Matthew Crockatt
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I have been a bookseller for fifteen years and obsessed with books for far longer. I have worked for Waterstone's, Daunt Books and also co-owned and ran two independent bookshops named Crockatt & Powell. I am now doing an MA at King's College London in Digital Asset Management as well as writing/publishing my own e-books. The publishing world is going through a period of great change. I am interested in the future of the book in this new digital era and will mostly be blogging along these lines.

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Cas Holmes at the Beaney

(0) Comments | Posted 11 December 2013 | (09:48)

On a recent visit to Canterbury I wandered into the Beaney, something I often do now it has been so well refurbished, and found myself captivated by a new exhibition in the Front Room. Cas Holmes is a textile artist based in Maidstone who produces mixed...

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Cover Judgments

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (15:18)

You know what they say about book covers? Well I thought I'd give you a little insight into how we at And Other Stories ignore this advice completely. To be clear: we care because you do and we know you judge books by their covers.

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The Islands by Carlos Gamerro

(1) Comments | Posted 17 May 2012 | (12:42)

The Islands by Carlos Gamerro is narrated by a Falklands/Malvinas war veteran with a piece of shrapnel fused into his skull. He literally cannot get the war out of his head. Because the war is there all the time in his head Felipe spends a good deal of...

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War and Peace and Football

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2012 | (16:52)

25-26 Feb was a large weekend in football. I was in Shepherd's Bush for the big London derby between local rivals QPR and Fulham. The following day up North there was another derby featuring Arsenal and Spurs while later the same afternoon the Carling Cup final took place at Wembley...

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What's Revolutionary About E-Books?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 December 2011 | (12:54)

There are great changes afoot in the publishing industry. Sales of e-books are hitting those of traditional hardbacks hard and now Amazon has launched a Kindle store in that bastion of the printed book - Germany.

But what is it about e-books that has given them...

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Striking Books: The Best Strikes in Literature

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2011 | (12:11)

Claire Armistead started me thinking with her #strikelit hashtag yesterday morning.

In my opinion Germinal by Emile Zola provides the best depiction of a strike in world literature. Zola examines the effects of the strike in a coalmine in Northern France during the 1860s.

Étienne Lantier...

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Should Single Short Stories Be Sold Or Given Away Online?

(5) Comments | Posted 30 November 2011 | (08:18)

I saw a tweet from @DigitalDan about their new idea Storycuts. I followed the link and browsed the list. Random House is a fine publisher with a wonderful stable of authors so I was soon tempted and drooling with anticipation. But as I went to download a story...

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