Hello friends. These days, there’s not much we can’t get online. Before, in the good old days of old, we used to go into the city to our favourite clothing store, go inside, spend a half hour browsing and try some stuff on, and like this we’d find one or two items we liked, then we’d turn over our hard-earned wages to purchase said items.
So it was with records, CDs, and books. Who doesn’t secretly pine for the old days? Sure, it’s easy to order 200 quids worth of clothes online and send half of it back when we’ve tried it all on, but we lose something in the process.
These days the world is at your fingertips via the behemoths like Amazon and eBay, but the other world is still there on the struggling High Streets of the world if you only care to revisit…
Gallery Books on Glassford Street in Glasgow is a non-profit bookstore that has been going for two years now, and is truly a gem of Merchant City. Run by the inestimable Michael, staffed by the amiable Isaac and stocked with a glorious collection of titles, it is there waiting for your visit. And hey! You can buy Ultan Banan’s books there too. Currently, they have Meat, Notes from a Cannibalist and Little Swine on the shelf. You might even find a signed copy.
So what are you waiting for? Take a break from Amazon and go and hold a real book for a change. Cause who doesn’t remember that feeling with warmth and nostalgia…?
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