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Bookman’s Christmas carol

A very literary Christmas carol, and this time it has nothing to do with Dickens Merry Christmas!

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Christmas cards from the rich and famous

On a day where there is only more news about lay-offs in the publishing industry, I spotted this article in The Guardian about Tony Blair’s official Christmas card. It’s a pretty rubbish article but reminded me about the large number of Christmas cards from famous people that can be found on AbeBooks. Here are some […]

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Michael Dirda on the 10 Commandments of Book Giving

No matter what the occasion,  The Washington Post‘s Michael Dirda makes a lot of sense with his 1o Commandments of Book Giving.  Tips such as choosing midlist authors,  visiting secondhand bookshops and looking beyond the bestseller lists could lead you to  the perfect gift. And, as Dirda points out, books are easy to wrap!

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Cherished Christmas Presents?

When I was young I was like most small children around Christmas time, constantly snooping around the house to see if I could stumble upon what my parents might be getting me for Christmas…. Either I was rubbish at finding things (only children are never any good at hide and seek) or my parents were […]

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David Baddiel on christmas shopping

If you read this blog, or our website, with any regularity you will have found at least one instance where we mention the possibility that just maybe someone you know might, perhaps, enjoy a book should you decide to get them something around the holidays. This is something we tend to believe around here. To […]

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Nostalgic Christmas Stories

According to the Associated Press, it’s not just me feeling extra humbug this winter. Tough times all around are sending people in search of familiar warm-fuzzies to beat the blues and blahs. And what better way to get in the holiday spirit than by revisiting some of the stories about the holidays that made us […]

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Bastille Day

On this day in history, July 14, 1789, Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops stormed and dismantled the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was […]

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Classic American Authors

In the past 232 years, the United States has produced an impressive array of fiction authors. From Steinbeck to Salinger, Capote to Kerouac, to celebrate Independence Day, we are proud to share some of the finest books from these pillars of literature. J.D. Salinger Best known for his coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye, […]

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Winter Cocktails

The Guardian posted a set of cocktails inspired by Dickens. That should help spread the Christmas cheer out until the New Year.

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