Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Mostly Books won!

Great news: Mostly Books in Abingdon has won the title for Booksellers Association New Bookshop of the Year. I'm so pleased for the Thortons, the young couple who run it. See their website and the link on the right of this page among the book blogs.

They have hosted all kinds of imaginative events including some for local Transita authors. A year or so ago I spoke on Love and War, as part of an RNA series. My chosen books were Chronicle of Youth by Vera Brittain (the actual war-time diaries), The Balkan and Levant Trilogies by Olivia Manning, Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres and The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford. I was also going to mention The Quiet American by Graham Greene, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong and Charlotte Grey, and the biography of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams, but I nattered on too long. The audience was charming and well-informed, though one man remembered me from days of yore and wanted to share his memories - a disconcerting beginning to my serious talk! (added later) I was fascinated to learn that one woman had actually met Vera Brittain - a frightening and well-groomed grande dame, apparently.


Nan - said...

Gosh, I'd so love to have heard you talk about this fascinating subject. And what a great, great thing that in these times of not so many people reading, and the big chain stores, a young couple opens up a bookstore. This makes my day, really.

JJ said...

Oh wow, I'd love to have heard that too. I love Testament of Youth/Experience. That whole period fascinates me.

And yes, it's fab to hear of an independent book shop with energy and imagination. Great that it's been recognised too.