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#Bloggers Book Night

Blackwells – Broadstreet, Oxford 

The name Blackwell has been associated with bookselling since Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened his bookshop at 50 Broad Street on 1st January 1879. Since then the retail company he founded has grown into a nationwide chain of bookshops serving the academic, professional and specialist markets.

At Blackwell UK Ltd we are proud of our traditions and history that makes us the leading academic bookseller in the UK

All books recommend by Staff 

So, I had the pleasure of going to Blackwell’s, for a #Bloggers event evening.  Some 20 of us, fellow bloggers, publishers, and publishing students.  Held in the Norrington Room, underneath the main store, after hours.

We got introduced to lots of amazing new books – by various Staff members – Zool, Beth, Alex, David, Charlie – Some just about to hit the shop floor – others already published, but all available now.  All staff recommendations and hotly tipped to be best sellers in their respective departments – if they aren’t already.

The photo above shows some twenty books – various genres and aimed at various ages – children, young adults, and adults alike.

Front Row – From left to right

The 7th Function of Language – Laurent Binet

Front Desk – Kelly Yang

The Way Past Winter – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Fountain in the Forest – Tony White 

A very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahareh Mafi

* The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

Art Matters – Neil Gaiman 

2nd row – L to R

The Dam – David Almond & Levi Pinfold 

Bibliophile: An illustrated Miscellany – Jane Mount 

Dinosaurs – Christine Argot – For any budding Dino lovers out there. 

* Everything Under – Daisy Johnson – On the Man Booker Shortlist – A Double Whammy as Daisy actually used to work in Blackwells and goes in regularly to offer Author choices for new books.

* Oi – Duck-Billed Platypus – Kes Grey & Jim Field

Hiding behind Oi – Duck…

Julian is a Mermaid – Jessica Love 

Behind Julian….

Mini Rabbit Not Lost – John Bond 

Alex – Children’s Dept enthusiastically recommends Little Rabbit 

3rd Row L – R 

I am the Seed that are the Tree – F Waters

Their Brilliant Careers – Ryan O’Neill 

Suttree – Cormac McCarthy

Carpe Diem Regained – Roman Krznaric

4th Row – L-R

Thomas Crowell – Diarmaid Macculloch (Red Book, just viable – sorry, my photographic skills need work).

The Writers Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands – Huw Lewis-Jones – This was a stunning book – the illustrations in this are amazing – Lands from The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Treasure Island, and The Moomins

The Colour of Time – Marina Amaral & Dan Jones

Brit(ish) – Afua Hirsch

The Silk Road – Peter Frankopan – Children’s version

on the Floor – 

Ancient Warriors – Iris Volant

An Anarchy of Chillies – Can Hildebrand

 An Anarchy of Chillies – Contains great info – including a ‘heat’ rating

Lateral Cooking – Niki Segnit

Inside the Villains – Clotilde Perrin

The cat lifts out of her pocket, attached by string – so he can’t get lost. 

*Are the books that I left with – 

Daisy Johnson – Everything Under 

Daisy also used to work at Blackwell’s 

Shirley Jackson’s – The Haunting of Hill House

and Oi’ Duck-Billed Platypus – already a hit with my 5 year old. 

I also left with a fab goody bag – containing lots of lovely book information, and forthcoming events at Blackwells:

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And book proofs  – The Winter of The Witch – Katherine Arden – author of The Bear & the Nightingale – Moscow is in flames, leaving its People searching for answers – and someone to blame.  Vasya, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic – publish date – 10/1/2019  

And You Know You want this – Kristen Roupenian Due out 7/2/2019 – The Truth was that if a woman bit a man in an office environment, there would be a strong assumption that the man had done something to deserve it…..

Look at the cover – who could resist a book that looks like a Mermaid! 

All in all a great night at Blackwell’s – If you’re in Oxford – its a #Must. The Original store, 50 Broad Street and a new store has opened in the new Westgate building too, go along and ask a staff member what they recommend today.

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