The Sock must share some worrying news with you. Anyone with a gardening book being flogged on the Christmas market (and the Sock knows you are all out there) may wish to take note of the lack of interest displayed in the Gardening book sections of the following chain bookstores in Brighton.
Waterstones had merely two small 'bays' of gardening books which weren't even crammed full. There was no table display or anything to entice you to the section which the Sock had some difficulty finding. No Anna Pavords 'Bulbs', no Mark Diacono's 'Veg Patch: River Cottage Handbook' and not even a Monty Don's 'Ivington Diaries'. It didn't exactly look like they had suddenly sold out of these. The Sock asked a sales assistant whether they had the Monty Don book and was told it was on the shelf. "No it isn't" said the Sock "Yes it is there" said the assistant. "No it isn't" repeated the Sock "but don't worry I wouldn't be buying it anyway." The Sock did briefly think about buying Dan Pearson and Beth Chatto's 'Spirit: Garden Inspiration' but as they were all wrapped in celophane and there was no open copy to browse through, she didn't bother.
On to Border's which was closing down - the reason they might be closing down was that at best the Gardening book selection was poor. Now not even a bargain could tempt the Sock to splash out.
W.H. Smith's isn't a place the Sock usually shops but it does normally have a decent supply of charity Christmas cards. OK the donations from the cards are a small percentage but better than nothing. After searching for the charity cards for some time the Sock eventually found an assistant who pointed her to a half hidden display of 6 different boxes of charity cards amongst the many dozens of W.H. Smith own label, non-charity cards. Bah Humbug! Another rubbish gardening book selection although they did have Monty's book and a whole load of Titchmarsh's 'How to garden' series which bore an uncanny resemblance to the shape and size of the original D.G. Hessayon ones. Double Bah Bumbug!
The Sock was therefore quite cheered to find behind today's chubby cheribum a cute glass bauble to hang on the Christmas tree.
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