Podcast: Books Are My Bag and The Explorer

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This week Kate and Rob discuss Books Are My Bag and the variety of goodies they got at their local bookshops. Then they discuss The Explorer by James Smythe, joining forces with Gav and Simon from The Readers! Continue reading “Podcast: Books Are My Bag and The Explorer”

Books Are My Bag: The Big Bookshop Party


If you’ve been to your local bookshop in the UK today, hopefully you already know about Books Are My Bag.

BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. This collaboration between publishers, bookshops and authors and is the biggest ever promotion of bookshops. For many people bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. In fact, 56% of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers. Yet, many high street bookshops are under threat.

BOOKS ARE MY BAG aims to halt this process by celebrating the nation’s love of bookshops, calling on book lovers to show their support by visiting and purchasing a book from their favourite bookshop on Saturday 14th September. Continue reading “Books Are My Bag: The Big Bookshop Party”