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Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge
Children have been converging on Abingdon Library for this year’s summer reading challenge. This year’s challenge is called Mischief Makers and features Dennis the Menace and other characters from the Beano. There are books to read, a treasure map to solve, and lots of stickers.
Summer Reading Challenge
If you are over 12 and too old for that challenge then you can take part in the adult challenge and recommend two books on a postcard and be entered for the prize draw. This is just one of many cards on display at the library.
Summer Reading Challenge
I am currently reading Empire of the Sun by J G Ballard – from the library. It follows Jim whose life, with his parents in the European quarter of Shanghai, is shattered by the second world war. They are separated and the book follows Jim’s struggle to survive. He begins by scavenging food from the houses in the street where he lived. When that supply runs out he tries to hand himself to the Japanese, seeking the relative safety of an internment camp … An epic!

Leave a Comment August 8, 2018

The Jumping Game

The Jumping Game
Henrietta Knight, a retired racehorse trainer, will be signing her latest book The Jumping Game on Saturday 14th April 2018, at Mostly Books in Abingdon.

Later on in the day the Grand National will be run, and so I have looked at the 40 runners with an Abingdon Prism and chosen …

REGAL ENCORE – 28/1 – With the return of a cinema in Abingdon run by the Regal Evesham. The previous Abingdon cinema having been called Regal, this looks the most Abingdon horse to me.

Also ran …
The Jumping Game
GAS LINE BOY – 33/1 – The road closure in Bath Street while they put in a new Gas Line. Boy is that taking a long time!

VIEUX LION ROUGE – 28/1 – Translation in English is Old Red Lion, an old pub in the village of Drayton, only a mile from Abingdon.

6 Comments April 13, 2018

Dr. Seuss aka Alexander Abingdon

Alexander Abingdon
Mostly Books have announced the winner of their Dr Seuss bingo competition. The display featuring Dr Seuss was put there to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Cat in the Hat – published on 12th March 1957.
Alexander Abingdon
The first ever book by Dr Seuss was published in 1931, and contained schoolboy bloopers, jokes, and humour. It was illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and written under the pseudonym Alexander Abingdon. It can still be found compiled in the Pocket Book of Boners. The updated word for ‘boner’ is ‘blooper’.

3 Comments April 28, 2017

What Reading Makes of Us

What Reading Makes of Us
Mark Thornton from Mostly Books gave a talk called ‘What Reading Makes of Us – The Power of Stories to Shape Our Realities’ to the sixth formers at Abingdon School last year.

Annabel persuaded him to write it up into essay form for Shiny New Books – the literary magazine website she co-edits with several book-blogging friends.

It begins ‘This is my tenth year of being an independent bookseller – the equivalent of thirty years in any other business I reckon. Over time, casual conversations with friends, family and random strangers outside the shop have morphed from the questions like “You’ve started an independent bookshop, are you mad?” to “How on Earth do you survive against Amazon?”.’

The link to Mark’s full piece is here: http://shinynewbooks.co.uk/bookbuzz08/what-reading-makes-of-us-the-power-of-stories-to-shape-our-realities-an-essay/.

6 Comments February 5, 2016

Mostly Brookes

Mostly Brookes
At the Mostly Books Bookshop in Stert Street Abingdon this evening there was a sell out book event,
Mostly Brookes
Local author Bryan Brown has written a book about  John Henry Brookes – the man who developed the art and technology college in Oxford, that became Oxford Polytechnic in 1970, and Brookes University in 1992.
Mostly Brookes
Mark, from Mostly Books, invited Bryan to talk about John Henry Brookes, and sign some books.

Brookes was an artist, as well as enthusiastic educator. During World War I, he became a conscientious objector. His interesting life influenced so many people.

Without Brookes I would not have met my wife. She went to Oxford Polytechnic to study history of art, and we met.

Leave a Comment May 20, 2015

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