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Competition Time!

Competition time! Write us a letter or create drawings about your favourite book ever in order to win a copy of 'Here comes Mr Postmouse' by Marianne Dubuc and other goodies. Tell us why it is your favourite book, be creative, inventive and original.

Post or deliver your masterpiece to the bookshop before the 1st of September.

Don't forget to leave a phone number or an email address, so we can contact you if you win.

Happy writing....

MOG x

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Vaseem Khan - Meet the Author

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Vaseem Khan - Meet the Author

 

“The book is reminiscent of Alexander McCall Smith’s No.1 Ladies Detective Agency in its eccentricity – it will win you over completely.”

Waterstones Book Club

Huge thanks to all that joined for our Meet the Author event this week! Vaseem Khan was an excellent speaker and his latest book 'The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown : The Second Baby Ganesh Investigation' is an utter joy to read. 

Thank you also to our partners The Square Wine Company, who provided a range of delicious beverages and indian nibbles!

This book would make an superb holiday read!

For centuries the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king. Now part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess.
So when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone's principal concern. And yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose. The heist was daring and seemingly impossible. The hunt is on for the culprits. But it soon becomes clear that only one man - and his elephant - can possibly crack this case...

 

“Debut Mumbai-based ‘cosy’ – complete with baby elephant – keeps things heart-warming while tackling corruption at the highest levels and violent crime at the lowest. Endearing and gripping, it sets up Inspector Chopra – and the elephant – for a long series”

The Sunday Times

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'Warwick Books is fast becoming a proper community bookshop. A worthy candidate for bookseller of the year!'

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'Warwick Books is fast becoming a proper community bookshop. A worthy candidate for bookseller of the year!'

The British Book Industry Awards celebrate the greatness of the British book trade and the people behind it – the best books, the best writers, the best bookshops, the best publishers - from industry greats to those starting out. This year we represented the Midlands as Pauline was nominated and shortlisted for Bookshop Manager of the Year, sponsored by publishing giant Harper Collins.

Glad rags on! 

Glad rags on! 

Having taken over Warwick’s only independent bookshop just 12 months ago and despite no previous experience in retail management we are delighted to say the shop is thriving, thanks to our lovely local customers. We have won a number of prestigious prizes for window displays and a grant from American Novelist James Patterson to refit the store. Within the industry our achievements have been acknowledged and to our surprise we were nominated alongside industry favourites Waterstones and Blackwell’s. We were overjoyed!

Bonnier Regional Manager Graham Evans recognised “Pauline is a natural bookseller, enthusiastic, hardworking and innovative. She also has an easy way with customers that turns them into friends. As a result, Warwick Bookshop is fast becoming a proper community bookshop. A worthy candidate for bookseller of the year.”

A night to remember!

A night to remember!

Pauline received great praise from major publishing houses in support of her nomination. Richard Fortley of Faber & Faber said“Pauline is an outstanding bookseller, with great enthusiasm and knowledge of books, the trade and her customer's needs. When it comes to customer service, I've not seen many better than Pauline. She's always engaging, friendly and willing to help her customers and often goes the extra mile to find a customer's sought-after title.”

The British Book Industry awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and presented by Mariella Frostrop, creating a BAFTA-esque recognition of books and booksellers. At the awards ‘My Brother is a Superhero’ by David Solomons was awarded Children's Book of the Year and Book of the Year went toAndrew Michael Hurley for ‘The Loney’.

Pauline came runner up in her category, pipped at the post by the UK’s busiest bookshop, Waterstones Flag Ship store on Piccadilly. We had a marvellous evening and it was widely acknowledged that Warwick Book’s have achieved something to be proud of this year with industry colleagues stating we are ‘An independent to watch’ in the future. 

Proud to be alongside the big boys!

Proud to be alongside the big boys!

We had a wonderful evening – made perfect when Mog was introduced to Judith Kerr the author of her namesake ‘Mog’ books!

Mog with Judith - her hero!

Mog with Judith - her hero!

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Pauline Shortlisted BOOKSHOP MANAGER OF THE YEAR sponsored by HarperCollins

I am extremely proud to announce that Pauline has been shortlisted for the

BOOKSHOP MANAGER OF THE YEAR

sponsored by HarperCollins

“Pauline is an outstanding bookseller, with great enthusiasm and knowledge of books, the trade and her customer's needs. Since taking over the bookshop I've seen the range develop and grow and, more importantly, work financially. When it comes to customer service, I've not seen many better than Pauline. She's always engaging, friendly and willing to help her customers and often goes the extra mile to find a customer's sought-after title. She's also very good at matching books to customers, often suggesting titles and authors the customer may never have considered or heard of. I've also witnessed several occasions where Pauline has been called upon to act as a sort of tourist guide, directing customers and tourists to local amenities and attractions, and every time she's done so with enthusiasm and friendliness. Pauline is an outstanding bookseller and it's a great pleasure for me to call on her and her bookshop.”  
Richard Fortey Faber &  Fabe

Our nomination was supportedby a great many colleagues in the industry and Pauline was overhwelmed by their support and kind words.   Waterstones, which leads the bookselling contingent with five shortlistings, faces stiff competition in Book Retailer of the Year, squaring off against Blackwell’s, Ireland’s Dubray Books, Foyles, Sainsbury’s and W H Smith Travel. It also has two staffers shortlisted for Bookshop Manager of the Year (sponsored by HarperCollins): Anjuli Clayden, who runs the Dorking store, and Jonny Green, whose “cluster leader” role gives him responsibility for the chain’s Piccadilly flagship and the two Hatchards shops. Clayden and Green battle Marion Akehurst, manager of Blackwell’s at the Wellcome Collection—who was shortlisted for the award in 2013—and Pauline Giacomelli, co-owner of independent Warwick Books. A manager from either Blackwell’s (four wins) or Waterstones (three) has won the award for seven consecutive years.

We have fingers and toes crossed and will let you know the outcome on the 9th of May!

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/prh-and-hachette-lead-bbia-nods-324287

“ Full of enthusiasm, approachable and armed with a wealth of knowledge,  this book selling team is remarkable!”  
Lottie Legend Press  


“Pauline is a natural bookseller, enthusiastic, hardworking and innovative. She also has an easy way with customers that turns them into friends. As a result, Warwick Bookshop is fast becoming a proper community bookshop on the backof her and her partner’s hard work and application. A worthy candidate for bookseller of the year.”  
Graham Evans Bonnier Regional Manager

 

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Remembering a very tasty event..

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Remembering a very tasty event..

A lovely article in the local paper about our Richard Burr Bake it Yourself event! This was a real success and we hope to be able to bring you more of these events in conjunction with Oken Kitchen in 2016.

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A VERY Merry Christmas!

Our first Christmas at the shop was a busy time with many of the good people of Warwick chosing to shop local and support their local bookshop. We had a great festive season and loved meeting with you all and hearing about your festive plans, and helping you find gifts for loved ones. We loved creating our festive window displays and Pauline for crafty both wrapping books and knitting a nativity for our window. Thank you all and we wish you all the best for 2016.

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Victorian Evening in Warwick

We had a such a joyful evening last night, dressed as Suffragettes for Victorian Evening in Warwick. It was wonderful to see so many of our regulars and meet some new faces in Warwick and the event was well supported. We are feeling very much part of the local community and grateful for everyone's support. 

Mog x



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What do you wish for this Christmas?

By now I imagine your thoughts will be turning to Christmas  and gifts for friends and loved ones. 

I have always been delighted to receive books at Christmas (this shouldn't come as a surprise,  as we recently bought a WHOLE bookshop!) Books make a really wonderful gift. You are giving someone permission to escape for a little while, an excuse to sit down and immerse themselves in another world. They are also very easy to wrap..

This year we hope to ensure you get just what you want for Christmas, whilst making it a little easier for your loved ones to get you just what you wish for. We will be keeping 'Wish Lists' in the shop. Simply come in, have a browse and leave a list of the books you would really like to receive. You can then send your friends and family into the shop and we can point them in the right direction, making sure you don't end up with three copies if the same title.

And remember if you sign up to our mailing list you can join us for our exclusive evening event on the 2nd of December and receive 10% off all books purchased or ordered on the night.

We hope this all helps and thank you for supporting your local independent bookshop this festive season!

 

Mog x



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'Saving Jaguar' with Sir John Egan

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When local legend Sir John Egan arrived at Jaguar Cars in April 1980, newly appointed as Chief Executive, the company's very survival was in grave doubt.  In fact, the situation looked utterly hopeless and he was greeted at the gates by the workforce - on strike!

The odds against saving Jaguar were immense and Sir John enthralled a local audience on Friday explaining how he overcame these odds and piece by piece, rebuilt this great company.

Sir John read extracts of his new book, 'Saving Jaguar' at our at The Courthouse Ballroom. Our wonderful fellow local business Square Wine ran a bar for the evening - so we sipped the finest fizz whilst hearing about the fanciest of cars! The event attracted car enthusiasts as well as faces from local industry, all inspired by Sir John's tales and achievements. After the talk guests enjoyed a glass of wine and an opportunity to meet the author.

Sir John's experiences were gripping and we really recommend this book for the difficult to buy for gent this Christmas! We can order copies in.

Thank you to Sir John and Square Wine for making this event a success and to all that came to join us!

Mog

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Richard Burr - Builder, Baker - Happiness maker!

BIY - Bake it Yourself! And we did..

We had an amazing day yesterday working in partnership with Oken Kitchen and Great British Bake Off 2014 finalist, builder Richard Burr. Richard has provided the ultimate baking toolkit, in the form of his book BIY - Bake it Yourself!

Two groups made up of Warwickshire baking enthusiasts joined us for this rare opportunity to bake with the master builder and hear him talk about his book. Arriving with their ready baked masterpieces to share with the group, bakers were judged by our expert and there were no soggy bottoms to be found!

Richard was great fun, enthusiastic and laidback, with his trademark pencil behind his ear, and all our bakers really enjoyed the session. We were extreemly fortunate that Warwick Book's favourite photographer Martin Sean took pictures of the event and these can be seen on his website. Beautiful shots of our bakers and the new Oken Kitchen premisis. If you would like to order copies for the pictures let us know. Click here for a full view!

We were delighted to be working with Oken's Kitchen for this event which we hope will be the first of many. Sign up for our mailing list to hear about future events.

Thanks to Richard, Oken Kitchen and Martin and congratulations to our star bakers!


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