Bookshops – we all love ‘em. And rightly so. Ken Follet says ‘A bookshop is like a teenage party: you walk in, look around, take your time, see what you fancy…then go for it.’, while Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry titles, describes bookshops as ‘the closest we get to a magic kingdom on earth. They’re a world of treats waiting to be devoured.’
But there are some worrying signs that the cherished bookshop is under threat. A third of the country’s bookshops have closed in 10 years, which translates to a frankly alarming statistic of one closing every week – quite understandably, 88% of book buyers are concerned about this. The Books Are My Bag campaign aims to halt this process by celebrating the nation’s love of bookshops, calling on book lovers to show their support by visiting and purchasing a book from their favourite bookshop on Saturday 14th September (that’s today folks). All publishers, including Penguin, are enthusiastically backing Books Are My Bag, and our lovely authors have also thrown their weight behind it.
For more information, do visit http://www.booksaremybag.com/ but in the meantime – have a look at some of our writers getting to grips with the campaign below.