Monday, 7 December 2009
After a hard day at work I thought it only right to indulge in some hardcore shopping to relieve stress. I'm not really all that stressed if truth be told but it was the only excuse I could create in my mind which would enable me to justify spending even more cash. I managed to buy a great gift for my mother, some smaller stocking fillers and then my mind turned to wrapping paper. This need led me to Borders bookstore and a rather sorry site. As many of us already know Borders book shop has gone in to administration, another victim of the bitter chill that is the recession. Borders has always been a favourite shop of mine. It also houses a Paperchase concession, a Starbucks and a Game store.
On entering it became immediately obvious that everything had to go. In the same vain as Woolworths, which recently sold its last pick'n'mix, prices have been slashed by an initial 20% and I assume this percentage is set to increase leading to incredible savings as we get closer to Christmas. However, there was one discrepancy. For no obvious reason certain genres had larger reductions, hence the reason I'm writing about this now, and it's just our luck that the whole gardening section has a 50% off sale. Most books had been taken from the shelves and none of my Christmas wish list could be seen. I did however, manage to pick up a copy of Amy Stewart's 'Gilding the Lily' and Gabrielle Hatfield's 'Hatfield's Herbal: The Curious Stories of Britain's Wild Plants' (Both pictured above under my Christmas tree).
On a recent trip to Australia I read Amy's latest book 'Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities' which I thoroughly enjoyed. The book is divided in to small chunks which makes it very accessible and easy to read when you have other things going on around you. It is also jam packed with information that I have attempted to crystalise in the old memory bank. The other book purchased, 'Hatfield's Herbal: The Curious Stories of Britain's Wild Plants', intrigued me and I could only find one small comment on Amazon from 'The Guardian': 'a wonderful celebration of the nation's flora ... the perfect companion for a walk in the country'. Well that will do nicely.
The plight of Borders is bittersweet. It reminds us that the recession continues to loom and pluck victims from the commercial Savannah leaving us devoid of much loved stores. It also opens up the opportunity for us to take advantage in a time of year when cash is strapped and gifts are bought in readiness for the holiday's.
Have you read either book? Have you any particular views on Borders bookstore going in to administration? Or will you be taking advantage of it's plight?