Crafty Stuff

For those of your who are familiar with the excellent Crafts magazine, published by the UK’s national Crafts Council, check out this month’s issue. The eminent curator and 20thC design author and expert Lesley Jackson has written an eight page, fully illustrated preview of the forthcoming ‘Hi Sklo Lo Sklo’ Czech glass exhibition. Offering a […]

Chasing sheep is best left to the shepherds

No, I haven’t lost my mind, it’s the title of what is perhaps my favourite piece of music by avant garde contemporary classical composer Michael Nyman. I’ve been listening to Nyman’s music since I was 16, when my school friend Simon and I first encountered his work. Thinking back, we must have been odd kids, […]

Mark gets his life back

Finally, it is done! My next bookalogue has gone off to the printers – at last. As I type, somewhere in Guangdong printing presses are furiously churning out 1,500 copies of what I hope will be an enjoyable read. It’ll certainly be informative – much of what is in here has not been seen since […]

A Fruity Retro Classic

Disaster – my favourite antiques and collectables centre is closing! Perfect for a good rummage, and with a great turnover of stock, the delightful Mimbridge Antiques Centre in Surrey was also not affected by the ever-encroaching trend for including repro and inspired-by “antiques“. Hidden amongst everything else, they just confuse newbie buyers and annoy you […]

Agatha Christie

I’ve just had a fascinating telephone and email conversation with the curator of Greenway House, near Brixham in Devon, who was seeking some advice. Currently owned by the National Trust, it was the family home of Agatha Christie who is known, of course, for her crime novels. It appears that she was also a keen […]

Posting Christmas Orders & Office Closed

2019 is nearly over and it’s time to look forward to a relaxing break and then the coming year ahead. But right now, it’s time for a much-needed break, so our offices will be closed from Friday 20th December until Monday 6th January inclusive. Any inquiries received between those dates will be answered when we […]

Last Posting Dates & Office Closed Over Christmas Break

Last Posting Dates To avoid disappointment, please order and pay for your book(s) by the following dates: • UK Mainland – Thursday 14th December • USA & Canada – Wednesday 13th December • Rest of World – Wednesday 6th December 2017 has clearly been quite a year for so many people for so many reasons. […]

Time For A Holiday – The Mystery Spot

Who could resist? You’d just have to stop the car and go through the entrance to see what the Mystery Spot is all about. Well, I would anyway! A ‘Mystery Spot’ is the name given to a number of areas of ground in the US which claim to have amazing gravity-defying or ‘mystical’ properties. The […]