Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The This and That Book Tag

Today I uploaded a video doing Kelly's 'This and That Book Tag' - you can watch it over here 

All of the books mentioned in the video are listed below xx

Romance of London https://archive.org/details/romanceoflondon01timb

A Wild Swan  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23848124-a-wild-swan?ac=1&from_search=1

Child Helga  http://miel.bigcartel.com/product/child-helga-george-szirtes

Magic http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/popculture/all/44810/facts.magic_1400s1950s.htm

Poems for Eva http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/poetry-of-a-grieving-husband-after-death-did-them-part-week-in-books-column-10375819.html

Mimesis Synaptic http://miel.bigcartel.com/product/mimesis-synaptic-laressa-dickey

Vanity Fair https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5797.Vanity_Fair?ac=1&from_search=1

The Late Hector Kipling https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1623681.The_Late_Hector_Kipling?ac=1&from_search=1

Dome of the Hidden Pavilion https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23575441-dome-of-the-hidden-pavilion?ac=1&from_search=1

The Bone Clocks http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-bone-clocks-foyles-limited-edition,david-mitchell-9786000876579

The Book of Strange New Things https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22744583-the-book-of-strange-new-things

Fairy Tale Review http://fairytalereview.com/

The Great Gatsby https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4671.The_Great_Gatsby?ac=1&from_search=1

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9591398-the-girl-who-circumnavigated-fairyland-in-a-ship-of-her-own-making?ac=1&from_search=1

Why Be Happy When You Could by Normal? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11395597-why-be-happy-when-you-could-be-normal?ac=1&from_search=1

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20890479-the-love-song-of-miss-queenie-hennessy?ac=1&from_search=1

His Dark Materials https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18116.His_Dark_Materials?ac=1&from_search=1

Stoner https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/166997.Stoner?ac=1&from_search=1

England England https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/100893.England_England?ac=1&from_search=1

Hyperbole and a Half  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17571564-hyperbole-and-a-half?ac=1&from_search=1

The Girl Who Couldn't Read https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21094608-the-girl-who-couldn-t-read?ac=1&from_search=1

The Shadow of the Wind https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/186074.The_Name_of_the_Wind?ac=1&from_search=1

Swamplandia https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8584686-swamplandia?ac=1&from_search=1

Peter and Alice https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17347724-peter-and-alice?ac=1&from_search=1

The Book of Speculation https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014670-the-book-of-speculation?ac=1&from_search=1

The Boatmaker https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22542549-the-boatmaker?ac=1&from_search=1

May We Shed These Human Bodies https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15701573-may-we-shed-these-human-bodies?from_search=true&search_version=service

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Bookshelf Tour: Short Story Collections

Evening, folks! Today I uploaded a video you've been requesting, showing you all the short story collections I own (both the ones I've read and the ones I've yet to read). You can watch the video over here. All of the books mentioned in the video (over 70!) are listed down below.

lots of bookish love xx

The Tent by Margaret Atwood

Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood

Good Bones by Margaret Atwood

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Somewhere Else or Even Here by AJ Ashworth

The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo

Not The End of the World by Kate Atkinson

A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel

Sweet Home by Carys Bray

The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies

The Elephant Vanishes by Murakami

Birthday Stories by Murakami

Blind Willow, Sleepy Woman by Murakami

Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue

The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space by Pippa Goldschidt

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

The Girl with Brown Fur by Stacey Levine

Middle Stories by Sheila Heti

Antarctica by Claire Keegan

Metamorphosis by Kafka

The Apple by Michel Faber

Shelf Life

The Rental Heart & Other Fairy Tales by Kirsty Logan 

A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan

New World Fairy Tales by Cassandra Parkin

Hot Kitchen Snow by Sussanah Rickards

Don't Try this at Home by Angela Readman

St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell 

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Wild Flowers of Baltimore by Rob Roensch

Ali Smith's short story collections 

The Method by Tom Vowler

The World and Other Places by Jeanette Winterson

Diving Belles by Lucy Wood

By Light We Knew Our Names by Anne Valente

The Source of Sound by Patrick Holland

Dark, Short Oracles by Sara Levine

On the Edges of Vision by Helen McClory

A Snow Garden by Rachel Joyce

Further Adventures in a Restless Universe

No One Belongs Here More Than You Miranda July

Jellyfish by Janice Galloway

The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall

At The Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson

We, the Children of Cats

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link

Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Black Vodka by Deborah Levy

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman

That Things Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Alphabet of Birds

Daydreams of Angels by Heather O'Neill

The Once Was a Woman Who Killed Her Neighbour's Baby

There Once Was a Woman Who Loved Her Children Until They Moved Back In

Grace Paley

The Melancholy of Mechagirl

Fly Away Home by Marina Warner

The Wilds by Julia Elliott

Apricot Jam and Other Stories

The Last Animal by Abby Geni

Farhenheit Twins by Michel Faber

The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim

The Color Master by Aimee Bender

The Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

Friday, 6 November 2015

Signed Books for Christmas

Hello everyone. It's nearly that that time of year again! The John Lewis Christmas advert is out (yes, I cried), and I'll be uploading a bookish Christmas gift guide for you all at the end of November, like the one I did last year :)

If you would like to give a signed copy of 'The Bookshop Book,' 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops,' 'More Weird Things...', or 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' to a friend (or to yourself!) for Christmas, then you can grab one below :) I'm shipping to anywhere in the world, and I can add a name inside as well as a signature. I'll also giftwrap for free - just leave any notes in the 'Notes to Buyer' section when you check out, or drop me an email afterwards. Please see the bottom of this post for last postage dates before Christmas. :)

If you'd like to order more than one book, or have any questions, just drop me an email and I can work out postage costs for you. :)

Lots of bookish love xxxx

1 x copy of The Bookshop Book - Jen Campbell (click here to read blurb/more details)

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1 x Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops [UK edition] (click here to read blurb/more details)

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(click here to read blurb/more details1 x More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (UK edition)
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1 x copy of The Hungry Ghost Festival (click here to read blurb/more details)

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Last order dates in time for Christmas:

Asia, Australia and New Zealand: 1st December 
Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East: 3rd December
Eastern Europe: 5th December
USA and Canada: 10th December
Western Europe: 12th December
UK: 20th December

Lots of bookish love xxxx

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Reading Poetry: Where to Start

Afternoon, folks! Today I filmed one of my most requested videos: a video of poetry recommendations for those who are new to the genre. You can watch it over here and a list of all the books mentioned in the video are below. xx


Forward Prize: http://www.forwardartsfoundation.org/forward-prizes-for-poetry/forward-books-of-poetry/
Best British Poetry: http://www.saltpublishing.com/products/best-british-poetry-2015-9781784630300

Eating Fire by Margaret Atwood http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28778.Eating_Fire
The Asylum Dance by John Burnside: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/670652.The_Asylum_Dance
Apocrypha by Catherynne M. Valente http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1719125.Apocrypha

The Patron Saint of School Girls by Liz Berry http://www.tall-lighthouse.co.uk/lizberry.html

Kate Tempest: http://katetempest.co.uk/
Hollie McNish: http://holliepoetry.com/

No Matter the Wreckage Sarah Kay: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18288210-no-matter-the-wreckage?from_search=true&search_version=service

What We Buried by Caitlyn Siehl http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22618173-what-we-buried

What the Water Gave Me by Pascale Petit http://www.pascalepetit.co.uk/what-the-water-gave-me/

Poems from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory by Simon Barraclough http://www.sidekickbooks.com/laboratorio.php

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/life-mars

Some Planet by John Montara http://yesyesbooks.com/store/book/0000027/

Glass, Irony and God by Anne Carson: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/150250.Glass_Irony_and_God?from_search=true&search_version=service

Grief is the Thing With Feathers: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25334576-grief-is-the-thing-with-feathers?from_search=true&search_version=service
Crow by Ted Hughes http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/97553.Crow?from_search=true&search_version=service

Emily Dickinson Collected Poems
Fair Copy by Rebecca Hazelton https://ohiostatepress.org/index.htm?books/book%20pages/hazelton%20fair.html

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Beautiful Cover

Afternoon, folks!

The donation page for the 100 Poem Challenge closes in just under three days, and I'm thrilled that so far we've raised over £3000 for The Book Bus! I'll be handwriting the poems on postcards after that, and the limited edition poetry pamphlets will be printed shortly. The cover for the pamphlet has been designed by the wonderful and generous Leo Nickolls - I love it and I hope you do, too.

You've still got a couple of days to buy the poetry collection if you'd like to (it'll never be printed again). Click here for more info, and you can read all of the 100 poems on this blog, just click here and scroll down.

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated and spread the word. The money is going to a fabulous place. xxxx

Thursday, 8 October 2015


Morning, folks! Yesterday I finished the 100 Poem Challenge - phewf! You can read all of the poems on this blog.

Thanks so much to everyone who has been reading, spreading the word on Twitter, offering virtual cups of tea and donating over on Indiegogo. You've been wonderful.

Remember, all donations go to the FABULOUS Book Bus, who send mobile libraries out to rural communities in Malawi, Zambia and Ecuador, helping children learn how to read and tell their own stories. Check out their Twitter feed to see what they've been up to recently. They are some of the best humans.

The donation page will be up for another 16 days over here - as I type this we're nearly at £2500! - perks are up for grabs including handwritten poems on postcards and limited edition poetry pamphlets of all 100 poems. However many we sell before the donation page closes will be the number that are printed (they won't be printed again). The fabulous Leo Nickolls is very generously making a cover for the pamphlet and it'll be posted out to all who buy one a few weeks after the Indiegogo page closes, numbered and signed.

Stories, stories, stories. Stories for everyone.

You're all lovely.

Excuse me, I'm going to go put the kettle on.

Lots of bookish love

Jen xxxxx