Those CLG members who braved the wind and rain to meet up in Heffers on Thursday night entered the book shop to the music of a string quartet, and were welcomed with drinks and a splendid array of dips, cheese and stollen (I wish I had not had dinner first).
read some of George Orwell’s comments on bookselling in the 1930’s and
the characters involved would be familiar to anyone who has worked in
public libraries in later decades and then he and Richard Reynolds
reminisced about staff and customers over the years. It was good to
see the Children’s Department with an extensive stock and space to
browse, the former Children’s bookshop on Trinity Street was sorely
We were all presented with a sturdy Heffers carrier bag in
Cambridge blue and a chance to stock up on books for ourselves and
presents for others at 20% discount. Was it my imagination or did the
musicians increase the tempo as closing time approached? Anyway I have
made inroads on my Christmas gift list and caught up with old friends.
Thanks to the committee for a super evening.
By Suzan Griffiths