Mobile Bookshop Opens – Get Your Books by Bike!
As conventional bookshops face temporary closure due to the Lockdown, one small publisher is taking to the streets to sell his books. Paul Salveson, owner of The Lancashire Loominary small publishing business, has launched The Bolton Bicycling Bookshop.
“Marketing and distribution is always a problem for small publishers,” said Paul. “The internet helps but it can be very impersonal. I like building links with my readers and being able to deliver a signed copy of a book to a customer’s doorstep is a real pleasure.”
Paul has just published a new book celebrating the West Pennine Moors – Moorlands, Memories and Reflections. It marks the centenary of Allen Clarke’s book Moorlands and Memories which was about cycle rides and rambles around the West Pennines. “Clarke was an avid cyclist and it’s highly appropriate that I’m able to deliver the book by bike.”
Paul doesn’t claim that the idea is completely original. “Allen Clarke often brought along copies of his books to sign and sell on his ‘Speedwell’ cycling club trips in the 1920s. Another Northern writer who had a similar idea was Todmorden novelist William Holt who would deliver copies of his books on horseback!”
There’s a definite green agenda with The Bolton Bicycling Bookshop. “It would be ironic if my book was distributed by polluting delivery vans; using the bike is fun and doesn’t pollute. I do all I can to use local suppliers and my latest book is published by Bolton-based Minerva Press. Today, so many books are produced abroad which doesn’t do much to help either the environment or our local economies.”
Ends. For more ring Paul on 07795 008691. Photos can be supplied.
Note to editors:
Paul is a visiting professor in ‘Work Town Studies’ at the University of Bolton and author of several other books on Lancashire history and culture. He published his first novel, The Works (set in Horwich Loco Works when it faced closure in the 1980s) earlier this year. Moorlands, Memories and Reflections was published on October 27th and includes a foreword by Maxine Peake.
My new book Moorlands, Memories and Reflections is now available, £21 with free local delivery, or add £4 for post and packing if further afield.
A hundred years ago, Allen Clarke brought out his Lancashire classic, Moorlands and Memories. This book is a celebration of an unjustly neglected work which extolled the beauties, history and people of the West Pennine moors. Clarke’s book was conversational, philosophical, entertaining and lyrical. Paul Salveson’s celebration covers some of the ground that Allen Clarke wrote about – handloom weavers, dialect writers, the Winter Hill ‘mass trespass’, links to Walt Whitman and that fearsome Lancashire creature, the boggart. He discusses Clarke’s links with Tolstoy and his attempts to ‘get back to the land’ and the great Barrow Bridge picnic in support of the locked-out Bethesda quarrymen in 1901.
Clarke was both a keen cyclist and walker. His original book includes rides and rambles through Rossendale and Pendle as well as around Rivington, Belmont and Edgworth, with associated tales. Paul adds in some stories from the last hundred years including ‘summer evenings with old railwaymen’ at Entwistle and Gandhi’s visit to Lancashire. And there’s lots more. If you love the Lancashire moors, its history and culture, you’ll probably enjoy this.
It has a foreword by Maxine Peake who was born and bred on the edge of the West Pennine Moors.
There’s a growing number of shops across Lancashire that are stocking the book – see http://lancashireloominary.co.uk/index.html/order-form. The latest is Bunbury’s real ale shop at 397 Chorley Old Road Bolton which is still open. Stock up on books and excellent beer!
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