It’s 1.30pm and Morrissey’s Autobiography is our biggest selling biography of 2013

ippIt’s 1.30pm, five hours into the sales of Morrissey’s Autobiography, and the Moz’s book is now our biggest selling biography of 2013.

It is also our bestselliing music book, passing our runaway bestseller Bob Stanley’s Yeah Yeah Yeah shortly after lunchtime.

The singer’s tale of his time in the Smiths and, well, everything else – from school dinners to court battles – created controversy when it was released under the Penguin Classics imprint. But it hasn’t stopped people buying it.

We are tweeting single words from the book all day today for those that can’t be bothered to read the 800+ pages. Follow us on Twitter here.

Discount day for @ManMedSoc: Thursday 17 October 2013

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On Thursday, members of Manchester MedSoc will get 10% off their shopping here at Blackwell’s bookshop.

That includes 10% off existing offers. For example, you could get Guyton & Hall Medical Physiology, enjoy our existing £22-off-RRP saving and then save a further 10%. Result? A £73 textbook for £46. You won’t get that with certain online behemoths!

And if an all-day discount’s not enough, we will ply MedSoc members with food and booze from 5pm until 7pm until they are physically rolling on the floor among our stethoscopes. During this time, MedSoc will also be here to sell you membership, hoodies and polo-neck tops – and offer study advice for those that want it.

Join the Facebook event for the Manchester MedSoc discount day here.

As ever there is small print: the offer is only available in our shop, and there are some exceptions to the discount such as some technology product. But that’s about it. See you on Thursday, MedSoccers!

Free IELTS Exam Training at Blackwell’s

Sam McCarterMonday, 14th October 2013
at Blackwell’s Manchester

Are you an IELTS Student? Do you want help to get the best IELTS mark you can?

Come along with your questions about the academic version of IELTS for a Question & Answer session with experienced IELTS teacher and author, Sam McCarter. He will be giving top tips on all areas of IELTS and advice on how to achieve exam success.

Sam has taught a wide range of subjects from IELTS to English for Medical Purposes. He’s the author of a range of textbooks for IELTS and a series of IELTS Apps published by Macmillan, as well as being the author of coursebooks for medical communication and a co-author of an EAP course book, both for OUP.

For further details and to register for this free training workshop, please contact Michaela Belejkanicova at eltuk [at] or call 0207 014 6616.

Just confirmed! The Compatibility Gene. Daniel M Davis at @McrSciFest Mon 28 Oct 2013 6.30pm

The Compatibility Gene. A free Manchester Science Festival talk.

Mon 28 Oct 2013 6.30pm here in Blackwell’s.

Ever had a bad date or called off work with the worst cold in the world? Daniel M Davis tells a scientific adventure story set in a new field of genetic discovery – that of the crucial genes that define our relationships, our health and our individuality.

We each possess a similar set of around 25,000 human genes, yet a tiny, distinctive cluster of these genes plays a disproportionately large part in how our bodies work. Daniel, a foremost immunologist, argues these few genes hold the key to who we are as individuals, how we combat disease, how our brains are wired and even how likely we are to reproduce.

This event is free and will last an hour. No booking required. For all Manchester Science Festival events at Blackwell’s, click here.

Bob Stanley: The Story of Modern Pop for @FaberSocial at @thisisGorilla

Bob Stanley, Gorilla Manchester, 7pm October 10th

We’re rather giddy about providing a bookstall on Thursday for Bob Stanley, ‘im of Saint Etienne fame.

Bob will be talking about his new book Yeah Yeah Yeah: the Story of Modern Pop. The book covers the birth of rock, soul, punk, disco, hip hop, indie, house and techno – oh and Top Of The Pops, Smash Hits, and “this week’s highest new entry”.

The event is brought to Gorilla by Faber Social Manchester and will feature a panel of guests including artist Jeremy Deller, Stella ‘Intastella’ Grundy, Paul Hanley out of The Fall, and Un-Convention’s Ruth Daniel,

Get your tickets now. It takes place at Gorilla (Whitworth Street West) at 7pm on Thursday 10 October.

Bird sense. Tim Birkhead at @McrSciFest Wed 30 Oct 2013 6.30pm

Bird sense: what it’s like to be a bird. A free Manchester Science Festival talk in association with the Royal Society Winton Prize.

Wed 30 Oct 2013 6.30pm here in Blackwell’s.

What is it like to be a swift, flying at 100km an hour? What’s going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings? Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses – vision and hearing – but how do their senses compare with ours? What about a bird’s sense of taste, smell, or the ability to detect the Earth’s magnetic field?

Tim Birkhead, shortlisted author for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, reveals what it’s like to be a bird and how they interpret the world.

This event is free and will last an hour. No booking required. For all Manchester Science Festival events at Blackwell’s, click here.