The place for books in Arundel

An independent bookshop filled with old world charm and the finest new books. What ever your age or taste, you will be sure to ferret out something special. We also offer an any-book ordering service.

Overdue up-date

It has been a while since I last wrote anything. Things have been ticking along, and weeks are coming and going before I have really noticed, which I guess is good?!

World Book Day for the Book Ferret was fairly successful, lots of children came in with their tokens, but I still have a number of the special books left, so I am giving them away to all the nice, well-behaved kids who come in now.

World Book Night didn’t really have any effect on business. I had been concerned about a potential negative impact, but luckily that didn’t happen. So after the headache of receiving/storing stacks of boxes of ‘givers’ books, it was pretty painless.

In the last few weeks the Book Ferret has mainly been selling:

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding (so kitsch, I love it!)

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell (biography of 1920s kitchen maid for fans of Downton Abbey)

And lots of new fiction paperbacks. (Though I have probably sold far fewer copies of Ian McEwan’s Solar, as I keep persuading people not to waste their money on it and to buy something else instead. Other than a few pages of fairly decent comedy, it is dull, over-written, too scientific and quite frankly I didn’t see the point in it!)

The Carnegie & Kate Greenaway shortlists have been announced, and as always I was very excited to see what had been selected. There are some beauties on the Kate Greenaway, but nothing surprising on the Carnegie ( 5 of the 6 authors have either won or been shortlisted for previous books - but I guess that just highlights the outstanding quality of their books).

Finally, The Book Ferret has welcomed in a new assistant. She is a little whippet pup named Ivy. She is very good at greeting customers, but is still being trained on the finer details of customer service !

World Book Day is coming and so is Spring!

Half term is here, and its been rather wet and miserable until today. Today the sun is shining and spring is in the air, people are walking about in T shirts and eating icecream! Which all brightens my mood until said icecream gets dripped on my books!

February is almost over and book lovers everywhere are gearing up for World Book Day & World Book Night.

So children, don’t forget to come to the Book Ferret when you get your special vouchers. We have the special ‘flip’ books that you can swap your voucher for, or you can use is to get money off any book of your choice.

My new favourite is ‘It’s a Book’ by Lane Smith, all about why books are better than gadgets! It has something to say about the importance of reading to children and adults alike.

 My new favourite is ‘It’s a Book’ by Lane Smith.

 My new favourite is ‘It’s a Book’ by Lane Smith.

Bookselling’s turbulent start to 2011

Thing’s haven’t begun well in 2011 for Booksellers. HMV group are struggling and are set to close 20 branches of Watersones, and British Bookshops have gone into administration. Even though I’m personally not a fan of the chain’s homogenous approach, I think it would be terrible to lose more bookshops from our high streets.

For The Book Ferret, January started off a lot busier than I could have hoped! Things have quietened down now, but that is only to be expected, I think at this time of year people are a bit shopped-out after Christmas and the Sales frenzy that follows. And even Arundel isn’t immune to that.

The rainrainrainrain is also rather tedious, but I am feeling that Spring isn’t too far off. The evenings are starting to come later, and my daffodils are just poking through!

Also, today is apparently the most miserable day of the year, so I guess its just onwards and upwards from here :)


Because it is the done thing, I have a sale on, with up to 50% off selected books, calendars & diaries. Catch the bargains while they can, they are going fast!