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  • Last night, The Book Depository won the award for the Direct to Consumer Bookselling Company of the Year at the prestigious Bookseller Retail Awards 2009. Yay! (More details in The Bookseller magazine.)

    Obviously, we are thrilled. It's been a very busy year, and it is always nice to get a gong! Thanks so much to the judges for recognising all our hard work. And, of course, thanks to all you, our customers, for your continuing support as well.

    Now, back to it. There are books to sell!

  • And the winner is...

    Fri, 18 Sep 2009 11:11

    Last night, The Book Depository won the award for the Direct to Consumer Bookselling Company of the Year at the prestigious Bookseller Retail Awards 2009. Yay! (More details in The Bookseller magazine.)

    Obviously, we are thrilled. It's been a very busy year, and it is always nice to get a gong! Thanks so much to the judges for recognising all our hard work. And, of course, thanks to all you, our customers, for your continuing support as well.

    Now, back to it. There are books to sell!

  • Here at The Book Depository, we are always trying to improve our service to you and, crucially, we are always working to be as keen on prices as we possibly can be...

    Well, if you take a good look around our site today you will notice that we've put new, even lower prices on thousands of our books. These include lots of big bestsellers as well as all the obscure, crazy, marginal and mad stuff we also know you really love!

    Prominent "percentage off" banners clearly show you which books have been given the price-reduction treatment. And there are lots of them!

    Right -- what are you waiting for? Go browse!

     

  • Neil Gaiman and me

    Thu, 09 Jul 2009 09:14

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    As Mark is galivanting in London, I thought I'd write a blog (it's Kieron Smith here, btw!) about one of my favourite writers Neil Gaiman...

    I think I came to Neil Gaiman through a very strange route, in that the very last thing I've read by him was The Sandman. My somewhat meandering journey started with his collaborative work with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, and then to Coraline, Anansi Boys (the fantastic audio version read by Lenny Henry) and then the children's books The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls which I read to my son. Along the way I saw the films Stardust and Coraline.

    As a result I had a sort of revelation that there was this guy producing all this great imaginative stuff that pretty much defied classification and crossed media and ages more than any other living writer I knew. Then I found out that a lot of Neil's work was in the graphic novel format, and because I don't read that format normally, I gave the Sandman series a go. The first book is odd, probably a little more "out there" than the other things I've read by him, but undeniably good, and I will read more in the series.

    To me there seems to be one thing that emerges from all his work -- other than the technical brilliance of the writing and his creativity -- and that is the overriding feeling that the fantastical is there, next to you, only a hair's breadth away, whether it be through a hole in a wall, an old sealed door, in the wall space, or as you slip into your dreams... Neil brings this extra layer to life alive and makes it his own wonderfully, it can be dark but also playful and funny.

    I have (I must stress I don't do this normally) a Coraline figurine in her yellow raincoat, on my desk at work, who looks at me quizzically throughout the day, I'm not sure what that says, but I'm glad she's there.

    Neil Gaiman is on Twitter: @neilhimself. And I'm on Twitter too: @KieronJS (yes, only about 718,000 followers fewer than the popular Mr Gaiman!)

  • Thames and Hudson quiz winners

    Wed, 08 Jul 2009 03:38

    Back in May we ran a competition with our pals from the art publisher Thames & Hudson.

    We asked twenty tricky questions (answers to which are below) and the winner was to win a complete set of all 20 of Thames & Hudson's specially-jacketed Anniversary editions (worth £388) with three runners each receiving a copy of the special hardback edition of the seminal T&H title Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection.

    Well, now we can announce that the winner was Linda Wiles from Bath, and Natalie Henderson from Gravesend, Roger Clark from Sudbury and Lorraine Brook from Devon were each runners-up. Congratulations! And thanks so much to everyone who entered.

    The answers:

    • What medium is used to create the drawings within Henry Moore's Sheep sketchbook? Ballpoint Pen
    • Which short lived Artistic Movement (1905-1907) had the following artists as its leaders, Henri Matisse and Andre Derain? Fauvism
    • Which artist created the controversial work entitled The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living? Damien Hirst
    • What is the name of the colour the artist Yves Klein famously invented? International Klein Blue
    • Which city is the original Book of Kells kept? Dublin
    • Which supermodel was nicknamed The Body? Elle Macpherson
    • Where is the Famous Derek Jarman's Garden? Dungeness, Kent
    • Which Renaissance artist created the Fresco, The Last Judgement, in the Sistine Chapel? Michelangelo
    • Which year was the Sensation exhibition first shown in london? 1997
    • In 2004, Zaha Hadid was the first woman to win which prestigous prize for architecture? The Pritzker Prize
    • What is the name of the great modern artist who created the work entitled Fountain out of an urinal? Marcel Duchamp
    • The Lovers' Whirlwind by William Blake is an illustration for which book in Dante's Divine Comedy? Inferno
    • The author of the book Secret Knowledge also painted the famous A Bigger Splash, what is his name? David Hockney
    • Some of the world's greatest cave art can be found in the caves at Lascaux, but which country are they in? France
    • In which year was the London Eye completed? 1999
    • Where is Manolo Blahnik's flagship store? Old Church Street, Chelsea, London
    • Which sportswear company was founded by Bill Bowerman and Philip Knight in 1972? Nike Inc
    • Which band famously associated with Factory Records released Unknown Pleasures as their debut album? Joy Division
    • The first Proms concert was held at the Queen's Hall in Langham Palace but what year was it? 1895
    • Which British Graffiti Artist famously put one of their own works in the Britsh Museum's Roman Britain Collection? Banksy

     

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