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Old 13th Mar 2008, 15:37   #1
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A shiny new thread.

I'm getting increasingly impressed with the big Waterstones in Glasgow for its displays in the fiction section. While the usual old 3 for 2 crap dominates the downstairs, along with some promotions of Aye Write (currently ongoing), In The News, and Sellers Recommend, the tables upstairs are getting rather good.

There's a New Hardback section, which has all the latest there. There's also a 3 for 2 table. And a Recent Fiction table. Pretty generic offerings.

There's a translation table, which has a lot of reputable stuff on it. Nice to see a recently added pile of Vesaas' The Ice Palace and four or five copies of Peter Pist'anek's Rivers Of Babylon, since it comes from a very small press (Garnett). I had to buy my copy from the university since they had no distribution. Obviously the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize has raised its profile, even if it didn't make the shortlist.

There's an American Fiction table, which, as you can guess, has plenty of US literature, cult classics, and some new releases.

The Modern Classics table is rather good. Sadly it's not a Penguin Modern Classics table (since I like consistency) but it has a good range of 20th Century literature (English and translated) in which a number of gems are to be found.

On a smaller scale there's a box display about indulgence, in which a number of Dedalus Books books can be found. Some obscure Penguin Classics too. Tempting.

One focused on an author. At the moment, Simone de Beauvoir.

But the one that attracted me, and the one that prompted this thread, was a display called Beginners Plagiarise, Professionals Steal. It had, side by side, novels and the novels that influenced them. So Doctor Glas sits alongside Gregorius, The Magic Mountain next to Castorp, Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea, among others.

So let this be a thread for interesting book display, ones where they get it right, and ones where they actually look like book sellers.
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Old 13th Mar 2008, 15:51   #2
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Does sound a lot more interesting than the W. where I work, but then they've got the space to do it in a bigger store. That said, we do have a certain amount of flexibility on certain ends, so if anyone has any ideas like the one above, do spout forth. Of course, I'll get the credit at work but then you will get to see what you want.
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When I worked in (the other) Glasgow Waterstone's, we had a film table of books that had been filmed. Funnily enough. Quite a few people impulse-bought from it because they didn't realise such-and-such was a book first.
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Stewart,
The first floor in Glasgow's Waterstone's is one of my favourite browsing spots. The fiction buyer there, Andrew, is a real specialist in Eastern European fiction, as well as being a very knowledgeable bookseller and bookreader. In December, on my last visit, I had gone in to buy Alisdair Gray's new novel (easily found elsewhere in the store) and started wandering around Andrew's tables, as I think of them. We got chatting and I left the store a while later with Magda Szabo's The Door (his read of the year), Paul Leppin's Blaugast, and a new reprint of Kelman's An Old Pub Near the Angel (which he'd thought had little fanfare and assumed, correctly, that it may have escaped my attention).

It's great to find a bookstore, especially in a chain, which you know will have books that few other bookstores will have on the account of the tastes of its buyers.

EDIT: Just found the till receipt in the back of The Door. Add to the above,
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Magda Szabo's The Door (his read of the year)
Really! Dammit, time to rescue that one from the charity shop pile then!
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Yes, the Szabo is a perennial on that translation table.

So you're in Glasgow, Quink? Or a regular passer through.
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A passer through from London to visit the family. It's either Waterstone's or the secondhand books shops near the Uni off Great Western Road (Caledonian Books etc).
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...secondhand books shops near the Uni off Great Western Road (Caledonian Books etc).
The Otago Lane shops. (I've danced with kings and many things but I've never been to them.)
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Just a quick query. Is Magda Szabo that woman off Kath and Kim?
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Definitely not, vald.

Magda Szabo.

That woman off Kath & Kim.
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