“Ah! The great poetry of Bruce Forsyth, and the cheap tricks of William Shakespeare.”


How do you make a memorable sentence? Mark Forsythe outlines a few ideas, linking Snoop Dogg, Bruce Forsyth (no relation?) and William Shakespeare, in The Elements of Eloquence.

It’s half price until we close at 5pm today and would be an excellent last-minute buy for your word-y friends. Cast your eyes over this snippet in the Guardian, in which he explains the rather odd title of this blog post.

Your #GivingTree donation to @RMCHcharity – thank you!


Thank you for all your donations to our Giving Tree campaign. We gave you the option of adding a book to your purchase to be donated to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – and here we are dropping off your donation.

They were really grateful to receive them, and will be distributing them to the children next week.

Do keep donating: we aim to make another run to the hospital on Monday. (When you get to the till, just say ‘this children’s book is for the Giving Tree’ or something along those lines.)

Pictured (l-r): Paul Thornton, manager of Blackwell’s Manchester; Joel Oxberry, RMCH’s Corporate Fundraising Manager; Vashti Gwynn, Blackwell’s bookseller.

Christmas and New Year opening times

As our student bookfluffies retreat to the comfort of their family Christmas trees and/or sprout-stenching bedsits and/or subterranean moon bases, we roll back our opening times. Make a note so you’re not disappointed – and don’t forget, you can always order online.

Opening times during Christmas week:

Sun closed

Mon 9am-5pm

Tue (Christmas Eve) 9am-4pm

Wed (Christmas Day) closed

Thu (Boxing Day) closed

Fri 9am-5pm

Sat closed

Opening times during New Year week:

Sun closed

Mon 9am-5pm

Tue 9am-4pm

Wed (New Year’s Day) closed

Thu 9am-5pm

Fri 9am-5pm

Sat 9am-5pm.

The following week:

We will be back to our usual opening times of 8.30am-6pm on weekdays and 9am-5pm on Saturdays. (Expect Sunday opening to return later in January for second semester.)

Blackwell’s Manchester bestsellers for November 2013

Let’s have a look at our bestselling books for November. We’re guessing it was all toffee apples, burning guys and charity moustaches. Let’s have a peek…

Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography1 – My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson

Last month’s second in the league storms to the top of the table after successfully dribbling his way between the legs of our customers and scoring superb goal between their, er, bookshelves.

2 – Autobiography by Morrissey (Penguin Classic)

Also soon to be available as a Penguin Classic: The Krankees’ Little Book of Philosophy; The Moomins – From Struggle To Democracy; My Part In The Downfall Of S-Club 7 by Bernard Butler.

3 – UK Economy custom book (a special book made for the course, hand-gilted in unicorn flakes)

4 – It by Alexa Chung

The former Popworld host gives her wisdom on selfies, clothes, celebrities, clothes and hair.  Soon to be available as  a Penguin Classic.

5 – Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck signed for us at the Anthony Burgess centre on a whistle-stop tour of two cities in one night. We would drizzle this entry with as much knowing sarcasm as the rest of this blog post, but he was quite brilliant: funny, shocking and moving. Soon to be available as a Penguin Classic.

6 – Peas & Queues by Sandi Toksvig.  Soon to be available as a Penguin Classic.

7 – The Lonely Londoners by Samuel Selvon.  Soon to be available as a Penguin Classic.

8 – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Soon to be available as a Penguin Classic.

9 – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  Soon to be available as a Penguin Classic.

10 – Campbell’s Biology.  Soon to be available in translation for Krankee’s fans. And as a Penguin Classic.

This blog: Soon to be available as… oh you get the idea.