The Manchester launch of @anneliesemack’s #AnyOtherMouth: 18 June 2014


Book launch poster

Any Other Mouth is the debut short story collection by Manchester-based author Anneliese Mackintosh, and we’re delighted to be hosting the English launch of the book here in Blackwell’s.

Anneliese Mackintosh is a Bridport Short Story Prize shortlistee and her fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. She is an associate editor in her spare time, and this collection was years in the making.

Supporting her on the night will be master of very short fiction David Gaffney, novelist Socrates Adams and multi-talented author Michelle Green. The event will be hosted by the inimitable Fat Roland.

Click here to join the Facebook event page. Click here to read a five-star review of Any Other Mouth.

Date: Wednesday 18 June 2014
Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Blackwell’s bookshop, Manchester
Admission: free

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’ 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.

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.

Oooooo, Raspberry Pi!


We now stock the Raspberry Pi.

Things to know about the Raspberry Pi:

– It doesn’t have an on/off switch. Just plug in and go.

– It’s a *bit* too big to fit into an Altoids tin.

– You can run it off batteries if you really want to.

– It has a ‘ball grid array’. We suspect this has nothing to do with massive ballpits.

– You can use it for spreadsheets, word processing, gaming, and for helping people rediscover the lost art of programming. It’s ace.

– Our pink / yellow design, above, was done in Microsoft Paint. Sorry, Raspberry Pi.

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.