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Month: May, 2014

Rare Book Week – Olympia 2014

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

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Olympia Poster From Antiquariat Johannes Müller

I was asked yesterday at the ABA Council meeting if I could institute a live Instagram feed for next week’s Olympia Book Fair, synchronised to the Fair’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Or something along those lines, anyway.  What sort of question is that to ask an old age pensioner, I thought to myself – but then looking round the table it seemed reasonably clear that I was the only person there (including , I very strongly suspect,  the person who asked) who had the vaguest idea what the question meant.  The answer obviously is, No I couldn’t – Don’t be silly – but I do know a young woman who could, so if you are a devotee of such things, it may well come to pass.

Only in the ABA of course would an old age pensioner be put in charge of the Fair’s social media output…

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Comics Unmasked

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

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Roy of the Rovers Roy of the Rovers

Comics to me have always been associated solely with childhood and early attempts at pictorially assisted reading.  Moving on from Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace (never really understood that whole Beano/Dandy rivalry), carefully skirting round the significantly more menacing Beryl the Peril, at all costs trying to avoid the more improving varieties of comic well-meaning parents and sometimes aunts would try to foist on us – the Eagle was founded by a vicar, for heaven’s sake – we arrived at those happy and wholesome days of Roy of the Rovers in the Tiger and the amazing Wilson the Wonder Athlete in (I think) the Wizard.  Then, our core values for better or for worse now firmly set, our intuitive understanding of the British class system polished and perfected by Lord Snooty and his pals, we discovered books.  And moved on.

Jamie Hewlett poster, photographed by Tony Antoniou Jamie…

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