Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pear Trees and Stately Homes

A lady phoned up yesterday.

"I've just seen your advert in History Today" (Which was over a year ago).

"I've got a copy of "Paradise and the Pear tree" what is it worth?"

Having checked that she means "Paradise and the Peri", I comment that I would need to know when it was published, and by whom to know a value.

"Well how can I know those things - I just want to know if I've made a profit."

Once we get through this one, she changes tack.

"Well in that case, can you tell me when Kingston Lacey house is open?"


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Oxford Book Fair

Click to see full booklet

Click on the poster for a leaflet and printable free entry to the fair

By golly - he is back!


My continued pedantry regarding proper use of English means that I must excommunicate myself for beginning a post with "So". However, in honour of my return to the blog I shall, just this once, forgive myself.

Yesterday was World Book Day, and this set me thinking wistfully about the days of the shop, and Mitchell Mutt ranting away. Mitchell has now retired from the world of books, and is happy just reading the occasional copy of Doggy Times. Meanwhile he has left it to me, and his younger cousin Hansel, to continue his work.

The last few years has been fascinating. (Amazingly, it is six years since the last post). With the closure of the bookshop, I've been working from home, from a warehouse, and at book fairs around the country. My trading name has changed. (Carelessness on my part meant that Ellwood was purchased by a Japanese erotic story blog - go take a look if you can read Japanese!) As a result, Ellwood Books has retired along with Mitchell, and Harrison-Hiett Rare Books was born. This is an amalgam of Harrison, and Hiett, my wife's maiden name. (Yes, amazingly, I have even managed to get married in the last few years). If I can tempt you to have a look at our stock, then please do go take a look at

Hopefully, I shall pop back here now and again to post new entries. I may not have as many weird and wonderful customers popping in to terrify me these days, but the world of bookselling still throws up oddities and amusing anecdotes. Well I think so anyway! Hopefully more humour than rant - and I promise not to mention the O word.