Anthony has been in bookselling for even longer than me. He began at Ottakar’s, which became Waterstones, and is now continuing his passion for books by working here. Anthony has two young sons who he loves reading to, and teaching to read. He himself has always loved reading children’s books and enjoys sharing recommendations for books that have been a success with both him and his children. He also likes sweets from the Candyman next door.
Anthony’s three most favourite books of all time are:
The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo, because Morpurgo’s vivid storytelling tells the extremely moving tale about the power of love and friendship. The Old Bear Stories by Jane Hissey, because he loves the gorgeous illustrations and nostalgic childhood story adventures of Bramwell Bear and co! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As a family they are big Harry Potter fans and the last book in the series does not disappoint with the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort reaching an epic conclusion.
I have known Remony for years, from before the bookshop even existed. She was a loyal member of my book groups as a child. Now however, she reads grown-up books, and is particularly keen on a gripping thriller, but also still loves a good young adult novel, and fondly remembers her favourite books from the 8-12 section. She also enjoys dressing the Moomins in wonderful new outfits made by my mother, and really good book illustrations. She is a strong appreciator of fashion, art, and dogs.
Remony’s top three books are:
The Waves by Virginia Woolf, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson and The Heatwave by Kate Riordan.
Our Molly’s obsession with books is clear to see when she is telling you about a story she loved, her portrayal of a book is so emotive that you can’t help but want to read it yourself. She loves the 8-12 years section because within it are some of the most varied and beautiful books she has ever read. She believes there is something in this genre for any individual, to escape into the pages of an adventure away from daily life.
Be aware that if you meet her and try to buy one book you will end up with many more. She is a font of bookish knowledge and always wears great earrings.
Molly’s most favourite three books are:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, One by Sarah Dessen and A Kind of Spark by Ellen McNicoll
Amelia is the youngest member of staff ever to be employed, because we couldn’t not employ her. From a young age, Amelia has been book obsessed, and is a fast and furious reader of all genres. Even though she has some firm favourites, she will read anything and everything, and therefore can find a book for any reader. Amelia is also good with little ones, because she has made her little brothers equally as enthusiastic about books and will encourage your children to be too. Amelia also loves musicals and psychology.
Her top three favourite books are:
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus and Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
Octavia loves coffee, books, books, and more books, and talking about books!