Our, er, little horse says Happy Chinese New Year!


Two weeks of Chinese New Year begin today,  so we have a brand new display in our Languages department on the first floor. Come and have a look.

Aside from some excellent Chinese titles and our spectacular hanging dragon of joy (oh yes indeed), we have a couple of horsey friends to celebrate the Year of the Horse.

One is pictured here. It is a fierce horse. IT IS NOT A CUDDLY DONKEY.

Find them on our first floor display. Happy new year!

A #shelfie of our politics department (with a head-nod to ‏@bsfc_literacy!)


Our lovely Politics department – or at least, some of it – which you can find on our first floor near History and Philosophy.

We’d not thought of doing a “shelfie” before. Opportunist cash-in? Yeah, probably!

Tip o’ the hat to the Literacy Action Group for giving us the idea on Twitter.

Also, if you put extreme angles in your photos, it makes them arty, right?

#PaperbackMonday Our free paperback competition returns, back for 2014!

Paperback book display

#PaperbackMonday is a simple retweet competition where the winner walks away with ANY PAPERBACK BOOK from this 3-for-2 bestsellers display (see above pic).

How it works:

– Every Monday, we’ll tweet several competition tweets on our @BlackwellMcr account, tagged with #PaperbackMonday. Retweet any one of them. ONE WINNING RETWEETER (must be following too) is picked at random at 5pm on Monday.

– We’ll DM our winner for their details. The winner has TWO WEEKS to come and pick a free book from our 3-for-2 bestsellers on our ground floor – your choice!

– Collection only.

– The following will not be able to win: Blackwell’s employees amd their close family, awful generic competition-entry Twitter accounts, people who have won fairly recently,people who obviously live too far away to collect, the CEO of Am*z*n, my Aunt Nellie.

Simple, right? Find our Twitter feed or follow the #PaperbackMonday hashtag for more. And if you’re reading this on a Monday, stand by for action!

Pictures of our @introducingbook Graphic Guide display (near the comfy sofa)

We have a new display of Graphic Guides by Introducing Books that covers everything from aesthetics to Žižek, passing chaos and logic on the way.

The series is on a 3-for-2 offer and the books can be found on the first floor, near the comfy sofa. Click the pics if you need them bigger.

Mmmmm. Comfy sofa…. *drools*

Disclaimer: please do not drool on (a) the sofa, (b) the Graphic Guides or (c) anything else.


Pictured: our display of Graphic Guides.


Pictured: the poster we made for the display.

War and Peace in 12 words


This is the seventh one.

Cozy Classics take popular stories and boil them down to the simplest possible ingredients: 12 words and 12 pictures. That means you could read the whole of Moby Dick, Les Mis, War and Peace *and* Pride and Prejudice in fewer than 50 words.

And actually, they’re super-cute children’s board books: the lighting and arrangement of the photographs are staggeringly good.

Browse Cozy Classics. Scroll down for the feature panel on the Blackwell’s website.

Blackwell’s Manchester bestsellers for December 2013

The sprouts have long settled into that uncomfortable part of your body and you’ve already broken a dozen resolutions. Let’s take your mind off things with our bestsellers for December 2013. You may notice a slightly non-academic flavour to your favourite Christmas purchases!…

Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography1 – My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson

Our bestseller two months in a row. Fergie’s book has kicked all opposition into, er, the back of the net. No. Fergie’s book has shown the red card to all its opposition. That’s better. We’re not too good at football metaphors.

2 – It by Alexa Chung

Selfies, clothes, celebrities, hair, trigonometric functions. Maybe not that last one.

3 – Eat by Nigel Slater

Customers please note that the title of this book is not an instruction. This book is not for digesting, and please stop bringing your own tomato sauce.

4 – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The previous Hunger Games books were in last month’s top ten. Now Mockingjay enters the top ten ahead of them. Which volume will win? Only one will survive…

5 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid 8 by Jeff Kinney

School. It’s like university, only the people are shorter and there’s a bit less boozing.

6 – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

7 – The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington

8 – Autobiography by Morrissey

9 – Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

10 – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.