Wild Swan Books

One of the things I promised myself during long years of thinking about owning my own bookshop was that when I did, I would stock as many of the railway books published by Wild Swan as I could reasonably accomodate. During the long years of thinking about owning my own bookshop, I also cast envious glances at what Simon Castens was doing with his Titfield Thunderbolt bookshop, selling new and secondhand transport books from the splendid isolation of an old railway station at Limpley Stoke.

In all honesty you probably won’t have heard of Wild Swan. They publish books predominantly about railways (and often quite specialized aspects of railway history at that), and about railway modelling. A good summary of Wild Swan can be found here: Wild Swan . About a year ago, in an moment of serendipity applauded by all who appreciated both,  Wild Swan was taken over by the aforementioned Mr Castens, by now running his Titfield Thunderbolt from a compact and bijou location just off the London Road in Bath.

Anyway, yesterday myself and my executive chaffeur ( Bridport Man & Van ) paid a visit to Simon Castens’ wonderful transport bookshop/Wild Swan operational hub, and came home with this fantastic selection of books.

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They are, admittedly, of a narrow appeal in terms of content, but they are, as the bible says, fearfully and wonderfully made.

I’ll have more to say about Wild Swan and their wonderful books in due course (and short order), but for the moment I hope these pictures say at least a thousand appreciative words… (sorry, more pictures to follow: I’m posting this from the executive lounge at The George )

Jon

Lest we forget…

There’s a good (excellent) website which works as a sort of Trip Advisor for secondhand bookshops, and which you can find here: thebookguide . Our latest review, dated May 2016 is not entirely flattering. It is however, as far I can tell, entirely accurate. Since then of course, there’s been a change of ownership and a lot of good hard work to improve things, not to mention a long list of things still to do. However, in case we’d be tempted to rest on our own sense of what we’ve achieved, I’m posting the May review below and asking anyone who’s been in since July to visit thebookguide and leave a more recent precis of things  (good, bad or indifferent). Thanks.

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We are still, to be frank, in some degree of chaos and disorder, and had hoped to be a little more organised by this point; but to be honest, we hadn’t anticipated the massive rise in custom engendered simply by presenting things a little better and by putting in a bit more time and effort. The difference between being wild and homeless as opposed to simply feral and aimless remains, for the time being, a fine one.

Jon

 

Weekend Manoeuvres

Both myself and Bob were out on scouting missions over the weekend in our ongoing search for yet more interesting, desirable, wild and homeless books. Bob had much the better of it, returning with some good general stock including some interesting Motor Sports books and a selection of horseriding titles. I obtained a copy of the Bible. In Swahili.

Tena, zaidi ya hayo, mwanangu, kuwa hivi: wa kutunga vitabu vingi hakuna mwisho; na kusoma sana huuchosha mwili.(Ecclesiastes 12:12).

Jon