White Horse Bookshop’s 75th birthday

on 17 July 2018.

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The White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough has much to celebrate this year as it marks 75 years since the shop first opened its doors in The Parade. To celebrate, the store will be promoting a book from every year since 1943,white horse bookshop discovering the gems of each age and remembering some of the classic literature that has woven into the fabric of contemporary culture.

In conversation with bookshop manager Angus Maclennan, he talks warmly of how they lovingly restored and re-designed the shop in 2014 for a modern market and described their upcoming event and birthday celebrations:

“Here we are, celebrating our 75th birthday. Yes, we do look good for our age, thank you, and we feel we’re going from strength to strength. It’s important to keep moving as one gets older, and we have all sorts of plans, but at our venerable age it’s excusable if we want to take a moment to look back and remember. So, we’ve selected a book published in each year since 1943, choosing from fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature, and reflecting (we hope) a range of tastes.”

The epic summer display of 75 handpicked books from each year will be exhibited throughout the shop during the summer holidays. The journey begins in 1943 with the children’s classic Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree and the owners invite you to come in and white horse bookshopreminisce about the books you remember from those years, what you were doing and where you were.

All of the books in the event are available to purchase and you may be surprised by their published dates (Charlotte’s Web in 1952 for example) or (Matilda in 1988) but also things that came out in the same year (Flashman and The Very Hungry Caterpillar in 1969). Angus Maclennan concludes…

“Time plays tricks on us all and revisiting these titles has been like getting older and looking at oneself in the mirror – it’s either a tremendous shock, or a pleasing surprise, or occasionally both.

Reading is about timing as much as anything, and sometimes we grow out of a title or an author, or we re-read something that hasn’t worked for us first time round and learn to love it.

It might be the same for you – we repeat, do come in, have a browse and buy some books, to help us stay in business for another 75 years. And if you want to bring cake to help us celebrate, we’d be very happy.”

Do not miss this fantastic event, pop in for a walk down memory lane, bring your family and show them the classic tales you once enjoyed and take an hour or so to soak in this beautiful historic building, its menagerie of classic and unusual literature and its wonderful friendly team as they celebrate a commendable 75 years of business.

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