Our top five bestselling books (31st July 2013)

A Modern Family

1 A Modern Family – Socrates Adams (number one thanks to our fantastic book launch)

2 The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling (maintains its number two spot from last week’s chart)

3 The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (drops from last week’s number one when we were selling much more valuable first print editions)

4 Beginning Postmodernism – Tim Woods (a top dollar promotion with Manchester University Press shoots them straight into our bestsellers!)

5 Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel (who holds on to the number five spot like Harold Lloyd on a clockface)


Video fluff: some promotions on our first floor

It’s not just about publishers releasing the right book – it’s how they support bookshops once the title is in the shop. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of our promotional displays on our first floor.

With apologies to Edgar Wright, from whom we stole some fancy camera angles.

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A spaceship on Oxford Road? Yeah, that’ll be it

Strange metallic ball and cone on Oxford Road

We’re pretty sure that’s a real actual real spaceship they’re building across the road from our bookshop.


A stone(r) cold classic


Out of the blue,  a 50-year-old story about an unassuming literary scholar has become somewhat of a sensation.

The likes of CP Snow had long been decrying the lack of success of John Williams’ Stoner.

Stoner should delight fans of modern literature – assuming, unassuming or otherwise. Come see. You’ll find it in our fiction department under W.


Photos from our @socratesadams book launch

Socrates Adams reading at Blackwell's

Last night, we had a grand launch of A Modern Family (Bluemoose Books) by Socrates Adams. Socrates read alongside Chris Killen and a fun time was had by all.

You can see some photos from the event on our Facebook page. Click here to have a look.

Massive thanks to everyone who came and to Bluemoose for the support.


Our top five bestselling books (24th July 2013)


1 The Cuckoo’s Calling – “Robert Galbraith” (apparently written by someone famous)

2 The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling (apparently written by Robert Galbraith)

3 A Feast for Crows – George RR Martin (where Martin can get away with names like Myrcella Baratheon and still be loved for it)

4 NW – Zadie Smith (a case of ‘Willesden they or won’t they?’)

5 Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel (winner of the Booker, the Costa, the Nobel Peace Prize, Wimbledon, the Postcode Lottery, etc etc)


Now here’s an author photo…


Now, *this* is an author photo.

This is Mario Livio in the back of his new book Brilliant Blunders, which looks at huge scientific mess-ups which happened to change the world.

Inflatable globes in space…author photo-takers, up your game!