Head to Fred’s


Just a quick update today, with some news I forgot to mention a couple of weeks ago. This is that signed copies of both ‘Raise the Blade’ and ‘Gravy Train’ are now available to buy at Fred’s Bookshop (formerly Fred Holdsworth Books) in Ambleside. So if you’re in the Lake District over the coming weeks/months, on holiday or just visiting, you can pop in and pick up a copy to read in your hotel/guest house/tent.


The bookshop is well worth a visit anyway. It may be tiny, but it’s in a nice old building and is absolutely crammed with books. Many of these have a local connection (local authors, Cumbrian settings, walk books, cycling books, books about sheep etc etc) but there’s also a good range of more general stuff, both fiction and non-fiction, to browse. And manager Steve is both friendly and knowledgeable, and always ready to help with queries or recommendations.


Raise the Blade in Ambleside

fredbookshopToday is Bookshop Day, apparently, when readers everywhere celebrate their favourite/local bookshops.  Sadly, independent ‘real life’ bookshops are a dying breed, but there are still a few brightly-burning stars out there.  In my area that includes Bookends at both Carlisle and Keswick, and Fred Holdsworth in Ambleside.

The latter is tiny, but a typical old-fashioned store simply stuffed with books from floor to ceiling.  They stock everything from local maps and guides to the Lakeland fells, to fiction, to Buddhism for Sheep.  And from today, they’re stocking signed copies of ‘Raise the Blade’ too.

Ambleside is a stunningly beautiful small town set amid some of the most picturesque scenery in England.  So if you want a good excuse to visit, and to get your sticky mitts on one of my books while you’re at it, now’s your chance!  “Fred’s” is located right on the main street, in between an art gallery and a specialist deli selling a range of delicious home-made foods, so there’s something for everyone!

And if you do go along and buy my book – thanks, and please tell them I sent you!