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Started by HerrWalrus on Oct 12, 2017 5:58:09 PM
Diary of a Bookseller

I thought this entry may be of interest - in particular the comments btl

uranrising - 20 Oct 2017 20:06:28 (#28 of 99)

Absolutely, Tom.

I think a law ought to be passed that all bookshops and record and dvd shops must have toilets on their premises available to customers.

FestinaLente - 20 Oct 2017 20:09:02 (#29 of 99)

I'd vote for that!

HerrWalrus - 20 Oct 2017 20:31:43 (#30 of 99)

Is a customer someone who purchases something? As opposed to a browser...

As it happens we never prevent someone using the facilities in ourr shop if they are caught short (always surprised that certain pubs and restaurants make a big issue out of this). We find normally people will buy a card or a takeaway drink as appreciation, although we don't insist on a purchase.

uranrising - 20 Oct 2017 20:39:43 (#31 of 99)

I was including browsers, cos browsing is where the trouble starts. Don't know how many secondhand bookshops even have facilities.

HerrWalrus - 20 Oct 2017 20:44:03 (#32 of 99)

There are browsers and then there are time-wasting racist browsers who wasteour time before they go to the pub. I missed one of them the other week, who verbally abused a Polish girl having a tea in our shop. I have a suspicion who the culprit is...

HerrWalrus - 21 Oct 2017 14:48:46 (#33 of 99)

Bracing ourselves for complaints at the end of next week. We close Monday to Thursday due to our nuptials. I'm sure people who never use the place will complain that we were closed..

deadmanwalking23 - 21 Oct 2017 15:36:00 (#34 of 99)

Looks like my local independent book shop in East Dulwich may close unless someone can be found to take it over when the current owner retires.

FestinaLente - 22 Oct 2017 19:44:07 (#35 of 99)

Congratulations, HerrW! I hope you have a lovely book-themed wedding.

LobsangRampa - 24 Oct 2017 20:02:07 (#36 of 99)

People who like sport don't read innit

Not true!

My father-in-law believed his dislike of sport somehow enhanced his qualifications as an intellectual. Possibly this view is quite common.

I'm as intelligent as fuck and I love sport.

LobsangRampa - 24 Oct 2017 20:05:13 (#37 of 99)

And congratulations HW!

Yersinia - 24 Oct 2017 20:08:38 (#38 of 99)

MM reads a lot of cycling books. He reckons cycling lit is more extensive than many sports due to its long-term association with journalism.

LobsangRampa - 25 Oct 2017 13:08:27 (#39 of 99)

Very little cycling fiction out there. I can only think of Tim Krabbe's The Rider which is ok to good. Lots of non fiction; most of which follows the standard arc of the sports biography. Our hero is introduced as he crashes, injures himself or has some kind of physical or emotional disaster. Is it all over? Then a few chapters of childhood/early sporting career. Then picks up the story after the crash and onwards and upwards to triumph.

But there are some great exceptions. Almost all of William Fotheringham is good as are David Millar's two books. (I know I'll think of loads more as soon as I hit the post button.)

But then you's expect cycling to have loads of documentation. It's a sport that appeals to nerds. (I speak as a cycling nerd myself.)

Snarlygog - 25 Oct 2017 15:14:25 (#40 of 99)

Three men on the Brummel is the only Cycling fiction that comes to mind.

Fatjack55 - 25 Oct 2017 15:30:42 (#41 of 99)

I search for climbing memoirs if I've got the opportunity. Picked up 2 firsts by Eric Shipman for £60 some years ago, Nanda Devi and Blank on the Map. Our clubhouse has a copy of Colin Kirkus' Let's Go Climbing, which we reckon would pay for a new roof if we could bear to sell it.

BuddhaPest - 25 Oct 2017 15:58:26 (#42 of 99)

Among non-fiction cycling books there is Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne. He is in the habit of taking a fold-up bicycle on tour with him, and cycling around the various cities of the world he visits, as a way of gettig more of a flavour of the places than a touring musician would normally get. Reportedly good - I enjoyed reading his How Music Works, although it was really more about how the music business works than how music works.

deadmanwalking23 - 25 Oct 2017 18:53:22 (#43 of 99)

I found that for free a while back but never read it and lent it to a mate (you know the rest)

LobsangRampa - 26 Oct 2017 09:52:01 (#44 of 99)

you know the rest

Hahaha. I'm such a hypocrite. One of the things that annoys me is that all my favourites are missing from my bookshelves. The dross remains. That's because I press the good books onto my friends. Who, of course, never return them.

Just as I never return theirs.

cozzer - 26 Oct 2017 10:22:44 (#45 of 99)

From which we can conclude that your friends only ever press dross on to you, right?

uranrising - 26 Oct 2017 14:14:34 (#46 of 99)

And that you don't but your faves more than once?

uranrising - 26 Oct 2017 19:36:10 (#47 of 99)

Should have read

And that you don't buy your faves more than once?

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