Whilst we cast our eyes over the last display in the shop, a member of staff overhearing our conversation about another book, joined in and began recommending one of his new favourite books, ‘The Missing’, by Tim Gautreaux. A lengthy discussion about great new books then followed, before we asked him advice about the book for my brother’s birthday. We wanted to buy something by Terry Pratchett for my brother, who had never read any of his books. The staff member agreed that Mort was a good place to start because not only is it a stand-alone book that doesn’t need to be read as part of a series, but it also features a 16 year old boy, who my brother would be able to relate to.
Upon noticing the Fitzgerald book in my hand, I was asked which of his books I had already read. This led to a discussion with another member of staff behind the till, who suggested that after reading The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, would be better to follow than The Last Tycoon which I was currently holding. This piece of advice is what I love about bookshops and in particular independent ones. It was a great help in aiding my decision, after I had struggled indecisively over the books, eventually leading me to randomly pick one. Swapping The Last Tycoon, for Tender is the Night we headed to the till, adding Mr B’s canvas bags to the pile of shopping, we paid (the only painful part of the visit), slid the books carefully into the bags and left the shop. Leaving the shop, I already couldn’t wait to go back again.
~ Catherine Muxworthy, Booksbird Blog