Category Archives: Architecture

A new beginning – Wilmslow’s best sellers

Recent book customers at Oxfam Wilmslow may have noticed brightly coloured postit notes on the end papers of our books on the shelves. We have been removing these at the cash desk, counting them and recording the figures. As a result, we … Continue reading

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What are you looking for when you are tempted into a charity bookshop?

Occasionally, I am looking for something specific: an author, a title or a subject. But often I’m hoping to be surprised by a curiosity …  something that becomes an impulse-buy. Today’s suggestion is a little something that might be difficult … Continue reading

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Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

Today’s story comes from a big battered volume. It must have been a lifetime’s labour of love and was published in 1880 by J P Earwaker. The work was dedicated to his father, James Earwaker of Brocklands, Alderley Edge. “Alderley … Continue reading

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How to judge a book by its cover

I thought this book was promising before even reading the crucial first paragraph. My clues were Its weight. This is a big book of  905 pages but it still seems heavier than it might have been. Good quality paper soundly … Continue reading

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Did you ever finish “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking?

I’m assuming that you have the book at home, because you’re a bookish sort of person and ‘A Brief History of Time’ was on the UK best sellers lists for years and years. 10 million copies were sold but I have often wondered … Continue reading

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The sad life of a would-be tourist guide in Wilmslow

People do come and visit Wilmslow. Generally speaking they are either visiting family and friends or else they have come for the charity shops – which are many, varied and full of lovely stuff. And when they have done what … Continue reading

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What on earth is ‘Dry Northern Wit’?

Today’s book is supposed to have it, according to The Independent, whose complimentary review is quoted on the cover of this Manchester Compendium. I live in the North; I have lived in the South, so I should be able to … Continue reading

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The secret of Goldfinger’s birth, revealed

This slim book, published in 1945, is a history of architecture in England. There are lots of photos and drawings and the author’s personal views and passion for his subject make it an enjoyable read. It is a book full … Continue reading

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Memoleum: a game for aesthetes and environmental purists

In the 1970s Eduardo Paolozzi designed an elephant to promote Nairn flooring; 300 copies were made in injection moulded plastic and they are now selling at auctions for thousands of pounds. Today’s Oxfam item is another original and delightful toy associated with … Continue reading

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See Glasgow and the Clyde before cars came to Glasgow and before ships left the Clyde

My only visit to Glasgow was many years ago. I visited, as a tourist, with an Italian friend who was much bolder and much less inhibited than I was. He persuaded me that it would be OK  to climb to … Continue reading

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