In this episode of Bibliophile, booksellers Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor catch up with what they’ve each been reading. They pause for a moment to reflect on a recent victory, winning Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019 at the British Book Awards, and talk sagely about their experiences running a small bookshop and all it entails. Even answering a few questions! From you!
Apologies for background noise in this episode, our dulcet tones were accompanied by football fans outside the pub beneath our bookshop…
i: What We’re Reading and Who Recommends It…
- Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel (David)
- Fludd by Hilary Mantel (Julie)
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (David and David’s partner Heather)
- The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada (JT)
- Feebleminded and Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz (David)
- Guest Book: Ghost Stories by Leanne Shapton (Julie)
- Worn Stories by Leanne Shapton (Julie)
- *mistake!* Julie recommended Worn Stories but actually meant Women in Clothes, which is written by Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton and Heidi Julavits
- Safe as Houses by Stuart Hodkinson (David)
- My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies by Ed Brubaker & Sean Philips (JT)
- What You Pay For by Claire Askew (Julie)
- All The Hidden Truths by Claire Askew (Julie & JT)
ii: Running Golden Hare Books…
We’re very pleased that we’ve won Independent Bookshop of the Year in the UK and Ireland! David wrote a blog post about it here. We answered a few of your questions…
- What is your favourite customer or fave customer story?
- What happens if you order books that don’t sell? Can you return to publishers?
- What advice would you give someone who dreams of opening their own bookshop?
iii: General Recommendations
- JT: Chernobyl on HBO (TV)
- David: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (book)
- Julie: The Dropout from ABC (podcast)