'Foyle's bookseller makes first real profit for a decade'

Posted by Guy Pringle, 24th September 2010

Elsewhere on this website we've started posting pix of bookshops we love but this headline in today's Guardian took me back to one of my favourites. At various times in my career I've called on the world famous Charing Cross Road shop, then the only branch of Foyle's, to sell the wares of whichever view...

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The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead pt 3

Posted by Guy Pringle, 21st September 2010

Which book characters would you invite to a dinner party, and why? I’m not deliberately avoiding this question when I say I haven’t a clue. When I’m reading I immerse myself - worryingly - deeply in the book of the moment but once finished could be (should be?) alarmed at the view...

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The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead pt 2

Posted by Guy Pringle, 20th September 2010

Which book do you wish you had written? Pretty much anything by Dickens or Hardy – even though I still haven’t managed to read all of what those two giants published. For some reason Jane Austen doesn’t join their company for me, even though I love her work – and all of view...

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The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead pt 1

Posted by Guy Pringle, 18th September 2010

I’m not an author - and have no desire to write a book – but, as you should be aware by now, I am a passionate reader. So when Sandra Rabiasz of RBWM asked for our support for an October promotion I was happy to offer the following (which I'm stretching over 3 blogs!)   What view...

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Franzen Schmanzen

Posted by Guy Pringle, 17th September 2010

The Guardian today reports that 'Nine years after Jonathan Franzen derided Oprah Winfrey's choice of "schmaltzy, one-dimensional" novels for her book club, becoming the first author to be formally disinvited to appear on her show, these two giants of American cultural life appear to have view...

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Wolf Hall - finished at last!

Posted by Guy Pringle, 15th September 2010

I wouldn't say I understood all of Wolf Hall but I did want to finish it and found myself sad when the end arrived. Whether I'll be up for reading the continuation Ms Mantel is currently working on is yet to be decided but there's no denying the quality of her writing. Here at newbooks Towers, view...

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Nicola Barranger/The Interview Online

Posted by Guy Pringle, 2nd September 2010

At times the last 10 years have felt like a drunken shuffle - three forward, two back. Too often, meetings with publishers and the great plans we’ve hatched have evaporated before the caffeine hit faded. At least it’s not two forward and three back but it has to be said the book view...

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My favourite read of the last 10 years

Posted by Guy Pringle, 1st September 2010

For our forthcoming 10th birthday issue, some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to ask the team one of those impossible questions. Now I know what it feels like to be on Desert Island Discs – of course it’s invidious to only be allowed one from so many. One of the biggest view...

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