Thursday, 16 June 2011

May 2011 Flash Fiction Competition Winner Is...

...Manisha Anand

with her entry entitled:


To read all about Manisha and to read the winning story click here


There's still time to enter our June Flash Fiction Writing Competition
250 words
Phrase for this month: Usual Suspects.
Deadline: Midnight on 1st July 2011
(See for details)

Monday, 13 June 2011

New stock in this week...Shakespeare's Insults is back and more!

Lots of new products in this week:
..."Shakespeare's Insults" : pocket mirrors, A5 notebooks, stickers and badges
...back by popular demand : Alice in Wonderland "Disappearing Cheshire Cat" Mug in : mini journals by Galison in two new designs and Book Lover magnetic Poetry

Book Lover Magnetic Poetry Kit

Quill & Ink Mini Journal

Shakespeare Insults - Pocket Mirror

"Disappearing Cheshire Cat" Mug - leaves nothing but a grin! 

Shakespeare's Insults: Exercise Books, A5 Notebooks, Coasters and Stickers available

Confetti Garden Mini Journal

Visit for all these and much, much more!

Friday, 10 June 2011

June Flash Fiction Competition Now Open!

Maximum: 250 words
Phrase for this month: Usual Suspects.
Deadline: Midnight on 1st July 2011

Entry is FREE!

Each month we will be holding a flash fiction competition where the winner will win What the Dickens? goodies to the value of £10.

Submissions must be in by midnight on the 1st of the month and the winner will be announced 2 weeks later. The winning entry will be posted up on our website for all to read.

Please submit your entry to

The usual standard applies: A4 double spaced, title of story at the top. Remember: DO NOT put your name on the story itself! In your e-mail, send a separate cover note with your name, e-mail address, title of your story and word count. If you are the lucky winner, we will send you an e-mail to tell you so and ask for your postal address to send you your lovely things.

The theme this month is: 'Usual Suspects' and to help you along we've found the meaning and origin of the phrase:

'The people you would expect, the customary lot. At the end of the 1942 US film Casablanca, 'Round up the usual suspects' is a line spoken by Claude Rains as Captain Louis Renaud, the Vichy French police chief in the Moroccan city, who is, in his cynical way, appearing to act responsibly in the light of the fact that a German officer, Major Strasser, has been shot. In fact, Renaud knows full well that the killing has been commited by Rick (the Humphrey Bogart character) because it was carried out but a few moments before in front of him.' (Cassell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, 2002)

Good luck!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

New stock in this week...Literary Tea Bags!

We are thrilled to have in stock this week...
 ...Novel Teas - Literary Tea Bags!

Let’s face it, there are days when the same old teabag just won’t do   .
Spend tea time with CS Lewis, Rita Mae Brown, Alice Hoffman, and more as they share their thoughts on the delights and comforts of tea and books on each individually printed tea tag.  
There is no better company than a steaming cup of tea as you open the cover of a favorite classic or turn the page of the latest thriller. Whether traveling to distant times and far off lands or discovering new characters in a nearby locale, a soothing cup of tea makes the journey more pleasurable and the memory lasting.
Novel Teas are the perfect compliment to your literary journey. Enjoy them iced by the pool for that steamy summer romance, or hot by the hearth for that long winter epic.
Novel Teas ~ natures story unfolded in every leaf. 
Read ‘em and steep!  
Novel Teas ~ 25 Literary Tea Bags Boxed

Novel Teas ~ 5 Literary Tea Bags (Pouch)
Visit for all these and much, much more!

Monday, 6 June 2011

We Need Your Feedback!

We like to know when we're doing well but more importantly, we need to know when we need to improve so your feedback and comments are important to us.

Whether you've ordered from us online or visited us in person we'd like to know:
  • how we did at fulfilling your order requirements
  • how you found our ordering process online
  • whether you had any problems
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