Friday, 5 September 2008

The descent of man

I went to a party at Heffers bookshop in Trinity Street here in Cambridge this evening. It was in honour of Suzanne Jones who is leaving Heffers after having - amazingly - worked there since 1974. It was really well attended and that is a testiment to the affection and respect there is for Suzanne locally. She will be sorely missed by readers and writers alike. And I mean really missed, like the friend she is.

Suzanne talked about her life at Heffers and it was a story of the changing nature of bookselling as much as anything else and was a testiment to the fact that the Trinity Street shop has acted as a kind of unofficial club for local writers.

The manager at Heffers made a really good speech pointing out that one of the best selling books of 1974 was Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man, and that the bestseller list at the moment contains My Booky Wook by Russell Brand - or as he amusingly put , The Descent of Man.

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