My Favourite Twitter Account

As the head of the Philosophy department, I have had many chances to dabble in this most appealing field. One of the things I was shown while I still was a junior bookseller here was what has quickly become my favourite Twitter account: Kim Kierkegaardashian.

Those who have met me in person will know that I have a very… peculiar sense of humour. The kind of humour that appreciates the union of the pessimistic existentialism of Søren Kierkegaard with the vanity of Kim Kardashian. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste, and that not everyone will burst out laughing like I do, but I hope you will at least find them amusing!

And these are my favourite tweets:

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Friday Book Share #3

It’s Friday! And that can only mean one thing…

It’s #FridayBookShare time! This is a tag created by Shelley Wilson which helps us recommend books to our friends

Do you want to join in? That’s easy! Just complete the following for a book of your choosing:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

So what book do I have in store today? It’s none other than The Colour of Magic, in the wonderful Discworld series!


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Books for Creative Writers


Good morning my lovely bookaholics! As some of you will know, I devote my spare time to creative writing, something I have been doing ever since I was a little kid. That is why I would like to give you some book recommendations for people who want to polish their writing style. Let’s see what I have in store!

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25 Bookish Facts about Me


Have you ever stopped to think, Who is Miguel? How much do I know about this man? Is there any way in which I could possibly get to know him better? Maybe you wished there was some quick reference post where you could learn more about this fascinating person, some way of reading some facts about the man himself.

Chances are you never did, but you’re getting it all the same!

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The Day I Filmed Tolkien’s Grandson

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Working in other bookshops has many perks: you get to see all the latest releases, you can spend your breaks reading anything you fancy, we have tremendous staff discounts…

But working in a bookshop in Oxford is a little bit different.

Working in Blackwell’s allows you to meet J.R.R. Tolkien’s grandson.

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On Homecoming

Three years ago, to the day, I left Granada to move to the UK. That is the town I was born in and where I spent all my life. I moved to Edinburgh with a limited budget, with no family and no friends to help make the transition. In those three years, I was never able to come back home.

Until now.

And I’m not here alone. There is a colleague of mine who I always kept pestering about what a wonderful city Granada is. I have told him time and again that Granada is pretty much paradise and that Granadians are the most welcoming people he would ever be likely to meet. I told him that he would never have tastier food or find better weather than he would in Granada.

Crazy thing is… it’s true. The city… the people… the weather and the food… all of it. It’s all true.


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The Joys of Bookstagram


Today, I have a shocking confession to make.

I am a bookstagrammer.

What does that mean? I have an Instagram devoted entirely and completely to books. I post pictures of books almost every day, in all sorts of different arrangements and with a number of merchandise surrounding it. As I wake up every morning, the first thing I do is take my mobile phone, arrange my books in beautiful patterns, and upload the photos I take for thousands of people to see.

Let me tell you why you should too.

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