Started career as: After I left University my first job was in a very large charity bookshop where I sat all day on a tall stool and priced up secondhand books. It was very Dickensian. Each day great truckloads of books arrived which had to be sorted and then priced up. Anything that was too damaged to sell was thrown into a pile to be recycled. By the end of the week the pile would reach the ceiling of the warehouse. I only worked there for a few months but in that time I learnt a huge amount about books and realised that I wanted to spend my career in some way or another associated with books. Since then I have worked as a Bookseller, a Book Department Manager, a Books Marketing Operations Manager, a 'Product Controller', a trainer for the Booksellers' Association, a Buying Director, a Promotions Manager with a publisher, and at newbooks! (Oh yes and for a short blip in my career I left the book trade and worked as a Marketing Manager at a theatre - but I did write a book about the history of the theatre while I was there).
First book I remember reading all by myself: A Big Ball of String (a Dr Suess book that I borrowed over and over again from the library)
Favourite bookish quote: I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~Anna Quindlen, "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, 7 August 1991
Favourite newbooks Featured Book: How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff (nb27)
Book I'd save from a burning house: My very battered copy (no dustjacket) of Antonia Forest's Falconer's Lure