Today I have a guest post from author of "The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 J.B. Morrison! Thank you to Natasha at Pan for organising this post for the blog.
9 Reasons why I Love Independent Bookshops – J.B. Morrison
1. The personal touch.
2. They attract readers to the local area.
3. They don't ruin the surprise of the presents that you've bought for your girlfriend by showing her your browser history when she opens the computer.
4. Eighteen episodes of ‘Black Books’
5. If there’s ever a huge weather related disaster like in the film ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and the building is buried under a billion tons of snow there’ll be enough kindling (sic) for Jake Gyllenhaal to burn to keep him warm until Dennis Quaid arrives to rescue him when the ice begins to thaw.
6. Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts in a Notting Hill bookshop. They seemed good together.
7. If a book is out of stock they won't think that it’s ok to take a PDF to the printers over the road and knock off a copy and sell you that instead.
8. They sell books because they like books. I buy them for the same reason. Isn’t that lovely.
9. They do this to their shop window when you have your book launch there.
The bit on the back…
Frank Derrick is eighty-one. And he's just been run over by a milk float.
It was tough enough to fill the hours of the day when he was active. But now he's broken his arm and fractured his foot, it looks set to be a very long few weeks ahead. Frank lives with his cat Bill (which made more sense before Ben died) in the typically British town of Fullwind-on-Sea. He watches DVDs, spends his money frivolously at the local charity shop and desperately tries to avoid cold callers continually knocking on his door.
Then a breath of fresh air comes into his life in the form of Kelly Christmas, home help. With her little blue car and appalling parking, her cheerful resilience and ability to laugh at his jokes, Kelly changes Frank's extra ordinary life. She reminds him that there is a world beyond the four walls of his flat and that adventures, however small, come to people of all ages.