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Simon T

What a beautiful place to read! How lovely.

And how lovely, as always, it was to see you on Sunday - it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Dark Puss

I'm both envious and jealous! I spent quite a lot of my Sunday working on grant applications and my talk for the conference at MIT that I flew out to on Monday.

Do tell me (both of you and others) if you feel Blackwells is not what it was, or is that just the science section? I don't find it as interesting as I did when I went 20 or even 10 years ago. Actually I'll include the music department too in that observation.



Super to see you, Simon, and that Ashmolean tea and cake was most welcome!

Joan Kyler

I don't know how you managed to read in such a gorgeous place! I would have been constantly distracted.


I can't really comment on Blackwells as I visit so seldom that I can't judge. All I had time for on this occasion was a quick 'in and out' and a look at what was nearest the door, and of that stock there were much the same books as you'd see in any other similar shop plus a few with Oxford connections.


I did have regular breaks for just wandering round with my camera and taking it all in - it is a very beautiful place.


How lovely. And so sorry I was not there myself -- glad you had such a good time, though.


Do, do read The Inklings. Whilst it is 32 years (where did they go?) since I read it, I remember being so immersed in it that I failed to go to the pub with my flatmates (an unheard-of phenomenon).

Simon T

I've never been very impressed with Blackwells, but my area of interest is the secondhand section. Absurdly overpriced, and not a very special selection. More literary theory etc. then you'd find elsewhere, but not the same level of interesting older novels which your average secondhand bookshop has.

Dark Puss

Simon, thank you for commenting. You confirm (sadly) my view of Blackwells. I go in quite often but I always come away feeling somewhat disappointed. A real shame that such a flagship bookshop in Oxford isn't more inspiring.


Another time perhaps, Harriet.


I'm so enjoying the Tolkien book that I'd love to go on to more of 'the same'!

Susie Vereker

Sorry to have missed you on your visit to Hampshire.


It was so short, Susie, barely 24 hours, but the weather was lovely and I was very happy to be back in that delightful spot.

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