Sunday, 23 September 2012


We're now open loads. From this week, we'll open until 6.30pm. With our 8.30am opening plus Saturday *and* Sunday opening, that's 3,780 minutes of book-browsing time in just one week!

We have stacks of textbooks for your courses, and lots of them are cheaper than Am*z*n. Even if you're not sure of your reading list, come and speak to our subject experts: they have books coming out of their ears. Sometimes, literally.

Opening times (as of 24 September 2012):

Monday 8.30am - 6.30pm
Tuesday 8.30am - 6.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 6.30pm
Thursday 8.30am - 6.30pm
Friday 8.30am - 6.30pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

Wednesday, 19 September 2012


50 Shades or Catch 22?

If you're starting at the University of Manchester this year, you could win £250 in a brand new competition that tests your literary likes.

All you need to do is take a photo of yourself with a book you love - or hate - and upload it to Twitter with the right hashtag.

Our booksellers will choose their favourite photos - and then one randomly-picked winner will get a £250 Blackwell's voucher.

The full details, including that special hashtag to open the doorway to oodles of cash, can be found on the University of Manchester's Welcome site. You'll find some top five bestsellers on there too.

Get snapping!

Monday, 3 September 2012


This is a shoe.

It is a stiletto.

You can tell it is a stiletto because when it is placed on the floor, the tall heel lifts up at the back and holds the foot at an angle. That is how stilettos work.

Here is the cover of Fifty Shades Of Grey imitator Bared to You by Sylvia Day. This is also a shoe.

It is a stilAAARGHo.

You can tell it is a stilAAARGHo because when it is placed on the floor, the heel shoots up so high, unless its wearer is walking up stairs, she'd be pushing her face along the floor screaming "AAARGH".

Here is a detail on the back of the book.

Look at the underside. Unlike the front pics, the shoe now has a sole. Which suggests to us that the shoe on the front cover is a bottomless pit which, we suspect, leads to hell. Probably.

We're with Melville House: we prefer the American cover.