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

 

Under New Mismanagement

Well, it’s taken me a month to get to a point where I can put something up on the site. Myself, Bob, John, Fred, Olly & Joe (sounds a bit like an all-male Enid Blyton cast to me) have worked with varying degrees of incompetence, lethargy and boredom to rearrange the deckchairs on the SS Wild & Homeless.

Temporary shelving has been put in place, new permanent shelving has been designed, commissioned, constructed, delivered and installed by Dan, our pet chippy, books have been bought and sold at a far greater rate than I had anticipated, and things have generally progressed well. There’s more to tell, but that’s enough to start with.

Jon