Posted in August 2008

New Blog for Faith Mission Bookshops

Faith Mission Bookshops have launched a new blog, aptly named fm blog, with Ally Simpson — aka SuperSimbo — at the helm. You’ll find it at either or but the important thing is that you do find it. Here’s how it’s looking tonight: With Ally holding forth in his usual no-holds-barred style, it promises to be more lively … Continue reading

Bibles and Bookmarks: Part 3

Delighted to report the safe arrival of a box of bookmarks from Wycliffe Bible Translators this morning: thank you to all concerned. This picture shows them occupying pride of place alongside our own LST bookmarks on the main shop counter: If you’d like some for your shop or to give away at your church to … Continue reading

Third Space Books: Buyer Beware

Third Space Books ( is the online trading division of the St Stephen the Great Bookshops (also known as the Stephen the Great Charitable Trust, SSG and/or SSGCT), the organisation that took control of the former SPCK Bookshops in October 2006 and declared itself bankrupt in June 2008. Run by the brothers Philip and Mark … Continue reading

Phoenix Rising

With the near-total collapse of the former SPCK/St Stephen the Great Bookshops under the auspices of brothers Phil & Mark Brewer and with Sarum College Bookshop in meltdown — or not, depending on your point of view — it would be easy to become despondent over the state of Christian bookselling here in the UK. Is … Continue reading

Young People and Mission

UKCBD > Christian Book Reviews > Youth Work and Ministry > Young People and Mission Young People and Mission  A Practical Guide Alison and David Booker (Editors)  ISBN 9780715140604 (0715140604)  Church House Publishing, 2007 (208pp)  £11.99 Category: Youth Work and Ministry  Reviewed by: Louisa Willoughby This is a great book! It is nicely designed, clear, full of case studies, and the chapters … Continue reading

Durham Cathedral Bookshop

Have you ever visited Durham? If so, you have probably visited the Cathedral; you may even have visited Durham Cathedral Bookshop, once described as “the best theological bookshop in the world.” I’m not entirely sure that I’d ever want to concede that point — I happen to think the bookshop I run at LST is … Continue reading

Caritas Music :: New Bookshops or Music Stores welcomed

Caritas Music Publishing is delighted to welcome new Bookshops, Music Stores or Retailers for their products. Generous Trade Discounts are offered on all our items and there is no minimum order requirements and no charge for carriage. Caritas is an independent distributor for 10 years and offers personal, friendly and efficient service. Searches also offered … Continue reading

Bibles and Bookmarks: Part 2

Back in April I protested the seemingly endless proliferation of new and revised English Bible translations when, according to Wycliffe Bible Translators, there are still more than 2,200 languages — representing some 193 million people — which do not yet have the Bible available: I put it to you that if a fraction of the … Continue reading

Sarum College Remains Upbeat about Bookshop Future

Despite having made their bookshop manager, Mark Clifford, redundant — as reported here yesterday — Sarum College remains upbeat about the bookshop’s future. In a press release issued just a few hours after yesterday’s post, the College outlines their hopes and vision for the shop under the new management of the College librarian, Jenny Monds … Continue reading

Sarum College Bookshop in Meltdown

Mark Clifford, Chairman of the Booksellers Association’s Christian Booksellers Group, (pictured right) has been made redundant in what can only be described as a bizarre cost-cutting exercise by Sarum College, where he has served as Bookshop Manager for the past three years. As I write there is no mention of Mark’s dismissal on the Sarum College … Continue reading