David and Goliath

My local bookshop was voted Children’s Independent of the year 2006. Among those defeated by them were Foyle’s. You know, that rather large and famous shop in Charing Cross Road in London. Being so big and famous, it seems they were surprised not to win. So surprised that last week they sent someone to the local shop, which is very small, to see what they should have been doing.

I understand they found some merit in what their small competitor does, and maybe in future they’ll know that big and famous isn’t everything. Even if they have got rid of that quaint custom of theirs where you queued three times to buy one book. Ah, the English queue…


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