When I was young I came across a cheesy quotation that of course appealed to me hugely – cheesiness having always been part of my nature – “These choose with prudence, a book and a friend: they should charm at the start and be true to the end”. I have always been mad for books and have far too many for my small flat. Here is a pic of some (few) of them.
These shelves are double stacked, there are more shelves in this room and more in my bedroom, plus piles, and even more in the sun room. I really should cull. Anyway that is another story!
For many years I have been getting most of the books I have bought from Imprints, in Hindley Street (They had a membership card in the early days. Mine is number 51!). This week they had their pre-Christmas party, and I thought it was about time I celebrated this terrific place and its people. Jason and Katherine have been there for many years (since they were children really!) – they both had time at the old location nearby – with Greg, Gail and Trish all those years ago (the place opened in 1984, and they came on-board in the early ’90’s). I have bought lots of terrific stuff from them. They have increased my reading scope and introduced me to many great writers; they are willing to help to find anything, just about, that you could possibly want, book-wise; they are generous and friendly and great to visit. They provide the books and have become friends, as per the cheesy quote.
I meant to take pictures at the shop at party time, but I forgot, in the flurry of books and the deliciousness of the chocolate and peanut brownie thingy and the raspberry ditto that I was plied with. So I took some photos when I went in belatedly for a pressie I had forgotten, and then Katherine and Jason were a bit camera shy. Ella was there too, temporarily on staff (and J’s daughter). And there are others who have and do also work there – currently Jo and Ben. So the photos are a bit haphazard (Ella sent me one also, and I got one from the website too), but the appreciation of the people and the place is not. Hooray for bookstores, especially of the non-chain, off-line variety – they liven up a town no end if you are a book lover – and particular hoorays to Imprints. (Click on pictures as usual to enlarge)