Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Naked Hardbacks

The lovely Sanne made a video where she took the dust jackets off all her hardback books, to see if any beautiful boards were hidden underneath. I decided to have a go at this myself, and discovered some rather pretty things! You can watch my video over here.

Monday, 22 December 2014

The books I bought in November

Happy Monday, guys! Here's a new video for you. A look at all the books I bought in November. You can watch it over here. xx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Book Christmas Gift Guide

Here's my Christmas Book Gift Guide! Let me know which books you like the look of most :) I hope it's helpful (even if it's just for buying books for yourself ;)). Click here to watch. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Notting Hill Bookshop: 9th December

LONDONERS: Tomorrow night (Tuesday 9th December) I'm going to be chatting about The Bookshop Book (www.jen-campbell.co.uk/the-bookshop-book) and signing copies at The Notting Hill Bookshop at 7pm. (I'll actually be around before that if you want to say hi, but the talk starts at 7 ). If you're nearby, it would be lovely to see you, or if you know someone who lives in London then please pass the message on. It's the last date of The Bookshop Book book tour before Christmas. In the past two months, I've been up and down the country, and across the channel to France, and it's been lots and lots of fun. Thanks to everyone who's come along to an event! xx

Friday, 28 November 2014

London Bookshop Crawl

On Monday I took the lovely Melina Souza on a bookshop tour of Central London. There are over 100 bookshops in London (a good tool for looking them up is the London Bookshop Map), so we weren't able to go to all of them. We were able to go to twelve, though. We met at Platform 9 3/4, drank lots of tea, bought lots of books and looked at hundreds of different editions of Alice in Wonderland. You can watch our bookshop adventure over here. :) xx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

I love my job

This week at the bookshop...

Little girl: My brother’s guinea pig died last night. Do you think we can eat it? My mum says that booksellers know lots of things, so I thought that I’d ask you.
Me: Erm… does your brother want you to eat his dead guinea pig?
Little girl: No. My brother wants to bury it in the garden, but I think that’s stupid.
Me: Why?
Little girl: Because it’s cold outside and his guinea pig didn’t like the cold. (Pause) Also, I like eating new things. My dad let me eat sushi last week and I liked that. So perhaps I’ll like guinea pig, too.

Friday, 21 November 2014

a few photos from my event at Shakespeare and Company, Paris

You can see my video of my trip to Paris over here

For more information on Shakespeare and Company, click here. For information on The Bookshop Book, go here. :)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! 


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops shortlisted for the Leserpreis Award

This is rather lovely news! The German translation of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' - "Verkaufen Sie auch B├╝cher?" - has been shortlisted for the Leserpreis Award for Best Humour Book of 2014, nominated by readers (which makes it extra special). If you'd like to vote for it, you can do so over here. :) Thank you, lovely German booklovers! xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Paris VLOG // Shakespeare and Company

I am just home from Paris. I did an event at the fabulous Shakespeare and Company (one of my all time favourite bookshops), and this time I slept in the bookshop for a night, which I'd never done before. I had lunch with the glorious Sylvia Whitman (owner of S&C), and she told me all about her future plans to open a Bookshop Farm - a working farm an hour out of Paris, where writers can stay and work (so long as they pitch in with the animals!). She's going to build tree houses as writing stations. I think you can all join me in saying I Want To Go To There.

I filmed my visit for a little vlog, and you can watch that over here :)

Monday, 17 November 2014

Paris and a new video

Good morning, guys! I'm heading off to Paris in a minute to do an event at Shakespeare and Company tonight. I'll be vlogging my trip, and will upload a video next week showing you around some Parisian bookshops :)

This week's Youtube video is up: I chat about 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops,' 'The Bookshop Book,' falling in love with reading, and cassette tapes. You can watch that over here. 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! xx

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Signed Books For Christmas

Hello my loves! It's that that time of year again. Our bookshop's starting to look Christmassy, and I'm sorting out a Christmas gift-guide blog post for you, like the one I did last year :)

Aaand, 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 for Christmas, then you can grab one below :) I'm shipping to anywhere in the world, and 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. 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. :) xx

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 love xxxx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

falling in love with stories

You can read an extract from The Bookshop Book on the history of Shakespeare and Company in Paris, over here. 

I also wrote a piece about falling in love with stories.

"....Books do this to us because we all love stories. Stories offer up places to escape to; characters who become alter egos; different worlds that we want to get to know. It’s why I love reading; it’s why I love working in a bookshop and it’s why I write books myself. Human beings have been making up stories for things we don’t understand, or can’t explain, for as long as we’ve been around to do so: moral tales and fairy tales, myths, legends and everything in between. We have a desire to want to unravel things, even if we can’t. We want to empathise and we want adventure. Books allow us to do that. They allow us to explore..."

You can read the rest over here.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Autumn Cosy Book Tag

Hello, everyone! I hope you're having a lovely week. Thanks very much to those who came along to The Bookshop Book event in Hull last night :) The next stop on the tour is at Winstone Books in Sidmouth, Devon on Thursday 13th, then Shakespeare and Company in Paris next Monday! For all details and dates, please head over here.

I've just posted my fourth Youtube video, in which I do the Fall Time Cosy Book Tag, and talk about books, leaves, tea and log fires. You can find it over here. :) xx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Hull Literature Festival: 10 November 2014

Tomorrow (Monday 10th November) at 7.30pm, I'm going to be doing an event at the Humbermouth Literature Festival in Hull. :) All details are over on their website. Come along if you're nearby! xx

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Friday, 7 November 2014

GIVEAWAY: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Happy Friday, folks!

The other week I read Michel Faber's new book 'The Book of Strange New Things' and completely fell in love. In fact, I loved it so much that I had to go out and buy another copy to give away to you all. So, if you'd like to enter the giveaway, just head over here. It's open internationally :)

Hope you all have a great weekend! xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

'Weird Things...' Read Along Book Club November 2014

Hi guys - the November Book Club is posted :) We'll be reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton - about a girl born with the wings of a bird. If you'd like to read along with us, head over here - the more the merrier!

This week I'm also going to be giving away a copy of Michel Faber's brilliant 'A Book of Strange New Things' over on my Youtube channel, so stay tuned for that :)

Happy Monday! xx

Friday, 31 October 2014

5 books more people should read

Good morning! Here's a video where I chat about five books I wish more people knew about. Let me know which ones catch your eye, and which books you love that you wish more people had heard of! x

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Recommended Reads for Halloween

Want to read a scary book for Halloween? Below are a few recommendations. The top four I've read and loved (the first one in particular is quite terrifying!); the last three I plan to read very soon. (You can keep up with what I'm reading over on Goodreads :)).

Let me know in the comments if you are planning to read any scary books this week. I'm actually away this weekend, in a cottage in the middle of the woods. Yep, on Halloween. In the middle of nowhere. In the dark. Hmm. This may have been a mistake. If you don't hear from me next Monday, send out a search party....

1. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Malorie raises the children the only way she can: indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh. Melanie is a very special girl.

This was our first read for the 'Weird Things...' Book Club. You can read my interview with MR Carey over here

Alex Broccoli is ten years old, likes onions on toast, and can balance on the back legs of his chair for fourteen minutes. His best friend is a 9000-year-old demon called Ruen.
When his depressive mother attempts suicide yet again, Alex meets child psychiatrist Anya. Still bearing the scars of her own daughter's battle with schizophrenia, Anya fears for Alex's mental health and attempts to convince him that Ruen doesn't exist. But as she runs out of medical proof for many of Alex's claims, she is faced with a question: does Alex suffer from schizophrenia, or can he really see demons?

A man calling himself Doctor John Shepherd arrives at an isolated women's mental hospital to begin work as assistant to the owner Dr Morgan. As Shepherd struggles to conceal his own dark secrets, he finds the asylum has plenty of its own. Who is the woman who wanders the corridors by night with murderous intent? Why does the chief nurse hate him? And why is he not allowed to visit the hospital's top floor?

This is a fantastically dark and timeless graphic debut, for fans of Grimm Tales, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and the works of Neil Gaiman. 'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.' Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss. These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll. Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara's fate, she discovers that she's not the only person who's desperately looking for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

Vienna, 1899. Josef Breuer - celebrated psychoanalyst - is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings - to be, in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance.

Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the 'animal people', so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the real world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds that her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed . . .


I'm excited to get stuck in! 

Thanks to everyone for their kind comments over on my first Youtube video, by the way. You are lovely! xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Jen Joins Youtube!

Guys! You've been asking me to set up a Youtube channel to chat about books.... so I did! The first video just went up (a look at the books I bought in October... there were quite a few!) You can watch it over here. I hope you like it. If you do, it would be fab if you wanted to subscribe. Leave me a comment over at the video letting me know what you'd like me to film next. xx

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Round up: 'The Bookshop Book' on Tour Week 2

Hello bookish friends! I write this still on my travels. What could be better than talking about bookshops in bookshops, surrounded by books and people who love them? Here's a summary of week two!

The second week of 'The Bookshop Book' book tour saw the launch of this year's Books Are My Bag campaign - celebrating bookshops all around the UK.

And to celebrate Books Are My Bag, on the 11th October I did twelve book signings all across London. It was lovely, if slightly mad, and it was a journey fuelled by much tea and an unhealthy amount of cake. Booksellers know their tea and cake. Oh yes, they do.

From there, I did an event at West End Land Books, and someone brought along their Russian edition of 'Weird Things....', which was pretty cool!

From there to the BBC studios, where I had a chat about The Bookshop Book on the radio. 

Aaand from there to Norwich, where I signed stock at Jarrold Books (the department store was empty, but the security guard let me in and the booksellers had left out some cake and a note saying 'Feel free to have a snoop around!' An empty bookshop at night? With cake? Excellent!)

Then round the corner to Waterstones, where I did an event and the lovely booksellers there had made cupcakes with edible books on them, and a bouquet made out of book pages. Booksellers are awesome: fact. 

Thursday's event was in Oxford, where we had a panel discussing whether bookshops would still be around in one hundred years. We all declared that yes, they would. So, thank goodness for that. 

The last event of the week was in Chorley, Lancashire at Ebb and Flo. There was even more cake (this time with my book on it); I finally got to meet the excellent Carys Bray in person; and afterwards my friend Jo and I went to the cutest tearoom you've ever seen where, if you so wished, you could get candyfloss in your hot chocolate. 

Phewf! I hopped back on a train to London, with The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy by my side (it's excellent, even though it did make me cry in public several times. That Rachel Joyce is good!). I collapsed in a heap, and then got up and did it all over again. (I'll tell you about week three soon!)

The Bookshop Book has been featured over in The Guardian, Stylist and Curious Animal, if you've yet to buy a copy and you'd like to see what it's all about, then you can click on those links :) 

Over the next few weeks I'm doing events in Coventry, Sussex, Suffolk, Ross-on-Wye, Paris, Hull, Devon, Merseyside & Richmond. Come along to one of them, if you can - I'll be chatting about weird and wonderful bookshops around the world http://www.jen-campbell.co.uk/events.html. Thanks so much to those of you who have come along to events so far, it's been so lovely meeting you! xx