Meet the Bookseller posts

Meet the Bookseller with Lou Fulco

Lou Fulco admits to a love of foreign crime shows and gives advice on how to return a DVD with bite marks in it. (Be very angry…)

Why do you work in books?

I actually came to Readings as a music and DVD specialist. Readings was the place that I used to buy many of my books from prior to that, so the marriage was a bonus.

Name a book/film/album that has changed the way you think.

Every …

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Meet the Bookseller with Emily Gale

Emily Gale chats about time-slip novels, half-eaten kumquats and swooning over Morris Gleitzman.

Why do you work in books?

Books keep me sane (ish), but I have to remind myself that I fell into children’s books by chance. My first job as an editorial assistant was just one of many I applied for after uni, and 15 years down the line, it seems outlandish that I could have ended up doing so…

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Meet the Bookseller with George Munn

We chat with George Munn about Cormac McCarthy’s stunning prose, customers sleeping in stores and anthropomorphised woodland creatures.

Why do you work in books?

I could say it’s because I love them (which is definitely the case), but honestly? It’s because my mum told me to. She sat me down when I was about 15 and explained that a bookshop is quite probably the best place to work. After ei…

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Meet the Bookseller with Kara Nicholson

We chat with Kara Nicholson about David Foster Wallace’s biography and the new cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi.

Why do you work in books?

Books are my favourite objects and reading is my favourite pastime – seems only natural.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading the new biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story by D.T. Max. I started it the day after I read an…

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Meet the Bookseller with Selena Tan

We chat with Selena Tan about what she’s reading right now, and why the smell of a new book is so tempting.

Why do you work in books?

I love the smell of books, and receiving stock is always potentially exciting. Like the time I discovered I Am Maru by mugumogu straight out of the box. Also, there is the possibility of meeting authors I admire. David Levithan is definitely my meet-the-autho…

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Meet the Bookseller with Chris Dite from Readings Carlton

We chat with Chris Dite from Readings Carlton about post-climate change adventure novels and possible government assassins at a book launch.

Why do you work in books?

It’s an opportunity to push your tastes onto other people. But more than that, the social capital is intense. I don’t think there’s any other retail job people actually envy you for. It’ll also be nice to look back on when I’…

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Meet the Bookseller with Imogen Dewey from Readings Carlton

We chat with Imogen Dewey from Readings Carlton about Zadie Smith, Enid Blyton, and getting to meet Bernard from Black Books.

Why do you work in books?

I really love them. Reading is pretty essential to me. Helping people find the right thing is very satisfying and often very fun, whether it’s something they love, something new, or a gift for ‘someone who doesn’t like books’ (incidentally,…

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Meet the Bookseller with Chris Rainier from Readings Hawthorn

We chat to Chris Rainier from Readings Hawthorn about 70s paperbacks, meeting Michael Palin and the alleged reading tastes of Great Danes.

Why do you work in books?

It’s just about the only way I can keep track of the avalanche of books, music and film that gets ceaselessly poured onto the world – and get paid for it! There’s always something new. It’s a working environment that never ceas…

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Meet the Bookseller with Jason Austin from Readings Carlton

by Jason Austin

We chat to Jason Austin from Readings Carlton about chancing upon Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road, the appeal of morally ambiguous characters and not underestimating Young Adult fiction. Why do you work in books?

I have always loved stories and although I love film too, books offer something very different. You create the author’s world in your head and that version of that world can differ gr…

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Meet the bookseller with Robbie Egan from Readings Carlton

We chat to Readings Carlton Manager Robbie Egan about how he came to be a bookseller, meeting Jim Shepard in a New York bookstore and his love of Don DeLillo’s White Noise. Why do you work in books?

I was 25 years old with a young daughter and I’d been living in London for a couple of years and suddenly had responsibilities. The only thing I wanted to do was work in a bookshop. I loved readin…

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