpent’s Tail.  The subject of the book – who is often tagged as ‘the new Bob Marley’ – is Manu Chao, a politically active, multi-million selling singer who turns down fortunes in sponsorship and for advertisements, and lives...

    Posted on 02/04/2014 - Read more...

    Browsing in tomorrow's bookshops by David Birkett

    The Great British Bookshop was delighted to sponsor a Byte the Book panel discussion on March 24th at The Ivy, which asked: What’s the Future for Book Selling in the Digital Age?  Byte the Book is an organisation whose laudable aim is to encourage, inform and inspire writers and connect...

    Posted on 27/03/2014 - Read more...

    Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction by David Birkett

    The household names in the world of book awards are the tip of a large and very diverse iceberg.  In the course of one regular book trade newsletter, for example, we read announcements regarding the Petrona Award for the best Scandinavian crime novel of the year, the Scottish Children's Book...

    Posted on 10/03/2014 - Read more...

    Latest from the blog

    Fantastic new recipe book from Sabrina Ghayour 'Sirocco'

    Sabrina Ghayour's long awaited second recipe book Sirocco is out this month and is a great follow up to Persianna. Read article

    Ten Great Bedtime Reads from The Great British Bookshop and Aspace

    We have teamed up with Aspace (www.aspace.co.uk) who create beautiful room for Children to bring you 10 great bedtime reads for your little ones. Read article

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