#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!

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.

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.

Blackwell’s Manchester bestsellers for October 2013

Let’s have a look at our bestselling books for last month. The clocks changed, the evenings became darker and all you had to snuggle were your books. What did you buy?

Morrissey: Autobiography1 – Autobiography by Morrissey

The lead singer of Girls Aloud writes about guesting on drums for Queens of the Stone Age following his international smash hit album Graceland.  The passage about his Hanson tribute act with John Lennon and the Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap is particularly illuminating.

2 – My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson

Insert equally witty nonsense blurb about obscure football teams and historical Division One players, wedging in the old pub quiz answer about Stockport County being closest to the River Mersey and something about football teams with X in the name.

3 – UK Economy custom book (a special book made for the course) (yes, we really do that) (it’s got proper words and everything)

4 – An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning by Peter J Eccles (the essential university mathematics textbook)

5 – The Whetton MMU pack (another special pack made up for a management course, this time comprising Developing Management Skills and Organisational Behaviour)

So if you do management, economics, maths, footie or swirl around a stage with gladioli, October was for you.

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.

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)

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.

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)