2011 has clearly been quite a year for so many people for so many reasons. For us, it’s been a year of change. Nothing stays the same for ever, and in a way that’s for the best. After all, how bored would we all get if everything was the same, year in, year out, forever? What would we have to challenge us, and to look forward to? We’re looking forward to 2012, and plan to cook up a storm with a couple of new titles that are currently bubbling away. Watch this space! But right now, it’s time for a much-needed break, so our offices will be closed from Thursday 22nd December until 8th January inclusive. Any book sales or enquiries received between those dates will be answered when we reopen on Monday 9th January. Talking about changes over time, even Santa Claus has changed. It’d be easy to think that this historic and traditional character has been dressed in a white fur-trimmed red suit for ever. Not so! Before the 1920s, he was frequently depicted wearing …

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Interview In The Chap Magazine

I’ve been a fan of ‘The Chap‘ magazine for quite some time now, having found issue 7 in a vintage clothes shop a fair few years ago. Who couldn’t resist a magazine with a strap-line reading ‘Divinity lies in the insouciance of a moleskin waistcoat‘? Especially as I was wearing one at the time. For those who don’t know it, this bi-monthly publication edited by Gustav Temple guides, entertains, and celebrates the modern gentleman. Witha  strong leaning towards the wearing of tweed. You might think it’s done in a brilliant tongue-in-cheek manner as you peruse and read, but it’s a bible for the chaps who love it… So I was delighted, honoured, and touched to be asked to be the subject of the regular ‘Chap Questionnaire’ for issue 60, especially as this is their ‘Dandy’ issue. Previous chaps interviewed include Stephen Fry, Robin Dutt, Nick Foulkes, the late Sebastian Horsley, and Roger Moore. And, my, how it’s grown! Issue 60 is much larger and thicker than my dog-eared issue 7, and includes an excellent interview …

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