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Bookshops I Love; Daunt Books

I haven’t done a post on any book shops for a while but have lately discovered two, one of which I will share with you today (I picked up a little something for you to win) and the other later in the week. The first book shop which I am going to tell you all about it Daunt Books in Marylebone, which would you believe in my eleven years living in London I had never entered the doors of, well until last week that was.

I am possibly preaching to the converted when I say that any book lover simply has to go here at some point. Having said that I had never been there before and I can’t be the only one surely? Having now been I can see why everyone raves about it as everything is beautiful; from the shop front to the window displays from the tables of especially set out books to the beautifully decorated (which hopefully you can almost make out) shelves dressed, almost literally –oh two puns in one there – in material.

It also has that olde-worlde Dickensian (thought it’s actually Edwardian) feel about it and looks very much like I imagine my private library will when I have that stately home in the English countryside/Brazilian outback one day… well we can all dream can’t we?

Why when I am on a book buying ban for a year had I allowed myself to enter into a store that possibly more than any other book shop I have been to (accept the 5 books for £2 charity book store down my road) in recent years? (Yes it’s that good!) Well, in part it was just to go and see it finally because so many people have told me that I simply have to go; the other was that the books are arranged not in alphabetic order but in order of country…

So though I wasn’t buying any books I was there doing some research into finding books from and about a certain country…

Yes, Brazil! (There’s a Brazilian theme that will be ongoing at Savidge Reads in the lead up to my popping over there.) I had a brief moment of despair when I couldn’t find Brazil anywhere, then I couldn’t find South America (I will admit I expected Brazil to have its own section ha, ha – I am already getting patriotic about my second home country without having been yet) but soon enough I found it hiding behind the staircase. What impressed me was that there actually were lots of books from there…

But I know there must be more and who better than to ask than all of you? I did mention on Friday that I wanted you all to pop your thinking caps on for Brazilian authors and fiction. So what have you all come up with, name a book and for your efforts a pair of you could win a lovely Daunt Books Bag just like this…

And each one will contain a book or two. Where’s the catch? You can only put one title each and can’t repeat a title that is already in the comments (oh and any in the pictures above won’t count). It’s open worldwide until the end of tomorrow (Wednesday 12th) and the winners will be announced on Thursday when another big Brazil based post goes up… Good luck!!!


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Simon’s Bookish Bits #20

Whilst most of the UK carries on going election mad (I am pleased we have a hung parliament is all I am saying) I am bringing you my Bookish Bits a day early as once again this weekend is manic and want to give you some forewarning of some bits and bobs coming up over the weekend as well as well as next week. We also have a link of the week, other bookish bits and some delightfully drawn Bunyips and more. Oh how to fill it all in!!

Well it’s been and still is Persephone Reading Week which Claire and Verity have been hosting and it’s been lovely seeing people’s first reaction to those grey covered wonders. My personal favourite of all the posts has been Simon of Stuck-in-a-Book who has asked everyone to tell him what Persephone titles they have read, I am looking forward to the results. I am also hoping this will all still be open and running all day today so you can contribute and vote, vote, vote! I managed one Persephone this week… more on that tomorrow though!

In non-Persephone based posts over the last week or so I loved a post that Cornflower Books which profiles what her readers have been reading and want to read, it makes for very interesting reading so do have a pop and see that.

This weekend is filled with bookish things coming up and by things I mean events, tomorrow has no less than three events that I am squeezing into a single day. First up is the publisherVintage’s special day at Foyles which you can still get tickets for (I think). If anyone else is going to this then please let me know as it would be lovely to see some of you. I will be bringing a special guest I am very excited about and am only concerned that there might not be enough tea and cake breaks??? If you’re coming do email me.

There is of course the UK Bloggers Meet Up which I am hoping to see some of you at and then I am whizzing off to see Sarah Hall talk at the Peirene Press Salon, phew thank goodness I have nothing planned for Sunday… oh no I do we are all meeting up for the penultimate Not the TV Book Club round at Kirsty’s! (If you have time to squeeze the latest book in, which is A Short Gentleman by Jon Carter, then do give it a try I have been laughing out loud here there and everywhere.)

Right… now for something completely different! You know I asked you to tell myself and the lovely Evie Wyld what you thought a Bunyip was well here are the winning three thanks to the very kind illustrator Joseph Sumner


From Bunyips to Lobisomem! In case you are wondering what the fizzing heck that is it’s a Brazilian mythological werewolf and helps to tie in my last part of today’s post which is all about…

Brazil (the image above is the island of Florianopolis that The Converted one and I are planning to buy a house on)! I said way back in Jan I wanted to read more Brazilian books and I am appealing to you all out there (and if you don’t comment then email) to help me hunt Brazilian fiction. You don’t need to do it right now this second but maybe mull it over the weekend as there are some Brazil based posts coming up next week.

Right that’s me done, what’s been going on in your bookish weeks? What you reading right now? 


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