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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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Waterstones makes first year of profit since 2008 financial crash

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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/01/waterstones-first-year-of-profit-since-2008-financial-crash-bookseller-amazon-rise-sales
 
Good to see this news.  I have to say, I think since James Daunt took over running the chain, it's been a better bookshop.  The children's and YA sections get a mention too, which is great to see, as Waterstone's are a great advocate for children's books in my opinion.  What with that and a fantastic café in my local shop too, I can't deny, this is return to profit is probably down to me! :lol:

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Good to hear! Also encouraging to see that kids and young people are reading more too.  A café in a bookshop (or bookshop in a cafe) is about as good as it gets.

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It's a perfect combination!  Especially now they've got their own café's rather than Costa's.  The one in my local shop is fantastic, lovely drinks and they use local producers for their sandwiches and cakes, so it feels very individual, like an independent.  Smashing. :smile2:

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