Save me from this hipster bookshop

29 February 2016 12:06

My father used to own a rambling provincial bookshop. He was once asked to direct a customer to some esoterica. Peering over…

Heffers bookshop, Cambridge

I hope and pray that bookshops will survive – somehow

10 April 2014 14:37

When writing a novel, there comes a time, in the process of gestation and planning, when other books are required. It…

Three Mitford sisters in the early thirties. Nancy Mitford (right) pinched 'U and non-U' pronunciation from Professor Ross, author of 'How to Pronounce It'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

How To Pronounce It – U and non-U. A guide for George “innit” Osborne.

28 March 2013 11:38

Sometimes, in the joyous lotteries we call ‘secondhand bookshops’, you find a volume that takes you back to a different…

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When ‘boycott’ isn’t quite the right word

22 November 2012 16:22

Boycott Amazon was the message from Margaret Hodge MP in last weekend’s Observer. This comes in the wake of new…

The book wholesaler Bertram's is going to compete with Amazon in the online book market. Image: Getty

Something wholesale

25 October 2012 9:54

I suspect that few – if any – of you have heard of Bertram Books. You could be forgiven for…

What's S&M? Sausages and mash? Image: Getty

What comes after Fifty Shades?

30 August 2012 9:27

After the record-breaking success of the Fifty Shades trilogy, publishers are desperately trying to answer the multi-million dollar question, what…

Visitors At The Hay Festival 2011

Fiction by subscription

7 June 2012 10:45

What if you could pay £20 a year and get two good new books in return, with your name printed…