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About Miriam

Miriam joined the Atwood Tate team at the beginning of June as our brand new, super organised Administrator. Alongside keeping us all in check, Miriam brings with her previous recruitment agency experience, wedding plans and stories of pet hedgehogs aplenty. (Real picture to follow).

Show Us Your Shelfies!

So #shelfie fever seems to have gripped the nation. Not only are the newspapers reporting on it, but the Instagram tag for #shelfie has over 50,000 posts. You only need to put the tag into Tumblr to be faced with pages and pages of  beautifully organised shelves full of books, plants, crockery, and small figurines (which make me rethink my disorganised IKEA units are home). So, we decided to bring you our shelfies, from inside our own homes, and we’d love to see yours!
(Plus points if you can guess which shelfie belongs to which consultant)

Shelfie 3

Shelfie 2

Shelfie 5-1

(Digital shelfie!)

Shelfie 4

Shelfie 1-1

 

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Atwood Tate’s Summer Reading List!

It is official, Summer is here. Although the weather might not be playing ball (the erratic weekends of gorgeous sunshine and cold, wet Monday mornings are all still too fresh in my mind), my calendar tells me it’s officially Summer. Cue barbecues in the rain, soggy picnics, Pimms, and the aftermath of that spring clean you tried to do but ended up making more of a mess (although, if you’re like us here at Atwood Tate, the bookshelf always gets a seasonal tidy!) Our bookshelf at Atwood Tate had a Christmas makeover (#shelfie here) and now, a couple of months later, we’ve got a some beautiful cookery books that have been added to it! Just looking at the bright pictures makes me want to shake off the cobwebs, and re-think my summer reading list. I asked the team at Atwood Tate to let us into what they’ll be reading as the days get longer…

 

Claire
I’ve just picked up a copy of Double by Lionel Shriver. I’m not expecting it to necessarily be a happy, sunny read bearing in mind some of her previous books, but as it’s about the world of professional tennis it might be a sort of summery read?! I’m hopeful it might encourage me to at least dust off my racquet and get outside once the sun comes out.

 

Claire Louise
It’s usually at this time of year I dust off my Tamora Pierce (hands up who’s excited for the new Numair title coming out in Autumn?! #excitedCLK) so the next few weeks are going to see me getting reacquainted with Alanna, George, and other old friends. Plus my book club read Life After Life.

 

Helen
After a winter reading dark, depressing thrillers and back to back completion of The Hunger Games, I’ve reached for something lighter for the spring/summer months.  In the UK rain clouds are never far off however, so my choice does retain a dark edge to its humour.  I loved The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, so I’m starting his newest novel The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden and, so far, I’m not disappointed.

 

Miriam
Winter seemed to be all about the Scandi-crime in my house – rewatching all of the Danish The Killing, both versions of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and a spring read of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Now, I’m looking for something a bit longer, and warmer to keep me occupied through the long dark hours of train journeys associated with stay-cationing in the UK. This summer, I’m revisiting Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram, a hefty tome that raises an acknowledging nod from fellow commuters. It’ll remind me of warmer days, and hopefully give me some ideas for the holiday next year!

 
So, what’s everyone else reading this summer?

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Atwood Tate’s Christmas Reading List – continued!

Books have always formed a core part of my present list at Christmas, both to give and to receive, and I expect a large number of you are the same. I’d like you to spare a moment to think of the children who don’t get any gifts at all at this time of year.

In association with local children’s charities, Blackwells Bookshops want to give a book to a child who may not receive any gifts this year. The Giving Trees in the Children’s departments across a number of their shops are adorned with gift tags with requests from the children for books they would love to receive. Customers choose a tag and take it to the expert booksellers, who help them find a suitable book for that child. The book is then wrapped and will be delivered to the child in time for Christmas.

If you would like to take part in the Giving Tree, and you live near one of the participating stores, simply pop in and head for the Children’s department. You can also really easily participate online, by going to http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/editorial/givingtree-landing.jsp and choosing one the options.

Everyone at Atwood Tate would like to thank you for your kindness, and wish you a very Happy Christmas!

 

Claire
David Copperfield (http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/David_Copperfield/9780141199160) by Charles Dickens this reminds me of Christmas as I was trying to read a very large paperback copy a couple of years ago but then got a kindle for Christmas and it was my first book download. It made reading it a lot easier and I finally got to the end by Springtime!

This year I’ll be reading another Dickens, just need to select which one…

 

Catherine
One of my favourite Christmas stories is ‘The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis (http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/display_product_info.jsp?isbn=9780006716778). This is one of my favourite books, and the first one I read of The Narnia Chronicles. After finishing the story, I was thrilled to discover that not only was this the second book in the series, but that there were actually 7 books in total! I can’t remember how old I was when I first read this book, but I do remember how wonderful I thought the mythical land of Narnia was and how much I wanted to join Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan on their adventures. Of all the books in the series, this remains a firm favourite. Reading about a land covered in snow, makes it feel very Christmassy, and we have the warming presence of Aslan to see us safely through the scary bits. Best of all, there is a happy ending – perfect for Christmas and the jolliest season of all.

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Atwood Tate’s Christmas Reading List!

Books have always formed a core part of my present list at Christmas, both to give and to receive, and I expect a large number of you are the same. I’d like you to spare a moment to think of the children who don’t get any gifts at all at this time of year.

In association with local children’s charities, Blackwells Bookshops want to give a book to a child who may not receive any gifts this year. The Giving Trees in the Children’s departments across a number of their shops are adorned with gift tags with requests from the children for books they would love to receive. Customers choose a tag and take it to the expert booksellers, who help them find a suitable book for that child. The book is then wrapped and will be delivered to the child in time for Christmas.

If you would like to take part in the Giving Tree, and you live near one of the participating stores, simply pop in and head for the Children’s department. You can also really easily participate online, by going to http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/editorial/givingtree-landing.jsp and choosing one the options.

Everyone at Atwood Tate would like to thank you for your kindness, and wish you a very Happy Christmas!

Claire Louise
This Christmas I am going to be stuck in the deepest, darkest countryside with limited internet access and an excess of family members. Despite having to wait to see Dr Who (torture!), it is going to be great fun. A LARGE part of such family gatherings involves curling up in front of a blazing log fire with a good book, some mince pies, and endless pots of tea. So what have I stacked the ereader with?
The whole Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb (first book, Assassins Apprentice, is here ) – I loved them as a teenager, and am really looking forward to revisiting these old friends.
I’ll admit I’m coming a little late for the party, but I have the whole Game of Thrones series queued up and ready to break my heart.
And continuing my sprawling epic theme, hopefully Pillars of the Earth is going to live up to the hype.

Karine
One of my favourite Christmas stories is the poem The Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore:
It was the night before Christmas and the whole house was deeply asleep. When suddenly the snowy night’s silence was broken by eight reindeers pulling a sleigh full of toys that landed on the roof – St Nicholas! It’s a sparkling, furry, smoking, white-bearded chubby old man that came out of the chimney (exactly like I was imagining him, stuck at my uncle’s car window when me and my cousins were Santa-hunting the night before Christmas)! After a wink at our young poet, St Nicholas filled the stockings with toys and left the same way he came, exclaiming in the night “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Helen
One of my favourite Christmas stories is from My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards.  There are a couple of lovely Christmas themed tales in the complete treasury and I’m in agreement with my naughty little sister that Father Christmas is a horrid old man, although I wouldn’t go as far as biting him.  My favourite story tells of my naughty little sister accompanying her grandfather to collect holly from the allotment at Christmas time and all the people who they meet on the way home, busy with Christmas Eve preparations.  My edition has beautiful colour illustrations by Shirley Hughes, my favourite illustrator, and I lose myself in the story and pictures and imagine myself back at my grandmother’s kitchen table, stirring the crock of mincemeat and making a wish.

Miriam
I’m a huge lover of children’s stories, so every Christmas, without fail, I will at some point read Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. There’s something about a fairy-tale that I just love, and this one really puts me in the Christmas spirit – it’s all snow and adventure and cold, which is just want I need when I’m cuddled up in a warm house, full of food, with a blanket and a mug of tea! I have a feeling I’ll probably also jump on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy over the break as well – I’m currently reading The Hobbit post-Peter Jackson films and I know I’ll get hooked on Tolkein!
Red Ribbon right

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IBW 2013: Our Favourites

Independent Bookseller’s Week is in full swing, and here at Atwood Tate, we’ve been thinking about our favourite bookshops. Personally, I love second-hand bookshops: they’re generally great value for money, and the knowledge from the bookseller is second to none. There’s  been many occasions where I’ve walked in without a clue of what I want, but walked out with my new favourite book.

Here’s the roundup from us – our favourite books from across the country. What’s everyone else’s favourite bookshop?

The Uplands Bookshop, Swansea

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uplands-Bookshop-Swansea/172106376141743

“The Uplands Bookshop in Swansea has to be my favourite independent. My mum used to take me there to buy the Marshall Cavendish Story Teller series, and it was the most exciting thing ever (anyone too young to remember Story Teller should check it out on youtube). Years later the bookshop would host lovely, intimate author events for the publisher I was working at, so my fond memories of this place span more than two decades…”

Lucy Llewellyn

Waterstone’s Piccadilly and 5th View Bar and Food

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/navigate.do?pPageID=200003

@WaterstonesPicc, @5thview

“Waterstone’s Piccadilly is brilliant and also has a 5th floor restaurant where you can also see views of the city. Many famous authors also shop there. I ran into Salmon Rushdie buying books.”

Kellie Millar

The Big Green Bookshop

http://www.biggreenbookshop.com/

@Biggreenbooks

“A gem in the backstreets of Wood Green in North London. A small paradise a world away from the high street clatter. Upon entering my daughter toddles happily over to the children’s section. She is quick to settle herself in amongst the toys and books distributed openly on the floor and surrounding shelves. The staff don’t mind the fact that she treats the shop as her own because, in its own way, it is. During her time there I can happily chat to the staff, mostly about comics, but always about books and people and life.”

Sam Coleman

Blackwells Bookshop, Oxford

http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/editorial/shops/SHOP52.jsp

@blackwelloxford

“They have a really wide collection of all books, not just academic, a very friendly twitter presence and regularly hold fantastic events like the current run of Jekyll & Hyde by Creation Theatre

(http://www.creationtheatre.co.uk/show-one/dr-jekyll-mr-hyde)

Albion Beatnik

https://www.facebook.com/groups/128240240400

Lovely review here (http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/the-albion-beatnik-bookstore)  and here (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/may/13/the-albion-beatnik-bookshop) If you like things a little bit more… jazzy.

Waterstones, Oxford

@WaterstonesOxf

And I do have to give props to Waterstones Oxford. Not previously a fan, they have really turned things around in the last year with great window displays, really varied author events, and really engaging with people.”

Claire Louise Kemp

Copperfields, Wimbledon

http://www.copperfieldbooks.co.uk/

“This is one of my favourite bookshops, ever. It’s pretty much a house that someone’s emptied out and crammed full of second-hand and antique books. Joe and Jane are fantastic: if you can’t find a book, they either show you exactly where it is in the shop, or offer to order it in for you. They’re also ridiculously knowledgeable. Definitely a lovely shop, with the unbeatable smell of old books. “

Miriam Ahmed

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